U.S. Coast Guard Lieutenant Planned Mass Domestic Terror Attack, Targeting Politicians And Journalists: Feds
A U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant who described himself as a white nationalist allegedly stockpiled weapons, ammunition and a list of targets, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Joe Scarborough and Nancy Pelosi, with plans to launch a mass domestic terror attack.
Christopher Paul Hasson was arrested Friday for what officials called “the proverbial tip of the iceberg,” according to court records filed in U.S. District Court in Maryland and acquired by the Daily News
Hasson, described in the filing as a “domestic terrorist,” allegedly began compiling both supplies and targets as early as 2017 and intended to “establish a while homeland.”
“The defendant intends to murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country,” the government said in the filing.
Beginning in February 2017, Hasson allegedly began stockpiling weapons and tactical gear in multiple purchases dating until April 2018; law enforcement agents found 15 firearms and more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition at his Silver Spring, Maryland, apartment when they performed a search earlier this month.
Last month, he allegedly began compiling a list of targets of ” prominent Democratic Congressional leaders, activists, political organizations, and MSNBC and CNN media personalities,” including Sens. Tim Kaine, Chuck Schumer, Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, Cory Booker and Kamala Harris, as well as Rep. Maxine Waters, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, CNN hosts Chris Cuomo, Van Jones and Don Lemon, MSNBC host Chris Hayes and former Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta.
Officials believe Hasson, who self-identified as a white nationalist, was taking notes from a manifesto written by Norwegian citizen Behring Breivik, who killed 77 citizens in two coordinated terror attacks in July 2011. Breivik spent three years writing a manifesto on “Crusader Nationalism,” in which he warned of a wave of Muslim immigration brought on by “Cultural Marxism and political correctness,” according to the court documents.
Among the ideas Hasson allegedly took from Breivik were plans to target “influential media personalities,” as well as tracking down drugs, including steroids, that could be used to “increase his ability to conduct attacks.”
Officials found more than 30 bottles labeled HGH, at least 100 pills of Tramadol and four ounces of synthetic urine, used to pass drug tests, in Hasson’s apartment
Hasson served in the United States Marine Corps from 1988 to 1993 and currently serves as a lieutenant in the Coast Guard as an acquisitions officer.
In a statement to the Daily News, spokesman Barry Lane confirmed that Hasson was stationed at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., but declined to comment further on the open investigation.
Hasson was charged with possession of firearm and ammunition by unlawful user or addict of any controlled substance and simple possession of Tramadol, a Schedule IV controlled substance, but more charges are expected.
He is due in court Thursday.
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