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The Coast Guard officer who stockpiled arms and compiled a hit list of politicians isn't facing domestic terrorism charges
The Coast Guard lieutenant accused of amassing an arsenal of illegal firearms and plotting the murder of Democratic politicians and high-profile broadcast journalists hasn't actually been charged with domestic terrorism, according to a Monday court filing.
Lt. Christopher Hasson, a self-identified white supremacist for "30 plus years" who was arrested on Feb. 15 for firearms and drug possession, was labeled a "domestic terrorist" in a February indictment by federal prosecutors, who alleged that Hasson "intends to murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country."
But in Monday court filing, Hasson's attorney Liz Oyer requested U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles Day to release her client from federal custody given that federal prosecutors not only didn't charge him with domestic terrorism, but have no plans to do so in the future.
Day had previously stated during a Feb. 21 hearing that, despite "clear and convincing evidence" that Hasson was a danger to the public, prosecutors had 14 days to actually charge him with domestic terrorism before he would reconsider the lieutenant's detention
"An indictment was returned on February 27, 2019, charging Mr. Hasson with the same two offenses that were initially charge by the complaint (a firearms-possession offense and a misdemeanor drug-possession offense, plus two additional firearms offenses," Oyer wrote.
"No other crimes have been charged. Moreover, during a recent status call, government counsel advised the Court and defense counsel that it does not expect to file a superseding indictment in the matter."
A search of Hasson's home following his arrest in February revealed 15 firearms and over 1,000 rounds of ammo along with a hit list of targets that included including prominent Democratic politicians like Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and media personalities like MSNBC's Joe Scarborough and Chris Hayes.
In a draft email that he later deleted, Hasson allegedly wrote that "[l]iberalist/globalist ideology is destroying traditional people esp white," adding that he was "dreaming of a way to kill almost every last person on the earth."
Law enforcement also found a draft letter Hasson wrote to a neo-Nazi leader weeks after the 2017 Charlottesville white supremacist rally, in which he called for a "white homeland."
Hasson was assigned to work at Coast Guard headquarters in 2016 and previously served in the Marine Corps from 1988 to 1993.
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The Taliban may not have breached the walls of Bagram, but they damaged the hell out of its main passenger terminal
Blasts from Taliban car bombs outside of Bagram Airfield on Wednesday caused extensive damage to the base's passenger terminal, new pictures released by the 45th Expeditionary Wing show.
The pictures, which are part of a photo essay called "Bagram stands fast," were posted on the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service's website on Thursday.
Editor's Note: The following is an op-ed. The opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Task & Purpose.
Shortly after seven sailors died aboard USS Fitzgerald when she collided with a merchant ship off Japan in 2017, I wrote that the Fitzgerald's watch team could have been mine. My ship had once had a close call with me on watch, and I had attempted to explain how such a thing could happen. "Operating ships at sea is hard, and dangerous. Stand enough watches, and you'll have close calls," I wrote at the time. "When the Fitzgerald's investigation comes out, I, for one, will likely be forgiving."
So, am I forgiving? Yes — for some.
Editor's note: a version of this story first appeared in 2015.
Most people haven't heard of an elderly Belgian-Congolese nurse named Augusta Chiwy. But students of history know that adversity and dread can turn on a dime into freedom and change, and it's often the most humble and little-known individuals who are the drivers of it.
During the very darkest days of the Battle of the Bulge in World War II, Chiwy was such a catalyst, and hundreds of Americans lived because of her. She died quietly on Aug. 23, 2015, at the age of 94 at her home in Brussels, Belgium, and had it not been for the efforts of my friend — British military historian Martin King — the world may never have heard her astonishing story.
More than $20 million of the Pentagon aid at the center of the impeachment fight still hasn't reached Ukraine.
The continued delay undermines a key argument against impeachment from President Trump's Republican allies and a new legal memo from the White House Office of Management and Budget.
Average pay, housing and subsistence allowances will increase for members of the military in 2020, the Pentagon announced Thursday.