Coast guard officer arrested over terror plot had Ilhan Omar on target list

The suspect had a cache of weapons at his disposal and a list of Democratic targets.
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A coast guard and white nationalist arrested in Maryland this week over a suspected terror plot had Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar on his "hit list."

Authorities found a cache of 15 weapons and 1,000 rounds ammunition at the home of Christopher Paul Hasson, with Maryland U.S. District Attorney Robert Hur saying he planned to "murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country."

"The defendant is a domestic terrorist, bent on committing acts dangerous to human life that are intended to affect governmental conduct," Hur added, per the BBC.

According to NBC, Hasson "compiled a list of prominent Democratic Congressional leaders, activists, political organizations, and MSNBC and CNN media personalities."

Among those was Minnesota's 5th District Rep. Ilhan Omar, one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, who has been a target for right-wing criticism since taking office.

In a statement issued Wednesday, Rep. Omar said: "I'm thankful to the authorities who worked on this case and grateful no one was hurt.

"As a nation, we must confront the alarming rise in violent extremism."

Others on the list include Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Nancy Pelosi, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Maxine Waters, as well as TV news hosts Joe Scarborough, of MSNBC, and CNN's Don Lemon, among others.

The inspiration for his planned terror attacks came from Anders Breivik, the Norwegian white supremacist who shot dead 77 people in a 2011 terror attack.

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Police found a number of suspicious Google searches made by Hasson, including for: "What if trump illegally impeached," "best place in dc to see congress people," "where in dc to congress live," "civil war if trump impeached," and "social democrats usa."

It was his internet searches and visits to extremist websites – including pro-Russian, neo-fascist and neo-Nazi sites – that led authorities to his door.

The Washington Times reports that the discovery of the weapons were a sign that his anti-liberal online rantings carried a genuine threat.

Police found a letter he wrote to a known neo-Nazi leader two months after a Nazi rally in Charlottesville in which a counter-protester was killed.

In it, he identified himself as being a "white nationalist" for more than 30 years, and wrote of his hope for a "white homeland."

In another writing, he pondered whether anthrax, botulism or Spanish flu were better ways to kill people, writing: "I am dreaming of a way to kill almost every last person on the earth."

He is being detained ahead of a court hearing on Thursday.

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