Wichita Mid-Continent Airport had a near miss with a terrorist attack. PHOTO: 8thCountry, CC License
Terry Lee Loewen, an avionics technician at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport, was arrested for attempting to bomb the airport. Loewen’s plan was to use a suicide car bomb inside the airport, but he was arrested while driving onto the tarmac. Loewen was timing his attack for when the airport was most crowded. It seems that he wouldn’t have been able to do much damage anyway: authorities said that the explosives in Loewen’s car had become inert by the time he made it to the Wichita airport.
Loewen faces charges of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, attempting to damage property by means of an explosive and attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization. If he is convicted, he will likely spend the rest of his life in prison.
Federal agents had had their eye on Loewen since the summer, when he allegedly stated that he “wanted to commit an act of violent jihad against the United States.” Loewen is not connected to any known religious group in Wichita.
Say what you will about the surveillance conducted by the U.S. on its own citizens (and we have often on Carbonated), but it seems our security forces saved lives today.