Man Planned Christmas Day Attack in San Francisco

23 December, 2017, 01:23 | Author: Phil Peters
  • FBI arrests man for allegedly planning ISIS-inspired Christmas season attack

Jameson specifically named Pier 29 in San Francisco as a target because he had been there and knew it was heavily crowded. At the same meeting, Jameson allegedly suggested a bomb-and-gun attack on Pier 39, a popular tourist area on the San Francisco waterfront. Court documents said he told the undercover operatives that he had no escape plan because he was ready to die.

The court document said the suspect, a tow truck driver, "espoused radical jihadi beliefs" in social media posts.

The suspect allegedly told the Federal Bureau of Investigation that "we need something along the lines of New York or San Bernardino", apparently referring to the shooting-related terrorist attack in Southern California in 2015 and the October 31 terrorist attack in New York City.

That night, Jameson allegedly drafted a note swearing allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and criticizing U.S. President Donald Trump. Law enforcement officials say the FBI began investigating him in September, after a tipster reported that Jameson was making pro-jihadi comments in a Facebook posting.

Jameson offered to use his tow truck to support the cause, the affidavit says. He posted a GIF of a crowd giving a standing ovation to an article discussing the Halloween Day terror attacks in NY.

The FBI confirmed that Jameson attended U.S. Marine Corps basic training and earned a "sharpshooter" rifle qualification.

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"I also don't think I can do this after all", Jameson wrote.

In subsequent communications with an undercover agent, he referred to his training in the US military and noted he had been trained for combat and war.

The affidavit says he said Christmas Day would be the flawless day for an attack. He wanted to use explosives to "funnel" people into an area where he could then fire upon the crowd, investigators said.

A search warrant was executed on Wednesday at Jameson's Modesto home.

On December 18, an Federal Bureau of Investigation undercover agent contacted Jameson, who replied, "I also don't think I can do this after all".

Sarah Jameson said that the family had been OK with her nephew converting to Islam, although they had joked with him about "blowing things up". At the point when the covert operator answered, "We can just do Allah's will", James supposedly answered, "Inshallah (God willing) one day I can". Several firearms were found, along with fireworks. Law enforcement officials said those materials were never provided.

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