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Thought police: Small criminal charges used to stop large-scale terrorism caught in legal gray area
By Jeff Mordock - The Washington Times
Prosecutors say Coast Guard Lt. Christopher P. Hasson was poised to become one of the worst mass murderers in U.S. history — yet all they have charged him with is possessing a synthetic opioid and owning an illegal gun-silencer.
It’s a curious situation that has legal analysts questioning where the government should draw the line between a domestic terrorist and a man merely fantasizing about doomsday scenarios.
“Lots of people have bad thoughts, but we don’t have thought crimes in the United States,” said Tung Yin, a professor at Lewis & Clark Law School.
To hear investigators tell it, Lt. Hasson had worked up a target list that included top Democrats and liberal members of the news media, kept a well-stocked arsenal capable of mass mayhem and was weeks into a drug regimen timed to end with becoming a “superhuman one-man-army for 2 hours.”