Federal Bureau of Investigation thwarts ISIS-inspired Christmas terror attack on San Francisco

Man Held Over Christmas Attack Plot in San Francisco

Federal Bureau of Investigation thwarts ISIS-inspired Christmas terror attack on San Francisco

The FBI said Thursday it had arrested a man for allegedly planning a Christmas Day terror attack in San Francisco.

He was charged in the Eastern District Court of California with attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization and faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

According to court documents, Mr. Jameson had several online interactions with a confidential source in which he expressed support for the October 31 terrorist attack in New York City and offered his services for “the cause.”.

Jameson allegedly told an undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation agent that he planned to target the Pier 39 in San Francisco by remotely detonating explosives and then shooting people with an automatic rifle as they fled.

"Jameson also stated that Christmas was the ideal day to commit the attack", the documents read.

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The terror plot seemed to unravel earlier this week.

The suspect outlined to undercover agents how he wanted to use explosives to target crowds at the pier between December 18 and 25 because "Christmas was the ideal day to commit the attack".

Jameson said the U.S. needed "another attack like NY or San Bernardino", adding that he wanted to use vehicles and firearms to carry out an attack.

The FBI also discovered a handgun along with ammunition.

Jameson "espoused radical jihadi beliefs" and meant to carry out the attack in support of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), authorities allege.

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Jameson said he would go to the mountains to build bombs for the attack. "Both you and he are wrong, it belongs to the [Muslims]".

When the undercover agent replied, "We can only do Allah's will", James reportedly replied, "Inshallah (God willing) one day I can".

Jameson told the agent that they needed something along the lines of the NY truck attack or the 2015 terror attack in San Bernardino. He named Donald Trump and the Jews as the reasons for this "godless society", and he explained the attack was the reason "we have penetrated and infiltrated your disgusting country". "Allahu Akbar! The Kuffar deserve everything and more the lives they have taken".

The agent learned Jameson had prior military experience with the U.S. Marine Corps. Long live Isil, Long Live Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. During the raid, Jameson told the Federal Bureau of Investigation of his support for ISIS and his plan for attack, noting that he would be happy if an attack was carried out.

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