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Federal agents foil terror plot planned for election day in DC

12 October 2018

Federal authorities were holding a NY man who they said planned to blow himself up on Washington's National Mall on Election Day in November to promote his ideology that requires government leaders to be randomly selected.

He told agents he ordered large quantities of "black powder" online and built small test explosives before constructing the 200-pound explosive device in a plywood box in his basement.

His stated reason for these acts was to draw attention to his political belief in "sortition", a political theory that advocates the random selection of government officials.

Paul Rosenfeld, 56, was arrested in Rockland County after authorities got a tip from an unidentified individual in Pennsylvania that Rosenfeld was allegedly communicating with about his plot.

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"As alleged, (the man) concocted a twisted plan to draw attention to his political ideology by killing himself on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. - risking harm to many others in the process", U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said.

'There is no danger to the public, ' the Rockland County town supervisor said in a statement.

Rosenfeld was pulled over while driving, and in an interview with law enforcement agents, he admitted to purchasing black powder online, transporting it to his house in NY from New Jersey and constructing an explosive device in his basement, the news release said.

The Journal News reported that Rosenfeld's home was searched Tuesday by law enforcement officials, who discovered what "appeared to be a bomb weighing about 200 pounds". "Had he been successful, Rosenfeld's alleged plot could have claimed the lives of innocent bystanders and caused untold destruction".

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Berman praised the investigative work of the FBI's New York Joint Terrorism Task Force, which consists principally of agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and detectives of the New York City Police Department.

Paul Rosenfeld, of Tappan, was charged Wednesday with unlawfully manufacturing a destructive device and interstate transportation and receipt of an explosive.

Rosenfeld made his first appearance in NY federal court earlier Wednesday. If convicted of the charges against him, he could be looking at up to 20 years in prison.

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Federal agents foil terror plot planned for election day in DC