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Arrested Coast Guard Officer Planned Mass Terrorist Attack “On A Scale Rarely Seen”: NPR

Federal prosecutors say Christopher Paul Hasson had acquired a cache of weapons and ammunition in an attempt to launch a domestic terrorist attack. Over the years, Hasson has been a hit list that included prominent democrats and media characters. AP hide caption change caption AP Federal prosecutor says Christopher Paul Hasson had acquired a cache of weapons and ammunition in an attempt to launch a domestic terrorist attack. Over the years, Hasson has been a hit list that included prominent democrats and media figures. AP Editor's Note: This story contains offensive language. A 49-year-old Coast Guard Lieutenant is in custody and faces domestic terrorist charges for planning to "kill innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in the country" according to court records filed in the US District Court in Maryland on Tuesday. Federal prosecutors say Christopher Paul Hasson, a self-proclaimed white nationalist living in Silver Spring, MD, gathered a gun store since at least 2017, while planning to launch a widespread attack on prominent democratic legislators, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi , and several high-profile journalists from MSNBC and CNN. Court documents show that Hasson appealed to extremist and white supremacist views for years – striving to establish a "white homeland" – saying he is a "domestic terrorist bent on committing acts dangerous to human lives intended to influence the government's behavior ". "I dream of a way to kill all last people on earth," wrote Hasson in a draft e-mail dated June 2, 2017, discovered by investigators, according…

Federal prosecutors say Christopher Paul Hasson had acquired a cache of weapons and ammunition in an attempt to launch a domestic terrorist attack. Over the years, Hasson has been a hit list that included prominent democrats and media characters.

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Federal prosecutor says Christopher Paul Hasson had acquired a cache of weapons and ammunition in an attempt to launch a domestic terrorist attack. Over the years, Hasson has been a hit list that included prominent democrats and media figures.

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Editor’s Note: This story contains offensive language.

A 49-year-old Coast Guard Lieutenant is in custody and faces domestic terrorist charges for planning to “kill innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in the country” according to court records filed in the US District Court in Maryland on Tuesday.

Federal prosecutors say Christopher Paul Hasson, a self-proclaimed white nationalist living in Silver Spring, MD, gathered a gun store since at least 2017, while planning to launch a widespread attack on prominent democratic legislators, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi , and several high-profile journalists from MSNBC and CNN.

Court documents show that Hasson appealed to extremist and white supremacist views for years – striving to establish a “white homeland” – saying he is a “domestic terrorist bent on committing acts dangerous to human lives intended to influence the government’s behavior “.

“I dream of a way to kill all last people on earth,” wrote Hasson in a draft e-mail dated June 2, 2017, discovered by investigators, according to court records.

Throughout the email, addressed to “friends … acquaintances are more likely,” he contemplates the most effective methods of “causing complete destruction” by releasing a biological attack on the public, followed by food supply contamination.

“Many blood must be wasted to be whitened from the couch. … They will die as the traitors actively work against our doom,” he wrote contempt.

The bulky and empty book also contains a reach for the next four years and reveals Hasson’s desire to “get out of debt !!! Buy van to convert, diesel, buy land for the family out west or possibly NC mtns.” He also adds that he must “come” from Tramadol, a highly addictive drug. “Empty my head,” he says.

Officials arrested Hasson on Friday due to illegal possession of firearms and possession of a controlled substance. But the government called those accusing “the proverbial iceberg of the iceberg” and then filed the movement on Tuesday and asked the court to imprison Hasson, who has a detention hearing on February 21.

In recent years, the government has argued, Hasson has been on a gun buyer, collects 15 firearms and more than 1000 rounds of mixed ammunition – all of which were confiscated from Hasson’s basement apartment last week.

During the raids officials, Hasson’s computer containing a spreadsheet, which reportedly is a hit list of possible targets – also discovered high-quality current and former democratic politicians, activists, political organizations and media perspectives.

In addition to Pelosi, Hasson was considered some kind of violent attack on Senate’s minority leader Chuck Schumer, Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand and Richard Blumenthal, along with US Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Maxine Waters, and former house member, Beto O & # 39; Rourke. The spreadsheet also includes MSNBC hosts Chris Hayes and Joe Scarborough, as well as Don Lemon and Van Jones from CNN.

The court regulations paint an image of an angry and drunk man who has been seeking answers in neo-fascist and neo-Nazi literature for decades, and who is desperate to make a “lasting impression on this world”.

Apparently, Hasson often sought instruction from a manifesto written by Anders Breivik, a right-right, anti-Muslim Norwegian nationalist, who was sentenced in 2011 for two terrorist attacks that killed 77 people. According to officials, Hasson Breivik used the methods to pinpoint his list of potential victims by searching the Internet for “most liberal senators”. “where most senators live in DC;” and “Supreme Court is justice protected.”

Hasson’s drug use also seems to contradict the directions in Breivik’s manifesto, “taking drugs to increase their ability to perform attacks.”

The documents state that when agents sought their apartment, they found documentation indicating that Hasson ordered “at least 4,200 Tramadol 100 mg pills” since 2016. In the search for their work space, officials said they discovered at least 100 pills of synthetic opioid and one locked. containers, filled with more than 30 bottles labeled as human growth hormone, prosecutors wrote.

Hasson has been working at the US Coast Guard headquarters in Washington, D.C. since 2016. He was an active member of the service when he was arrested. Before that, he served in the US Marine Corps. from 1988 to 1993, after which he joined the Army National Guard for about two years.

“An active Coast Guard member station, stationed at the Coast Guard headquarters in Washington, DC, was arrested last week about illegal weapons and drug charges as a result of an ongoing investigation led by the Coast Guard Investigative Service in collaboration with the FBI and the Justice Department,” said Coast Guard. spokesman Barry Lane to the NPR in an email statement.

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