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Kansas Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Trying to Detonate Bomb at Airport

wichitaBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Kansas avionic technician who had restricted access to secure airport areas was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison Monday for trying to detonate a car bomb at the airport in Wichita.

Terry Lee Loewen, 60, attempted to enter a secure area of Wichita Mid-Continental Airport to detonate the bomb when he was arrested in December 2013.

He was convicted of one count of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction on June 8.

“Terry Loewen abused his privileged airport access to attempt to perpetrate a terrorist attack in Wichita,” Assistant Attorney General John P. Carlin said. “The National Security Division’s highest priority is protecting the United States against terrorist threats. We will continue to pursue justice against those who seek to carry out violent attacks against Americans, whether at home or abroad.”

The FBI was first made aware of Loewen after he became a Facebook friend of someone advocating terrorism.

ATF Comes Under Investigation for Handling of Undercover Storefront Stings in 4 Cities

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The ATF is under fire for botched storefront stings and other undercover operations across the country.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Inspector General Michael Horowitz opened an investigation into storefront stings in Milwaukee, Pensacola, St. Louis and Wichita, Kan.

The agency is already under investigation for its handling of a controversial drug-running probe, Operation Fast and Furious

Horowitz said the investigation will “examine possible systemic deficiencies in ATF’s storefront operations policies, and evaluate the effectiveness of the Monitored Case Program as an oversight tool in these operations.”

One of the problems with Operation Fast and Furious, he said, was the lack of oversight.

Motions Alleging ATF Racism Given More Time

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

A Wichita federal judge has granted more time for  motions related to charges that a federal firearms sting was racially motivated,  reports LJWorld.com.

Defense lawyers are seeking to drop charges against black defendants charged in the ATF investigation, claiming the charges were racially motivated. At least 43 of 51 defendants in the case are black.

The government claims the race arguments against the suspects are bogus.