Federal law enforcement officials arrested a 56-year-old man in Hudson Valley, New York on Tuesday after learning that he was allegedly planning an election day suicide in Washington, D.C. because he was angered over the nation's politics.
Authorities say that the man was building a 200-pound bomb that he was planning to use to blow himself up with at the National Mall because of his "radical political beliefs," CBS New York reported.
"As alleged, (the man) 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," U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said.
Officials claim that his plan was not to hurt other people but to draw attention to his own radical beliefs, although they admitted that "had he been successful, (the man's) alleged plot could have claimed the lives of innocent bystanders and caused untold destruction," said FBI Assistant Director in Charge William Sweeney.
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