A liberal activist in Washington state was convicted in a terrorism case Thursday for his role in a “shunt” attack on the BNSF railroad.
Last November, left-wing activist Ellen Reiche, 28, was one of two people charged with the terror attack aimed at derailing trains in the coastal town of Bellingham.
Reiche was sentenced Thursday for the bypass attack and faces up to two decades in prison. Samantha Brooks, Reiche’s co-conspirator, pleaded guilty to the charges in July.
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Reiche and Brooks, 24, were hit by terrorism charges for placing a “shunt” on the tracks just before a crude oil train was scheduled to run on the tracks.
A shunt is a device that disrupts train signals and safety measures, including guardrails, and can lead to fatal and disastrous consequences, the Post Millenial reported.
The couple were caught in the act of trespassing on surveillance footage and arrested by Whatcom sheriff’s deputies, who discovered the shunt in the tracks and saw Reiche carrying a paper bag containing gloves, a drill , magnetic tape, and other items that would be used to install a shunter.
The magnets on the shunt are said to have interfered with the system’s signals indicating the arrival of a train, with U.S. Deputy Attorney Sok Jiang pointing out to the jury in oral argument that the shunt “disrupted the signaling system designed to prevent trains from breaking. ‘crash into each other or crash into cars. “
“A car crossing the intersection (near the shunt) would not have a warning that a train was coming,” continued the US lawyer.
As of January last year, 41 shunts have been placed on Bellingham tracks, with BNSF police and the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force working together on the case.
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According to the affidavit, allegations of responsibility for the domestic terrorist attack circulated on the Antifa website itsgoingdown.org.
An article on the website encouraged further attacks to disrupt construction of the Canadian Coastal GasLink Pipeline, saying the attacks were carried out in solidarity with Canadian Native American tribes seeking to “fight the colonial invasion.”
Houston Keene is a reporter for Fox News Digital. You can find him on Twitter at @HoustonKeene.