Domestic Terrorist Accused of Mass Murder Plot to Remain Behind Bars
On Thursday, a Maryland federal court judge ordered Christopher Hasson, a lieutenant in the Coast Guard, to remain behind bars for allegedly planning a mass murder plot on prominent Democratic politicians.
Last Friday, Hasson was arrested in Washington’s Coast Guard headquarters on drug and gun charges after federal authorities recovered 15 guns, 1,000 rounds of ammunition, and a stockpile of growth hormone supplements in his apartment. Court documents stated that the 30 bottles of steroids were used to “increase his ability to conduct attacks.”
Federal investigators also have indicated that Hasson was planning to use the weapons to plot an attack on several liberal television personalities as well as top Democratic leaders, including Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY). Hassan had created a spreadsheet earlier this year in January labeled “traitors,” with a list of individuals he had wished to target.
Emails from Hasson’s personal work computer also found that Hasson had written damaging content, including, “I am dreaming of a way to kill almost every last person on earth.” On that same day, Hasson had also searched on Google for “civil war if trump impeached” and “where do most senators live in dc.”
In court papers, federal prosecutors identified Hasson as an individual with white supremacist views and had sent himself a letter in 2017 “identifying himself as a White Nationalist for 30 years and advocated for ‘focused violence’ in order to establish a white homeland.” Hasson had also reviewed a 1,500 page manifesto written by a Norwegian white supremacist terrorist Anders Breivik, who had committed a terrorist act in 2011 killing 77 people.
After the incident, the spokesman for the Coast Guard, Chief Warrant Officer Barry Lane, said in a statement, “An active duty Coast Guard member, stationed at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC, was arrested last week on illegal weapons and drug charges as a result of an ongoing investigation led by the Coast Guard Investigative Service, in cooperation with the FBI and Department of Justice. Because this is an open investigation, the Coast Guard has no further details at this time.”
A spokeswoman for Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), one of the individual on Hasson’s hit list, thanked the FBI for their work, saying, “Senator Blumenthal is grateful to the FBI and federal prosecutors for their work on this case and their ongoing efforts to combat violent and hateful extremism.”