It’s like one of those crazy conspiracy theories where you connect all the dots on a bulletin board with red string, Homeland-style.
Only there’s just the two dots: Donald Trump whips up irrational fear of Muslim immigrants, right wing nutjobs decide to bomb Muslim immigrants.
That seems to be the simple explanation for the crimes of Curtis Allen, Gavin Wright, and Patrick Stein (insert, above), who were found guilty on Wednesday of one count of conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction and one count of conspiracy against civil rights.
The Kansas trio planned to plant bombs at a local apartment complex where several Somali refugees lived, as well as the local mosque where they worship.
The plot was discovered when a fellow militia member disturbed by all the talk of real violence became an informant for the FBI, wearing a wire for months!
Hours of recordings revealed discussions of how best to kill all the “cockroaches” — their name for Muslim immigrants — and picking out different targets using Google Earth before deciding on the mosque and nearby apartment building.
They planned the attack for the day after the 2016 election — so as not to hurt Trump’s chances (For real! They referred to him as “The Man”!) — at prayer time when the most victims, as Stein was heard saying, would be “packed in like sardines” so the explosion would make “Jello out of their insides.”
Defense attorneys argued the discussions weren’t plans, just talk protected by the First Amendment.
Sorry, but making plans to murder innocent people isn’t “free speech”.
The men tested real bombs, and Stein was arrested delivering 300 lbs of fertilizer to undercover FBI agents he thought were going to make explosives for him. That doesn’t sound like “just talk” to us.
And it didn’t to Attorney General Jeff Sessions either. He reacted to the verdict by saying:
“The defendants in this case acted with clear premeditation in an attempt to kill people on the basis of their religion and national origin. That’s not just illegal ├óΓé¼ΓÇó it’s immoral and unacceptable, and we’re not going to stand for it. Law enforcement saved lives in this case.”
Trump himself has not commented on the case.
He has, however, attacked the FBI many times over the past few months.