A US Coast Guard lieutenant and self-identified white nationalist has been arrested after federal investigators uncovered a cache of weapons and ammunition in his Maryland home that authorities say he stockpiled to launch a massive domestic terror attack targeting politicians and journalists, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.
The man, Christopher Paul Hasson, called for “focused violence” to “establish a white homeland” and dreamed of ways to “kill almost every last person on earth,” according to court records filed in US District Court in Maryland.
Though court documents do not detail a specific planned date for an attack, the government said he had been amassing supplies and weapons since at least 2017, developed a spreadsheet of targets that included House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and searched the Internet using phrases such as “best place in dc to see congress people” and “are supreme court justices protected.”
“The defendant intends to murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country,” the government said in court documents filed this week, arguing that Hasson should stay in jail awaiting trial.
Hasson, of Silver Spring, is expected to appear before a judge for a detention hearing in federal court on Thursday, according to The Washington Post.
Hasson was arrested on illegal weapons and drug charges on Friday, but the government says those charges are the “proverbial tip of the iceberg.” Officials with the US Attorney’s Office in Maryland outlined Hasson’s alleged plans to spark chaos and destruction in court documents, describing a man obsessed with neo-fascist and neo-Nazi views.
“Please send me your violence that I may unleash it onto their heads,” Hasson wrote in a letter that prosecutors say was found in his email drafts. “Guide my hate to make a lasting impression on this world.”
A magistrate judge ordered the Office of the Federal Public Defender to represent Hasson and that office declined comment Wednesday.
Hasson has been working at the US Coast Guard headquarters in Washington since 2016, according to court documents filed by prosecutors. He also served in the US Marine Corps between 1988 to 1993 and in the Army National Guard for about two years in the mid-90s.
Agents with the FBI field office in Baltimore and the Coast Guard Investigative Service arrested Hasson on Friday, FBI Baltimore spokesman Dave Fitz confirmed.
Court documents do not detail what prompted federal law enforcement to begin investigating Hasson, but contend Hasson has been studying the 1,500-page manifesto of Anders Behring Breivik, who carried out two attacks in 2011 that killed 77 in Norway.
The manifesto outlined how Breivik planned and prepared his attacks with the aim of providing a roadmap for others planning similar terrorist operations, the US court filings say.
Breivik took steroids and narcotics believing it would heighten his abilities to carry out attacks. When law enforcement raided Hasson’s apartment, they said they found a locked container loaded with more than 30 vials of what appeared to be human growth hormones. He has also ordered more than 4,200 pills of the narcotic Tramadol since 2016, along with synthetic urine to allegedly bypass possible random drug screenings at work, according to The Washington Post.
Breivik encouraged identifying targets and traitors. In recent weeks, Hasson developed a spreadsheet of targets that included top Democratic congressional leaders and media personalities. The list includes “JOEY,” what prosecutors say is a reference to former senator Joe Scarborough of MSNBC; “cortez,” an alleged reference to freshman US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY); and “Sen blumen jew” presumably is US Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT).
Authorities seized 15 firearms, including several long guns and rifles, and more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition from his cramped basement apartment after executing a search warrant this month, the report said.
Authorities said Hasson harbored extremist views for years.
In an email he drafted in June 2017, he contemplated biological attacks and targeting food supplies. He considered the merits of a “bombing/sniper campaign” and included a “Things to do” list that included purchasing land “out west or possibly NC mtns” for family and researching tactics used during the civil war in Ukraine.
In another letter drafted months later to an American neo-Nazi leader, Hasson called for a “white homeland.” He sent the letter to himself nearly two months after the neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, where torch carrying white-supremacists clashed with anti-racist protesters.
Hasson’s commitment to destruction appeared heightened in recent weeks, The Washington Post said, citing details from prosecutors. He created a list of “traitors” and targets on January 19 in an Excel spreadsheet on his work computer. The spreadsheet was created two days after he conducted a series of internet inquiries:
8:54 a.m.: “what if trump illegally impeached”
8:57 a.m.: “best place in dc to see congress people”
8:58 a.m.: “where in dc to congress live”
10:39 a.m.: “civil war if trump impeached”
11:26 a.m.: “social democrats usa”