California Narrowly Avoided a Christmas Day Terror Attack

Authorities say the man who planned to detonate explosives and carry out a mass shooting at San Francisco’s Pier 39 over the Christmas holiday was a 26-year-old white convert to Islam who had once served as a sharpshooter for the U.S. Marines.

Everitt Aaron Jameson, investigators confirm, was inspired by ISIS to carry out the attacks. He had expressed particular outrage over President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in the days leading up to the planned attack.

“Long live ISIL,” the Modesto, California native wrote in a note seized by federal investigators during a search of his home.

Jameson’s terror plot was foiled when he shared his plans with an undercover FBI agent posing as a jihadist. The FBI had taken an immediate interest in Jameson after seeing disturbing activity on his Facebook page.

In response to the plot, San Francisco police stepped up their presence over the Christmas and New Year holiday.

A preliminary hearing for Jameson is scheduled for Jan. 5.


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