SEATTLE – A federal judge is expected to decide Thursday whether a Washington state man accused of mailing explosive devices to government agencies in the vicinity of Washington, D. C. is entitled to participate in his trial and assist in his defense.
Eleven packages containing explosives were sent to the authorities on March 16, according to an indictment, Thanh Cong Phan, of Everett, north of Seattle. The agencies — the Secret Service, Dahlgreen Naval base and FBI headquarters — to receive the packets on 26 March.
The devices were in glass flasks and bottles with a smokeless powder and a fuse, the indictment said.
The FBI followed the packages at a post office in the Mill Creek, Washington, and the surveillance photos connected to the packages to Phan, the FBI said. None of the devices ignited and no one was injured.
U. S. District Judge John Coughenour ordered a competency evaluation for Phan, 44, in April, just before his arrest. A competency report was filed under the seal of the court on June 15. The U. S. Attorney’s office filed a sealed memorandum on the competence of the previous week. Coughenour called a hearing for Thursday morning to discuss the competency question.
Included in the package sent to the FBI was a typed letter written with incoherent ramblings.”
According to the County Sheriff’s Office had a history with Phan, according to police reports and 911 dispatch tapes acquired by The Associated Press.
Phan had sent similar letters to the sheriff ‘s office, and often 911 or sms messages which the conspiracy theories about the mind-control programs, according to reports.
“This is not an emergency,” he said to the dispatch of the operator in one of the many conversations. “I have a problem with high-tech cyber terrorists. You understand the word cyber, right?”
He said that this cyber-terrorist was able to read his mind “of the FBI mind” via a wireless communication. They also had a hidden camera, he said, that was “on the sky and they can look to a house.”
Phan claimed this device can be used as a weapon. The cell towers were really microwave towers that could burn his body, ” he said.
“Keep in mind that I can talk, but I can’t hear very well because neuro-science terror, in my hearing,” he told dispatch. “It’s called synthetic telepathy. Control over my body wireless.”
He had dozens of this type of calls since 2016.
His letters said that the terrorists who are a photo id and broke into his e-mail and e-mail to send false information to the authorities. Phan warned that the terrorist tried to infiltrate the AMERICAN military, under the Navel stations in Bethesda and Everett.
A sheriff deputy, who helped the FBI the arrest, Phan in March, said that he was familiar with Phan because of his many calls to law enforcement.
During a meeting, “Thanh came about as a potential mental health topic, and no criminal conduct was established,” Vice-Nathan Smith said. Smith also interviewed Phan the neighbor, who said that he was “suffering from obvious mental health issues,” but he “generally was a good neighbor.”
Adam Winkler, a professor of constitutional law at the University of California, Los Angeles, said Phan the behavior in the run-up to the mailings was not enough to keep him in custody.
“If he threatened violence, the FBI could take action,” said Winkler. “You can’t arrest someone because they are crazy ideas.”