Man Arrested for Planning Suicide Bombing of National Mall on Election Day

 In Politics

A New York authorities arrested a man for planning to blow himself up on election day at the National Mall. Paul Rosenfeld, 56, purchased large amounts of black powder on the internet. The result was a 200 pound bomb that he planned to use to kill himself. He wanted to bring attention to his political beliefs.

“As alleged, Paul M. Rosenfeld concocted a twisted plan to draw attention to his political ideology by killing himself on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. risking harm to many others in the process. Rosenfeld’s alleged plan for an Election Day detonation cut against our democratic principles.”  U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman

CBS reported that he had been testing smaller devices. According to prosecutors, he sent texts and letters in August and September to someone in Pennsylvania, telling them of his plan to build a bomb and blow himself up on Election day.

Authorities found the large bomb in his basement and removed it to a safe location. They also reportedly found a fusing system and empty containers of black powder.

Rosenfeld was charged with unlawfully manufacturing a destructive device, and interstate transportation and receipt of an explosive. Each count carries a ten year prison term if convicted.


His “political ideology” is called “Sortition.” It’s a fringe belief that candidates should be chosen by “lots” or at random. The view is a “demarcy.” The idea is similar to the picking of a jury.

Lohud reported,

Merriam-Webster defines sortition as “the act or an instance of casting lots.” As a way of governing, it refers to the random selection of people to fill political positions, according to the Sortition Foundation.

The foundation is a group that advocates for sortition, which “would be a representative random sample of people, making decisions in an informed, fair and deliberative setting,” according to

…Equality-by-Lot, a blog that promotes sortition, refers to advocates of the system as “Kleroterians,” a term that derives from a stone randomization device used by ancient Greeks to select people to political posts.

Just what we need. More nutjobs who don’t like the way our Republic works.



Featured photo: screenshot via CBS news

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