Federal prosecutors say a man accused of plotting a suicide bomb attack at Wichita's Dwight D. Eisenhower airport was "well on his way" to becoming a violent terrorist before authorities began investigating him.
A heavily redacted government filing Monday seeks to counter defense arguments that an undercover FBI agent radicalized Terry Loewen.
Prosecutors say it would have been outrageous for the FBI to leave Terry Loewen to his own devices, trolling the internet for someone to help him.
A would-be bomber was stopped at Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport Friday morning. He had been planning an alleged suicide bombing attack for many months.
The 58-year-old man, from Wichita, was an employee of an aeronautics company. Terry Loewen was arrested at a gate to the tarmac of the airport. Loewen tried to use his badge to open the gate, but the system had been disabled.
It was the end of a long sting operation conducted by undercover FBI agents.