Simmons said he was aware of ISIS and its role in worldwide terror last September, when he said a co-worker at the Cowan Road plant approached him during a cigarette break and asked about ISIS.
"He was like, 'Man, have you seen what's going on?'" Simmons said, adding that the coworker — who The Star Press attempted to contact through a Facebook message — claimed that ISIS had training camps in Indiana.
"He started smiling and laughing and said, 'Tim, you're probably in with them,'" Simmons said. "I look at him and say, 'OK, what if I am?' We all started laughing and joking."
Simmons said the co-worker continued to talk to Simmons and other welders about ISIS between September and December. Simmons said he also declined to help the co-worker move, saying that he didn't want to get his new pickup truck scratched.
On Dec. 14, Simmons said, he was called into the human resources office at Progress Rail.
"When they had me in the office, (they) asked, 'Did you say you were in with (ISIS)?'" Simmons said. "'Did you say anything about blowing up the building?' I said no."
Simmons said he was told that someone had sent a text message to a plant official "saying I was ISIS and I was going to blow the building up. I said, 'You're kidding me.'"
He was escorted from Progress Rail that day and was told he would be contacted by the FBI.
"I'm looking out my window, waiting for somebody to show up at my house," Simmons said. "I hear a car door, I look out. This made me nervous."
On Dec. 16, Sheridan went to the northside Muncie house where Simmons and his wife, Paula, live.
Simmons said Sheridan, a two-term Delaware County sheriff who has long been known by The Star Press to work with the Department of Justice, introduced himself and made small talk about Simmons' Harley-Davidson shirt and admired Simmons' motorcycle, parked in his garage.
"He asked me if I had Facebook or Twitter and he took all my passwords and user IDs," Simmons said. "He asked if I had a passport, if I had ever flown, if we've been on vacation this year, if I thought about building a pipe bomb, do I have electrical certifications." Simmons said he showed Sheridan around his house and maintained that Sheridan quickly determined there was nothing suspicious there.
Later that night, Simmons said, he was contacted by a Progress Rail representative and told that he had been fired.
"I told (the HR officer) that they found nothing, that they cleared me," Simmons said. "She said, 'Due to our internal investigation, you are terminated.'"
"After almost four years out there," he said. "I never clocked in a minute late. I worked all the overtime they needed when they couldn't get anyone else to do it." . . .So just like that, an innocent American is branded a terrorist, escorted from his job and fired. Adding insult to injury, Simmons can't find a job and the Indiana Department of Workforce Development has deemed him ineligible to receive unemployment benefits based upon the lie told by one of his co-workers. And may Komatsu continue to kick Caterpillar's butt if its HR department is this f _ _ _ ed up.
Ironically, Democrats in the U.S. Senate, including Indiana's Sen. Joe Donnelly (D) voted yesterday to block enhanced background investigations for the more than 100,000 Syrian refugees President Barack Obama plans to resettle in the United States. because it would be politically incorrect to ask these refugees about any possible ties to terrorism they have. They only come from a country in which arms and weapons were funneled by the United States to topple President Assad have been used to kill and maim hundreds of thousands of Syrians, wipe out their homes and communities and subject to almost every conceivable human deprivation known to mankind.
Yet innocent Americans like Simmons are being subjected to enhanced interrogations by their own government and having their lives destroyed because of a terrorist threat our own CIA funded, armed and trained to wreak havoc in the Middle East and elsewhere as part of their sick and twisted agenda to allow the global elites to become richer while they enslave the masses. It's absolutely sickening, and it's why so many people have lost total faith in their government and see little hope for the future of this country.