Christopher Paul Hasson, who is assigned to the Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington and lives in a Maryland suburb, was arrested on Friday on weapons and drugs charges, prosecutors said in court documents.
He wanted to establish "a white homeland" and dreamed of ways to 'kill nearly every last person on earth, ' according to court records filed in U.S. District Court in Maryland and seen by The Washington Post.
Hasson compiled a hit list - on a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet - of prominent Democrats that included House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and several presidential hopefuls. It also included CNN journalists Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo as well as MSNBC anchor Joe Scarborough. In February 2018, he searched the internet for the "most liberal senators", as well as searching "do senators have ss (secret service) protection" and "are supreme court justices protected", according to the court filing.
"The defendant is a domestic terrorist, bent on committing acts risky to human life that are meant to affect governmental conduct", federal prosecutors wrote in the motion for detention pending trial also obtained by The New York Times.
Law enforcement officers seized 15 guns and 1,000 rounds of ammunition from Hasson's Silver Spring, Maryland, home earlier this week. The "domestic terrorist" who hoped to create a "white homeland" is due to appear in court on Thursday, where the prosecution will insist on his continued detention, as he awaits trial.
Hasson appeared to blame "liberalist/globalist ideology for destroying traditional peoples, especially white".
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He is said to have written about ways to "kill nearly every last person on Earth", and called the idea of a biological attack and poisoning the nation's food supply "interesting".
The arsenal of weapons prosecutors say Christopher Paul Hasson was planning to use on politicians and media personalities.
Apparently, Hasson frequently sought instruction from a manifesto written by Anders Breivik, a far-right, anti-Muslim Norwegian nationalist who was convicted in 2011 of two terror attacks that killed 77 people.
Hasson was working at the U.S. Coast Guard headquarters in Washington since 2016, according to court documents filed by prosecutors.
Breivik drafted a manifesto that Hasson allegedly read frequently and adhered to, stockpiling weapons and human growth hormone to increase his strength for an attack. The arrest was first reported by Seamus Hughes, a former senior counterterrorism advisor to the Senate Homeland Security Committee and USA government intelligence policy officer who now works for the Program on Extremism at George Washington University.
As recently as January 17, Hasson created a list of "traitors" and targets in a spreadsheet while reviewing various broadcast news sites from his work computer, court filings show. 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, they said. He was an active duty member at the time he was arrested.