(Salon) -- Last Tuesday, Christopher Paul Hasson, a lieutenant in the United States Coast Guard, was arraigned in U.S. District Court in Maryland.
Hasson is a white supremacist and likely also a neo-Nazi. According to documents included in last week's court filing, his plan was to commit mass murder in order to start a "race war." His targets were prominent Democrats and members of the "liberal" media, apparently including Joe Scarborough of MSNBC, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. Hasson had amassed a significant arsenal that included at least 1,000 rounds of ammunition, 15 assault rifles and other firearms. As indicated by his internet search history, Hasson's right-wing terrorist campaign was closely allied to his support for Donald Trump. He had searched such terms as “what if trump illegally impeached” and “civil war if trump impeached.”
As I have observed on many previous occasions, there are questions that are rarely asked when white men plan or commit acts of mass murder and domestic terrorism. How and where was this person "radicalized"? What news media and other sources of information did he consume? Did his religion lead him to do this? What values were taught in his home? When will leaders of the "white community" speak up and denounce such acts? Is there a culture problem in White America? Should people who resemble Hasson, or who share his values, be barred from entering the country?
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