The FBI arrested and charged an ex-Marine plotting a Christmas Day terrorist attack on San Francisco’s Pier 39 on behalf of ISIS.
A resident of Modesto, California, 26-yo Everitt Aaron Jameson [Abdallah al-Amriki] is accused of providing “material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization” and being willing to do “do anything for the cause.”
The suspect was described as a former US Marine Corps recruit. According to the affidavit, he attended training in 2009 and earned a “sharpshooter” rifle qualification. Jameson was discharged from the Marine Corps after he failed to report that he had asthma.
On December 20, FBI officials found two .45 caliber magazines (one empty), four cylinder fireworks, one Winchester .22 caliber rifle, one Rugers model M77, an ammunition holder (with six rounds), one Sturm Ruger model handgun, and one empty handgun magazine in his residence.
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Jameson was in contact with two undercover FBI agents. He believed that one of them was associated with the ISIS leader, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi.
Jameson was accused of planning to carry out a vehicle attack on San Francisco’s Pier 39. He said that he “had been there before and knew it was a heavily crowded area.”
The FBI undercover agent said that Jameson was “liking” and “loving” Facebook posts that were “pro-ISIS and pro terrorism.”
Jameson has allegedly drawn inspiration from the October 31 attack in New York City that killed 8 people and the December 2, 2015 San Bernardino attack that killed 14.
However, it looks that the suspect backed out of the attack on December 18 when the undercover FBI operative tried to arrange a meeting. James rejected the idea and said he was “very busy tonight.”
The court documents reveal the next conversation:
“I also don’t think I can do this after all,” Jameson wrote. “I’ve reconsidered.”
“We only can do Allah’s will,” the agent replied.
“Inshallah [God willing] one day I can. But I can’t,” Jameson said.
Jameson converted to Islam two years ago.
What agents recovered at suspect’s home – letter, last will & testament, firearms and rounds pic.twitter.com/NbmcUgHDfW
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It still is not clear if Jameson was inspired by the FBI undercover agends or had own intention to conduct any terrorist attacks.