Homegrown Terror: Feds Foil Man's Plot to Detonate Bomb on Election Day

The FBI has foiled a New York man's plot to detonate a 200-pound bomb on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Election Day.


Authorities say 56-year-old Paul Rosenfeld of Rockland County, New York built the large bomb in his basement and planned to bring it to Washington, where he would blow himself up. Investigators believe Rosenfeld wanted to bring attention to a political ideology called "sortition," which is an ancient method of randomly selecting people to serve in government positions, much like the way courts randomly select jurors.

Feds learned of his plot after he sent letters and text messages to a news reporter outlining his plan. Investigators discovered the bomb inside his house and had it safely removed and taken to an undisclosed location. Rosenfeld was arrested and charged Wednesday with unlawful manufacture of a destruction device. (NBC News)

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