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Keyword: domestic extremist threats & trends

A U.S. Coast Guard officer arrested for planning a domestic terror attack "on a scale rarely seen in this country" was a supporter of a white ethnostate in the Pacific Northwest, a right-wing extremist trope that has been supported by Washington neo-Nazis for decades.

The FBI arrested Christopher Paul Hasson at his Maryland home on Friday, discovering a large cache of weapons and drugs inside his home. In court filings, investigators said Hasson was planning to kill prominent Democrats like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and TV personalities like Don Lemon and Joe Scarborough.

Hasson also wrote a letter to an unidentified a neo-Nazi leader expressing his support for a Pacific Northwest whites-only state, according to court records.

Read more: Seattle Patch

A U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant arrested last week on weapons and drug charges is a white nationalist who apparently had a hit list of Democratic lawmakers and activists as well as prominent media personalities, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.

In a motion for pretrial detention filed in federal court in Maryland, authorities said Lt. Christopher Paul Hasson, 49, was arrested Friday and charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and an opioid called Tramadol.

However, the filing described the charges as "the proverbial tip of the iceberg," and referred to Hasson as "a domestic terrorist" who meant to "murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country."

The filing was first noted by researchers from George Washington University's Program on Extremism.

Read more: Fox News

Police have charged a Kingston, Ont., man with three cold-case homicides between 1995 and 2001, as well as a bombing in Toronto in 2000.

Michael Wentworth, also known as Michael Verney, was arrested without incident in Kingston on Thursday after being under observation for "some time," according to police.

He's accused of three counts of first-degree murder, as well as one count each of armed robbery, wearing a disguise with intent, hostage taking using a firearm, possession of an explosive device, endangering life by planting an explosive device and intentional and reckless cause of damage by explosion.

Read more: CBC News

An Illinois man has pleaded not guilty in the bombing of a mosque in Minnesota, three weeks after two of his alleged accomplices pleaded guilty.

Federal prosecutors allege 47-year-old Michael Hari was the ringleader of an Illinois-based militia and that the trio drove more than 500 miles (800 kilometers) to bomb a mosque in Bloomington, Minn., in hopes of scaring Muslims into leaving the U.S.

Read more: Minneapolis Star Tribune

A Florida woman suspected of driving under the influence was heard on camera making racist threats toward a black police officer, according to body camera footage.

Police said the woman, identified as 53-year-old Julie Edwards, levied the threats last Friday night while being investigated for a DUI in Volusia County, Florida, about 50 miles northeast of Orlando, according to charging documents released this week.

Edwards allegedly threatened a Volusia County sheriff's deputy "with a visit from the KKK, a cross burning in his yard and harm to him and his family," the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said in a statement Tuesday. The woman is not seen in the footage, but can be heard making the threats.

Read more: ABC News