Allen, Wright and Stein, all white militia members are currently standing trial in Wichita accused of plotting to bomb a mosque in Garden City, Kansas
They were also going to blow up an adjoining apt complex housing 300 to 500 Somali Muslim refugees in 2016
One of the key arguments from one defense attorney was the suggestion that the men were ‘knuckleheads’ engaging in hateful locker room talk
Secret recordings made by an FBI informant revealed the lengths the trio were willing to go to destroy the Muslim community
The suspects, all members of the anti-govt militia group, Kansas Security Forces, planned to kill a landlord who owned a building occupied by Muslims – They were also going to rape the man’s wife and daughter as a warning to deter other landlords from renting to Muslims
The attack was scheduled for right after the 2016 presidential elections with the hoped it would inspire attacks on Muslims throughout the country
They’re charged with conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction and conspiracy against civil rights
Eugene Stein also faces two additional weapons-related charges and Wright faces a charge of lying to Feds
Gavin Wright and Patrick Eugene Stein are part of a gang of three white militia men on trial for plotting to bomb a mosque and an adjoining apt complex for Somali Muslim refugees, in Garden City, Kansas back in 2016
Three white men charged in a terrorist plot to murder Muslim refugees in Kansas are just ‘knuckleheads’, according to a defense attorney for one of the men.
Curtis Allen, Gavin Wright and Patrick Eugene Stein, were caught on tape plotting to plant bombs in a mosque in Garden City, Kansas and an adjoining apartment complex for Somali Muslim refugees in October 2016.
Allen, 49, along with two other militia members, Wright also 49 and Patrick Stein, 47, are currently on trial in Wichita for the depraved mass murder plot.
However, and one of the key arguments from Allen’s public defender was the suggestion that the men were just engaging in hateful locker room talk. During cross-examination of an undercover agent, attorney Rich Federico questioned why the FBI didn’t alert local police about the potential terror plot.
dangerous idiot: Curtis Allen is also charged in the plot
He argued that police could have gone to the men in a bid to stop their plans, the HuffPost reports.
‘Hey knucklehead, we know what you’re talking about. Knock it off,’ Federico suggested the police could have said to the men if they had known of the plot.
Gavin Wright, Patrick Eugene Stein and Curtis Allen, have all been accused of planning to bomb a mosque in Garden City, Kansas and an adjoining apartment complex for Somali Muslim refugees in 2016, but Allen’s defense attorney, Jim Pratt, tried to argue that all three men were just ‘knuckleheads’
The other defense attorneys have also tried similar arguments, saying the FBI set the men up with a paid informant and all the talk about violence wasn’t serious, contending that the men had a right to free speech and association under the Constitution.
Targeted Islamic mosque located within an apartment complex in Garden City, Kansas, targeted by white militia for bombing attack in 2016
He said conservative media outlets reported that President Barack Obama was letting refugees who had not been vetted into the country, and liberal media outlets reported that then-Republican nominee Donald Trump was going to kick immigrants out of the country: “Hate ruled the day and the ratings,” Pratt said, and the militia members were simply talking about these politically-charged issues at the time.
The three men were indicted in October 2016 after a militia member, Dan Day, became alarmed and contacted the FBI. He agreed to wear a wire and recorded profanity-laced conversations among the men that led to their arrest.
The interior of the mosque that the FBI says Allen, Wright, and Stein planned to bomb in 2016. The plot was exposed by an informant
Secret recordings made by the informant reveal that Allen, Wright, and Stein struggled to recruit any other members from the anti-government militia group, Kansas Security Forces, to join their scheme.
The recording revealed the depraved lengths the trio were willing to go to destroy the Muslim community in America. “When we go on operations, there’s no leaving anyone behind, even if it’s a one-year-old. I’m serious,’ Stein was heard to say. ‘I guarantee if I go on a mission, those little f****** are going bye-bye.”
“The f**king cockroaches in this country have to go, period,” Stein said in one recording. “They are the f**king problem in this country right now. They are the threat in this country right now.”
An estimated 300 and 500 Somali refugees live in the neighborhood where the three men allegedly wanted to carry out the bombings. The terror plotters also discussed killing a landlord who owned a building occupied by Muslims and raping the landlord’s wife and daughter as a deterrent other landlords who might rent to Muslims in the future.
Saved: Residents outside the bombing target. An estimated 300 and 500 Somali refugees live in the neighborhood the three militia men allegedly plotted to destroy. The mosque is located within an apt complex in Garden City, KS
Prosecutors said that over a five-month period, Day gave the FBI secret recordings of meetings and conversations in which a plot formed to bomb a mosque and an apartment complex where Somali immigrants lived.
They were taped discussing their hopes that the bombing would inspire further attacks on Muslims and could even trigger ‘the Crusades 2.0.’ They also planned to publish a ‘manifesto’ after the bombing, similar to the Unabomber’s, the court heard.
The informant told jurors that Patrick Stein called him a couple of days after the Florida Pulse nightclub attack in which a man who had pledged allegiance to the Islamic Stein told him he was ‘ready to take action’ against Muslims and wanted to see who else in the militia group was with him and who wasn’t, Day told federal agents.
‘They were outraged that a Muslim was killing all these Americans,’ Day said. ‘I was outraged too.’
The men face charges of conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction and conspiracy against civil rights. Stein also faces two additional weapons-related charges and Wright faces a charge of lying to the FBI. All have entered not guilty pleas to the charges.