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.
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