Federal Bureau of Investigation accuses man of plotting Christmas Day terror attack in San Francisco

Posted December 23, 2017

A California man who pledged support for Islamic State was planning a Christmas attack on San Francisco's Pier 39, according to Federal Bureau of Investigation officials, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The FBI says 26-year-old Everitt Aaron Jameson, a Modesto tow truck driver that had recently converted to Islam was taken into custody at his home on Wednesday morning.

Jameson described Christmas as the "perfect day" to commit the attack, and "explained that he also desired to use explosives, and described a plan in which explosives could "tunnel" or "funnel" people into a location where Jameson could inflict casualties", according to the court document, which said his preferred weapon for the attack would've been an assault rifle.

The FBI said he eventually began talking about attacking Pier 39 in San Francisco, a popular tourist attraction, because he knew it to be a crowded area.

Court documents say the arrest was based on pro-ISIS and pro-terrorism social media postings and comments Jameson made to an undercover agent.

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The terror plot seemed to unravel earlier this week.

It was too late: Two days later, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents descended on Jameson's home in Modesto and served a search warrant that reportedly turned up several handguns, a rifle, assorted fireworks, and a last will and testament notarized a month ago.

He also voiced support for the Halloween Day truck attack in NY which killed eight people.

"I was a soldier in the Kuffar army before I reverted", Jameson told the undercover agent, according to the criminal complaint.

"We are grateful that our hardworking law enforcement partners remain vigilant in protecting our communities, especially during this holiday season", U.S. Attorney Phillip Talbert said in a statement.

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"You've allowed Donald J Trump to give away Al Quds to the Jews", wrote Jameson. Before the discharge, he earned a sharpshooter rifle qualification in basic recruit training.

"I'm glad to know we Muslims are finally hitting back", Jameson told the informant.

While in communication with the undercover agents, Jameson reportedly expressed admiration following the October 31 terror attack in New York City in which a driver drove a box truck through a busy pedestrian and bicyclist thruway in Lower Manhattan, killing eight people. It was signed by Abdallah Abu Everitt Ibn Gordon Al-Amriki and was dated December 16.

He concluded his note by stating, "Long live Isil, Long Live Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi".

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