Coast Guard lieutenant accused of plotting terror attack will not be released pending trial: Report
A Coast Guard lieutenant accused of plotting a terror attack on numerous Democratic lawmakers and media figures will remain in custody pending trial, a federal judge ruled Monday, reversing an earlier decision releasing him, according to Buzzfeed News.
U.S. District Judge Jarrod Hazel ruled Monday that no conditions of release could ensure Christopher Hasson would not be a threat and expressed concerns that the government could not confirm the whereabouts of two of his guns. Hazel also said it was “relevant and troubling” that Hasson allegedly compiled a hit list two weeks after reading a passage about targeting “category A traitors” in a manifesto by far-right Norwegian domestic terrorist Anders Breivik, who killed 77 people in Norway in 2011.
Hasson’s lawyer, Elizabeth Oyer, argued that the government was seeking to detain Hasson based on a “gut feeling” and that reading manifestos like Breivik’s was not illegal, adding that it was not uncommon for people to make lists of their political enemies.
Hasson was arrested in February, with investigators saying he had stockpiled weapons and compiled a hit list of figures such as Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiTrump lashes out at Dem talk of ‘constitutional crisis’ Dems warn of ‘constitutional crisis’ but wary of impeachment 2020 hopeful Kamala Harris says US faces constitutional crisis MORE (D-Calif.), Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSchumer urging Pompeo to warn Putin of consequences if Russia interferes in election Call Trump’s tax cut what it was: Keynesian Trump will ‘hang tough’ on China, political fallout be damned MORE (D-N.Y.), Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez compares GOP to Dwight from ‘The Office’ Trump lashes out at Dem talk of ‘constitutional crisis’ ‘Saturday Night Live’ ponders what it would take for Republicans to turn against Trump MORE (D-N.Y.), and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisKamala Harris says she wouldn’t have voted for NAFTA Michael Bennet must find a way to stand out in the crowd Kamala Harris: Time to take ‘serious look at breaking up Facebook’ MORE (D-Calif.). Prosecutors said there were at least 15 firearms and 1,000 rounds of ammunition in his home. In April, Magistrate Judge Charles Day agreed with Hasson’s public defender that because Hasson has not been charged on any terrorism-related counts, the government could not continue to detain him.
“He’s got to have a whole lot of supervision,” Day said in April. “Somebody who’s got eyes and ears on him like nobody’s business.”
Day ordered that Hasson remain confined to his home with electronic monitoring but the U.S. government appealed the ruling to Hazel’s court.