Arrest of white nationalist Coast Guard leads to Congressional officials letter of concern to DOD

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Four Congressional officials question how the Feds deal with extremists in the military after the arrest of Christopher Hasson, 49, a Coast Guard lieutenant who is being held for gun violations and illegal drug possession. It is believed that he is a white nationalist who was planning domestic terrorist attacks.

Anthony Brown (D-MD), Vice Chair of the House Armed Services Committee and 30-year combat veteran, led Reps. Jackie Speier (D-CA), Elijah Cummings (D-MD), and Jamie Raskin (D-MD) in sending a letter to Department of Defense (DOD) Acting Secretary Patrick Shanahan and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Hasson’s case. The letter expressed concern that, “an individual that espouses these views could repeatedly serve in the military across multiple services.”

They also requested details on how the agencies identify extremism in the multiple branches of Armed Services.

Court sketch of Christopher Hasson. Sketch by Art Lien

Hassan was arrested after authorities discovered him looking at materials to enact harm on public officials and media notables. Using his office computer, Hasson visited White supremacist and neo-Nazi websites, and studied the 1,500-page manifesto written by Anders Behring Breivik, a far-right Norwegian extremist who killed 77 people in 2011.

As well, authorities discovered Hassan had been taking unprescribed opioids while on the job and  stockpiling weapons for almost two years and had over 1,000 rounds of ammunition.

Currently, Hasson is being held for 14-days with the possibility of being released.

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