The FBI announced on Friday that it arrested California tow truck driver Everitt Aaron Jameson for plotting a Christmas terror attack on Pier 39 in San Francisco.
FBI documents state that Jameson planned to use his tow truck for a mass-casualty attack on Pier 39 because he “had been there before and knew it was a heavily crowded area.” He reportedly said Christmas would be “the perfect day to commit the attack.”
“I’m glad to know we Muslims are finally hitting back. Allahu Akbar! The kuffar deserve everything and more [for] the lives they have taken,” he allegedly told an FBI informant after the November 2 truck jihad attack in New York City, which killed eight people.
“Allahu akbar! It says he was one of us. May Allah grant him Jannah firtuidus Amin,” he said of New York City truck terrorist Sayfullo Saipov, indicating that he hoped Saipov would enter paradise as a reward for attacking the infidels.
Jameson also reportedly spoke approvingly of the attack on a Christmas party by a husband-and-wife jihadi team in San Bernardino in December 2015 and suggested his operation would include vehicles, explosives, and firearms. He told an undercover agent that America “needed another attack like New York or San Bernardino.”
Communicating with FBI assets he believed were representatives of the Islamic State, Jameson advertised himself as a military veteran and offered to put his skills at the service of the caliphate. In a meeting with undercover informants, he added that he was “well versed” in the Anarchist Cookbook, a manual for making bombs and other implements of terrorism. He also offered financial assistance to ISIS, offered to travel to Syria if needed, and said he was ready to die for “the cause.” He demonstrated fluency in spoken Arabic during a telephone call.
“I was a soldier in the kuffar army before I reverted,” he said. “I have been trained in combat and things of war. Inshallah, anything of that nature, as well as funding. Anything for Allah.”
Thankfully, the FBI worked swiftly and quickly to stop this man from causing any damage. The work of the police and FBI is long, arduous, and often thankless. Don’t forget to thank your local law enforcement this Christmas for the hard work and long hours they put in to serve and protect!