The arsenal of weapons prosecutors say Christopher Paul Hasson was planning to use on politicians and media personalities. U.S. Attorney’s Office in Maryland

Washington – Sen. Richard Blumenthal was among the targets of a U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant and self-identified white nationalist who is under arrest after federal investigators found a cache of weapons and ammunition in his Maryland home.

Christopher Paul Hasson wanted to “establish a white homeland,” dreamed of ways to “kill almost every last person on earth,” and drew up a list of targets that included liberal Democrats like Blumenthal and CNN and MSNBC journalists, according to court records filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Maryland.

“The defendant intends to murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country,” prosecutors said in court filings.

Those listed in a spreadsheet of targets included House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. and “Sen. blumen jew,” who prosecutors identified as Blumenthal.

“Senator Blumenthal is grateful to the FBI and federal prosecutors for their work on this case and their ongoing efforts to combat violent and hateful extremism,” said Blumenthal spokeswoman Maria McElwain.

Also listed on Hasson’s spreadsheet were “JOEY” whom prosecutors believe is  Joe Scarborough of MSNBC, Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., Don Lemon of CNN,  “gillibran” who is believed to be Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.,  “poca warren,” presumably Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. and “cortez” believed to be Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.

Sens. Cory Booker, D-N.J., Kamala Harris, D-Calif.,  former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas and Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., were also listed on the spreadsheet, as were other Democratic officials and broadcast journalists.

The court documents say Hasson, stationed at U.S. Coast Guard headquarters in Washington D.C., “has espoused extremist views for years.” Prosecutors found writings in his computer that mused about the best way to exterminate everyone on earth and say he had been studying a 1,500 page manifesto of right-wing terrorist Anders Behring Breivik, who in 2011 killed 77 in Norway in two attacks.

“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,” the court documents quoted Hasson as writing.

They also say Hasson searched the internet using phrases that included “best places in dc to see congress people,” “are supreme court justices protected,” “most liberal senators,” and “where is morning joe filmed.”

Arrested Friday on weapons charges, the court filings say “the current charges, however, are the proverbial tip of the iceberg.”

“The defendant is a domestic terrorist, bent on committing acts dangerous to human life that are intended to affect governmental conduct,” the prosecutors wrote.

The court filings also detail Hasson’s extensive purchases of the opioid Tramadol and his plans to boost himself with steroids to increase his abilities to conduct attacks.

Hasson will appear in court on Thursday.

Ana has written about politics and policy in Washington, D.C.. for Gannett, Thompson Reuters and UPI. She was a special correspondent for the Miami Herald, and a regular contributor to The New York TImes, Advertising Age and several other publications. She has also worked in broadcast journalism, for CNN and several local NPR stations. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Journalism.

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  1. Questions – what exactly are the charges against Mr. Hasson? If he was stationed at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C. and “has espoused extremist views for years”, why wasn’t he discharged a long time ago?

  2. Having active duty family and friends, I am ECSTATIC they caught him before anything happened. While I disagree completely with the political views of those allegedly targeted, this is the USA and we don’t physically harm people for differing views; we peacefully speak out against them and (hopefully) vote them out of office.

    In too many cases, political correctness, or the concept of ‘giving enough rope,’ leads authorities to not act quickly enough. It makes one think of Ft Hood, the Communist West Point grad (with security clearances), the Marathon Bombers, San Bernardino, the Night Club massacre, etc. This man’s actions and beliefs have apparently been known for years. We’re quick to punish Chaplains for espousing Christian beliefs (imagine that!!) or someone who complains about different standards based on gender, however.

    In the military, it must be “One Team, One Fight.” Hasson was not on our Team, and hasn’t been for many years. I’m glad he was caught and (likely) will face severe punishment.

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