Everitt Jameson reportedly expressed support for jihadists on social media for planning a suicide bombing in San Francisco
A Northern California tow-truck driver was this week arrested and accused of planning an ISIS-inspired Christmas Day suicide attack on Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco.
Everitt, Aaron Jameson, 26, faces a count of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.
In a statement, Acting San Francisco Mayor, London Breed will be credited for the “diligent efforts of the FBI and local law enforcement agencies” for the planned attack and announced that the San Francisco Police Department would have an increased presence in the city.
“San Francisco is a city which is proud to be champions of democracy, freedom and liberty,” Breed said. “Too bad, that makes our home a target. We will not allow the attempts thwarted by a dangerous individual to disrupt our way of life. We will remain vigilant and continue to protect our city from any threat.”
A spokeswoman for the FBI’s San Francisco field office said in a statement that there was “no specific and credible threat to the Bay Area at this time” and “the public was never in danger.”
In an 11-page affidavit filed in federal court in Fresno Friday, FBI special agent Christopher McKinney claimed that Jameson espoused “radical jihadi beliefs” on social media. According to the agent, Jameson “liked” and “loved” ISIS-related social media posts, including one that threatened a Christmas attack in New York City.
Jameson also allegedly expressed support for Sayfullo Saipov, an Uzbek immigrant who drove a rented truck down a Lower Manhattan bike path on Halloween, killing eight people and injuring 11 others.
Tourists to San Francisco are drawn to Pier 39 with the sea lions that live on floating docks.
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“I am happy to know that we, Muslims, are finally hitting back,” Jameson wrote an FBI informant, he was communicating with. “The Kuffar deserve everything and more for the lives they have taken,” he added, using an Arabic term for “non-believer.
Earlier this month, McKinney said an undercover FBI agent began to communicate with Jameson and asked how he could help ISIS. Jameson allegedly responded, “I was a soldier in the Kuffar army before I reverted. I am trained in the struggle and the things of the war. [God willing, something of that nature.”
McKinney said Jameson attended Marine basic training, “or about” June 2009 and “graduated a few months later.” Jameson trained as a sharpshooter, but was later fired for not disclosing a history of asthma.
Fisherman’s Wharf attracts millions of tourists to San Francisco in the year.
On Dec. 16, McKinney claimed Jameson met with a second undercover FBI agent and “expressed that he was willing to do anything for ‘the cause,'” including travel to fight with ISIS in Syria. At the same meeting, Jameson allegedly presented a bomb-and-gun attack on Pier 39, a popular tourist area on the San Francisco waterfront. Jameson added that “he does not and has no need for an escape plan, because he was ready to die,” McKinney wrote in his affidavit.
Pier 39, filled with restaurants, bars and souvenir shops, is the home of the San Francisco, an aquarium, and offers a good place to photograph sea lions that gather in the marina.
That night, Jameson allegedly suggested a martyrdom letter swear allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and criticizing the AMERICAN President Donald Trump.
“Each of the Kuffar in this Nationalist, Godless society has a hand in this,” the note read. “Donald J Trump in the hands of the Al Quds [Jerusalem] and the Jews. Both You and he are wrong, it belongs to the [Muslims] … These actions will continue until the Lions of Islam to catch up.”
Two days later, however, Jameson appeared to get cold feet about his plan. In a conversation with the second undercover FBI agent, Jameson allegedly said: “I … don’t think I can do this. I’ve reconsidered.”
“[God willing], one day, I can,” Jameson added. “But I can’t.”
On Wednesday, FBI agents searched Jameson’s home in Modesto and recovered fireworks, two rifles and a 9mm pistol along with several magazines. When questioned by FBI agents, Jameson, “said his support of ISIS and terrorism” and said that “he would be happy if there is an attack.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.