Jihad Comes to Kansas

Every morning I listen to a local talk radio host discuss all kinds of events on his call-in Morning Drive show. Just before he goes off of the air at 9:00 AM, he presents a couple of “Strange Happenings” during which he reads stories of dumb things that law breakers do that gets them caught or some other weird happening that says something about the mental agility of people.

This story falls in that category, “Strange Happenings” or “How Could He Be So Dumb?” It seems that Terry Lee Loewen, a citizen of Wichita, Kansas, and an employee of the WichitaMid-ContinentAirport there had become radicalized by what he read on the internet. He was attracted to the Muslim religion and the Islam way of life, and decided that Allah was calling upon him to become a suicide bomber.

terryleeloewenFor those who don’t know anything about Wichita, it is just about smack in the center of the continental United States. During World War II, Boeing produced B-17s at its plant there. There is still a Boeing plant in Wichita, but I have long since lost track of what is produced there. Hawker Beech Aircraft and Cessna Aircraft also have operations in Wichita. While Wichita is not on the A team for military value, it is an important place in the center of our country and is protected by hundreds of miles of land and mountains.

Loewen began making online inquiries about just how to go about becoming a suicide bomber. Because he was an avionics technician at the airport, the FBI responded to his inquiries. After several months of planning, he drove his van onto the airport tarmac loaded with what he believed to be high explosives but were, in fact, harmless objects provided to him by the FBI. A criminal complaint filed in the 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. If convicted of all three counts, he faces a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

I guess the lesson here is – don’t let yourself become a radicalized Muslim.


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About the author

Harry Livermore

Harry Livermore spent a lifetime teaching English in high schools and junior colleges in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Georgia. He now writes for and is editor of the Valdosta Magazine. Harry and his wife Janice live in Valdosta, GA. They are members of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Valdosta. Harry has two sons, six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren who live in Georgia, Oklahoma, and Texas.

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