An ISIS-supporting Arizona man who was arrested after a dramatic confrontation with a police officer is asking a judge to release him from jail before his trial on charges of aggravated assault and terrorism.
Ismail Hamed initiated a dramatic confrontation with a Maricopa County Sheriff’s Deputy after making a call to the deputy in which he pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. After a police officer arrived at his location in Fountain Hills, Arizona, Hamed began throwing rocks at the officer and brandishing a knife. He was shot by the officer after approaching him, and entered police custody after receiving treatment at an area hospital.
The entire shocking incident and Hamed’s phone call to the police in which he pledged allegiance to ISIS were caught on tape. Watch here:
“I’m owing my allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria… I just want a cop to come real quick, and I want to deal with them.”
Now, Hamed’s attorney Mark Mendoza is asking an Arizona judge to release the 18-year old man, who was previously a high school student, from jail. He claimed that Hamed is having a difficult time in jail. “During his incarceration [Hamed] has endured many difficulties being away from his family, including isolation, stress/anxiety, and harassment from others in the jail,” the lawyer claimed in a court filing.
It’s unsurprising that some of Arizona’s jail inmates might not take too kindly to an ISIS sympathizer in their midsts, but it’s a bit alarming that Hamed’s lawyers think he’s going to receive a ‘get-out-of-jail free’ card after orchestrating a poorly thought through terrorist plot. It’s possible Hamed’s plot was devised with the hopes of achieving martyrdom, but now the highly disturbed young man will face a lengthy prison sentence instead.
ANTIFA-Linked Washington Women, Former Democrat Organizer Charged With Terrorist Attack in Train Derailment Plot
Two women are charged with attacks on railroad infrastructure.
Two ANTIFA-linked Bellingham, Washington women were federally charged on counts of terrorist attack and violence against a railroad carrier on Monday, with the Department of Justice alleging Ellen Reiche and Samantha Brooks placed a “shunt” on railroad tracks in Whatcom County.
The shunt device in question disrupts the low level electrical current on the tracks and can disable various safety features. Charging documents indicate that previous shunting incidents had caused dangerous situations for traveling trains and almost resulted in a spill of hazardous materials at least once.
Reiche(pictured), 23, and Brooks, 27, were arrested on Saturday night. In a charging press release, US Attorney Brian Moran reveals that authorities have discovered 41 incidences in which dangerous shunts were placed on railroad tracks belonging to BNSF Railroads since January.
According to reports on her now-deleted Linkedin page, Reiche was previously employed as a Deputy Field Organizer for Washington State Democrats. She appears to be something of an environmentalist type, working as a park aide for the state, a naturalist for Outer Island Excursions, and a mentor for Wild Whatcom. Reiche also has a bachelor’s degree in German from the University of Western Washington.
Photography of Reiche’s vehicle released in the Department of Justice charging document reveals an “Indigenous Land” bumper sticker, suggesting the territorial United States was stolen from Native Americans.
Charging documents reveal that claims of responsibility for the shunt placements were posted onto anarchist website itsgoingdown.org, a platform used by ANTIFA militants to plan property destruction, violent crimes, and attacks on traditional American statues. The post regarding the placement of the shunt invoked supposed solidarity with Native American groups who oppose the construction of a Canadian oil pipeline.
“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,” cites the charging documents.
A railroad safety deputy chief describes witnessing the two women placing the shunt device on railroad tracks by use of a game camera on November 28th. Whatcom County Sheriff’s Deputies were alerted, and when the two women were found at the scene, they claimed they were merely looking for lost keys. However, authorities determined Reiche was in “possession of a brown paper bag that contained rubber gloves, a piece of black insulated copper wire, and a Makita Drill with a wheel-shaped wire brush attachment in the chuck.” The same wire had been used in previous shunting devices. A shunt was ultimately discovered near where the two women were confronted by sheriff’s deputies.
The terrorist suspects were released from jail in advance of a scheduled December 14th court appearance. The criminal charges are punishable by sentences of up to 20 years in prison. Their booking information at the Whatcom County Jail specifies state charges filed against the leftist militants.
Both of them are identified as Bellingham, Washington residents in the DOJ press release.
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