Man accused of plotting terror attack on SF's Pier 39

A screenshot from Everitt Aaron Jameson’s Facebook page

A former Marine sharpshooter has been arrested for allegedly planning to bomb and shoot up San Francisco's popular Pier 39 on Christmas in support of ISIS.

Everitt Aaron Jameson, 26, was arrested Wednesday and has since been charged in federal court with attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. According to the agent, Jameson "liked" and "loved" ISIS-related social media posts, including one that threatened a Christmas attack in New York City. He also "liked" and "loved" a Facebook post that depicted a Santa Claus standing in NY with a box of dynamite.

Jameson met with an Federal Bureau of Investigation undercover employee he believed to be associated with ISIS and described his interest in planning and undertaking a violent attack in San Francisco, the report said. During that December 16 meeting, according to court documents, Jameson suggested he could orchestrate an attack similar to those in NY on October 31, in which a rented truck was used to mow people down, and San Bernardino in 2015.

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".

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In the affidavit, Jameson said that he needed ammunition, powder, tubing and nails and that he was trained in the use of both M-16 and AK-47 rifles. McKinney also said Jameson claimed he did not need an escape plan because he was ready to die.

The FBI said Jameson was inspired by the terrorist attack by a truck driver in New York City, and by the San Bernardino fatal shootings in 2015. He was eventually discharged for "fraudulent enlistment", apparently because he failed to disclose a history of asthma to the recruiters.

The FBI's investigation began on September 19, when an FBI informant reported a suspicious Facebook account.

Jameson allegedly believed he was working with ISIS, according to authorities. Jameson returned the call and learned the name of the employee, but not the employer. A search warrant was executed at his Modesto home, and several firearms were found, along with fireworks.

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