Militia Group Plotted Terror Attack On Muslim Immigrants, FBI Charges

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Right-Wing 'Crusaders' Militia Group Plotted Terror Attack On Muslim Immigrants, FBI Charges

The terrorist group reportedly had “sovereign citizen, anti-government, anti-Muslim, and anti-immigrant extremist beliefs."

10/14/2016 05:47 pm ET | Updated 5 minutes ago
Ryan J. Reilly Senior Justice Reporter, The Huffington Post
Christopher Mathias National Reporter, The Huffington Post

WASHINGTON ― 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 are identified as 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.

The FBI had been investigating individuals in the group since February and documented their violent rhetoric, excerpts of which appear uncensored below.

Stein allegedly said that “the only good Muslim is a dead Muslim” and that he would “enjoy” shooting Muslims’ 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,” he said, according to the FBI.

The FBI said the men had been “regularly meeting and planning to carry out a violent attack against Muslims in their community and have taken steps in furtherance of accomplishing this, including identifying a target location.”

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.’”

The arrests come amid a surge in hate crimes targeting Muslims or those perceived to be Muslim.

Mosques in the U.S. suffered vandalism, arson and other types of destruction 78 times in 2015, according to a report from the Council on American-Islamic Relations. That’s a nearly 400 percent jump from 2014.

Another report from the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at the California State University, San Bernardino, documented 260 hate crimes targeting Muslims in 2015 ― a nearly 80 percent rise from the year before, and the highest annual number of such crimes since 2001.

The Huffington Post has also tracked nearly 290 acts of anti-Muslim violence, discrimination and political speech in the U.S.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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