FBI Foils San Fransisco Attack 2017-12-22

FBI arrested and charged a man in California charging him with plotting a terrorist attack on in San Francisco sometime between December 18 and December 25.

Profile:

Everitt Aaron Jameson

26 years of age

Tow truck driver

Modesto, California

US Marine (Other than honorable discharge for lying on his application)

Converted to Islam in 2015, he took his Shahada two years ago at the Merced Islamic Center of Merced, CA, USA

FBI reports that the have arrested and charged a man in California who was plotting a Christmas Day attack. The Complaint Case 1:17-mj-00225-BAM Document 1, Filed 12/22/17 (click here to view) alleges that Jameson:

  • Posted in many different venues online his support the October 31, 2017 subway attack near Times Square in NYC.
  • He has voiced support for the October 31, 2017, terror attack in New York City during which a driver used his truck to kill 8 people.
  • He outlined to FBI undercover agents a detailed plan to “utilize his US Marine marksman training”
  • Between Dec 18 & 25 (a Christmas day) attack on people on civilian soft targets in the area of the iconic Pier 39 on Fisherman’s wharf, a popular restaurant and shopping district.
  • The plan included the use of explosives in order to “funnel” people into an area where he could “inflict maximum casualties”.
  • He espoused radical jihadi beliefs, including authoring social media posts that are supportive of terrorism, communicating with people he believes share his jihadi views and offering to provide services to such people, including in the form of his presumably employer-provided tow truck in service of the "cause."
  • Jameson commonly refers to people he perceives to be enemies of radical Islam as "kufr," a derogatory Islamic temi for unbelievers, and specifically told an FBI Confidential Human Source (CHS) that he "beg[ged] to join the cause against darul kuffar." Darul (or Dar al, variant Dar ul) signifies the "land of disbelief’ and commonly is used by radical Islamists as a label for the United States or western nations.
  • He met with a person {an FBI Undercover Employee, "UCE2") he believed to be associated with senior leadership of the foreign terrorist organization ISIS and described to the UCE2 his interest in planning and undertaking a violent attack in San Francisco in support of ISIS.
  • Jameson also described providing the UCE2 with other forms of support, including financial support.
  • On September 19, 2017, a credible FBI Confidential Human Source (CHS) reported a suspicious Facebook account.
  • The Facebook persona was Everitt Aaron Jameson, vanity everittj. The Facebook id# was hidden.
  • The CHS reported Jameson was "Liking" arid "Loving" posts that were pro-ISIS and pro terrorism. To provide an example of the types of posts Jameson was "Liking" and "Loving" during this time period, the CHS reported to the FBI that Jameson "loved" a post on November 29, 2017 that is an image of Santa Claus standing in New York with a box of dynamite.
  • Jameson was establishing his Islamic credentials with the CHS, after which he offered his services as a tow truck driver to the CHS for purposes of supporting "the cause against darul kuffar." Based on my training and experience and the context of Jameson's interactions with the CHS, I assess that Jameson perceives "the cause" to signify engaging in terrorism to undermine the United States.
  • Jameson identifies himself as associated with the same cause as the perpetrator(s) of the New York City terror attack.
  • Jameson's referred to his service in U.S. Marine Corps "I was a soldier in the Kuffar army"
  • Jameson said that he was an Infantryman and was well versed in the "Anarchist Cookbook" (a reference to a book I am aware is publicly available and discusses among other things the construction of improvised explosives and devices).
  • Jameson stated that” we need something along the lines of New York or San Bernardino”
  • During the search of the residence, FBI Agents interviewed Jameson. At periodic times during that interview Jameson stated his support of ISIS and terrorism and discussed aspects of the plan to carry out an attack, noting that he would be happy if an attack was carried out.
  • Jameson noted that he would prefer an assault rifle. He also explained that he was trained in both the M-16 and an AK-47 rifle.
  • Jameson also stated that he needed timers and remote detonators (presumably for the explosive charges Jameson previously described to the UCE2).
  • Jameson said that he could get the PVC pipe, nails, and powder (presumably, black powder used for commercial explosives and ammunition). Based on my training and experience, I am aware that rudimentary explosives, such as pipe bombs, may be constructed with such readily-available materials as pipes, nails and explosive  powder  (such as black  powder  used  in rifle ammunition reloading).

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