FBI agents and local police arrested a New York man after raiding his house and discovering a functional 200-pound bomb that he allegedly planned to detonate on the National Mall in Washington, DC, on 2018’s Midterm Election Day.
If this sounds like the beginning of a terror plot, you are in for some serious twists.
Paul Rosenfeld, 56, of Tappan, New York, allegedly told a reporter in Pennsylvania of his plan to blow himself up in August and September. That reporter then contacted authorities.
Officials say Rosenfeld was trying to draw attention to his “radical political beliefs,” but added that they don’t think he intended to hurt anyone else.
“As alleged, Paul M. Rosenfeld concocted a twisted plan to draw attention to his political ideology by killing himself on the National Mall in Washington, DC, risking harm to many others in the process,” US Attorney Geoffrey Berman said. “Rosenfeld’s alleged plan for an Election Day detonation cut against our democratic principles.”
Election Day is when Americans vote. The date is set by law as the first Tuesday after the first of November. In the 2018 midterms, that day will fall on November 6.
Rosenfeld expressed frustration about the direction of American politics, officials said.
His ideology, however, may be unfamiliar to most readers. Prosecutors say he believes in a political system called sortition, which suggests that a system in which public officials are chosen…