Right-wing militia member Stein had assigned himself the nickname “Orkinman,” and about a year and half ago, he found himself chatting with a weapons dealer. Among other things, Stein allegedly said that Muslims were “cockroaches” that ought to be exterminated.
Stein is quoted as saying: “We’re already fucking domestic terrorists. They’re just looking for an excuse to come snatch you up.”
The meeting was about a month prior to Trump’s election. And Stein expressed being a YUGE fan of Donald Trump, calling him, “The Man.” Stein also told the weapons dealer that Muslim refugees were “here for one reason, and one reason only.” He said that unless they did something soon, Muslims would takeover American. Additionally, Stein is quoted as having said, “We’re already fucking domestic terrorists. They’re just looking for an excuse to come snatch you up.”
As it happened, the weapons dealer was actually an undercover FBI agent. So a few days later, federal agents snatched Stein up, and charged him with a laundry list of federal offenses in connection with a bomb plot targeting Somali refugees residing in an apartment complex in Garden City.
Now Stein and his alleged co-conspirators, Gavin Wright and Curtis Allen, are all on trial in Wichita in a case that touches on many of the hot-button issues of the day: Donald Trump, Islamophobia, Facebook, guns, and the FBI.
Per Huffington Post:
The trial, now in its third week, is expected to last for six. Wednesday saw testimony from the undercover FBI agent who posed as a weapon dealer. Wearing what the government called “light disguise,” he testified about his dealings with Stein as members of the public listened in from a separate courtroom. HuffPost was the sole media outlet covering his testimony.
“Brian,” as he was called in court, testified that he was brought into the case to serve as a “fresh set of eyes” who could help determine if the trio of anti-Muslim militiamen posed a real threat. FBI agents thought the fastest route to introduce Brian into the plot would be for Dan Day, the FBI informant in the case, to introduce Brian as a high-level illegal weapon manufacturer and deliverer who could supply the group with what it needed. Only Stein ended up meeting with Brian, and defense attorneys for Wright and Allen are pushing the notion that the two weren’t as committed to the plot as Stein.
Meeting Stein out in a remote field with an entourage of undercover agents also posing as weapon dealers, Brian testified, helped “bolster the legend” the FBI created while also mitigating the threat to the public and the agents.