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Coast Guard Officer Accused of Terrorist Plot Targeting Media, Lawmakers

Coast Guard Officer Accused of Terrorist Plot Targeting Media, Lawmakers”

Christopher Paul Hasson is due to appear Thursday in federal court in Maryland after his arrest on gun and drug offenses, but prosecutors say those charges are the "proverbial tip of the iceberg".

When he was arrested this week in Silver Spring MD, he had a stash of guns and a list of people he wanted to kill.

Chuck Schumer, of New York, Cory Booker, of New Jersey, Richard Blumenthal, of CT and Kamala Harris, of California and former Rep. Beto O'Rourke, of Texas - as well as CNN journalists Don Lemon, Chris Cuomo and Van Jones and MSNBC's Chris Hayes, Ari Melber and Joe Scarborough. Hasson reportedly considered carrying out bombings, sniper attacks, targeting food supplies and carrying out attacks using biological weapons, according to court documents referring to a June 2017 email draft from Hasson.

"The defendant is a domestic terrorist", the government said in court filings, "bent, on committing acts risky to human life that are meant to affect governmental conduct".

In September 2017, Hasson sent himself a draft letter that he had written to a neo-Nazi leader and "identified himself as a White Nationalist for over 30 years and advocated for "focused violence" in order to establish a white homeland", prosecutors wrote. Prosecutors say he also had compiled a list of prominent congressional Democrats, activists, journalists and media commentators.

"During unrest target both sides to increase tension", Hasson wrote in the email, according to the court filings.

A review of Hasson's internet activity revealed searches such as "most liberal senators", "where do most senators live in dc", "do senators have ss [Secret Service] protection", and "are supreme court justices protected".

The chief at the federal defender's office in Maryland - which is representing Hasson - declined to comment on the allegations.

The lieutenant allegedly sought to "establish a white homeland" and thought of ways to "kill nearly every last person on earth", according to court records filed in the U.S. District Court in Maryland. Prior to that he served in the U.S. Marine Corps. from 1988 to 1993 after which he joined the Army National Guard for about two years.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal was among the targets of a U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant and self-identified white nationalist who is under arrest after federal investigators found a cache of weapons and ammunition in his Maryland home.

Over the last two years, he had bought almost two dozen firearms and visited websites selling weapons or tactical gear thousands of times, sometimes using his work computer. Scott McBride, said Wednesday that Hasson no longer works at Coast Guard headquarters.

The manifesto outlined how Breivik planned and prepared his attacks with the aim of providing an outline for others planning similar terrorist operations, the US court filings say.

It is not clear why federal agents began investigating investigating Hasson.

Lt. Hasson also showed a deep devotion to the writings of Anders Breivik, a Norwegian terrorist whose two attacks lead to the death of 77 people.

He even consumed various narcotics and steroids to boost his mental and physical ability to carry out attacks, as recommended by Breivik in his manifesto.

Authorities said he bought weapons across the country.

When agents searched his cramped basement apartment they found over thirty bottles labeled HGH, or human growth hormone. Hasson also brought synthetic urine and clean kits in case he had a random drug test at work.



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