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An Analysis of The Case Against Lt. Christopher Paul Hasson
Many of you may have seen the article below but if not I have re-printed it for your convenience. This article is filled with all manner of manipulative and misleading nonsense and I’m going to break this down factually.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Coast Guard lieutenant who was arrested last week is a “domestic terrorist” who drafted an email discussing biological attacks and had what appeared to be a hit list that included prominent Democrats and media figures, prosecutors said in court papers.
Christopher Paul Hasson is due to appear Thursday in federal court in Maryland after his arrest on gun and drug offenses, but prosecutors say those charges 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,” prosecutors wrote in court papers .
Hasson, who works at the Coast Guard’s headquarters in Washington, has espoused extremist views for years, according to prosecutors. Court papers detail a June 2017 draft email in which Hasson wrote that he was “dreaming of a way to kill almost every last person on the earth,” and pondering how he might be able to acquire anthrax and toxins to create botulism or a deadly influenza.
In the same email, Hasson described an “interesting idea” that included “biological attacks followed by attack on food supply” as well as a bombing and sniper attacks, according to court documents filed by prosecutors. In September 2017, Hasson sent himself a draft letter that he had written to a neo-Nazi leader and “identified himself as a White Nationalist for over 30 years and advocated for ‘focused violence’ in order to establish a white homeland,” prosecutors wrote.
Hasson routinely read portions of a manifesto written by Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik that prosecutors said instructs would-be assailants to collect firearms, food, disguises and survival tools, court papers said. Breivik, a right-wing extremist, is serving a 21-year sentence for killing 77 people in a 2011 bomb-and-shooting rampage.
Hasson also expressed admiration for Russia. “Looking to Russia with hopeful eyes or any land that despises the west’s liberalism,” he wrote in the draft email. Prosecutors say during the past two years he had regularly searched online for pro-Russian as well as neo-Nazi literature.
Prosecutors allege that Hasson visited thousands of websites that sold guns and researched military tactical manuals on improvised munitions.
Federal agents found 15 firearms — including several rifles — and over 1,000 rounds of ammunition inside Hasson’s basement apartment in Silver Spring, Maryland. They also found a container with more than 30 bottles that were labeled as human growth hormone, court papers said.
Prosecutors wrote that Hasson “began the process of targeting specific victims,” including several prominent Democrats in Congress and 2020 presidential candidates. In February 2018, he searched the internet for the “most liberal senators,” as well as searching “do senators have ss (secret service) protection” and “are supreme court justices protected,” according to the court filing.
Hasson’s list of prominent Democrats included House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and presidential hopefuls Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker and Kamala Harris. The list — created in a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet — also included mentions of John Podesta, who was Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, along with Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Maxine Waters, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, MSNBC’s Chris Hayes and Joe Scarborough and CNN’s Chris Cuomo and Van Jones, according to the court filing.
Hasson appeared to be a chronic user of the opioid painkiller Tramadol and had purchased a flask filled with four ounces of “synthetic urine” online, prosecutors said. Authorities suspect Hasson had purchased fake urine to use in case he was randomly selected for a drug test.
The chief at the federal defender’s office in Maryland — which is representing Hasson — declined to comment on the allegations. The Coast Guard did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Hasson’s arrest. No one answered the door Wednesday at the home address for Hasson listed in public records.
Hasson’s arrest on Feb. 15 was first noted by Seamus Hughes, the deputy director of the Program on Extremism at George Washington University.
Associated Press writer Michael Kunzelman in Silver Spring, Maryland, contributed to this report.
First: Despite all the hyperbole the actual criminal charges are illegal possession of a firearm and possession of prescription drugs without a prescription. In other words he was carrying a concealed weapon either where it is prohibited or without a license. I suspect the drugs were found in a search incident to the arrest. This raises the first question: we’re told in the first paragraph Lt. Hasson “is a “domestic terrorist” who drafted an email discussing biological attacks and had what appeared to be a hit list that included prominent Democrats and media figures, prosecutors said in court papers.” Then we are told :“The defendant is a domestic terrorist, bent on committing acts dangerous to human life that are intended to affect governmental conduct,” OK then where are those charges? And how do we know he is “bent” or “intending” to do anything. And even if he is “intending” to commit a crime is that a crime in itself? Answer NO. One can “intend” to commit all the crimes in the world but until there is an attempt, a conspiracy with an act in furtherance of the crime THERE IS NO CRIME. If there are no charges, and mere intention isn’t a crime then the quoted statements are untrue.
