Self-proclaimed white nationalist accused of planning mass killing expected to plead guilty

A U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant who authorities say planned to “murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country” is expected to appear in federal court Thursday to plead guilty in his case involving guns and drugs, federal records show.

Christopher P. Hasson, 50, was arrested in February at his home in Silver Spring, Md., where authorities found 15 guns, more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition along with silencers, smoke grenades, and other tactical items that could be used in an attack, as well as 30 bottles of human growth hormone and 100 pills of the opioid Tramadol.

Investigators said they found extensive evidence that Hasson had studied and admired the writings of terrorist Anders Breivik, who shot and killed 77 people in Norway in 2011, who believed that targeted violence was necessary to stop problems caused by immigration. Breivik also advocated for six weeks of steroid use before an attack, prosecutors said.

Hasson, who worked in the Coast Guard headquarters in Washington as an acquisitions officer, also apparently wrote a letter to a known American neo-Nazi, according to a prosecution detention motion, which said: “I am a longtime White Nationalist. … I fully support the idea of a White Homeland. … you can make change with a little focused violence.”

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