Christopher Paul Hasson of Silver Spring, Maryland was sentenced to 13 years in federal prison on Friday, followed by four years of supervised release, on four federal charges, including unlawful possession of firearm silencers, possession of firearms by an addict, unlawful user of a controlled substance, and possession of a controlled substance.
The 50-year-old U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant identified as a “White Nationalist” for over 30 years and wrote about “focused violence” in order to establish a “white homeland.”
The FBI found that Hasson’s e-mail accounts, documents, text messages, and Internet searches showed that he was inspired by racist murderers. Hasson stockpiled assault weapons, studied violence, and intended to exact retribution on minorities and those he considered traitors.
Investigators also found that some of his intended targets were media personalities and current and former elected officials.
Hasson registered for an online sniper and sharpshooter forum, studied sniper tactics, and purchased high-end scopes and a sniper rifle and had the manifestos of mass and serial murderers, including those for Unabomber Ted Kaczynski and Anders Breivik, who in 2011, detonated a van bomb in Norway and shot and killed 69 participants of a youth summer camp.
He also had the memoir of Eric Rudolph, the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bomber, titled Between the Lines of Drift: The Memoirs of a Militant.
Law enforcement recovered seven rifles, two shotguns, four pistols, two revolvers, firearm silencers as well as multiple magazines able to accept hundreds of rounds of ammunition.
Additionally, they found camping supplies, Meals-Ready-to-Eat, steel body armor plates, tactical vests and smoke grenades.
Hasson also abused Tramadol, a type of opioid, which he obtained illegally. The FBI recovered over 300 tablets from his residence, backpack and office desk at the U.S. Coast Guard headquarters in Washington D.C.
Of the sentence, U.S. States Attorney Robert K. Hur said, “Preserving our nation’s security against terrorist threats continues to be the Justice Department’s top priority. Lives were saved due to the skill and dedication of law enforcement in this case. Christopher Hasson intended to inflict violence on the basis of his racist and hateful beliefs. As long as violent extremists take steps to harm innocent people, we will continue to use all of the tools we have to prevent and deter them.”
FBI Special Agent in Charge Jennifer Boone said, “We will use every tool given to us by the Department of Justice and Congress to disrupt Racially Motivated Violent Extremist activity. However, protection of our communities and our nation is a shared responsibility, and we must combat terrorism as a united force against all forms of violent hate.”