Three Kansas men who were allegedly part of a domestic terrorist group called ‘the Crusaders’ were arrested by the FBI on Friday, charged with plotting to carry out an attack on Muslims living in the state.
The men, according according to the Huffington Post, are Patrick Stein, Gavin Wright and Curtis Allen and are all in their late 40s.
They belonged to a group that espoused “sovereign citizen, anti-government, anti-Muslim, and anti-immigrant extremist beliefs,” according to an FBI agent’s affidavit, and allegedly plotted to attack Muslim immigrants, focusing on an apartment complex in Garden City, Kansas.
According to the Department of Justice, the trio allegedly stockpiled firearms, ammunition and explosive materials, and discussed parking four vehicles filled with explosives at the four corners of the apartment complex in order to set off a massive explosion.
The attack, which the men allegedly said would “wake people up,” was planned for November 9, one day after the presidential election.
The FBI had been investigating Stein, Wright and Allen since February and documented their violent rhetoric.
Stein, above, left, allegedly said that the only good Muslim is a dead Muslim” and that he would “enjoy” shooting Muslims in their heads.
When we go on operations, there’s no leaving anyone behind, even if it’s a one-year-old, I’m serious. I guarantee, if I go on a mission, those little fuckers are going bye-bye.
When we go on operations, there’s no leaving anyone behind, even if it’s a one-year-old, I’m serious.
According to Patheos, Curtis Allen, centre, not only hated Muslims but was homophobic as well. He posted Christian-based hatred against the LGBT community on Facebook, saying in one post:
Deuteronomy chapter 22 verse 5. Read your bible everyone. The whole transgender issue is an abomination in the eyes of God.
Stein allegedly conducted surveillance on at least three different occasions, and discussed targeting churches that had supported refugees. At a July 2016 meeting at Wright’s mobile home business, where Allen worked, the three allegedly plotted attacking city and county commission meetings and even landlords who rented to Muslim refugees.
They ultimately settled on the apartment complex in Garden City, and began ordering the materials they would need to create bombs.
At some point, the FBI introduced an undercover agent to work with the confidential source they’d been using to watch the group. The agent provided automatic weapons, and even allowed Stein to fire them when they met on October 12.
During one conference call, Stein allegedly said:
The only fucking way this country’s ever going to get turned around is it will be a bloodbath and it will be a nasty, messy motherfucker. Unless a lot more people in this country wake up and smell the fucking coffee and decide they want this country back … we might be too late, if they do wake up … I think we can get it done. But it ain’t going to be nothing nice about it.
Stein also allegedly referred to the group’s targets, Somali immigrants, as “cockroaches”, discussed dipping bullets in pig’s blood before using them, and:
Yelled at Somali women dressed in traditional garb, calling them ‘fucking raghead bitches’.