The FBI stated Friday that it discovered a martyrdom letter and several other weapons within the dwelling of a former Marine who stated he needed to hold out a Christmas Day assault on San Francisco’s Pier 39, a well-liked vacationer vacation spot.
Everitt Aaron Jameson, 26, a Modesto tow-truck driver, was charged Friday with making an attempt to supply materials help to a overseas terrorist group.
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Jameson informed an secret agent he believed to be related to senior management of the Islamic State group that he needed to conduct a violent assault on Pier 39, which is full of eating places, bars and memento outlets, as a result of it’s closely crowded, in response to an FBI affidavit.
He informed the secret agent that Christmas Day can be “the proper day to commit the assault” and that he “didn’t want an escape plan as a result of he was able to die,” the affidavit stated.
He requested for assist acquiring a completely computerized navy assault rifle, both an M-16 or an AK-47, together with ammunition and supplies to make explosives, together with nails, timers and distant detonators, the affidavit stated.
Nevertheless, Jameson informed the secret agent Monday that he had reconsidered and felt he couldn’t perform the assault in spite of everything, the affidavit says. He denied the allegations throughout a listening to in federal courtroom Friday.
His father, Gordon Jameson, stated he believes the FBI has the info unsuitable.
“He wouldn’t try this to harmless folks,” the elder Jameson informed the Merced Solar-Star . “He’s a loving, type individual that will by no means harm no one.”
Everitt Jameson was underneath surveillance and “the general public was by no means in imminent hazard,” FBI spokeswoman Katherine Zackel stated in an announcement.
She and San Francisco Performing Mayor London Breed each stated there aren’t any different recognized threats, although police elevated their presence all through town after being notified of the FBI investigation a number of days in the past.
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“San Francisco is a metropolis that proudly champions democracy, freedom and liberty. Sadly, that makes our dwelling a goal,” Breed stated in an announcement. “We is not going to permit the thwarted makes an attempt of 1 harmful particular person to disrupt our lifestyle. We are going to stay vigilant and proceed to guard our metropolis from any menace.”
Jameson had posted radical jihadist messages on-line, together with expressing help for the Halloween terror assault in New York Metropolis through which a driver used his truck to kill eight folks, the FBI stated.
“I’m glad to know we Muslims are lastly hitting again,” Jameson informed an company informant. He provided to make use of his tow truck to help the trigger, the affidavit says.
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The FBI started investigating in mid-September when it realized that Jameson was expressing help for posts that favored terrorism or the Islamic State group. He “liked” a web based publish that confirmed Santa Claus threatening an assault in New York with a field of dynamite.
Brokers raided his dwelling Wednesday, discovering a martyr’s letter signed with an Islamic variation of his identify, alongside together with his final will and testomony up to date in November. Additionally they discovered fireworks, two rifles and a 9mm handgun.
Throughout the search, Jameson “acknowledged his help of ISIS and terrorism and mentioned features of the plan to hold out an assault, noting that he can be comfortable if an assault was carried out,” the affidavit says.
He was arrested Friday and faces as much as 20 years in jail if convicted. At a courtroom listening to, he was ordered held for a Dec. 28 detention listening to.
The federal defender representing Jameson, Eric Kersten, didn’t return phone and electronic mail messages looking for remark.
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Jameson had attended Marine primary recruit coaching in 2009 and earned a sharpshooter rifle qualification. He was discharged for failing to reveal a historical past of bronchial asthma, the affidavit stated.
He referred to his navy service in feedback to undercover brokers.
“I’ve been skilled in fight and issues of warfare,” Jameson informed one agent.
Jameson made a pledge to the Muslim religion two years in the past at an Islamic heart in Merced, in response to the affidavit. A message left on the Islamic Middle of Merced was not instantly returned.
“The menace from radical Islamic terrorism is actual — and it’s severe,” Legal professional Common Jeff Classes stated in an announcement, however federal brokers are defending the nation from what he referred to as “an alleged plot to kill Individuals.”