A lieutenant in the U.S. Coast Guard, who reportedly identifies as a White nationalist, plotted an attack against Democrats and reporters and planned to “murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country,” according to federal prosecutors.
Law enforcement officials arrested Christopher Paul Hasson Feb. 15 on gun and drug charges, according to HuffPost. This week, in court filings, federal prosecutors said those charges were the “tip of the proverbial iceberg” and that Hasson was a “domestic terrorist” who was “bent on committing acts dangerous to human life that are intended to affect governmental conduct.”
Prosecutors obtained a June 2017 draft email written by Hasson that said White people are being destroyed because of globalism.
“Liberalist/globalist ideology is destroying traditional peoples esp white. No way to counteract without violence,” he wrote. “Much blood will have to be spilled to get whitey off the couch.”
Adding, “I don’t know if there truly is a ‘conspiracy’ of ((((People)))) out to destroy me and mine, but there is an attack none the less.” Per HuffPost, “people” was meant to signify Jewish people.
He also sent a letter months later to an “American neo-Nazi leader” who wasn’t identified. He also referred to himself as a White nationalist who wanted “focused violence” to help create a “White homeland,” writes HuffPost.
In addition, according to HuffPost, Hasson also searched “most liberal senators;” “where do most senators live in dc”; “do senators have ss [secret service] protection” and “are supreme court justices protected.”
The 49-year-old reportedly searched the names of NBC News’ Chris Hayes and Ari Melber; CNN’s Don Lemon; Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.); House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.); Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.); Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.); Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.); Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.); Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.); Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.); Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.); former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke; and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.).
Hasson was reportedly inspired by Anders Breivik, a Norwegian White supremacist who killed 77 people in 2011.
According to prosecutors, “From early 2017 through the date of his arrest, the defendant routinely perused portions of [Breivik’s manifesto] that instruct a prospective assailant to amass appropriate firearms, food, disguises, and survival supplies.”
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Teddy is a multimedia journalist who serves as the culture and political writer for EBONY. His work has appeared in NBC's Owned and Operated stations, as well as DNAInfo, which covered local neighborhood news in New York City. He received his Masters in Journalism from the Craig Newmark School of Journalism at CUNY in 2017.