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Published on: February 21, 2019 08:13 AM
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This image provided by the U.S. District Court in Maryland shows a photo of firearms and ammunition that was in the motion for detention pending trial in the case against Christopher Paul Hasson. APThis image provided by the U.S. District Court in Maryland shows a photo of firearms and ammunition that was in the motion for detention pending trial in the case against Christopher Paul Hasson. AP

Washington - A Coast Guard lieutenant who was arrested last week is a “domestic terrorist” who drafted an email discussing biological attacks and had what appeared to be a hit list that included prominent Democrats and media figures, prosecutors said in court papers.

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.”

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“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 at the Coast Guard’s headquarters in Washington, has espoused extremist views for years, according to prosecutors. Court papers detail a June 2017 draft email in which Hasson wrote that he was “dreaming of a way to kill almost every last person on the earth,” and pondering how he might be able to acquire anthrax and toxins to create botulism or a deadly influenza.

In the same email, Hasson described an “interesting idea” that included “biological attacks followed by attack on food supply” as well as a bombing and sniper attacks, according to court documents filed by prosecutors.

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.

Hasson routinely read portions of a manifesto written by Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik that prosecutors said instructs would-be assailants to collect firearms, food, disguises and survival tools, court papers said. Breivik, a right-wing extremist, is serving a 21-year sentence for killing 77 people in a 2011 bomb-and-shooting rampage.

Hasson also expressed admiration for Russia. “Looking to Russia with hopeful eyes or any land that despises the west’s liberalism,” he wrote in the draft email. Prosecutors say during the past two years he had regularly searched online for pro-Russian as well as neo-Nazi literature.

Prosecutors allege that Hasson visited thousands of websites that sold guns and researched military tactical manuals on improvised munitions.

Federal agents found 15 firearms — including several rifles — and over 1,000 rounds of ammunition inside Hasson’s basement apartment in Silver Spring, Maryland. They also found a container with more than 30 bottles that were labeled as human growth hormone, court papers said.

Prosecutors wrote that Hasson “began the process of targeting specific victims,” including several prominent Democrats in Congress and 2020 presidential candidates. In February 2018, he searched the internet for the “most liberal senators,” as well as searching “do senators have ss (secret service) protection” and “are supreme court justices protected,” according to the court filing.

Hasson’s list of prominent Democrats included House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and presidential hopefuls Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker and Kamala Harris.

The list — created in a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet — also included mentions of John Podesta, who was Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, along with Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Maxine Waters, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, MSNBC’s Chris Hayes and Joe Scarborough and CNN’s Chris Cuomo and Van Jones, according to the court filing.

Hasson appeared to be a chronic user of the opioid painkiller Tramadol and had purchased a flask filled with four ounces of “synthetic urine” online, prosecutors said. Authorities suspect Hasson had purchased fake urine to use in case he was randomly selected for a drug test.

The chief at the federal defender’s office in Maryland — which is representing Hasson — declined to comment on the allegations. The Coast Guard did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Hasson’s arrest. No one answered the door Wednesday at the home address for Hasson listed in public records.

Hasson’s arrest on Feb. 15 was first noted by Seamus Hughes, the deputy director of the Program on Extremism at George Washington University.



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 Feb 21, 2019 at 09:14 AM Anonymous Says:

The dumb FBI didn't even know about this psycho; it was the Coast Guard, which tipped them off!

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 Feb 21, 2019 at 10:31 AM Normal Says:

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Anonymous Says:

The dumb FBI didn't even know about this psycho; it was the Coast Guard, which tipped them off!

No, all Americans are dumb if you allow guns like that into psycho hands. You love guns more than you love your family.

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 Feb 21, 2019 at 11:18 AM hashomer Says:

The smart FBI nailed this MAGA sicko before he could do any harm. Another nut given the OK by herr trumpf's bullhorn of hate.

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 Feb 21, 2019 at 02:22 PM Anonymous Says:

Wait just a minute...this case involves a white American male...surely deep down he's a "...very fine..." person...not like all Muslims, or those brown immigrants invading America. Just ask Archy...or his guru Herr Trump.

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 Feb 21, 2019 at 02:26 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

The dumb FBI didn't even know about this psycho; it was the Coast Guard, which tipped them off!

what you know about FBI , just shouting your mouth

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 Feb 21, 2019 at 03:29 PM hashomer is a wicked rasha Says:

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hashomer Says:

The smart FBI nailed this MAGA sicko before he could do any harm. Another nut given the OK by herr trumpf's bullhorn of hate.

There's plenty of hate on both sides. You are a prime example of the hate of the sitra achra.

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 Feb 21, 2019 at 06:10 PM hashomer Says:

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hashomer is a wicked rasha Says:

There's plenty of hate on both sides. You are a prime example of the hate of the sitra achra.

I'm in your head, you kapo apologist for trumpf maga haters. I'm in your head...

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 Feb 21, 2019 at 07:43 PM hashomer is a rashah Says:

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hashomer Says:

I'm in your head, you kapo apologist for trumpf maga haters. I'm in your head...

Not really, but you provide great entertainment.

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 Feb 21, 2019 at 08:31 PM Anonymous Says:

To #4- I'm not shooting my mouth off; the fact of the matter is that the FBI, because of its negligence, malfeasance, and incompetence, brought us 9/11/01. FBI agents in the field repeatedly warned the brass at headquarters about Middle Eastern men, taking flying lessons, without needing to learn how to land. Headquarters didn't want to hear about it, and refused to authorize further investigations. If headquarters had gotten off its collective butt, the 9/11 plot would have been cracked, and thousands of lives would have been saved. To this date, nearly twenty years later, not one bureaucrat in the FBI was ever reprimanded, suspended, or terminated, because of their incompetence.

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 Feb 22, 2019 at 09:53 AM Anonymous Says:

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hashomer is a rashah Says:

Not really, but you provide great entertainment.

Oh yes he is. And don't throw Torah inyanim at those with whom you disagree, as though they were your personal epithets.

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 Feb 22, 2019 at 11:03 AM georgeg Says:

Perhaps it is instructive to note what these articles leave out, like a quote form Wikipedia:

> Hasson was planning to use biological weapons such as the Spanish flu, botulism, and anthrax to "kill almost every last person on the earth"

That comes from a draft email dated June 2017:
focus"I am dreaming of a way to kill almost every last person on the earth. I think a plague would be most successful but how do I acquire the needed Spanish flu, botulism, anthrax, not sure yet but will find something."

Perhaps one should consider this guy may be a drug-addicted nut hallucinating about doing these things. One suspects political motivation by the media when it focuses on a few specific targets instead of pointing out that the nut wanted to erase the world.

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