A white U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant and self-described white nationalist was found with numerous automatic weapons and semi-automatic weapons that he planned to use in a terrorist attack targeting politicians and journalists, federal prosecutors say in court papers.
Last week, police found 49-year-old Christopher Paul Hasson of Silver Spring, Maryland with 15 guns and over 1,000 rounds of ammunition in Hasson’s apartment. Reports say he intended “to murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country,” according to court documents filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court in Maryland. Hasson was initially charged on gun and drug charges.
USA Today reports Hasson has been stockpiling weapons since 2017 and made a list of targets that included House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. His other targets were prominent Democratic congressional leaders and MSNBC and CNN media personalities. Court documents identified some targets as Democratic Sens. Pelosi, Charles Schumer, Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, Cory Booker, and Kamala Harris, as well as Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Maxine Waters and Ilhan Omar. That same day, Hasson Google searched “best place in dc to see congresspeople,” “where do most senators live in dc” and “civil war if trump impeached,” court documents said.
Other evidence shows Hasson regularly read pro-Russian, neo-fascist, and neo-Nazi literature thousands of times between January 2017 and 2019. He once wrote, “I am dreaming of a way to kill almost every last person on the earth” in an email draft, court documents said. He also would often read the manifesto by far-right domestic terrorist Anders Breivik, who killed 77 Norwegian citizens in 2011. In a letter Hasson sent to himself, he called for “focused violence” and said he is a “long-time White nationalist.” “We need a white homeland as Europe seems lost,” the letter included in court documents reads.
Hasson’s arrest comes after a lengthy investigation led by the Coast Guard. More details to come. Prosecutors say the drug and gun charges are only the “proverbial tip of the iceberg.”