WICHITA (AP) — A Kansas militia member started trying to recruit other members to kill Muslim immigrants after the 2016 attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, an FBI informant testified Thursday.
Dan Day told jurors that Patrick Stein called him a couple of days after the Florida attack in which a man who had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group killed 49 people. He said Stein told him he was "ready to take action" against Muslims and wanted to see who else in the militia group was with him and who wasn't.
"They were outraged that a Muslim was killing all these Americans," Day said. "I was outraged too."
As a precaution in case they were being monitored by law enforcement, Stein held the first recruitment meeting in a shack on the property of another member of the Kansas Security Force, Day said. That June 2016 meeting was the first one Day recorded as an FBI informant.
Day, who was given the code name "Minuteman" by his FBI handlers, said that as he and Stein drove to that meeting, he worried that others might know he was working with the FBI and that his life could be in danger because there was nobody nearby who could help him.
Prosecutors say that over the next five months, Day gave the FBI secret recordings of other meetings and conversations in which a plot formed to bomb a mosque and an apartment complex where Somali immigrants lived in the meatpacking community of Garden City. They say the defendants planned to carry out the attack right after the 2016 presidential election and hoped it would inspire attacks on Muslims throughout the country.
Stein and two other militia members, Gavin Wright and Curtis Allen, were arrested in October 2016. They have pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction and conspiracy against civil rights. Stein also faces two additional weapons-related charges and Wright faces a charge of lying to the FBI.
Day testified that in other meetings, the group downloaded bomb-making instructions from the Internet and discussed writing a manifesto in the hopes of inspiring other Americans to join their cause.