Muslim Convert Plotted Suicide Bombing at Wichita Airport for “Allah”

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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Terry Lee Loewen decided that Allah wanted him to car bomb the Wichita Mid-Continent Airport in Kansas. But Allah and Loewen’s plot to murder Americans was undermined by law enforcement… which took his earlier threats seriously.

A 58-year-old airport worker was charged Friday with allegedly planning a suicide bombing at a passenger terminal at the Wichita Mid-Continent Airport in Kansas.

U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said Loewen spent months developing a plan to drive a carload of explosives to the airport terminal and that he was determined to trigger the bomb himself and die in the blast. Loewen, who is white, became radicalized after reading extremist Islamic material on the Internet, Grissom said.

A criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Wichita charges Loewen with one count of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, one count of attempting to damage property by means of an explosive and one count of attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization. He was scheduled to be arraigned at 3 p.m. local time.

Investigators tell NBC News that Loewen has been under scrutiny since August, when he began having an online exchange with someone he thought was a like-minded individual but who turned out to be an FBI employee.

“Let me preface the bottom line by saying I have become ‘radicalized’ in the strongest sense of the word, and I don’t feel Allah wants me any other way,” he said in one message, according to the complaint.

According to the complaint, Loewen attempted to provide support to Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, so we can chalk this up to Anwar Al-Awlaki.

Statements Loewen has made to FBI Employee 1 reflect his desire to engage in violent jihadl on behalf of al Qaeda.

“As time goes on I care less and less about what other people think of me, or my views of lslam. I have been studying subjects like jihad, martyrdom operations, and Sharia law. I don’t understand how you can read the Qur’an and the sunnah3 of the Prophet (saw)a and not understand that jihad and the implementation of Sharia is absolutely demanded of all the Muslim Ummah.”

That’s a question that ought to be asked of the FBI.

I do agree on one thing; the one thing we are doing wrong is that all 1.5 billion of us don’t rise up against the rest of the world and tell THEM how it’s going to be. lnshallah,T it will happen soon

And if they don’t obey and become good slaves, we’ll just kill them.

One last thing I would like to make clear if I haven’t already – I believe the Muslim who is labeled “a radical fundamentalist” is closer to Allah (swt)8 than the ones labeled “moderates”. Just my opinion; if l’m off base, please set me straiSht.

Closer to the Koran certainly.

Brothers like Osama bin Laden and Anwar al Awlakle are a great inspiration to me, but I must be willing to give up everything (like they did) to truly feel like a obedient slave of Allah (swt).

I have read Anwar Al-Awlaki’s 44 ways of Jihad,1o and like everything l’ve ever read of his, it’s very informative. . . . I have downloaded tens of thousands of pages on the subjects I mentioned earlier [referring to jihad, martyrdom operations and implementaion of Sharia lawl.

Figures it would be Anwar Al-Awlaki. It's insane that there are people still debating whether we should have droned him or not.

I have numerous ideas of ways I could perform jihad in the path of Allah (swt) but outside du'a, none of them are legal. I'm 58 years old and spending my remaining years behind bars for a good reason is not out of the question for me.

I have considered supportinB some of our brothers and sisters in prison, and have been sending money to the family of Younnus Abdullah Muhammad, one of the founder [sic] of the Revolution Muslim website, which is the first website that really helped me understand what obedience to Allah(swt) was. He is doing eleven and a half years over the whole South Park fiasco; isn’t democracy great?

I still need to do more however. lf by any chance you know of someone who is active in jihad and could use an occasional influx of “help”, please let me know. Short of that, nothing la m doing now is enough.

I just hate the kaffar government and those who are following it to the Hellfire, and the sooner it and its followers get there, the better.

Speaking of hellfire…

lt would have been possible today for me to have walked over there, shot both pilots( I don’t know if they are armed or not), slapped some C4 on both fuel trucks and set them off before anyone even called TSA. Talks REAL cheap, however, so what I think I can do and what I actually can do are probably two different things

and…

All is good with me. lnshallah, this operation will be huge. Just to be a part of any operation with these brothers is a great honor for me, but of (sic) it can instill and great financial loss to the tagoot who run this country, then I will truly feel blessed. I pray the peace of Allah(swt) will be upon you and the other brothers. May this mission, inshalla h, be fruitful for all of us.

It was for the FBI.

Loewen left a letter dated December 71,7013 for a family member describing his intent to conduct a martyrdom operation. It reads in part:

By the time you read this I will – if everything went as planned- have been martyred in the path of Allah. There will have been an event at the airport which I am responsible for. The operation was timed to cause maximum carnage + death.

  • tim

    As another white muslim from Kansas to another… Terry, may Allah set your affairs straight (something said to only those whose faith you question)