A A self-identified white American Coast Guard lieutenant and lieutenant was arrested after federal investigators discovered a cache of weapons and ammunition in his Maryland home, which authorities say was stockpiled to launch a national terror attack massive campaign against politicians and journalists.
Christopher Paul Hasson called for "targeted violence" to "establish a white homeland" and dreamed of ways to "kill almost every person on earth," according to court records filed at the US District Court of Maryland. Although the court documents do not specify a specific date for an attack, the government said it had amassed supplies and weapons since at least 2017, that it had developed a spreadsheet of including the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), and searched the Internet. using phrases such as "best place in dc to see convention attendees" and "are protected Supreme Court justices".
"The defendant has the intention of murdering innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country," the government said in a document tabled this week, saying Hasson should remain in prison pending trial.
Hasson, 49, of Silver Spring, is scheduled to appear before a judge for a detention hearing in Greenbelt federal court at 1 pm Thursday.
Hasson was arrested on Friday for charges of illegal arms and drugs, but the government claims that these charges are the "proverbial tip of the iceberg". Officials from the US Attorney's Office in Maryland exposed Hasson's alleged plans to bring about chaos and destruction in court documents, describing a man obsessed with neo-fascist and neo-Nazi views.
"Please, send me your violence so I can unleash it on their head," wrote Hasson in a letter that prosecutors found in his emails. "Guide my hate to make a lasting impression on this world."
A magistrate ordered the Federal Public Office to represent Hasson, who declined to comment on Wednesday.
Hasson has been working at US Coast Guard headquarters in Washington since 2016, according to court documents filed by prosecutors. He also served in the United States Marine Corps between 1988 and 1993 and in the Army National Guard for about two years in the mid-1990s, according to the report.
FBI agents in Baltimore and the Coast Guard's investigative service arrested Hasson on Friday, FBI spokesman Dave Fitz said.
A Coast Guard spokesman, Lieutenant Cmdr. Scott McBride said on Wednesday that Hasson was no longer working at Coast Guard headquarters.
"An active duty Coast Guard member, posted at the Coast Guard headquarters in Washington, was arrested last week for illegal arms and drug charges following an ongoing investigation." by Coast Guard investigation services, in cooperation with the FBI and the Department. of justice, "said McBride in a written statement.McBride declined to comment further by citing the open investigation.
The court documents do not detail the reasons that prompted federal forces to open an investigation into Hasson, but argue that Hasson investigates the 1,500-page manifesto of the right-wing terrorist Anders Behring Breivik. who launched two attacks in 2011 that killed 77 people in Norway and echo the Breivik attack. preparations.
The manifesto explained how Breivik planned and prepared his attacks in order to provide a roadmap for other people planning similar terrorist operations, say documents filed by US courts.
Breivik took steroids and narcotics thinking that it would increase his ability to carry out attacks. When law enforcement authorities raided Hasson 's apartment, they discovered a locked container containing more than 30 vials of human growth hormones. He has also ordered more than 4,200 Tramadol narcotic tablets since 2016, as well as synthetic urine to circumvent any random drug screening at work.
Breivik encouraged the identification of targets and traitors. In recent weeks, Hasson has developed a target spreadsheet that includes key Democratic congressional leaders and media personalities. The list includes "JOEY", which prosecutors say is a reference to former Congressman Joe Scarborough of MSNBC; "Cortez", an alleged reference to American freshman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (New York); and "Sen blumen jew" is probably US Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.)
Authorities seized 15 firearms, including several long guns and weapons, and over 1,000 rounds of ammunition in his narrow basement apartment, after executing a search warrant this month. In the past two years, he had made almost two dozen purchases of firearms or related equipment and made thousands of visits to websites selling weapons or tactical equipment.
Authorities said Hasson harbored extremist views for years.
"The defendant is a national terrorist," the government told the court, "determined to commit acts dangerous to human life intended to affect the behavior of the government."
In an e-mail he wrote in June 2017, he was considering biological attacks and targeting foodstuffs. He discussed the benefits of a "bombing / sniper campaign". It also included a list of "things to do" including the purchase of land "in the west or perhaps mountains" for the family and the search for tactics used during the civil war in Ukraine.
"During the unrest, target both sides to increase tension," Hasson wrote in an e-mail, according to documents filed by the court. "In other words, encourage the government / police to overreact, which should help to escalate the violence. BLM demonstrations or other bullshit on the left would be ideal for inciting violence. "
In another letter addressed months later to a neo-Nazi American leader, Hasson called for a "white homeland". He sent this letter nearly two months after the neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where the torch carried white supremacists clashed with anti-racist protesters.
"I have never seen any reason to demonstrate en masse or to wear uniforms to provoke people with swastikas, etc.," Hasson said. "I was and I am a man of action that you can not change ideas by protesting like that. However, you can make changes with a little targeted violence. "
Hasson's commitment to destruction appears to have been strengthened in recent weeks, according to the details provided by prosecutors. He created a list of "traitors" and targets on Jan. 19 in an Excel spreadsheet on his work computer. The spreadsheet was created two days after a series of Internet surveys:
8:54: "And if Trump was illegally dismissed"
08h57: "The best place in dc to see the delegates"
8:58: "Where do we live in congress?"
10:39: "Civil war if Trump is dismissed"
11:26: "American social democrats"
Dan Lamothe contributed to this report.