Domestic Terrorism

3 Kansas Men Charged for Domestic Terrorist Plot Denied Bail

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

In case you missed it, three men in Kansas were charged on Friday for plotting a domestic terrorist attack on Somali immigrants.

The three men appeared in federal court this morning where a judge denied them release because they could pose be a threat to the community.

Prosecutors asked federal court Judge Gwynne Birzer on Monday to order Curtis Allen, Patrick Stein and Gavin Wright to remain in jail for the duration of their cases, saying their freedom would pose a risk to the community. [...]

The men each are charged with one count of conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction. Their attorneys declined to comment on the allegations immediately after Monday’s hearing.

While others have already pointed out that these men were avowed Trump supporters, I want to highlight another aspect of this case that may be overlooked.

These men allegedly spent months plotting to attack a Garden City apartment complex that primarily houses Somali immigrants who work at local meat processing plants.

Garden City itself is not a major city (population 26,000) nor is it even close to any major cities. The closest major city, if you could call it that, is Wichita, which is hours away. Immigrants moved to Garden City so they could work in the local factories where they produce products that their would-be attackers have probably consumed at home.

These innocent, tax-paying immigrants, who contribute to the community and economy through their labor, were targeted for no other reason than being black and Muslim. The white men who targeted them enjoyed the fruits of their relatively obscure labor (in the form of cheap, processed meat) in a remote corner of the country where they posed absolutely no risk to anyone except maybe rival frozen chicken producers.

According to the Wichita Eagle, as many 50 children call the targeted apartment complex home and many of their parents work for Tyson Foods.

If not for an unnamed informant and the girlfriend of one of the alleged plotters, it's possible they may have been able to launch their attack. Curtis Allen was arrested last week for domestic battery for allegedly beating his girlfriend. She showed officers who responded to her report the room where Allen was making explosives.

  • David Greenberg

    There is the distinct possibility that this was done by Trump supporters who feel the GOP has done them wrong.

  • muselet

    The men are in their late 40s and are members of a small, isolated militia group known as the Crusaders. They also are suspected of belonging to another militia group, the Kansas Security Force, according to court records.

    Charming men. Simply charming. I hope they enjoy spending the rest of their lives in prison.


    • Victor the Crab

      Amongst the black population who’ll look at them with ill will.

      • muselet

        I hope no harm comes to these three mooks. If they’re convicted, my wish is that they have long, healthy lives behind bars.

        I also fervently hope they never had—and never will have—the chance to breed.


  • Aynwrong

    Thank God this was stopped. I feel like we’ve been on the edge of something like this happening for sometime. It seems to always be stopped before the worst happens. I suppose I should say thank God for the inherent stupidity of bigots.

    The media is rightfully focusing on the firebombing of the GOP headquarters in North Carolina but it should be kept in mind that Hillary Clinton has not said anything to encourage this. No Democrat has this cycle and hasn’t for a good long time. On the other hand, Trump’s entire campaign seems designed to produce just such an attack. The GOP and especially Conservative media have been behaving in the same manor since even before the election of Barack Obama and did the same during Bill Clinton’s administration.

    • ninjaf

      I am thinking the NCGOP attack was a Bernie Bro. The Democratic headquarters was also vandalized on the same night with graffiti saying, “Death to capitalism.”

      I have no evidence; just a hunch.

  • Georgie

    What the actual fuck, the Crusaders,ha, you bet. Racist little white guys threaten by some foreigners, their slogan.

    • Aynwrong

      The Trump voter was predicted years ago by a cartoon. How apt.

  • Victor the Crab

    No mercy should be given to these terrorist thugs.

    • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

      We should show them all the mercy we can.

      Just because it is the official Red Shirt position to strive for as much machismo and tough-on-terrists as they can, we are stronger than that. These men are mentally ill. Anyone willing to kill 50+ children has a mental illness. Yes, by all means, lock them away so they can’t hurt anyone, but they deserve our mercy and kindness and hope that they can get well (and that the rest of the country can as well).

      • Kitty Smith

        No they are not mentally ill. Mental illness does not inspire a person into bombing apartment complexes. They are *EVIL*.

        Say the fucking word. They are *EVIL*. Do not lump the mentally ill with these assholes. They are *FUCKING EVIL*.

        • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

          I will not.

          I do not accept that.

          Human beings who do not feel empathy for their fellow man are sick.

          Mental illness rather than physical illness.

          They need our love and compassion.

          Our understanding.

          They need our kindness and care.

          Yes, remove them from society until they’re no longer a threat, but the answer isn’t to respond to cruelty with cruelty.

          The highest calling of humanity is to respond to cruelty with love and compassion.

          There is no such thing as evil – just errors in the proper functioning of the human mind – errors which, like any other malady, can be corrected.