Yesterday, police arrested an unidentified man at the Kansas Capitol after discovering several homemade bombs in his truck close to the Kansas Capitol. The truck had stickers on its back window saying, “Welcome to America. Now speak English’’ and “Does my American flag offend you? Call 1-800-LEAVE THE USA.’’
This arrest came on the same day that Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R), an anti-immigrant official who drafted Arizona’s and Alabama’s harmful immigration laws, urged Kansas lawmakers to pass stricter immigration policies.
It should be recalled that Timothy McVeigh began his bomb plot in Kansas, buying key components for his bomb and mixing them in Kansas before crossing into Oklahoma. McVeigh’s co-conspirator Terry Nichols lived in Kansas and stayed home in Herrington, KS (where he bought and stole the fertilizer, diesel fuel, blasting caps, etc.) during the bombing.
Fortunately, alert police saw the empty gun holster and other warning signs in the truck today, and acted quickly to detain the truck’s owner as he headed to the capitol after having illegally parked the bomb-laden truck near the building.
It isn’t clear whether the bombs are connected to the anti-immigrant laws being debated today, or the testimony of Secretary of State Kobach. Kobach has a long history on this blog: I spent much of the blog’s first few months cataloging his ties to hate groups, white nationalists, and Christian Dominionists as he ran for Congress.