March 12 (UPI) — A U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant accused of stockpiling weapons in order to conduct a large-scale terror attack pleaded not guilty Monday to a four-count indictment in Maryland.
Christopher Hasson, 49, faces charges of unlawful possession of two silencers, possession of firearms by a drug addict and possession of a controlled substance, specifically tramadol.
Prosecutors described Hasson, whom police arrested Feb. 15, as a self-proclaimed white supremacist who planned a domestic terror attack to fuel a race war.
Inspired by Norwegian far-right domestic terrorist Anders Breivik who killed 77 people in his native country, Hasson also allegedly created a hit list of Democrats, and left-leaning commentators and journalists.
In an email addressed to “Dear friends,” Hassan said “I am dreaming of a way to kill almost every last person on the earth,” blaming “Liberalist/globalist ideology” for “destroying traditional peoples esp white.”
The email details possible biological weapons attacks with Spanish flu, botulism and anthrax, which would then be followed by an attack on the food supply, according to the court documents.
This is also around the time the defendant allegedly began to stockpile a cache of weapons and ammunition.