Local Man charged over US mid-term elections ‘bomb plot’ Published 2 months ago on October 11, 2018 By Aldin Pinkott Share Tweet Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption The National Mall is located in central Washington DC A man who planned to blow himself up in Washington DC on the day of next month’s mid-term elections has been held and charged, US prosecutors say. They say Paul Rosenfeld, 56, built a 200lb (91kg) explosive device and wanted to detonate it on the National Mall in the capital on 6 November. They say he wanted to draw attention to his belief in “sortition” – a political theory that advocates the random selection of government officials. He could be jailed for 20 years. A really simple guide to US mid-term elections ‘Untold destruction’ threat Mr Rosenfeld – who waived his right to remain silent – was charged with two counts of manufacturing and transporting explosives on Wednesday, the prosecutors say. “Had he been successful, Rosenfeld’s alleged plot could have claimed the lives of innocent bystanders and caused untold destruction,” said Assistant Director-in-Charge William Sweeney of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). “Fortunately, his plans were thwarted by the quick action of a concerned citizen and the diligent work of a host of our law enforcement partners and the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force,” he added. Law enforcement agents say the huge explosive device was found at the suspect’s home in Tappan, New York state, on 9 October. This came after an individual had received letters and text messages from the suspect about the plot, and had alerted the authorities. Mr Rosenfeld later admitted that he had ordered large quantities of black powder, an explosive substance, on the internet and had conducted test detonations, the prosecutors say. Credit:BBC Share this:Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window) Related Related Topics:Featured Up Next Mini-Me actor Verne Troyer’s death is ruled a suicide Don't Miss Hurricane Michael: Record-breaking ‘hell’ storm mauls US Continue Reading You may like Meghan Markle vowed to live ‘less stifled’ life before dating Prince Harry Former Juve sporting director Marotta takes over at Inter Milan Data Sheet—These Bleak Times for Global Tech Companies Follow Us On Flipboard Magazine. Latest U.S. Politics22 mins ago Meghan Markle vowed to live ‘less stifled’ life before dating Prince Harry Not long before she met Prince Harry, Meghan Markle vowed to live a “life less stifled” and to “take a... Sports32 mins ago Former Juve sporting director Marotta takes over at Inter Milan Giuseppe Marotta arrives to attend the draw for UEFA Champions League at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. Giuseppe Marotta has... Business51 mins ago Data Sheet—These Bleak Times for Global Tech Companies Jobs for everyone. After a grueling public process involving bids from over 200 cities…oh, wait, no. Apple skipped all that... World1 hour ago Ian Naude: Cheshire PC jailed for raping 13-year-old girl Image copyright Cheshire Police Image caption Ian Naude was being investigated for sex offences when he became a student officer... Local2 hours ago Michael Spavor: The detained Canadian close to Kim Jong-un Image copyright Reuters Image caption Michael Spavor, pictured here with students at a North Korean school, has close ties to... Most Read Tech1 week ago YouTube top earners: The seven-year-old making $22m Sports7 days ago Maurizio Sarri is steering Chelsea away from top four for second year running unless these changes are made, says Adrian Durham Sports7 days ago Who are the two best central defenders in the world?