San Francisco terror attack on Christmas day thwarted by FBI sting operation, DOJ says

The Department of Justice has issued a press release revealing that former U.S. Marine Everitt Aaron Jameson, 26, of Modesto, has been arrested and charged with attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.

The arrest was made after active investigation and a successful sting operation conducted by the FBI.

Court documents show that Jameson expressed support on social media for the October 31 terror attack in New York City, and subsequently offered his support for the “cause”, highlighting his combat experience and knowledge of the targeted area, Pier 39.

Later, Jameson met with an undercover FBI agent who he thought was close to senior leadership in the terror organization known as ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, also known as ISIL.)

During those meetings, Jameson not only offered to carry out the attacks, but also offered financial support for the organization.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed said in a statement that though there are no additional known threats, the number of police personnel at the site would be increased.

Jameson has denied the allegation, according to a Modesto Bee report citing the accused’s federal public defender, Eric Kersten.

If convicted, Jameson faces a maximum statutory penalty of up to 20 years in prison, and a fine of $250,000.

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