When Coast Guard officer Christopher Paul Hasson was arrested last week by Federal agents he was allegedly plotting a large number of assassinations of people ranging from Chuck Schumer, to the host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, to the leaders of the Democratic Socialists of America. Hasson appears to have been inspired by a European terrorist who murdered in order to halt Muslim immigration to his country.
Christopher Hasson is a follower of a European White Supremacist terrorist and anti-immigrant militant. On July 22, 2011, Norwegian Anders Behring Breivik, whom Hasson sought to emulate, committed two coordinated terror attacks in Norway leading to the death of 77 Norwegian citizens. Breivik believed that immigration of Muslims was a threat to European countries. Breivik intended his attacks to serve as models for future single cell or “Lone Wolf” terrorist operations.
The Norwegian terrorist left behind manifesto of his White Supremacist and anti-immigrant beliefs, and a guide to targeting those he claimed were behind the erosion of white racial purity. He wrote that “Targets should be influential media personalities – multiculturalist politicians, journalists/editors, cultural marxist professors, Marxist writers/artists, NGO leaders, global investors. Obviously, focus on individuals who do not have armed body guards.”
According to documents filed by the United States Attorney’s office with the United States District Court in Maryland:
Review of the defendant’s activity since January 2017 revealed targeting indicators consistent with Breivik’s instructions. For example, on February 26, 2018, the defendant performed the following internet searches: “most liberal senators”; “where do most senators live in dc”; “do senators have ss [secret service] protection”; and “are supreme court justices protected.” In addition, on December 27, 2018, the defendant performed an internet search for “joe Scarborough” (“Scarborough”), after viewing a headline claiming that Scarborough referred to the President as “the worst ever.” (Scarborough is the host of a popular morning television show on MSNBC and previously served as a United States Congressman representing a district in Florida.) The defendant spent the next approximately five minutes reviewing Scarborough’s Wikipedia page and personal website before performing a Google search for “where is morning joe filmed.” After further searches, the defendant found Scarborough’s prior home, and then proceeded to scroll in and out on the location for approximately 35 seconds.
On January 17, 2019, consistent with the types of people who Breivik identifies as “traitors” and targets for an attack, the defendant compiled a list of prominent Democratic Congressional leaders, activists, political organizations, and MSNBC and CNN media personalities, as shown below:
Hasson wrote that he hoped to spark a civil war through acts of violence that would lead to a spiral of bloodshed. The Coast Guard officer wrote that “Much blood will have to be spilled to get whitey off the couch. For some no amount of blood will be enough. They will die as will the traitors who actively work toward our demise.”
Hasson’s internet searches show a concern that Donald Trump might be impeached and removed from the presidency. He saw hope in the country many White Nationalists now see as their homeland, Russia. He wrote; “Looking to Russia with hopeful.” In the same paragraph he denigrated “the muslim scum.”
Hasson hoped to establish a “white homeland” in the Pacific Northwest.