Earlier this week, federal officials arrested a man who was allegedly plotting to engage in a terrorist attack. Disturbingly, it appears like he was planning the attack on Christmas.
Specifically, Everitt Aaron Jameson, a 26-year-old former Marine who was discharged for “fraudulent enlistment” for not disclosing that he has asthma, was recently arrested by the FBI for allegedly planning a Christmas terrorist attack at Pier 39 in San Francisco. Upon being taken into custody, Jameson was charged with “providing material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization.” If convicted, he could face up to 20 years behind bars.
According to reports, Jameson reportedly chose Pier 39 because he was “familiar with the area” and knew that it was “heavily crowded.” When asked by undercover agents who he thought were fellow jihadists when he was thinking about engaging in the attack, he told them that “Christmas was the perfect day.” As for an escape plan, Jameson dismissed the idea. Instead, he told them that “he was ready to die.”
In court documents, federal officials noted that Jameson, who was working as a tow truck driver prior to his arrest, regularly “espoused radical jihadi beliefs” and had told undercover agents that he was “ready to die” in a terrorist attack. They also accused him of “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.’”
Authorities learned most of the details about his sinister plot while conducting an undercover sting operation. During the operation, an agent met with Jameson and spoke building an explosive device.
A few days after their conversation, the agent then tried to follow-up with Jameson but he told him he was busy. He then went on to essentially back out of the plan, telling the agent, “I also don’t think I can do this after all. I’ve reconsidered.” When the officer told him that people can only do Allah’s will, he replied, “In Sha Allah, [God willing], one day I can. But I can’t [right now].”
Several days later, a search warrant was issued for Jameson’s home, which FBI agents subsequently raided. While searching the premises, investigators found “a Winchester .22 caliber rifle, [a] Ruger M77 rifle, a 9mm handgun, ammunition, [and] fireworks.”
They also found a will and a handwritten manifesto. “I Abdallah adu Everitt ibn Gordon have committed these acts upon the Kuffar, in the name of Dar al Islam, Allahu Akbar!” began Jameson in his manifesto.
“You all have brought this upon yourselves. There is no innocent Kuffar! Each and every Kuffar in this Nationalistic, Godless society has a hand in this,” he added.
“You’ve allowed Donald J Trump to give away Al Quds to the Jews. Both You and he are wrong, it belongs to the Muslemeen. We have penetrated and infiltrated your disgusting country. These Acts will continue until the Lions of Islam overtake you. Turn to Allah, make tawbah and fight with us, the soldiers who fight in the day and the night,” continued Jameson, noting, “Allah SWT is most forgiving, I am not. Long live Isil, Long Live Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Allahu Akbar! Abdallah abu Everitt ibn Gordon al-Amriki.”
Frighteningly, this wasn’t the only terrorist attack to be recently thwarted by law enforcement officials. Earlier this month, for example, the CIA reportedly helped Russian security services stop an attack on the Kazan Cathedral in St. Petersburg.
A terrorist attack in the UK was also recently foiled following the arrest of four men during a series of raids in Sheffield, South Yorkshire and Chesterfield, Derbyshire. As of now, however, details about their alleged plot are still unclear.
And several months ago, three men were arrested in Paris after their apartment “bomb-making factory” was discovered by local police. They found the factory thanks to a call from a plumber working in the building about devices that looked like detonators.
Terrorism is a massive problem currently plaguing the entire world. Countries must have a zero tolerance policy towards it. This means that anyone caught engaging in, or conspiring to engage in, a terrorist attack must be punished as severely as possible. Hopefully, with Jameson, this is exactly what happens.