Maxine Waters Blasts Judge Who Released White Supremacist Coast Guard Officer

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) blasted a federal judge after announcing that a Coast Guard officer who is accused of plotting a domestic terror attack and threatening several Democrats and media figures will be released from detention.

Self-proclaimed white supremacist Christopher Hasson was indicted on weapons and drug charges in February but was not charged with terrorism or attempted murder. Hasson pleaded not guilty to charges in March, according to CNN. Hasson’s public defender argued that the government could not continue to hold him in detention because it is “not a crime to think negative thoughts about people.” Judge Charles Day agreed, and said that the government failed to meet the standard for continued detention.

Day, however, expressed “grave concerns” about Hasson’s alleged actions. “He’s got to have a whole lot of supervision,” he said, according to CNN. “Somebody who’s got eyes and ears on him like nobody’s business.”

In a scathing statement, Waters said she was “deeply appalled” by Day’s decision. Waters said that the targets of Hasson’s alleged threats could not be assured that he would be “kept at bay” with the level of oversight the federal judge ordered. “I am deeply appalled by Judge Charles Day’s decision yesterday to release Christopher Hasson, a devout and self-described white nationalist Nazi sympathizer, from federal custody because of federal prosecutors’ decision not to charge Hasson under federal terrorism, attempted murder, and other statutes outlawing threats of violence against federal officials,” Waters said in a statement. “This is outrageous.”

She continued, “There is no reason this white nationalist should be free to potentially carryout (sic) additional threats if he so desired. I am as disgusted with the judge’s decision to release this menace back into society as I am with the US attorneys for failing to use every available avenue available to ensure Hasson was kept behind bars until his trial.”

Federal prosecutors claim that Hasson was a “domestic terrorist” who studied the methods of the Unabomber, the Virginia Tech gunman, and other extremists, The New York Times reported. The 50-year-old lieutenant stockpiled guns and drugs, and wrote a kill list that included Democratic politicians and prominent cable news journalists at CNN and MSNBC.

Among those on Hasson’s alleged kill list were: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), and Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.).

Hasson also allegedly wrote of his desire to “murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country.” Prosecutors claim he plotted the terror attacks in a bid to spark a race war. In her statement, Waters said that what was “more alarming” was the fact that Hasson was just “one of a growing list of radicalized white supremacist neo-Nazi sympathizers who are all supporters of President Trump and view it as their mission to vindicate and defend his supremacy — even by means of mass violence and devastation.”

Waters and several others on Hasson’s purported kill list have been subject to an increased number of death threats from the president’s supporters. In late March, 55-year-old Patrick W. Carlineo reportedly made a threatening phone call to Omar’s Washington, DC office. Carlineo told Omar’s staff that she was a “terrorist” and threatened to “put a bullet in her [expletive] skull” because of her Muslim faith.

Hours after Carlineo was arrested for the threats, President Donald Trump attacked Omar during a speech at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s annual convention.

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Nicole Rojas is a breaking news writer for The North Star. She has published in various venues, including Newsweek, GlobalPost, IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly, and the Long Island Post. Nicole graduated from Boston University in 2012 with a degree in print journalism. She is an avid world traveler who recently explored Asia and Australia.