A Wichita man has been charged in federal court with attempting to explode a car bomb at Wichita MC Airport, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom. Terry Lee Loewen, 58, of Wichita, is charged in a criminal complaint field today in federal court in Wichita. With one count of trying to use a weapon of mass destruction, one count of attempting to damage property, and one count of attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization.
Loewen, who works as an avionics technician, is alleged to have spent months developing a plan to use his access card to airport grounds to drive a van loaded with explosives to the terminal.
He planned to pull the triggers on the explosives himself and to die in the explosion.
Agents arrested Loewen about 5:40 a.m. Friday after he attempted to enter the airport tarmac and deliver a vehicle loaded with what he believed to be high explosives.
Members of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) took him into custody without incident.
As I’ve written (and written), we stop terrorists long before they get to the airport, by using trained intelligence officers operating based on probable cause — not by having repurposed Cinnabon workers grope everybody’s hoohoo and pretend it means something.
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(Cross-posted at Advice Goddess)