Federal authorities arrested a U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant after finding a trove of guns and ammunition stockpiled at his home in Maryland along with alleged plans to commit a large-scale terrorist attack targeting politicians and journalists.
Prosecutors said Christopher Paul Hasson was to appear in court on Thursday on gun and drug offenses, but that those charges were "the tip of the iceberg".
Hasson, of Maryland, was said to have drawn up a list of more specific targets, including the Democrats Nancy Pelosi, the House Speaker, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. He is accused of visting pro-Russian, neo-facist and neo-nazi sites thousands of times.
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.
"The defendant intends to murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country", US District Attorney Robert Hur said in a motion seeking that Hasson be detained until trial. Hasson is to appear before a court in Greenbelt, Maryland, on Thursday.
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"The manifesto provides an incredibly detailed account of Breivik's planning and preparation prior to the attacks and was meant to serve as a blueprint for future single cell or "Lone Wolf" terrorist operations", the court filings said.
Hasson had been keenly studying the 1,500-page manifesto of Norwegian right-wing terrorist Anders Breivik, who killed 77 people in a pair of attacks in 2011, court documents reveal. "So be it. I don't know if there truly is a "conspiracy" of ((((People)))) out to destroy me and mine, but there is an attack none the less", the email continued, using the anti-Semitic triple parentheses used by neo-Nazis and white supremacists online to indicate Jews. "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".
"I am dreaming of a way to kill nearly every last person on the earth", he mused.
The federal public defender's office, which is representing Hasson, had no comment on the allegations, and no one answered the door Wednesday at the home address for Hasson listed in public records. "Start with biological attacks followed by attack on food supply... have to research this".
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"There is nothing I'm seeing in here that would show he was stockpiling weapons", Stelzig said. They traced purchases from California, North Carolina, Virginia, Missouri, Florida and Pennsylvania.
From early 2017 to the day of his arrest, Hasson would routinely read Breivik's manifesto and, in January of this year, the defendant searched the manifesto concerning the classifications of "traitors", which details whom should be targeted for murder. Richard Blumenthal of CT, to who he referred to as "Sen blumen jew". Richard Blumenthal; "shumer", who was taken to be Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, "gillibran", who is likely Sen. Elizabeth Warren; "booker" and "harris", likely references to Sens.
According to the filing, Hasson had a large stash of guns and a list of people he wanted to kill, including MSNBC's Joe Scarborough, CNN's Don Lemon, Sen. They also found a Google search on his computer for "civil war if Donald Trump impeached". Authorities also discovered a cache of various steroids and narcotics.
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