Man Planning San Francisco Christmas Attack Arrested

Man Planning San Francisco Christmas Attack Arrested

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 documents also say Jameson was posting and liking pro-ISIS and pro-terrorism content on Facebook.

According to the FBI, Jameson was identified as an ISIS supporter in September based on his social-media activity, which was brought to authorities' attention by an agency informant.

Jameson was reportedly inspired by other terror attacks, such as the NY vehicle ramming terror attack on October 31, and the 2015 shooting in San Bernadino. The note also seemed to express anger over President Donald Trump's recent decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. 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. He had prior military experience with a "sharpshooter" rifle qualification and expertise with rifle marksmanship.

Jameson, a tow truck driver who lives in Modesto, offered to make use of his vehicle.

The agent told Jameson to hold off until he got approval from ISIS higher-ups.

"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.

"I also don't think I can do this after all", Jameson wrote.

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"Jameson clarified that he likewise wanted to utilize explosives and depicted a play in which explosives could "passage" or "channel" individuals into an area where Jameson could cause setbacks", McKinney composed.

The complaint also said Jameson sought assistance from the undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation agent, including procurement of an assault rifle, ammunition, powder, tubing and nails to make a pipe bomb. The FBI says he sought materials that could be made into a pipe bomb from an agent.

On Dec. 20, a search warrant was served at a residence in Modesto.

The time in question for the attack was between December 18 and 25 because, according to Jameson, "Christmas was the ideal day to commit the attack".

Jameson converted to Islam two years ago, the court document said.

"[God willing], one day I can", Jameson added. They found a a couple of.45-caliber magazines, a Rugers model M77 and a Winchester 22. caliber rifle, ammunitions and some fireworks. Breed said there were no known additional threats to her city related to the investigation.

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