U.S. Coast Guard Lieutenant Christopher Paul Hasson was arrested Feb. 15th on gun and drug charges. but prosecutors who filed a motion to detain him say it’s only the beginning.
Hasson, a self-proclaimed white nationalist, was stockpiling weapons to commit a domestic terrorist attack. Described as being “on a scale rarely seen in this country” by prosecutors who filed the motion for detention, Hasson intended to fire upon innocent people and a list of prominent left-leaning politicians and media personalities.
Assigned to the U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington D.C., it was possible that if not apprehended by possession of the opioid Tramadol and several guns, Hasson would have succeeded. While he did not receive any tactical, weapons, or explosives related training since his assignment as an Acquisitions Officer on June 7th, 2016, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1988 to 1993.
Hasson has espoused his extremist views for years. Prosecutors uncovered a draft email from June 2nd, 2017, that expressed a desire to kill “almost every last person on the earth.” Within the text, he contemplates a biological attack followed by an attack on food supply and capped with a sniper/bombing campaign. In the following excerpt, Hasson begins formulating a plan to cause civil unrest:
Emboldened by Charlottesville
Three months after drafting the email, Hasson reached out to a known American neo-Nazi leader, identifying himself as a white nationalist for over 30 years. In the letter, sent seven weeks after the Charlottesville rally, the defendant stated the need for a “white homeland” and asked how long they could “hold out there and prevent niggerization of the Northwest.”
After this, the domestic terrorist continued conducting online searches. He visited sites for pro-Russian, neo-fascist, and neo-Nazi literature while harnessing inspiration from Anders Behring Breivik, a Norweigian far-right domestic terrorist. He also researched military technical manuals on improvised munitions and tactical handbooks.
During the February 2019 raid of his home, law enforcement agents found fifteen firearms and over 1,000 rounds of mixed ammunition, a stash of HGH, Tramadol, and a list of his potential targets in Congress. The domestic terrorist seemed motivated to carry out an attack after Joe Scarborough of MSNBC called Donald Trump “the worst ever” on December 27th, 2018.
This sparked a series of searches for media personalities like Chris Hayes and Ari Melber of MSNBC, Chris Cuomo, Don Lemon, and Van Jones of CNN, John Podesta, and topics like “civil war if trump impeached.” Other specific targets included:
Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Beto O’Rourke (D-TX), Maxine Waters (D-CA), Sheila Jackson (D-TX), Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and presidential hopefuls Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Kamala Harris (D-CA), and Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Beto O’Rourke Admits Ancestors Owned Slaves, Talks Reparations
Sunday, Beto O’ Rourke shared the discovery of he and his wife’s descendants from slave owners. Acknowledging their benefit from institutionalized chattel slavery, the Presidential hopeful owned his painful legacy while outlining several policies, which include reparations.
“We all need to know our own story as it relates to the national story, much as I am learning mine.”Beto O’Rourke
In a post written for Medium, O’Rourke stated he was provided with documents showing his paternal and maternal great-great-great grandfather’s owned, slaves. Rose and Eliza, whose names were found listed in a property log, were enslaved by O’Rourke’s paternal ancestor, Andrew Cowan Jasper. But the discovery would uncover that not only did he descend from slave owners, but his wife also had as well. Discussing their personal connection to the legacy of slavery in the US, O’Rourke lamented what Rose, Eliza, and other enslaved Africans endured, were denied, and what repercussions their ancestors suffered.
“I benefit from a system that my ancestors built to favor themselves at the expense of others. That only increases the urgency I feel to help change this country so that it works for those who have been locked-out of or — locked-up in — this system.”Beto O’Rourke
You cannot navigate life in the America of today without first acknowledging its racist foundations. From the moment the first nineteen enslaved Africans arrived in Jamestown, Virginia in 1619, the institution of slavery threaded them through a needle of cruelty and stitched them into the fabric of American society. Generations of Africans were denied their freedom, civil rights, and ability to amass wealth through a practice that forced them to push their White counterparts ahead. This advantage, hesitantly understood by O’Rourke, benefits him, his spouse, and his children while continuing to suppress the growth of Black families to this day. Still, Beto admits the wrongs of his ancestors while contemplating how he, as President, could enact policies to tip the scales.
