The Manhattan Truck Attack Triggered This US Military Veteran To Join ISIS

Anders Hagstrom | Justice Reporter

When U.S. military veteran Everitt Jameson saw a terrorist murder eight Americans by driving a truck down a Manhattan bike path in October, his reaction was to contact ISIS and offer to join “the cause,” according to the Justice Department.

The DOJ indicted Jameson Thursday on charges of attempting to support a terrorist organization after the veteran contacted an undercover FBI agent in December who he thought was connected with senior-level ISIS leaders. Jameson stayed in contact with various undercover agents from the end of October through Dec. 20, telling them that his experience in the military had prepared him for combat and war. He offered those skills to assist in a terror attack in his home state of California.

“Jameson described to a person whom he believed was working for ISIS that he was well-versed with the Anarchist Cookbook, described how to build pipe bombs out of PVC pipe, gunpowder, nails and BBs, asked for remote timing devices from that person, and described how to use such destructive devices in an attack on Pier 39 in San Francisco, California to funnel people into an area in order to shoot them,” the DOJ wrote.

Jameson was one of several Americans indicted for joining or supporting terror organizations in December. Texas teen Kaan Sercan Damlarkaya was arrested and charged on Dec. 12 of attempting to join ISIS twice, and New York woman Zoobia Shahnaz was indicted on Dec. 15 for laundering nearly $100,000 in bitcoin for ISIS before attempting to travel to Syria.

“Federal law enforcement deserves our thanks for stopping a potential terrorist attack during the busy holiday season,” said Attorney General Sessions in the DOJ press release. “The Department of Justice will continue to take every lawful step we can to disrupt plots and to protect our nation from foreign and domestic threats, including the dangerous threat posed by radical Islamic terrorism.”

Jameson faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each count he is convicted on.

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