A Silver Spring, Maryland, lieutenant for the U.S. Coast Guard in D.C. has been arrested on suspicion of a domestic terror plot to kill numerous high-profile politicians and journalists in an attempt to establish a “white homeland.”
Christopher Paul Hasson, 49, was arrested Feb. 15 on gun and drug charges. A detention hearing for Hasson is set for Thursday at 1 p.m. Court documents reveal Hasson described himself as a white nationalist and harbored extremist views for years.
Court documents indicate Hasson espoused extremist and white supremacist views for years — aspiring to establish a “white homeland” — and say he is a “domestic terrorist bent on committing acts dangerous to human life that are intended to affect government conduct.”
“I am dreaming of a way to kill every last person on earth,” Hasson wrote in a draft email dated June 2, 2017, that was uncovered by investigators, according to the court records.
Throughout the email, addressed to “friends … acquaintances more likely,” he contemplates the most effective methods to “cause complete destruction” by unleashing a biological attack on the public, followed by contamination of food supplies.
“Much blood will have to be spilled to get whitey off the couch. … They will die as will the traitors who actively work toward our demise,” he wrote disdainfully.
The rambling and inchoate letter also includes a to-do list for the next four years, revealing Hasson’s desire to “Get out of debt!!! Buy van to convert, diesel, Buy land for family out west or possibly NC mtns.” He also adds that he needs to “come off” Tramadol, a highly addictive narcotic. “Clear my head,” he says.
Officials arrested Hasson on Friday on charges of illegal possession of a firearm as well as possession of a controlled substance. But the government called those charges the “proverbial tip of the iceberg,” and subsequently filed the motion on Tuesday asking the court to detain Hasson, who has a detention hearing on Feb. 21.
In recent years, the government contends, Hasson has been on a weapons buying spree, collecting 15 firearms and more than 1,000 rounds of mixed ammunition — all of which were confiscated from Hasson’s basement apartment last week.
During the raid officials also discovered Hasson’s computer, containing a spreadsheet that reportedly is a hit list of possible targets — high-ranking current and former Democratic politicians, activists, political organizations and media personalities.
In addition to Pelosi, Hasson was allegedly considering some type of violent assault on Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand and Richard Blumenthal, along with U.S. Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Maxine Waters, and former house member, Beto O’Rourke. The spreadsheet list also included MSNBC hosts Chris Hayes and Joe Scarborough, as well as Don Lemon and Van Jones from CNN.
The court filings paint a picture of an angry and drugged man who has been seeking answers in neo-fascist and neo-Nazi literature for decades, and who is desperate to make a “lasting impression on this world.”