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Coast Guard 'Threat' Program Flagged Weird Computer Use

That reportedly led to investigation into Coast Guard Lt. Christopher Paul Hasson
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 22, 2019 9:21 AM CST
This image provided by the US District Court in Maryland shows a photo of firearms and ammunition that was in the motion for detention pending trial in the case against Christopher Paul Hasson.   (U.S. District Court via AP)
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(Newser) – The charges filed against a Maryland Coast Guard officer "are the proverbial tip of the iceberg," per federal prosecutors—who were on Thursday given 14 days to come up with the rest of said iceberg. Lt. Christopher Paul Hasson has been hit with fairly minor illegal drug and firearm possession charges, but the government argues he's a "domestic terrorist" who compiled a hit-list of prominent Democrats and journalists and has white supremacist views. The 49-year-old is currently detained pending trial, but CNN reports a judge on Thursday gave prosecutors two weeks to charge him with additional counts in relation to their terrorism assertion; otherwise, Hasson's attorney can argue for his release. What that attorney is arguing now: that it's "not a crime to think negative thoughts about people. It's not a crime to think about doomsday scenarios," which is what federal public defender Julie Stelzig says her client did. More:

  • The Coast Guard began looking into Hasson after its "Insider Threat Program" flagged him. The Washington Post reports the program unearthed computer activity that the agency's investigative service felt warranted a probe. That probe began in the fall, and Hasson was arrested at work on Friday.

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