A former U.S. Marine was planning a Christmas Day terrorist attack in San Francisco, according to court documents. He was was caught and charged on Friday with one count of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. Police say President Donald J. Trump’s decision to name Jerusalem as Israel’s capital motivated Everitt Aaron Jameson to plan the attack.
Jameson, an ex-Marine sharpshooter who converted to Islam after being discharged, is accused of planning an ISIS-inspired suicide attack on Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco. According to Fox News, he drafted a signed martyrdom letter, seized by federal investigators who obtained a search warrant for Jameson’s home, which contained an admission of the acts that he planned to execute, an oath of allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and criticism of President Trump.
In the letter, Jameson reportedly cited Trump’s controversial decision to officially recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital as the impetus of his resolve to act.
Jameson reportedly shared the details of his planned attack with an undercover FBI agent, who was posing as a jihadist operative. The Muslim convert intended to use a combination of explosives, firearms and a vehicle to carry in his terror attack plot, to be acted upon at the pier on Christmas day. Jameson reportedly said Christmas was “the perfect day to commit the attack,” according to the undercover agent.
Fox News reports:
On Wednesday, FBI agents searched Jameson’s home in Modesto and recovered fireworks, two rifles and a 9mm handgun, along with multiple magazines. When interviewed by FBI agents, Jameson “stated his support of ISIS and terrorism” and said that “he would be happy if an attack was carried out.”
The FBI arrested Jameson before he could act. He was charged on Friday for the planned terrorist attack, and could face a maximum of 20 years in prison if convicted.
Suicide note of failed Pier39 terrorist Everitt Aaron Jameson:
“We have penetrated and infiltrated your disgusting country. These acts will continue until the Lions of Islam overtake you” pic.twitter.com/GSLtMZ49eg
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) December 23, 2017
An ISIS-supporting tow truck driver was arrested by the FBI in Modesto after allegedly offering to carry out a terrorist attack on Christmas Day at Pier 39 https://t.co/QZYIyity3T
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) December 23, 2017
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