The FBI announced this morning that they arrested Terry Loewen, an aviation technician at the Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita, Kan.
The FBI claims that Loewen planned to drive a car bomb into the airport after becoming radicalized by extremist Islamic material that he read online.
According to the New York Daily News, Lowen reportedly studied the airport’s layout, took photos of assorted access points and researched flight schedules to determine when there would be the most passengers.
"[Lowen] spent months developing a plan to use his access card to the airport to drive explosive devices into the terminal," U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said at a press conference.
Loewen is charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, attempting to damage property and attempting to provide support to terrorist group al-Qaida.
But Loewen didn't really have any "weapon of mass destruction" because Grissom said “all of the explosives were inert."
And because those explosives were "inert," Loewen could never have actually damaged any property.
Loewen never met or supported anyone from al-Qaida, but rather a FBI agent who pretended to be with al-Qaida.
A government official told NBC News that "Loewen has been under scrutiny since August, when he began having an online exchange with someone he thought was a like-minded individual but who turned out to be an FBI employee.”
According to the Kansas City Star, it was the undercover FBI employee who encouraged and helped Loewen to plot the terrorist attack.
The undercover FBI employee had actually planned to take part in the suicide bombing with Loewen.
According to the FBI's own criminal complaint, on Aug. 8 the FBI employee offered to introduce Loewen to someone who could help him commit terrorism.
Around Aug. 26, Loewen didn't sound like a determined terrorist, but rather a confused patsy.
He allegedly said to the undercover FBI employee, “I guess I look at myself as the ‘access’ guy at this point, just need more details at this point... Are we talking explosives, because I know nothing about that? It’s all very surreal at this point, exciting, yet scary.”
Near Sept. 17, the accused terrorist reportedly admitted to the undercover FBI employee that he had a chance to kill people, but didn't because his actions couldn't match his words.
“It would have been possible today for me to have walked over there, shot both pilots [I don’t know if they are armed or not], slapped some C4 on both fuel trucks and set them off before anyone even called TSA," Loewen allegedly stated. "Talks REAL cheap, however, so what I think I can do and what I actually can do are probably two different things.”
In October, the FBI employee asked Loewen if he could scout out targets and security, and be willing to plant a bomb.
Once again, Loewen sounded indecisive: "I still need time to think about it, but I can’t imagine anything short of arrest stopping me... I can’t see myself doing anything that involves killing children, unless I know everything is being done to minimize that."
On Oct. 25, Loewen met with a second FBI employee, who pretended to be a “brother” with al-Qaida. FBI Employee 2 asked Loewen if he was willing to help in the (fake) terrorist attack, which the FBI had concocted and sought out Loewen for.
On Nov. 19, the second FBI employee suggested Loewen could be the “navigator” and give directions on where a bomb be could be exploded.
On Dec. 11, Loewen wired the detonator and helped the FBI employee build the rest of the bomb, which was actually "inert."
The terrorist attack was planned for this morning, but when Loewen and the FBI employee arrived at the airport, Loewen found that his security badge suddenly didn't work and he was arrested by FBI agents.
According to The New York Times earlier this year, the FBI plays a major role in devising, then foiling their own plots with the aid of people who are later arrested.