Although there has been plenty of media coverage of the terrorist plot uncovered and thwarted by the FBI in San Francisco, the charges he faced on Friday didn’t seem to merit any kind of attention from the President of the United States — this, despite being both a Muslim and pledging his allegiance to ISIL. But with even the least bit of thought, it becomes abundantly clear why:
He’s a white, American, Ex-Marine. Doesn’t do much for either the border wall argument or the Muslim ban, does it?
But Everitt Aaron Jameson was a terrorist nonetheless, who was planning to detonate an explosive device at Pier 39 on Christmas Day, according to an FBI affidavit. He was incredibly effective at his job, earning a “sharpshooter” qualification in the Marines before he was discharged for failing to reveal a history of asthma.
And as has been pointed out, Jameson was a convert to Islam, albeit a radical sect that believes in these types of acts, as opposed to the vast majority of Muslims, who of course condemn the actions of any terrorist as cowardly and unrepresentative of their religion.
But what set Jameson off, according to the FBI agent in charge of his case, was detailed in the notes he left behind in the Modesto, California home where he was arrested. Among the items seized during the execution of a warrant for the home were guns, ammunition, explosives, and two documents that were in sealed envelopes: His last will and testament, and a note dated December 16, 2017.
“Al Quds” is the Arabic name of the city we call Jerusalem. Jameson specifically cited Trump’s decision to unilaterally declare the city Israel’s capital, which brings the opposition to Trump’s decision full circle — not only did nearly every country in the UN oppose the designation, but terrorists are now using it as an excuse to carry out attacks on American citizens.
In fact, in undercover communications between the FBI and Jameson dated before the Trump decision on Jerusalem, he expressed doubts about going through with his plan. Ultimately, Trump’s hubris and insistence that he speaks for all of America galvanized Jameson’s resolve to carry out the attack.
Everett Aaron Jameson would not have been stopped by a wall or a ban, and his radicalization came at the hands of our most racist, xenophobic president ever.
Let’s hope we can be rid of Donald Trump before he turns even more of our soldiers against us.
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