U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant accused of compiling hit list of politicians, media


spaminator
#1
U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant accused of compiling hit list of politicians, media
Associated Press
Published:
February 20, 2019
Updated:
February 20, 2019 9:04 PM EST
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.U.S. District Court via 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 offences, but prosecutors say those charges 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 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.
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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. Beto O’Rourke, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Maxine Waters, 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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spaminator
#2
Arrested U.S. Coast Guard officer accused of targeting politicians, journalists kept in jail
Associated Press
Published:
February 21, 2019
Updated:
February 21, 2019 4:59 PM EST
In this undated handout photo provided by U.S. Attorneys Office for the District of Maryland, some of the drugs federal agents say they found in Christopher Paul Hasson's Silver Spring apartment are shown in Maryland.U.S. Attorneys Office for the District of Maryland via Getty Images
GREENBELT, Md. — A Coast Guard officer suspected of drawing up a hit list of top Democrats and network TV journalists spent hours on his work computer researching the words and deeds of infamous bombers and mass shooters while also stockpiling weapons, federal prosecutors said Thursday.
Lt. Christopher Paul Hasson, 49, was ordered held without bail on drug and gun charges while prosecutors gather evidence to support more serious charges involving what they portrayed as a domestic terror plot by a man who espoused white-supremacist views.
Hasson, a former Marine who worked at Coast Guard headquarters in Washington on a program to acquire advanced new cutters for the agency, was arrested last week. Investigators gave no immediate details on how or when he came to their attention.
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. U.S. District Court via AP
Federal agents found 15 guns, including several rifles, and over 1,000 rounds of ammunition inside his basement apartment in Silver Spring, Maryland.
In court papers this week, federal prosecutors said he compiled what appeared to be a computer-spreadsheet hit list that included House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and presidential hopefuls Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker and Kamala Harris. Also mentioned were such figures as MSNBC’s Chris Hayes and Joe Scarborough and CNN’s Chris Cuomo and Van Jones.
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In arguing against bail Thursday, federal prosecutor Jennifer Sykes said Hasson would log onto his government computer during work and spend hours searching for information on such people as the Unabomber, the Virginia Tech gunman and anti-abortion bomber Eric Rudolph.
Sykes said the charges so far are just the “tip of the iceberg” and called Hasson a “domestic terrorist” who appeared to be planning attacks inspired by the manifesto of Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian right-wing extremist who killed 77 people in a 2011 bomb-and-shooting rampage.
Public defender Julie Stelzig accused prosecutors of making inflammatory accusations against her client without providing the evidence to back them up. “It is not a crime to think negative thoughts about people,” she said.
She also questioned whether the government is trying to make an example out of Hasson, given criticism that authorities have overlooked domestic terrorists.
“Perhaps now they can say, ‘Look, we’re not targeting only Muslims,”‘ she said.
U.S. Attorney Robert Hur (centre) speaks while flanked by FBI Special Agent Gordon Johnson (right), and Art Walker (left) of the Coast Guard Investigative Service, after a hearing at the United States District Court Greenbelt Division is shown on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019 in Greenbelt, Maryland. Mark Wilson / Getty Images
Stelzig said Hasson doesn’t have a criminal record and has served 28 years in the Coast Guard. She described him as a “committed public servant” and a loving husband and father.
Hasson spent about $14,000 on weapons, survival gear and other equipment, Sykes said. However, Hasson’s public defender argued that the number of firearms found in Hasson’s apartment is “modest, at best” for many gun collectors in other parts of the country.
“There is nothing I’m seeing in here that would show he was stockpiling weapons,” Stelzig said.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles Day agreed to keep Hasson behind bars but said he is willing to revisit his decision in 14 days if prosecutors haven’t brought more serious charges by then.
Hasson was previously an aircraft mechanic in the Marines, serving from 1988 to 1994.
Court papers detail a 2017 draft email in which he wrote that he was “dreaming of a way to kill almost every last person on the earth.”
Also, Hasson sent himself a draft letter in 2017 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 said.
Stelzig identified that neo-Nazi leader as white separatist Harold Covington. The Southern Poverty Law Center reported that Covington died last July.
Last February, Hasson searched the internet for the “most liberal senators” and also asked, “Do senators have ss (Secret Service) protection” and “Are supreme court justices protected,” according to the court filing.
Bob Davis, who rents a house from Hasson in coastal Currituck County, North Carolina, and met him a few times, said he was “absolutely shocked” by the allegations.
“He was a very stern military guy. That’s how I saw him. I truly nothing but respected him. There are people in life who are not 100 percenters. He was a 100 percenter,” Davis said, meaning Hasson worked hard and didn’t slack off. “He portrayed in a very professional manner. He was honourable. … He was a good man.”
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Cliffy
Free Thinker
#3
I noticed that the alt-right have stayed away from this one.
 
pgs
Free Thinker
#4
Quote: Originally Posted by Cliffy View Post

I noticed that the alt-right have stayed away from this one.

