Several Kansas elected officials released statements on the arrest of 58-year-old Terry Loewen, accused in a plot to blow up Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport. Click here for that story.
Governor Sam Brownback:
“I would like to thank the federal, state, and local agencies that collaborated in this investigation of a potential terrorist threat here in Kansas.
“In our ongoing war on terrorism, the good guys won one today. A joint operation with federal, state, and local components captured a would-be terrorist before he could cause harm. This is the way your government should work – united and effective.
“Congratulations to all involved in this successful operation.
“The FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, Kansas Highway Patrol, Sedgwick County Sheriff, Wichita Airport Police, Wichita Police Department and other law enforcement agencies collaborated in an intensive six-month investigation that resulted in the arrest of Terry Loewen this morning.
“It is important to remember that our dedicated law enforcement personnel are committed to our safety every day. Even here in the Heartland we must remain vigilant and remember the motto ‘if you see something, say something’.”
U.S. Senator Jerry Moran:
“We are grateful for the law enforcement officials who kept individuals, including many Kansans, safe today. This incident is a reminder that we must remain vigilant and reaffirm our commitment to protecting this country and its ideals from those who wish to do us harm.”
U.S. Senator Pat Roberts:
“Today’s arrest is a warning to us all that we must remain vigilant against those who wish to do us harm," Roberts said. "This vigilance is ever present in those that serve our nation in law enforcement at all levels of government and I am especially grateful for their diligence and hard work to keep Americans safe.”
U.S. Representative Mike Pompeo
“My deepest thanks for the dedication and hard work of our intelligence community in the constant fight to keep Kansans safe. This incident is a stark reminder of the threat we continue to face from radical Islamic terrorism here in the homeland. Threats to the heartland of America from jihadists, sometimes homegrown, are and will continue to be real and we must ensure that our intelligence community has the tools needed to connect the dots worldwide. We can do so while protecting fundamental civil liberties and we must do so with all of the constitutional methods available.”