connectVideoCoast Guard officer arrested on gun charges had hit list of media personalities and Democratic lawmakers
Federal prosecutors say Coast Guard Lt. Christopher Paul hasson allegedly planned to kill top Democratic lawmakers and media personalities; the national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin reports.
A U. S. Coast Guard lieutenant arrested last week on weapons and drugs charges, is a white nationalist who apparently had a hit list of Democratic lawmakers and activists as a prominent media personalities, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.
In a motion for pretrial detention filed in federal court in Maryland, authorities said Lt. Christopher Paul hasson, 49, was Friday arrested and accused of unlawful possession of a firearm and an opioid called Tramadol.
However, the submission described the costs as “the proverbial tip of the iceberg,” and referred to hasson as a “domestic terrorists” who intended to “the murder of innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country.”
The request was first noted by scientists at the George Washington University Program on Extremism.
Prosecutors say hasson regularly read in a manifesto written by Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian far-right extremist that 77 people were killed in a pair of 2011 terror attacks, and stored weapons and ammunition. According to the documents, the federal agents recovered 15 firearms and “conservative” more than 1000 rounds of ammunition from hasson “cramped basement apartment” in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Prosecutors say that these firearms and ammunition was found in the Coast Guard Lt. Christopher hasson’s Maryland apartment.
(Ministry of Justice)
According to the document, hasson organized in a spreadsheet so-called “traitors” which he divided into three categories: A,B, and C. the so-called “Category A” traitors to Democratic Sens. Chuck Schumer of New York, Tim Kaine of Virginia, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut (referred to as “Sen blumen jew” in the spreadsheet), Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts (referred to as “poca warren”), Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kamala Harris of California.
Also included in the “Category A” were of the House of representatives Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Rep. Alexandria Oscasio-Cortez, D-N. Y., Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., MSNBC personalities Joe Scarborough, Chris Hayes and Ari Melber as CNN host Don Lemon. Names in the “Category B” list included Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., CNN personalities Chris Cuomo and Van Jones, and the Democratic Socialists of America.
Prosecutors say hasson Googled topics such as “what if trump illegally deposed,” “best place in dc to see congress people,” and “civil war if asset disposed” about a month before his arrest.
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The filing said hasson had adopted extremist views for the year,” and quoted a letter he asked for “a well-known American neo-Nazi leader” in September 2017, nearly two months after the deadly violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. In the letter, hasson described himself as “a long-time White Nationalist, I have a skinhead 30 plus years ago before my time in the army.” Hasson added that “I am fully behind the idea of a white homeland … We need a white homeland as Europe seems to be lost. How long we can keep and prevent n—–ization of the Northwest to white people wake up on their own or be forced to make a decision on whether to roll over and die, and to stand, remains to be seen.”
Three months earlier, prosecutors say hasson drafted an e-mail to “friends”, in which he said that he was “dreaming of a way to kill almost every last person on earth. I think a plague would be the most successful, but how do I acquire the necessary/ Spanish influenza, botulism, anthrax still not sure but will find something.”
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In the same e-mail, hasson wondered: “Start with biological attacks, followed by an attack [sic] on the food supply … bipartisan [sic] attack, it may seem to success. Institute a bombing/sniper-campaign.”
The prosecutors said hasson was an acquisitions officer for the National Security Cutter Acquisition Program who had been assigned to the Coast Guard’s headquarters in Washington since June of 2016. He has served in the marine Corps and the Army National Guard.
A detention hearing for hasson is scheduled for 1 pm, Thursday in federal court in Greenbelt, Maryland, just outside Washington.
Fox News’ Jake Gibson contributed to this report.