According to several reports, a New York man was building a bomb with which he planned to blow himself up on election day in Washington, D.C.
“Court documents say Paul Rosenfeld, 56, of Tappan, wanted to draw attention to his belief in ‘sortition,’ the ancient practice of randomly selecting legislators out of a pool of eligible voters,” one report said.
Authorities pulled Rosenfeld over on Tuesday after they were tipped off to his activities by a reporter whom he had contacted to share his plan. According to that reporter, Rosenfeld said that he was angry over the country’s direction. Rosenfeld confessed to the plot during the traffic stop, and authorities later raided his home.
“Investigators scoured his home and discovered a bomb that weighed 200 pounds but included only eight pounds of explosive black powder, court papers say. The extra weight was due to plywood crating and other components used to transport the device,” the report said.
Rosenfeld had no criminal record, and according to Lexis Nexis, had no registered political affiliation. He was charged in federal court with unlawful manufacture of a destruction device and interstate transportation and receipt of an explosive.
“Had he been successful, Rosenfeld’s alleged plot could have claimed the lives of innocent bystanders and caused untold destruction,” said FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William Sweeney.
Authorities say there is no further danger to the public.
Two Men Arrested for Planning Terrorist Attack on Trump Tower in Support of ISIS
They’re from South Carolina and Texas.
The FBI has arrested two men and charged them with planning terrorist attacks on locations such as New York’s Trump Tower in support of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
Kristopher Sean Matthews of South Carolina and Jaylyn Christopher Molina of Texas have been charged with conspiring to provide material support or resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization.
Matthews adopted the pseudonym Ali Jibreel, and Molina the name Abdur Rahim.
The pair allegedly plotted to attack government facilities and New York’s Trump Tower, discussing their plans in jihadist chatrooms. They were busted by federal informants within these honeypots.
“We need to stick together, we need to defeat them, we need to take a lot of casualties,” said Molina of the pair’s plotting. Molina spoke of his allegiance to ISIS in the server. “You are my enemy (America) and never will I wear your flag … but I will raise the black flag of Allah.”
They also spoke of the proposition of traveling to Syria in order to fight for ISIS, an idea that would’ve almost certainly resulted in their quick capture or death. American citizens caught fighting for ISIS on foreign battlefields have proven to be a legal nightmare for American military and civil law to manage.
Both were arrested on Monday. They face a maximum penalty of twenty years in prison, with a lifetime of supervised release.
These clowns didn’t get very far in actually planning acts of violence in support of ISIS, and they seem to have somewhat missed the boat- ISIS has largely been defeated by American-backed Kurdish militias and the Iraqi and Syrian governments. But they deserve punishment nonetheless.
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