Chris Roberts, American Renaissance, December 2, 2020
On Monday, police arrested two women in Washington state for trying to derail a train. Samantha Frances Brooks and Ellen Brennan Reiche were charged with terrorism for putting a shunt on BNSF Railway tracks near Bellingham. A shunt, “disrupts the low level electrical current on the tracks and can disable various safety features.” US Attorney Brian T. Moran explained that “since January there have been 41 incidents of shunts placed on the BNSF tracks in Whatcom and Skagit counties — causing crossing guards to malfunction, interfering with automatic breaking systems, and, in one case, causing the near-derailment of tanks of hazardous chemicals.” That’s more than three attempts a month.
The Justice Department notes this tie with antifa:
Following the initial shunting incidents on January 19, 2020, a claim of responsibility was published on the anarchist website itsgoingdown.org on January 22, 2020. This claim of responsibility stated that the shunting activity was carried out in solidarity with Native American tribes in Canada seeking to prevent the construction of an oil pipeline across British Columbia, and with the express goal of disrupting BNSF operations and supplies for the pipeline.
It’s Going Down is one of the most popular anarchist websites in the country — and one of the most militant as well, regularly lauding the doxxing and harassment of Trump supporters, Proud Boys, and white advocates.
Details about the 40 earlier attempts are murky. It’s unclear if the same two women were behind all of them, or if some sort of group was. It’s also not clear if the perps were motivated more by “solidarity” with Indians or environmental concerns. Even Miss Brooks’ race has not been reported — though Miss Reiche is white.
One thing is certain: All of this will go largely unnoticed by media that continue to warn about the grave dangers of right-wing terrorism.