The nation is gripped by the unfolding drama after an active duty Coast Guard member has been arrested and accused of being a domestic terrorist. The public is horrified by reports that the soldier wanted to “murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country.”
The suspect, 49-year-old Christopher Hasson, faces numerous charges including possession of a controlled substance and illegally possessing firearms. Additional charges are imminent as the investigation progresses.
Hasson has served in the military for years. He was formerly in the Marine Corps from 1988 until 1992. The Coast Guard has also confirmed that Hasson was an active duty member at the time of his arrest. He was currently headquartered in Washington.
Police allege that Hasson began to become radicalized in early 2017. He reportedly began obsessively studying the far-right extremist Anders Breivik who killed 77 people in Norway. Disturbingly, he began to tell others about his views. In an email sent in 2017, Hasson said he was “dreaming of a way to kill almost every last person on earth.”
Alexandria Thoman, a Special Agent with the FBI, confirmed that the controlled substance obtained from Hasson’s home and workplace was Tramadol. He was reportedly purchasing the drugs and having them shipped to his home. The drug is often used to help people “cheat” on drug tests. FBI agents found surveillance videos showing Hasson consuming the pills at his desk.
The lieutenant is also a self-proclaimed white nationalist. When police searched his home, they found over 15 firearms and 1,000 rounds of ammunition. Detectives also located a spreadsheet on the suspect’s computer that they’re calling a hit list. The list included several prominent left-leaning Congressional members and prominent media influencers. The list reportedly contained the names of the Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.