Man with 200-pound bomb had Election Day plot, FBI says

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 12, 2018

A NY state man built a 200-pound bomb in his basement and planned to detonate it in Washington on Election Day, according to federal authorities who arrested him.

After searching Rosenfeld's home, agents found a 200-pound bomb in the basement filled with explosive black powder, the complaint said.

A series of letters and text messages sent during August and September also show Rosenfeld meant to detonate the device as a way to bring attention to a political ideology called "sortition," according to the news release, which it describesas a "theory that advocates the random selection of government officials".

Rosenfeld told law enforcement that he had previously constructed a smaller device and had conducted test detonations.

Paul Rosenfeld, 56, wanted to kill himself to draw attention to his "radical political beliefs", authorities said.

The home of Paul Rosenfeld in Tappan, New York, where federal authorities found a functional bomb in his basement.

Agents also found empty canisters of black powder often used in firearms and artillery, the complaint said.

Rosenfeld was charged in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of NY with one count of unlawfully manufacturing a destructive device and one count of interstate transportation and receipt of an explosive.

US Attorney Geoffrey Berman calls it "a twisted plan to draw attention to his political ideology", per CBS New York.

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents pulled over the 56-year-old on Tuesday after he allegedly disclosed the plan in texts and letters sent to a reporter in Pennsylvania, reports NBC News.

FBI Assistant Director in Charge William F. Sweeney said that "Rosenfeld's alleged plot could have claimed the lives of innocent bystanders and caused untold destruction".

The FBI said in court filings that Rosenfeld confessed to ordering large quantities of black powder over the Internet. FBI Director Christopher Wray says agents are now investigating about 1,000 homegrown terror threats across the country.

He appeared before a magistrate at a federal courthouse in White Plains, New York, on Wednesday afternoon. He faces up to 20 years behind bars if convicted.

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