Yahoo News reports:
A federal magistrate has agreed to the pre-trial release of a Coast Guard lieutenant accused of being a domestic terrorist.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Day noted on Thursday that 50-year-old Christopher Hasson hasn’t been charged with any terrorism related offenses. Hasson was arrested Feb. 15 and is awaiting trial on firearms and drug charges.
Prosecutors say he created a hit list of prominent Democrats, two Supreme Court justices, network TV journalists and social media company executives.
Domestic terror suspect Christopher Hasson, who is accused of planning a terror attack on politicians and media figures, also allegedly searched the internet for the home addresses of two Supreme Court justices as well as the best gun to kill African-Americans, according to court documents filed Tuesday.
Hasson pleaded not guilty in federal court last month to to weapon and drug charges that prosecutors say were connected to a plot to murder Democratic and media figures. Prosecutors said he wanted to conduct a mass killing and described his white supremacist views in previous court documents.
The new documents reveal that Hasson conducted an internet search for “are Supreme Court justices protected” about two weeks before searching for the home addresses of the two unnamed justices.
The government said Christopher Hasson was plotting to “murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country,” but a judge has ordered his pretrial release. https://t.co/89h6E41c5g
— HuffPost (@HuffPost) April 25, 2019
#BREAKING a federal judge has ordered former @uscoastguard Lt Christopher Hasson released from federal custody. Prosecutors called the Langley Park man a white supremacist who wanted to kill people but terror related charges were never filed. He faced only gun charges. @ABC7News
— Brad Bell (@ABC7Brad) April 25, 2019
So Christopher Hasson, who stockpiled weapons after searching for “best n—– killing gun”, “white homeland,” “when are whites going to wake up,” & “please god let there be a race war”, is being released on bail because apparently he isn’t a threathttps://t.co/588l7bex2R
— Shahed Amanullah (@shahed) April 25, 2019