Just as the Kansas state House committee opened three days of hearings on controversial anti-immigrant legislation backed by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach a man with a truck full of explosives was arrested inside a tunnel leading to the Kansas Capitol.
Kobach is most famous for authoring Arizona’s SB 1070, the Alabama copycat anti-immigration bill and for his ties to nativists, as well as his crusade to criminalize abortion in the state.
The man arrested claimed to have an appointment but none was verified by authorities. The man’s truck had a specialty Florida license plate that is only issued to qualified U.S. military paratroopers. According to the AP it also had a Special Forces sticker on its bumper and other on a back window saying “Does my American flag offend you? Call 1 800 LEAVE THE USA” and another that read “Welcome to America. Now speak English.”
Authorities said the explosives were made with household materials and designed to spray shrapnel. The bombs were live anti-personnel explosives.
Authorities refused to connect the timing of the arrest to a coinciding rally at the Statehouse protesting policies pursued by the arch-conservative administration of Gov. Sam Brownback (R) but it’s hard to imagine Kobach and his supporters as the target of this terrorist plot.
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