White Nationalist Coast Guard Officer Won’t Be Released From Jail After All

This image provided by the U.S. District Court in Maryland shows a photo of firearms and ammunition that was in the motion for detention pending trial in the case against Christopher Paul Hasson. Prosecutors say that... This image provided by the U.S. District Court in Maryland shows a photo of firearms and ammunition that was in the motion for detention pending trial in the case against Christopher Paul Hasson. Prosecutors say that Hasson, a Coast Guard lieutenant is a "domestic terrorist" who wrote about biological attacks and had a hit list that included prominent Democrats and media figures. He is due in court on Feb. 21 in Maryland. Prosecutors say Hasson espoused extremist views for years. Court papers say Hasson described an "interesting idea" in a 2017 draft email that included "biological attacks followed by attack on food supply." (U.S. District Court via AP) MORE LESS
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May 13, 2019 5:52 p.m.

A federal judge on Monday overturned another judge’s decision to allow a Coast Guard lieutenant to be released on bail despite being accused of plotting a mass white nationalist attack, according to the Washington Post and BuzzFeed┬áNews.

Christopher Paul Hasson is charged with illegal possession of unregistered and unmarked silencers, illegal possession of 17 firearms by an addict of controlled substances, and possession of the opioid Tramadol. Though prosecutors haven’t charged him with terrorism-related offenses, they refer to him in court filings as a “domestic terrorist.”

Hasson was arrested after investigators found a “hit list” of prominent Democrats and journalists, a stockpile of guns and an Internet history full of searches like “please god let there be a race war” and “best n***** killing gun.”

Several weeks ago, Judge Charles Day shocked the prosecutors (and apparently Hasson’s own wife) when he ruled that Hasson could be released on bail. Day’s reasoning was that the prosecutors didn’t plan on charging the Coast Guard official with terrorism.

But U.S. District Judge Jarrod Hazel felt differently, ruling that Hasson would have to stay in jail during court proceedings.

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