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January 21 2018, 12:27 | Irvin Gilbert
California Man Arrested For Alleged Plot To Attack San Francisco Pier On Christmas
"Jameson specifically named Pier 39 in San Francisco as a target location because he had been there before and knew that it was a heavily crowded area, and that, according to Jameson, no reconnaissance or site survey would be necessary", FBI Agent Christopher McKinney wrote in the affidavit.
Jameson also told the undercover agent he wanted to use explosives to "tunnel or "funnel" people into a location where he could inflict casualties, according to the complaint". He reportedly said Christmas would be "the ideal day to commit the attack".
An individual reported Jameson for suspicious activity on Facebook after he allegedly posted GIFs of attacks in the USA and the New York City attack that left 8 people dead in October, court documents say.
When the undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation operatives asked what he needed for the attack, Jameson outlined an ambitious plan involving M-16 and/or AK-47 rifles, timers, remote detonators, and pipe bomb materials. According to a handwritten letter obtained by the FBI, Jameson also referred to himself as Abdallah adu Everitt ibn Gordon. Jameson said he could provide money, and even go to Syria.
In statements to undercover informants, Jameson outlined a plan that would have involved running civilians down with his truck, deploying improvised explosives, and using his skills as a Marine sharpshooter to increase the body count.
In November, Jameson filled out a "Franchise Tow Truck Driving Application" with the Modesto Police Department, prosecutors said. He said he needed ammunition, powder, tubing, nails, timers, and remote detonators.
Everitt Aaron Jameson, 26, faces one count of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. A search warrant was executed at his Modesto home, and several firearms were found, along with fireworks.
The FBI discovered that Jameson was discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps in June 2009. Investigators seized two.45 caliber magazines, several cylinder fireworks, a Winchester.22 caliber rifle, a Rugers Model M77 and a Sturm Ruger 9 mm handgun, along with a handwritten letter signed by an ISIS leader, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Jameson will appear in federal court in Fresno at 2 p.m.