The man accused of building an explosive device as part of an election day suicide bomb plot wrote of how he was “angry about the country’s direction” and wanted to stop what he claimed was a conspiracy by Republicans to suspend the electoral process.
56-year-old Paul Rosenfeld of Tappan, New York, planned to blow himself up on the National Mall in Washington DC on election day, according to the FBI, who say Rosenfeld confessed to the plot.
“Investigators scoured his home and discovered a bomb that weighed 200 pounds but included only eight pounds of explosive black powder, ” reports NBC News.
“Had he been successful, Rosenfeld’s alleged plot could have claimed the lives of innocent bystanders and caused untold destruction,” said FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William Sweeney.
News reports about the plot heavily emphasize Rosenfeld’s motive to draw attention to “sortition,” which is a “political theory that advocates the random selection of government officials.”
However, most reports are absent indications that the accused terrorist appears to be left-leaning.
In one of his blogs, Rosenfeld complained about undue corporate influence on democracy, which he blamed on “Christian infused political philosophy from the Enlightenment.”
He also voiced a conspiracy theory that Republicans were planning to claim that terrorists had infiltrated the Democratic Party as a pretext to suspend voting and permanently install themselves in the White House.
“Even today, despite all our “democratic” pretensions in the U.S., one might easily imagine a scenario in which President Jeb Bush (following an act of nuclear terrorism) suspends the electoral process, under the pretext that “terrorists” have infiltrated the Democratic party. A perpetual dynasty of Bush leaders would be a plausible outcome, wrote Rosenfeld.
Rosenfeld’s leftist political beliefs will stoke more concern that extreme rhetoric by the likes of Maxine Waters, Hillary Clinton and others is radicalizing extremist fringe elements of the left who may lash out with violent attacks.
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