Coast Guard officer detained for two weeks amid terror plot fears

Coast Guard officer detained for two weeks amid terror plot fears

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A photo of guns found in Christopher Hasson's apartment. Included in a court filing.

WASHINGTON — Christopher Hasson, the Silver Spring, Md.-based Coast Guard officer suspected of plotting a domestic terror plot, will be detained for two weeks while prosecutors try to build their case against him, according to local media reports.

According to a criminal complaint, the FBI found that there is “probable cause” to believe that Hasson was in possession of illegal narcotics and firearms, the latter of which would be illegal if he was found to be using the drugs.

In a separate filing calling for Hasson to be immediately detained, U.S. Attorney Robert Hur and Assistant Attorney General Thomas Windom said the charges are “just 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 said.

The filing listed findings from investigators showing draft emails detailing plans to target political and media figures, and espousing violent white supremacist ideology.

Prosecutors also procured a list of prominent individuals critical of President Donald Trump as well as a series of disturbing web searches, including efforts to figure out where they lived and whether or not they had security protection.

Adding to prosecutors’ concern, investigators found that Hasson had stockpiled over 15 guns and 1,000 rounds of ammunition.

Hasson is also said to have frequently read the manifesto penned by Anders Breivek, a right-wing Norwegian terrorist currently serving a prison sentence for carrying out a 2011 attack on a children’s summer camp that killed 69 people and a car bombing that killed eight government targets.

The officer’s defense attorney claimed that Hasson was merely a private citizen with a gun collection and that it was not a crime to merely believe “negative things.”

Federal Magistrate Judge Charles Day ordered Hasson to be detained, but noted that it could change if prosecutors fail to bring forward direct charges.

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