Coast Guard Officer Accused of Plotting Terror Attack to Be Released

Christopher Hasson hasn't actually been charged with terrorism
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 25, 2019 3:03 PM CDT
This file image provided by the U.S. 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, File)

(Newser) – A federal magistrate has agreed to the pre-trial release of a Coast Guard lieutenant accused of being a domestic terrorist, the AP reports. US Magistrate Judge Paul Day noted on Thursday that 50-year-old Christopher Hasson hasn't been charged with any terrorism related offenses. Hasson was arrested Feb. 15 and is awaiting trial on firearms and drug charges. Prosecutors say he created a hit list of prominent Democrats, two Supreme Court justices, network TV journalists, and social media company executives. Day says he still has "grave concerns" about Hasson based on information prosecutors have presented. The magistrate says Hasson is "going to have to have a whole lot of supervision." Day planned to order home confinement and electronic monitoring for Hasson. It's not clear where Hasson will be confined or when he'll be released. (Hasson reportedly once wrote that he was "dreaming of a way to kill every last person on earth.")

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