“I will do everything I can”
Touching on the wealth disparity, Beto discussed the imbalanced incarceration rate and infant mortality rates between Black and White Americans. Seeing the nation as two Americas to be bridged, O’Rourke wants to rectify the economic, educational, criminal justice, and even technological biases that pervade our nation. Detailing his plan, Beto began with educational changes, providing $23 billion immediately to address underfunding in minority-majority public schools. With attention to economic biases, he plans to ensure equal pay and dispense capital to minority and women-owned businesses. With criminal justice being at the forefront of the conversation for many candidates and prospective voters, O’Rourke moves to end the drug war and expunging arrest records for nonviolent drug crimes. However, his stance on reparations, while he does support it, rests on Americans understanding of the country’s history before pursuing cash payouts.
The overall reception of Beto O’Rourke’s admission has been positive as he is being lauded for confronting his problematic legacy head-on. However, he is still being accused of performative activism. Detractors are labeling his recent discovery as a pandering attempt to garner votes from Black constituents.
Do you think this is a step in the right direction for Beto? Would you like to see this sort of genealogical research become a requirement for Presidential candidates?
Federal Watchdog Agency Claims Kellyanne Conway Violated Hatch Act
It has been recommended that Kellyanne Conway be removed from federal office for a violation of the Hatch Act. Defined as engaging in political activity in the course of one’s work, Conway’s continuous tv appearances and social media presence have gotten her called out by a federal watchdog organization.
The Office of Special Counsel made the recommendation that Kellyanne Conway be immediately removed from her position as the senior-most advisor to Donald Trump Thursday. In a lengthy report provided to Trump, the investigation described Conway as a repeat offender, violating the Hatch Act on numerous occasions. Through disparaging remarks to Democratic presidential candidates, to speaking in her official capacity in television appearance and on social media, Conway has crossed several boundaries. The implications that her actions violate the Hatch Act have been deemed “unprecedented.”
Special Counsel Henry Kerner noted that his suggestion to fire Conway was unheard of. However, the basis for his decision rests on the example set by Conway’s behavior. Discussing the recommendation in an interview, Kerner said, “In interview after interview, she uses her official capacity to disparage announced candidates, which is not allowed. What kind of example does that send to the federal workforce? If you’re high enough up in the White House, you break the law, but if you’re a postal carrier or a regular federal worker, you lose your job?” While many have called for Conway’s termination of employment since she assumed the role as his advisor in 2017, the decision rests solely upon Donald Trump.
In predictable fashion, the White House is refusing to accept the Special Counsel’s recommendation. Instead, they have issued a letter calling for the federal watchdog agency to withdraw the suggestion of Conway’s removal. However, the Office of Special Counsel immediately declined. They are choosing not to overlook Conway’s unethical behavior but cannot force the President to take action in their favor.
Taraji Saving Black Lives
Taraji P. Henson has been a leader in our community by shedding light on the reality of mental health for black youth. On June 7th, 2019, Henson testified on Capitol Hill during the Congressional Black Caucus Taskforce forum on suicide among black youth. Specifically, Henson brought the room into deep thought when she reflected on her own experiences.
Henson’s father Boris Lawrence Henson passed away in 2006. Prior to that, Henson’s son’s father was murdered in Washington D.C. Now, these two traumatic events have affected her but it has also fostered a wealth of issues for her son. As a result, things get worse when young people are not able to vocalize their hurt and pain.
In her statement, Henson stated, “We’ve been taught to pray our problems away.” Henson is making it known that in the African-American community we do not discuss mental health. Instead, we let our emotions build up. If the problem is not addressed it will always be there. There will be strings attached if one doesn’t confront what is holding them back from prospering in life.
Lastly, a few years ago, Henson launched the Boris Lawrence Henson foundation with a goal to eliminate any stigmas associated with mental health. Mental health should be normalized and it should be taught in schools just like Henson stated in her statement.
I recommend everyone to watch her statement.