09 Apr Pro-Trump Militiamen on Trial in Plot to Blow Up Muslims in Kansas Apartment
Curtis Allen (left), Gavin Wright (center) and Patrick Stein (right).
Patrick Stein, a right-wing militia member who thought Trump was “the Man” and Muslims were “cockroaches” that needed to be exterminated, met what he thought was a weapons dealer in a remote field in western Kansas.
“I’m sick of seeing these motherfuckers coming into this country,” Stein told the man, referring to Muslim refugees, Huffington post reports. “They’re here for one reason and one reason only.”
It was about a month before Donald Trump was elected president, and Stein had no idea he was actually meeting with an undercover FBI agent.
A few days later, the FBI arrested Stein, who was charged with a litany of federal offenses, including plotting to kill Somali refugees who lived in an apartment complex in nearby Garden City.
Since then, 18 months have passed, and Stein and his allege co-conspirators Gavin Wright and Curtis Allen are on the third week of a trial in Wichita.
While Stein met with the undercover agent in search of a weapon manufacturer, the co-conspirators did not demonstrate they were serious about the plot, their defense attorneys said.
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Vandalism of an entrance sign at the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, via Twitter.
The Secret Service is investigative the vandalism of an entrance sign at the Trump International Golf Club near the president’s Florida estate Mar-a-Lago resort over the weekend.
Red plant was splattered onto the entrance of the club at West Balm Beach, Fla. on Saturday night, and authorities found a can of paint nearby, ABC News reports.
Images online show paint covering some of the letters on the polished stone structure.
The Secret Service declined to comment.
The golf club is about 5 miles from Mar-a-Lago.
Trump was spotted at the golf club this weekend.
Devin Kelley killed 26 people in a Baptist church in a rural Texas town.
A majority of the assailants in mass attacks in the U.S. last year shared strikingly similar traits, a new Secret Service report found.
An analysis of 28 mass attacks, which killed 147 people and injured nearly 700 more nationwide, found that all suspects were male and 64% experienced mental health issues before the assaults.
Before the attacks, 79% of them had engaged in threatening or suspicious behavior witnessed by others, according to the National Threat Assessment Center report on Mass Attacks in Public Space.
About 71% of the suspects had a criminal history, and one-third had been charged with domestic violence. Two-thirds had a history of violence, though not all of it was reported or ended in charges.
In the five years before the attacks, more than half experienced financial hardships, and 82% “exhibited behaviors that were indicative of aggressive narcissism,” the Secret Service found.
Nearly half of the suspects were driven by a personal grievance, whether real or perceived.
Less than two months before the report was released, Nikolas Cruz is accused of killing 17 people at a Florida high school after he passed a background check to buy an AR-15 assault-style rifle.
Cruz exhibited nearly every trait found in a majority of last year’s attackers.