A U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant who was allegedly planning numerous acts of domestic terrorism targeting liberal politicians and journalists was arrested Friday on gun and drug charges, according to court documents obtained by the George Washington University Program on Extremism.
Federal authorities have filed a motion for detention pending trial for Lt. Christopher Paul Hasson, who they say "intends to murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country."
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Investigators searched his home and found more than a dozen firearms and more than a thousand rounds of ammunition in a small basement apartment in Maryland.
Hasson identified himself in his writings as a "long time White Nationalist, having been a skinhead 30 plus years ago before my time in the military." He wrote that he "fully supports the idea of a white homeland."
He also had a spreadsheet, created in January, with a list of media and political targets, including prominent politicians such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Democratic presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, and Kirsten Gillibrand, and freshman Democratic Reps. Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Media targets included Chris Hayes, Joe Scarborough, Don Lemon, Chris Cuomo and others.
Hasson had performed online searches for queries such as "Where do most senators live in DC," "Most liberal senators," and "Do senators have ss protection."
Activities by Hasson preparing for these planned attacks appear to date back at least two years, when Hasson began purchasing weapons and drafting messages contemplating types of violence, such as biological attacks or a "bombing/sniper campaign." He also performed visited websites selling weapons and tactical gear thousands of times.
Hasson apparently drew inspiration for his methods from Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people in two attacks in 2011.
Hasson's arraignment is scheduled for Thursday.