A man from Rockland County, New York was arrested Wednesday who police say planned to detonate a 200-pound bomb in Washington, DC on Election Day to protest the “direction of the country.”
According to NBC New York, local authorities and the FBI raided Paul Rosenfeld’s upstate home and found eight-pounds of explosives that would eventually be used in the makeshift bomb.
“Police and FBI agents searched a Hudson Valley, New York, home Wednesday and arrested the 56-year-old man living there after learning about his alleged plan to build a bomb and blow himself up in Washington, D.C., on Election Day, two law enforcement officials told News 4 New York,” writes NBC.
“Officials tell News 4 Rosenfeld had no criminal history but had told a reporter in Pennsylvania he planned to blow himself up on the National Mall around Election Day because he was angry about the country’s direction,” adds the article.
“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.
Court documents reveal the suspect believed in an archaic election system called “sortition,” where government officials were “chosen at random.”