Ever since President Obama took office white supremacists have fled out of the closest in shockingly high numbers. It got worse after a minority the of people in this country elected a white nationalist as our president. Today we’re learning that another white nationalist, this one a member of the Coast Guard, has been arrested and accused of planning a domestic terrorist attack on the United States.
The Washington Post reported that Christopher Paul Hasson, a Coast Guard Lieutenant and self-proclaimed white nationalist, called for the use of violence to establish a “white homeland” and had a hit list of prominent Democrats, Supreme Court Justices, and journalists. He was arrested last week on illegal weapons and drug charges as a result of an ongoing investigation led by Coast Guard Investigation Services, working in cooperation with the FBI and the Dept. of Justice.
Court documents after his arrest show that in June 2017, Hasson described an “interesting idea” in an email draft that included “biological attacks followed by attack on food supply.” The documents went on to say
‘The defendant is a domestic terrorist, bent on committing acts dangerous to human life that are intended to affect governmental conduct.’
Among the evidence collected by investigators was an email Hasson drafted to an American Neo-Nazi leader after the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, in which he wrote
‘I never saw a reason for mass protest or wearing uniforms marching around provoking people with swastikas etc. I was and am a man of action, you cannot change minds protesting like that. However you can make change with a little focused violence.’
He detailed some of the violence that he intended to do and it included a sniper/bombing campaign and that he would need to purchase land out west or in the mountains of North Carolina “for family and researching tactics used during the civil war in Ukraine.”
Hopefully Hasson never sees the outside of a prison for the rest of his life. Because of Trump’s nasty rhetoric, a crazy person like Hasson has felt free to start planning to attack the good folks in this country, and we can’t let that stand.
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