California Man Formally Indicted For Plotting To Blow Up Pier

Ceria Alfonso
Enero 5, 2018

A lawyer for Jameson argued that his client is mentally ill and does not have the proper capacities to be able to carry out such an attack. Lee said the Federal Bureau of Investigation found no bomb-making materials when they searched his home, and that two rifles and a handgun were legally owned by a relative and were locked in a gun case where Jameson couldn't get them.

Court records say that from October 24 to December 20, Jameson was working on the plot.

The FBI arrested Jameson three days before Christmas after he talked about his plans to undercover agents, including one he thought was associated with the Islamic State group. James told them he was well versed in the "Anarchist Cookbook", a how-to handbook on making explosive devices, the affidavit says.

The indictment and a previously released Federal Bureau of Investigation affidavit say he described to agents how to build pipe bombs, described where he meant to assemble the bombs, asked for remote timers, and described how he meant to use the bombs "to funnel people into an area in order to shoot them".

Jameson asked for "remote timing devices from the person he believed was working for ISIS", the San Luis Obispo Tribune reported, citing court records.

According to the affidavit, Jameson said Christmas Day "was the ideal day to commit the attack", which would be styled after the October 31 attack in New York City in which a man killed eight people when he drove a truck down a bike lane, the affidavit said.

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Facebook photo of Everitt Aaron Jameson, 26, of Modesto, who is accused of plotting a Christmas terrorism attack on San Francisco's Pier 39.

According to the criminal complaint unsealed December 22, during the almost two-month-long investigation, Jameson "has 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..."

He allegedly targeted Pier 39, a popular tourist destination, because he "he had been there before" and determined it would allow him to "funnel" people into a location where he could inflict many casualties, the Federal Bureau of Investigation says in court papers.

Mr Lee added that his client told the Federal Bureau of Investigation undercover employee: "I also don't think I can do this after all".

Jameson was discharged from the Marine Corps after little more than four months in 2009 for failing to disclose a history of asthma.

Jameson is being held in the Fresno County Jail without bail pending his trial.

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