A Coast Guard lieutenant who was arrested final week is a “home terrorist” who drafted an electronic mail discussing organic assaults and had what seemed to be a hit list that included distinguished Democrats and media figures, prosecutors stated in courtroom papers.
Christopher Paul Hasson is because of seem Thursday in federal courtroom in Maryland after his arrest on gun and drug offenses, however prosecutors say these prices are the “proverbial tip of the iceberg.”
“The defendant is a domestic terrorist, bent on committing acts dangerous to human life that are intended to affect governmental conduct,” prosecutors wrote in court papers .
Hasson, who works on the Coast Guard’s headquarters in Washington, has espoused extremist views for years, in response to prosecutors. Court papers element a June 2017 draft electronic mail through which Hasson wrote that he was “dreaming of a way to kill almost every last person on the earth,” and pondering how he would possibly have the ability to purchase anthrax and toxins to create botulism or a lethal influenza.
In the identical electronic mail, Hasson described an “interesting idea” that included “organic assaults adopted by assault on meals provide” in addition to a bombing and sniper assaults, in response to courtroom paperwork filed by prosecutors.
In September 2017, Hasson despatched himself a draft letter that he had written to a neo-Nazi chief and “recognized himself as a White Nationalist for over 30 years and advocated for ‘focused violence’ with a view to set up a white homeland,” prosecutors wrote.
Hasson routinely learn parts of a manifesto written by Norwegian mass assassin Anders Behring Breivik that prosecutors stated instructs would-be assailants to acquire firearms, meals, disguises and survival instruments, courtroom papers stated. Breivik, a right-wing extremist, is serving a 21-year sentence for killing 77 individuals in a 2011 bomb-and-shooting rampage.
Hasson additionally expressed admiration for Russia. “Looking to Russia with hopeful eyes or any land that despises the west’s liberalism,” he wrote within the draft electronic mail. Prosecutors say in the course of the previous two years he had often searched on-line for pro-Russian in addition to neo-Nazi literature.
Prosecutors allege that Hasson visited 1000’s of web sites that bought weapons and researched army tactical manuals on improvised munitions.
Federal brokers discovered 15 firearms — together with a number of rifles — and over 1,000 rounds of ammunition inside Hasson’s basement condo in Silver Spring, Maryland. They additionally discovered a container with greater than 30 bottles that have been labeled as human progress hormone, courtroom papers stated.
Prosecutors wrote that Hasson “began the process of targeting specific victims,” together with a number of distinguished Democrats in Congress and 2020 presidential candidates. In February 2018, he searched the web for the “most liberal senators,” in addition to looking “do senators have ss (secret service) protection” and “are supreme court justices protected,” in response to the courtroom submitting.