Militant anti-racists are the lead suspects in a series of catastrophic train derailments in the Pacific Northwest.
Last November two left-wing activists, Ellen Brennan Reiche and Samantha Frances Brooks, were caught red-handed placing devices intended to jam train signals on the BNSF tracks outside of Bellingham, Washington.
During the arrest, Reiche and Brooks, who both appear to be white, had anarchist propaganda on them suggesting they are supporters of indigenism, a philosophy that opposes the existence of European descended people in the United States.
The two women have been convicted or pled guilty recently. While on paper engaging in sabotage of federal rail infrastructure is a serious act of terrorism, federal prosecutors have signaled that they will be suggesting punishments on the low end of sentencing guidelines.
There have been numerous attempts at derailing trains running on the BNSF tracks in the past year, including a successful potential attack last December, two weeks after Brooks and Reiche were arrested.
Last week, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) released the findings of its investigation into the December 2020 derailment in Whatcom County, not far from where Reiche and Brooks were seen placing shunts to interfere with train signals.
According to the FRA report, "vandalism" may have been one of the causes for the crash. The incident caused 10 train cars to fly off the tracks and 29,000 gallons of crude oil to leak into the surroundings and engulf the area in flames. All residents within a half a mile radius of the crash were forced to evacuate.
The FBI claims it is investigating evidence that the crash was caused by human malice, but individuals in the railroad industry have been pushing for senate hearings in the Washington state legislature and are expressing frustration that the Department of Justice is not taking threats to their workers and train cars from left-wing terrorist sources seriously.
There is no reason to believe the spree of attacks on the BNSF rail line is limited solely to the two arrested women. The Antifa website It's Going Down, which hosts a lot of indigenist and Pacific Northwest relataed content, includes a guide on how to use shunts to derail trains.
The lack of incentives for arresting left-wing terrorists and Antifa has caused the FBI to ignore or even enable (by only arresting opponents of Antifa) the threat. In the last year, Oregon and Washington, local anarchists have been allowed to shoot people they disagree with, allegedly derail trains, burn down buildings, and even create new countries.