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

23 December, 2017, 02:10 | Author: Marjorie Miles
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Two days later, however, Jameson appeared to be getting cold feet about his plan.

After an FBI investigation, Everitt Aaron Jameson, 26, was arrested and charged Friday with attempt to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. 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.

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.

On Facebook, Jameson, opposed President Trump's recent announcement that Jerusalem was the capital of Israel - a move which enraged millions of Muslims around the world.

According to an affidavit written by FBI Special Agent Christopher McKinney, Jameson espoused "radical jihadi beliefs", including social media posts that support terrorism and offering to give people who shared his beliefs rides in his company tow truck.

Jameson allegedly believed he was working with ISIS, according to authorities.

In November, Jameson filled out a "Franchise Tow Truck Driving Application" with the Modesto Police Department, prosecutors said.

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The employee said, "We only can do Allahs will", according to the document.

"Jameson also stated that Christmas was the flawless day to commit the attack", the documents read. He hoped to use explosives to "funnel" people to an area where he could kill them. An FBI employee called Jameson's mobile phone and hung up when Jameson answered in Arabic.

But by mid-December, investigators said, he decided against it, telling them, "I also don't think I can do this after all".

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

He wrote a letter stating among other things: "You all have brought this upon yourselves".

Jameson had also left a will signed a month earlier, as well as multiple firearms and ammunition. In 2009, he attended basic recruit training for the Marine Corps and later graduated with a "sharpshooter" qualification, but he was discharged for fraudulent enlistment because he failed to disclose a history of asthma.

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