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Angry at Banks, Man Planned Fireworks Plot at National Mall

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A young man angry at what he saw as a corrupt financial system was a half-hour away from staging a bizarre plot at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., before authorities discovered him in a nearby park and arrested him, the Washington Post reports.

The man, Glenn Neff, 27, from Stuart, Florida, had cut a hole in the roof of his Jeep Cherokee, which he apparently planned to use as a firing turret. Once on the mall, Neff would pop out of the turret and launch a barrage of fireworks, according to WJLA, the capital’s ABC affiliate.

About 30 minutes before Neff intended to execute his plan, officers with the Maryland-National Capital Park Police discovered him sitting in his Jeep in an out-of-the-way part of the mall, after the park was already closed. They found him drunk, sitting in a car with drug paraphernalia and packed with fireworks.

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They arrested him on the spot, and charged him with manufacture, transport and possession of a destructive device, all felonies, WJLA reports.

On his Facebook page, Neff made repeated but vague threats against the banking industry. On Feb. 17 he wrote “Notice to the Old World Order: I am coming. I am coming for you and I will spare no one.”

In January, in an “open letter to my friends,” Neff wrote, “I have come to the inescapable conclusion that the bankers at the Federal Reserve engineered this financial crisis on purpose. And ladies and gentlemen, I have figured out how to get rid of the bastards.”

Neff’s would-be ploy was intended to bring awareness to problems in the banking system and not to kill anyone, park officers told the ABC station.

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