US Coast Guard officer accused of neo-Nazi plot in pretrial confinement

A US Coast Guard officer accused of compiling a target list of Democratic presidential candidates and media personalities amid threats of mass violence will be held in jail pending trial, a U.S. District Court judge ruled Thursday.

Lt. Christopher Paul Hasson was arrested Feb. 15 on drug and weapons possession charges, but a document filed by a U.S. attorney alleges a much more far-reaching pattern of sinister activity, including plans to commit mass murder to further a neo-Nazi and white nationalist agenda.

The judge was convinced to order detention for Hassan “by clear and convincing evidence that no condition or combination of conditions of release will reasonably assure the safety of any other person and the community.”

His detention is subject to appeal.

Hasson had been assigned to the Acquisitions Directorate of the Coast Guard’s Washington, D.C. headquarters when he was arrested at his home in Silver Spring. A cache of 15 weapons and more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition were seized at the time.