49-year-old US Coast Guard officer hoped to ‘kill every person on the earth’
Police found a cache of 15 guns and 1,00, rounds of ammunition at the Silver Spring, MD home of Coast Guard Lt. Christopher Paul Hasson
“I am dreaming of a way to kill almost every last person on the earth. I think a plague would be most successful but how do I acquire the needed Spanish flu, botulism, anthrax, not sure yet but will find something,” Hasson wrote in a draft email from June 2017
List of possible targets included Democratic House speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer
Media personalities including MSNBC’s Chris Hayes and Joe Scarborough
Searched for the home addresses of members of Congress, including Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and controlled substances
Current charges, however, are the proverbial tip of the iceberg” – prosecutors
Hasson who served in the Marine Corps from 1988 to 1993, spent another two years of active duty with the Army National Guard before joining the Coast Guard in 2016
The self-proclaimed white nationalist allegedly draw inspiration from the Norwegian mass shooter Anders Breivik Potential home grown terrorist: US Coast Guard Lt. Christopher Paul Hasson [photo] hoped to ‘kill every person on the earth’
A US Coast Guard officer has been arrested on suspicion of planning a terror attack, court documents show.
Police found a cache of weapons and ammunition at the Silver Spring, Maryland home of Christopher Paul Hasson, allegedly was planning to use on a killing spree, of fellow citizens with differing political opinions.
Hasson, a 49-year-old Donald trump supporter, had been amassing guns and ammunition since 2017. His goals included the assassination of high-profile Democratic politicians and left-leaning media figures, as well as the implementation of biological weapons.
The former US Marine stockpiled human growth hormone and narcotics, ostensibly in a bid to increase his efficacy during the planned attacks
The self-proclaimed white nationalist, he is said to have drawn inspiration from the Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik.
Hasson had drawn up a list of targets including prominent Democratic politicians, according to prosecutors. He had recently performed internet searches seeking information about whether senators and Supreme Court justices receive Secret Service protection, the court filing said.
“The defendant intends to murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country,” US District Attorney Robert Hur said in the court documents, requesting that he be held in detention pending trial.
Police found a cache of weapons and ammunition at Hasson’s home in Silver Spring, MD
Hasson is charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and controlled substances, but prosecutors say these “current charges, however, 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.”
The 49-year-old is a lieutenant at Coast Guard headquarters in Washington and lives in the Maryland suburb of Silver Spring.
The Coast Guard confirmed that a member of the service had been arrested, and said he was no longer employed at the agency’s headquarters.
Fifteen guns and more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition were found in Mr Hasson’s basement flat along with illegal drugs, the attorney’s office said.
When feds raided his home, they discovered a locked case with more than 30 vials of human growth hormone, a steroid that prosecutors say he took thinking that it would “increase his ability to conduct attacks”.
Officials say he also had ordered more than 4,200 pills of the narcotic Tramadol since 2016, as well as synthetic urine in order to pass random drug tests at work.
Christopher Paul Hasson’s cache of illegal drugs which includes human growth hormones
Prosecutors said that in a draft email from June 2017 Hasson wrote: “I am dreaming of a way to kill almost every last person on the earth. I think a plague would be most successful but how do I acquire the needed Spanish flu, botulism, anthrax, not sure yet but will find something.”
A list of possible targets included Democratic House speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer as well as media personalities including MSNBC’s Chris Hayes and Joe Scarborough.
Since 2017 Hasson had studied parts of a manifesto by Anders Breivik on how to amass firearms and compile a list of targets, prosecutors allege.
Breivik murdered 77 people in 2011 in two terror attacks.
He killed eight people with a car bomb in central Oslo and then shot dead 69 others, many of them teenagers, at a Labour Party camp.
Hanson was inspired to create his list by Breivik, prosecutors say”During unrest target both sides to increase tension,” Mr Hasson wrote in one draft email.
“In other words provoke gov/police to over react which should help to escalate violence. BLM [Black Lives Matter] protests or other left crap would be ideal to incite to violence.”
In another email to a white supremacist almost two months after a rally in Charlottesville which led to the death of a counter-protester, he wrote of his hope for a “white homeland”.
“I never saw a reason for mass protest or wearing uniforms marching around provoking people with swastikas etc.,” Hasson said in the letter, according to court filings.
“I was and am a man of action you cannot change minds protesting like that. However you can make change with a little focused violence.”
His internet search records showed he searched for the home addresses of members of Congress, including congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez [D-NY].
The Democratic congresswoman on Wednesday criticized journalists for reporting on her new Washington DC apartment as Mr Hasson was allegedly plotting his attack against her and other lawmakers.
Hasson was arraigned at the federal Court in Greenbelt Maryland on Thursday.