The alt right don’t care . He is obviously a lone wolf who has mental issues.
 
Hoid
#5
Just another crazy white natty.
 
Cliffy
Free Thinker
#6
Quote: Originally Posted by pgs View Post

The alt right don’t care . He is obviously a lone wolf who has mental issues.

You wouldn't say that if he was a democrat.
 
pgs
Free Thinker
#7
Quote: Originally Posted by Cliffy View Post

You wouldn't say that if he was a democrat.

He might be .
 
Tecumsehsbones
#8
Quote: Originally Posted by Hoid View Post

Just another crazy white natty.

There are good people on both sides, y'know.
 
Hoid
#9
I hear some of those white nattys are good people
 
Tecumsehsbones
#10
Quote: Originally Posted by Hoid View Post

I hear some of those white nattys are good people

Hard-working, too, Making America Great Again and all.
 
Serryah
Free Thinker
#11
Quote: Originally Posted by Cliffy View Post

You wouldn't say that if he was a democrat.


Gotta love that.

"He's a mental lone wolf" if it's a right leaning terrorist.


"He's a damned Immigrant/Muzzie/Towlhead/whatever other insult fits here and should be killed horribly" if it's an assumed left leaning terrorist or minority.


Can't ever be just a freakin' terrorist, regardless of what way they lean, and deal with it accordingly.
 
pgs
Free Thinker
#12
Quote: Originally Posted by Serryah View Post

Gotta love that.

"He's a mental lone wolf" if it's a right leaning terrorist.


"He's a damned Immigrant/Muzzie/Towlhead/whatever other insult fits here and should be killed horribly" if it's an assumed left leaning terrorist or minority.


Can't ever be just a freakin' terrorist, regardless of what way they lean, and deal with it accordingly.

We should be able to , however partisan politics has become so ingrained that every news worthy event is an opportunity to slag the other side .
 
spaminator
#13
Coast Guard officer accused of drafting hit list of Democrats indicted
Associated Press
Published:
February 27, 2019
Updated:
February 27, 2019 5:07 PM EST
U.S. Attorney Robert Hur, centre, of the District of Maryland, speaks as Art Walker, left, special agent from the Coast Guard investigative service, and Gordon Johnson, special agent in charge of the FBI's Baltimore office, listen during a news conference about Coast Guard Lt. Christopher Paul Hasson, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, outside the federal courthouse in Greenbelt, Md. (AP Photo/Michael Kunzelman)
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — A Coast Guard officer accused of being a white supremacist who compiled a hit list of prominent Democrats was indicted Wednesday on firearms and drug charges.
A federal grand jury in Maryland indicted Christopher Paul Hasson, 49, on charges of illegal possession of firearm silencers; possession of firearms by a drug addict and unlawful user; and possession of a controlled substance. Hasson has been detained since federal agents arrested him on related charges on Feb. 15.
In a court filing, prosecutors said Hasson has espoused extremist views for years and drafted an email in which he said he was “dreaming of a way to kill almost every last person on the earth.”
Prosecutors also claim Hasson drew up what appeared to be a computer-spreadsheet hit list that included House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, presidential hopefuls Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker and Kamala Harris. Several network TV journalists — MSNBC’s Chris Hayes and Joe Scarborough and CNN’s Chris Cuomo and Van Jones — also were mentioned.
Investigators found 15 firearms, including seven rifles, and over 1,000 rounds of ammunition when they searched Hasson’s basement apartment in Silver Spring, Maryland, according to prosecutors. The indictment also accuses Hasson of illegal possession of tramadol, an opioid painkiller.
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This image provided by the U.S. District Court in Maryland shows firearms and ammunition that was in the motion for detention pending trial in the case against Christopher Paul Hasson. (U.S. District Court via AP, File)
Hasson hasn’t been charged with any terrorism-related offences. U.S. Attorney Robert Hur said in a statement Wednesday that authorities are still gathering evidence.
Hasson’s arraignment wasn’t immediately scheduled.
Elizabeth Genevieve Oyer, a public defender assigned to represent Hasson, didn’t immediately respond to a phone call or email seeking comment.
During a hearing last Thursday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles Day agreed to keep Hasson behind bars but said he was willing to revisit his decision in 14 days if prosecutors haven’t brought more serious charges by then.
A public defender accused prosecutors of making inflammatory accusations against her client without providing the evidence to back them up.
Hasson, a former Marine, worked at Coast Guard headquarters in Washington on a program to acquire advanced new cutters for the agency.

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