February 1, 2020
This guy was raided for Google searches. The cops searched his house and found a bottle of low-level pain killers that he didn’t have a prescription for. So they decided that made his guns illegal. Now he’s going to prison for 13 years.
This is absolutely as bad as anything that took place in Stalin’s Russia.
A former US Coast Guard officer has been jailed for 13 years for stockpiling weapons to carry out an alleged white supremacist attack.
Officials said Christopher Hasson, 50, was planning to target liberal politicians and news broadcasters.
Prosecutors said this was “domestic terrorism”, but US law does not classify this as a distinct offence without an attack being carried out.
Hasson pleaded guilty to firearms and drugs charges.
When he was arrested last February, officers found a cache of 15 firearms – which, as a drug user, Hasson was banned from owning – and two illegal gun silencers. He was also in possession of the narcotic Tramadol without a prescription.
Before and during his sentencing hearing, prosecutors and defence attorneys sparred on whether or not Hasson would have gone on to commit mass murder.
The former lieutenant from Silver Spring was inspired by racist mass murderers, including Anders Breivik, and “intended to exact retribution on minorities and those he considered traitors”, prosecutors told the court.
He created an Excel spreadsheet with a list of targets, which included 12 prominent Democrats in Congress and a number of CNN and MSNBC journalists.
US Federal Attorney Robert Hur added that if he hadn’t been arrested when he was, “we now would be counting bodies of the defendant’s victims instead of years of the defendant’s prison time”.
Hasson’s lawyers, however, argued that prosecutors had overstated the threat he posed.
Hasson’s web searches, on mass shootings and biological warfare, triggered an investigation by the Coast Guard after they were flagged up by software on his work computer.
There is no evidence he was “planning an attack.” All he did was write a draft email saying he fantasized about killing journalists.
That is very far from “planning an attack.”
But this is the situation.
If you end up in court and they say you’re a “white supremacist,” they are going to lock you away for a long time.