Sortitionist sought to blow up random people to promote random selection of public officials

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.

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