Man Planned Christmas Day Attack in San Francisco

23 December, 2017, 01:48 | Author: Kim Reid
  • San Francisco ISIS Terrorist Attack Thwarted

Agent McKinney said James specifically mentioned Pier 39 in San Francisco because he had been there before and knew it was a heavily crowded area.

Jameson described Christmas as the "perfect day" to commit the attack, and "explained that he also desired to use explosives, and described a plan in which explosives could "tunnel" or "funnel" people into a location where Jameson could inflict casualties", according to the court document, which said his preferred weapon for the attack would've been an assault rifle.

The 26-year-old reportedly stated that "Christmas was the flawless day" for a terror attack in San Francisco and "did not need an escape plan because he was ready to die".

However, the court documents reveal that Jameson backed out of the attack on December 18, during the plotting stage, when one of the undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation operatives tried to arrange a meeting.

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Pier 39, packed with restaurants, bars and souvenir shops, is one of San Francisco's most popular tourist spots.

She and San Francisco acting mayor London Breed both said there are no other known threats, though police increased their presence throughout the city after being notified of the FBI investigation several days ago.

She added, "We will not allow the thwarted attempts of one unsafe individual to disrupt our way of life". During his interactions with this undercover agent, he offered to carry out violent acts and to provide financial support for the terrorist organization, Mr. Talberts office says.

"We are grateful that our hardworking law enforcement partners remain vigilant in protecting our communities, especially during this holiday season", U.S. Attorney Phillip Talbert said in a statement.

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An FBI informant told officials that Jameson was "liking" and "loving" Facebook posts that were "pro-ISIS and pro terrorism", including one that featured an image of Santa Claus in New York City with dynamite. He "loved" an online post that showed Santa Claus threatening an attack in NY with a box of dynamite. They also found fireworks, two rifles and a 9mm handgun.

Officials have stopped a man who they say was plotting a terror attack in San Francisco over the holidays.

If convicted, Jameson could face up to 20 years in prison.

Jameson "identified a possible target location, noting that the best place would be a large area such as San Francisco", according to the court document. And according to the documents, the suspect was discharged from the Marine Corps. The agent said the NY attack he was referring to was the October 31 attack during which a driver used his truck to killed 9 people. Jameson also told the agent he "did not need an escape plan because he was ready to die". He attended the Merced Islamic Center "two or three times to worship by himself, but nobody there really knew him on a personal level,"according to KNSD-TV".

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