Christopher Hasson, 49, was a suburban father, loving husband, and Lieutenant in the Coast Guard who resided in Maryland. However, on his court filings last month, he was listed as a “domestic terrorist” and a self-identified white nationalist.
Hasson closely studied the methodology of extremist killers like Anders Behring Breivik, a Norwegian terrorist that took the life of over 70 individuals. He stockpiled drugs, multiple weapons and over a thousand mixed ammunition, and created a hit list of influential democratic leaders, including Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Chuck Schumer, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
According to The Guardian, Hasson’s motive was his loathing towards what he thought to be Trump’s enemies, as well as the fear that Trump will be removed from power.
He wrote a few draft letters and emails, one of them towards a well known neo-Nazi leader. In the letter, he introduced himself as a white nationalist for over 30 years and favored “focused violence” in order to establish a white homeland.
“He and his viewpoints are scary,” Junior Ciara Coe commented on the self-proclaimed white nationalist.
“What he thinks of ”focused violence” is just going to raise alarm, and will not do any good for us.”
In a drafted email that dated back to Jun 2, 2017, he wrote that he was “dreaming of a way to kill almost every last person on earth. 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.” Hasson also said later in the email, “Liberalist/globalist ideology is destroying traditional peoples esp white. No way to counteract without violence.”
According to court documentation, Hasson was also contemplating a biological attack, followed by contaminating food supplies in a draft email.
Hasson was arrested on Feb 15, and may face over 30 years in prison for three weapons charges and a charge for possessing tramadol, an opioid. Investigators claim that they found documentation indicating that Christopher Hasson ordered 4,200 tramadol pills since 2016.
Kathleen Belew, the author of Bring the War Home: the White Power Movement and Paramilitary America, explained to The Guardian that under Trump’s power, more far-right violence is to be expected.
“We’re talking about a movement in which many activists want the overthrow of the federal government, the reinstatement of slavery, the genocide of all people of color and a white homeland. These aren’t things that can be pursued politically, even with a sympathetic administration,” She said.
Statistics support her claim. According to the Anti-Defamation League, every extremist murder in 2018 was linked to far-right ideology.
Christopher Hasson, a man with far-right views, has been a reminder of the spread of the extremist movement. Ever since Anders Behring Breivik and the election of President Trump, numerous reports have been emerging from the media about far-right extremism. Hasson now resides in prison under three counts of possessing weapons and one of possessing drugs, but the court is waiting to charge him with even more years under domestic terrorism.