Feds Seek to Shield Evidence in Suicide Bomb Case

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) Federal prosecutors are pressing for limits on who can see formerly classified information that has been declassified to prosecute a Wichita man accused of plotting a suicide bombing at Mid-Continent Airport.

A court filing Tuesday seeks a hearing on the government’s request for restrictions on materials provided to lawyers for 58-year-old avionics technician Terry Loewen. Prosecutors also want the case designated as “complex,” which would ease concerns about a speedy trial.

Loewen was arrested last month following an undercover operation. He has pleaded not guilty to charges including attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and attempted material support to al-Qaida.

Prosecutors say the defense has mistakenly asserted in opposing the requested restrictions that most of the evidence will consist of Loewen’s conversations with undercover agents.