American Islamists routinely criticize law enforcement sting operations involving Muslim terrorism suspects as "entrapment" and condemn the use of "agent provocateurs." But the role of an FBI informant last week in thwarting a planned bombing attack by a militia group targeting the Somali Muslim immigrant community in Kansas failed to evoke a similar reaction.
This time, Islamists applauded FBI agents for the successful undercover investigation against three Kansas men who wanted to blow up a mosque and an apartment complex in Garden City that housed a large number of Somali immigrants. The men were alleged to be part of a militia group that called itself "the Crusaders" and championed "sovereign citizen, anti-government, anti-Muslim, and anti-immigrant extremist beliefs."
The investigation started with a tip from a confidential informant who heard "Crusaders" members talking about attacking Muslims, an FBI affidavit said. The informant later recorded similar conversations, including one in June in which defendant Patrick Eugene Stein allegedly talked about targeting Garden City apartment buildings.