A man from Rockland County, New York built a 200 pound explosive device that he planned to detonate on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on election night.
Paul Rosenfeld, the 56-year-old perpetrator responsible for the construction of the explosive, was stopped by police and immediately waved his Miranda rights Tuesday. He told law enforcement officers that he had ordered large quantities of black powder and had them shipped to New Jersey before transporting them to his home in Tappan, New York.
His plan, according to authorities, was to execute a suicide attack on the nation’s capital in order to highlight what he feels is a poor direction the country is headed in.
Rosenfeld is a political extremist that favors a system of government based on ‘sortition.’ Sortition is also known as ‘choice by lot’ or ‘demarchy’ but the basic principle is that rather than electing representatives, our leadership should be chosen at random from a pool of ‘qualified’ candidates.
It’s worth noting that the AP reported this as “sortation” which is a data processing term that has nothing to do with this political system. Just another banner day for the mainstream media fact-checkers, I suppose.
It is not immediately clear why Rosenfeld was capable of ordering large quantities of black powder, nor how he gained access to the New Jersey address he was shipping the substance too.
The FBI were lucky on this one—it was one of Rosenfeld’s associates that tipped them off about the potential attack.