You’d never know it from the Justice Department press release, but the “homegrown violent extremist” charged with planning a suicide attack against a Kansas airport decided to carry out the attack after studying the writings of the late al Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki.
Terry Lee Loewen, 58, the man charged with trying to bomb Wichita’s Mid-Continent Airport, is no Timothy McVeigh. He’s only “homegrown” in the sense that he’s from the United States; the inspiration for the attack came from sources such as, well, Inspire — “I like to stay informed,” he allegedly wrote to explain why he reads al Qaeda’s magazine, according to the criminal complaint.
“Brothers like Osama bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki are a great inspiration to me, but I must be willing to give up everything (like they did) to truly feel like a obedient slave of Allah,” the complaint quotes Loewen as writing to an undercover FBI agent.
Say, this doesn’t seem to be receiving much MSM coverage. I wonder why not?