At a Glance | January 2

Sting Operation Snares Ex-Marine in Plot to Attack Tourist Site on Christmas 


A former Marine is being held without bail after the FBI charged that he told an undercover agent he wanted to bomb and shoot people on Christmas Day at Pier 39 (photo, right), a bustling San Francisco tourist spot. Everitt Jameson, 26, came to the FBI’s attention in September through a tip after praising ISIS on social media. Agents posing as ISIS operatives contacted Jameson asking if they could help, according to court documents filed with his arrest December 22. Jameson said he wanted a rifle, ammunition, powder, tubing, nails and remote detonators. He told the agent he would detonate explosives on Pier 39 that would “funnel” people toward a location where he could kill them. Jameson eschewed an escape plan because he “was ready to die.” An undercover agent on three or four occasions encouraged Jameson “to go home and think about what he was saying,” the FBI affidavit stated. Jameson, a tow truck driver from Modesto, California, attended basic recruit training in. He was discharged for failing to disclose a history of asthma, the affidavit said. A search of Jameson’s home found a letter he wrote that said Americans precipitated the attack by allowing President Trump “to give away Al Quds [Jerusalem] to the Jews.”

No Terror Ties Found to Gunman Who Shot at Pennsylvania Troopers and Police  

The gunman killed after firing at Pennsylvania State Troopers and Harrisburg police appears to have no connections to any terror group or terrorist activity, but his motive remains under investigation, authorities said December 28. Ahmed Aminamin El-Mofty was divorced, depressed over lack of family contact, and had money problems, Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico said. El-Mofty, 51, was an Egyptian immigrant who became a US citizen and lived in central Pennsylvania. He had no criminal record. El-Mofty fired shots at a state Capitol officer in downtown Harrisburg, striking his car several times, just after 4 p.m. December 22, Marsico said. About 20 or 30 minutes later, he fired several shots at a state trooper, grazing her once. El-Mofty approached pursuing city and state police in a residential area, firing from two handguns, and was shot and killed, Marsico said. Authorities found two propane tanks, one in a fanny pack and one by El-Mofty’s car.

ISIS Releases its 6th Episode of ‘Inside The Khalifah’

A video from the official ISIS propaganda outlet features an injured ISIS fighter identified as Abu Salih al-Amriki. Al-Amriki—who claims to be an American citizen—calls for sympathizers to conduct terrorist attacks in the United States. He recommends using a knife, or obtaining a rifle or pistol, to attack Americans so they “fear Muslims.” In the video, released December 27, the fighter also demands that all wounded ISIS fighters continue to fight despite leadership and territorial losses and calls President Trump “a coward” for attacking ISIS with airstrikes.

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