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Officials Thwart Man Who Planned to Blow Himself Up on Election Day

A New York man was arrested for building a bomb he planned to use to blow himself up on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Election Day.

Paul Rosenfeld, a 56-year-old from Rockland County, sent letters to a reporter in August and September outlining his planned terror attack.

Authorities were notified and Rosenfeld was pulled over while he was driving, where FBI agents say he confessed to the plot, described the materials used, and specifically noted how the device was designed to assure his own death.

It wouldn’t have just been his own life he took had the plot gone off without a hitch. When investigators searched Rosenfeld’s home they discovered a bomb weighing in at 200-lbs.

“Had he been successful, Rosenfeld’s alleged plot could have claimed the lives of innocent bystanders and caused untold destruction,” FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William Sweeney said.

There seems to be no rhyme or reason as to which innocent bystanders would have been harmed, making it difficult to determine his intentions. The fact that it was planned to occur on Election Day means it was surely intended to create havoc with our voting institutions.


Indeed, the direction Rosenfeld was angry about seems to relate to lawmakers who are chosen by the voting process itself.

Court documents reveal he sought to promote the concept of “sortition,” a plan that chooses legislators randomly out of a pool of eligible voters.

Rosenfeld has been charged with unlawfully manufacturing a destructive device and interstate transportation and receipt of an explosive, both of which carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.


Now, why would a seemingly average man decide that in today’s political climate, the best way to address the ‘country’s political direction’ is to resort to violence?

Could it be the uptick in violent rhetoric coming out of the left – incendiary comments like those voiced by Maxine WatersCory BookerHillary Clinton, and most recently, Eric Holder? Or messages from Democrats who tell their followers to “hunt Republicans?” Or famous liberal actors who threaten the President’s son?

It’s truly a mystery. Except for the fact that the left has cornered the market on violent hate speech.

Rep. Steve Scalise, the victim of an assassination attempt by an unhinged leftist, took Democrats to task for stirring trouble.

“When Democratic leaders like Eric Holder call for violence, that is a direct threat to our democracy,” Scalise wrote in an op-ed. “I hope he and others think long and hard about the world they are creating and the impact they are leaving on this country.”

With each act, the threat escalates time and again. At some point, the FBI won’t be able to thwart a plot to take out our elected officials.

And Democrats will finally have blood on their hands. Is that what they want?

Read more at the Political Insider

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance journalist focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been writing conservatively charged articles for several years in the upstate New York area, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, American Thinker,, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record. He is also Editor of one of the top conservative blogs of 2012, the Mental Recession.

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