SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The FBI said Friday that it found a martyrdom letter and several weapons in the house of an ex-Marine who may have been planning a Christmas Day attack on a popular San Francisco tourist destination.
Everitt, Aaron Jameson, 26, a Modesto tow-truck driver, was charged Friday with attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. It was not clear whether he had a lawyer.
Jameson told an undercover agent that he believed to be associated with the leaders of the Islamic State, the group that he wanted to perform a violent attack on Pier 39 in San Francisco, because it was heavily crowded, according to an FBI statement.
He told the undercover agent that Christmas Day would be “the perfect day for the perpetration of the attack” and that he “did not need an escape plan, because he was ready to die”, the statement said.
Pier 39, filled with restaurants, bars and souvenir shops, is one of San Francisco’s most popular tourist spots. Home of the city’s aquarium, the pier offers free live music and street theatre, and offers a good place to photograph sea lions that gather in the marina.
An FBI spokeswoman said that currently there are no specific or credible threat to the Bay Area.
Jameson previously posted radial jihadist messages on the internet, including expressing support for the Halloween terrorist attack in New York City, where a driver and his truck to the killing of eight persons, the FBI said. Jameson offered to his tow truck in support of the cause, the affidavit says.
The FBI began investigating in mid-September, when it learned that Jameson was the expression of support for the messages that the preferred terrorism or the Islamic State of the group. He “loved” an online message that showed Santa Claus threatens an attack in New York with a box of dynamite.
Agents raided his home Wednesday, the find of a martyr, the letter is signed with an Islamic variant of his name, together with his last will and testament updated in November. They also found fireworks, two rifles and a 9mm pistol.
During the search, Jameson, “said his support of ISIS and terrorism, and discussed aspects of the plan to carry out an attack, noting that he would be happy if an attack was conducted,” the statement says.
Jameson, who was set for an afternoon court appearance in federal court in Fresno, was already at the Naval base recruit training in 2009 and earned a sharpshooter rifle qualification.
He was dismissed for not disclosing a history of asthma, the affidavit said. He referred to his military service, in comments to undercover agents.
“I am trained in the struggle and the things of the war,” he said to an agent.