[Ed. – There were foreshadowings of such an attempt by the same group a few years ago, just before a major Amtrak derailment, although analyzing them as such at the time was widely mocked by the Left.]
According to the federal complaint, the two suspects, Ellen Brennan Reiche and Samantha Frances Brooks, were arrested along the tracks of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (“BNSF”) Railroad while in possession of materials to be used as a “shunt” which “disrupts the low level electrical current on the tracks and can disable various safety features,” according to the DOJ press release.
Andy Ngo, editor for the Post-Millennial and long-time researcher of radical anarchist activities in the Pacific Northwest, noted Reiche had served as an organizer and campaigner for Washington State Democrats and was “a radical queer and environmental activist.” Upon arrest Reiche and Brooks were tied to a vehicle displaying a map of the United States overlaid with the phrase “Indigenous Land.”
Federal law enforcement had been investigating a series of over 41 separate incidents of shunts being placed on the BNSF tracks over the past year, including one which led to the decoupling of a train carrying placarded hazardous materials.