Now the Thursday court date is not to enter a plea rather it is a hearing on a Motion for Detention pending trial. In other words the prosecutors are trying to establish a case for denial of bail. In such a motion prosecutors are at liberty to construct the most heinous evil circumstances imaginable to support their motion BUT little or nothing alleged in the motion is proven fact. IT is instead a storyline…nothing more.
Second: Why are the Federal authorities involved in a breach of Maryland state law? What is the basis for federal jurisdiction? We’re never told.
Third: We’re told Lt. Hasson has expressed extremist views for years. Really? What exactly is an extremist view? You mean like the Hollywood types fantasying about killing the President, even displaying a fake severed head? That kind of extremist view? Or perhaps Farrakhan promoting the extermination of Jews; which he does on a regular basis? That kind of extremism? And what is the source of this information, and how reliable is the source. Is this rumor? Hearsay? And when did an extreme/extremist political view become illegal? Never to my knowledge---someone correct me if I’m wrong—please. And if Lt. Hasson had all these “extremist” views how did he maintain his position in the military as an officer? Surely a routine background check would have revealed this before now? How did he maintain a security clearance all these years?
Fourth: We’re told of “Draft” emails and “Draft” letters describing the crimes he wished to commit. Well draft is just that---draft---they weren’t sent to anyone, and the only reason the Federal authorities have these at all is because Hasson was stupid enough to use his government issued computer at work. (I know the article doesn’t say that but it is mentioned in an MSNBC Article). We’re also told he searched online and read articles about Nazism, etc. Is that illegal? If so shouldn’t the sites be shut down? If I search for and read the works of Lenin on line does it logically follow that I’m a communist?
Next Prosecutors allege that Hasson visited thousands of websites that sold guns and researched military tactical manuals on improvised munitions. Is that illegal? He is after all in the military so is this unusual behavior? What we have here is misuse of government property but that is all.
Then we’re told Federal agents found 15 firearms — including several rifles — and over 1,000 rounds of ammunition inside Hasson’s basement apartment in Silver Spring, Maryland. They also found a container with more than 30 bottles that were labeled as human growth hormone. So what? I own more guns than that---anything illegal about owning firearms? Is there any allegation they are owned illegally. And what of the Ammo? Look carefully at the picture proudly displayed by the Feds of all these weapons. There are at least a pair of .22s and people often buy .22 ammo in 500 round bricks, so 1000 rounds really isn’t much and even if it WAS again so what? Is that illegal. I maintain at least 5-6 thousand rounds…Is my door about to be kicked in?
So what is the point? The article itself is purposely designed to manipulate the reader into believing this officer is the next incarnation of the left’s favorite boogeyman---the “white supremacist” armed and ready to go on a rampage. But as can be determined by my analysis the facts don’t back up this narrative. Sure he might have supremacist viewpoints which are distasteful but is that illegal? Is it a crime? And as I assert this is all hype from the fake news folks. (And if nothing else my analysis illustrates a fine example of emotion-driven, suggestive, manipulative “news” intended to provoke an emotional response.
Why now? Why did they pick this juncture to launch this narrative? My theory is that the white-nationaist boogeyman needed to be resurrected and placed on page one because the current page one article is all about how a black gay guy FAKED his own racist attack, and lied about. And that is not a narrative the left would like to see on page one day after day.
Thoughtful responses are of course welcome and if I left a gapping logic hole somewhere please let me know.
As for this program on extermism: "Seamus Hughes, the deputy director of the Program on Extremism at George Washington" here is a link to these ass-clowns.
Thanks for the update Evil Genius, I saw both the black guy fake police report thing today and also the white terroist guy your speaking about on the news today, thanks for clearing that up for me, cause the news sure as hell didn’t mention any of that witch you just did, you broke it down nicely, and what you said makes a hell of a lot more sense than the verbal diarrhea the news was spitting today, and I don’t really even watch news, but my dad had it on so I saw it.
#Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee. (Revelation 3:3)