Lawmakers scolded for wording in terrorism debate

Terry Loewen (KSN File Photo)
Terry Loewen (KSN File Photo)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – A Wichita man accused of trying to bring explosives-filled van to Mid-Continent Airport has become the face of an anti-terror bill in the Kansas Legislature even though he has pleaded not guilty and has not been convicted.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports critics are urging Kansas lawmakers to avoid using the name of Terry Loewen to push for the measure because he is presumed innocent until proven otherwise. A chief backer of the bill, Rep. Kevin Jones, acknowledged that he might have gone too far in discussing Loewen’s case.

Loewen has pleaded not guilty to charges related to his arrest Dec. 13 in a sting operation. Among those charges is attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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