Two men in Albany, New York, with Ku Klux Klan connections have been arrested by the FBI for conspiring to build a remote-controlled radiation device that they planned to use to kill “enemies of Israel”— mainly Muslims — and political targets such as President Obama.
The arrests of Glenn Scott Crawford, 49, of Galway, New York and Eric J. Feight, 54, of Hudson, New York, followed a 15-month covert FBI investigation during which agents posed as co-conspirators to help the men build “a mobile, remotely operated, radiation-emitting device, capable of killing human targets silently and from a distance with lethal doses of radiation,” according to the affidavit submitted to the court by FBI investigator Geoffrey Kent.
It started in April 2012 when Crawford, employed as an industrial mechanic for General Electric in Schenectady, allegedly contacted an Albany synagogue and an unidentified Jewish organization, asking if he could speak with a person “who might be willing to help him with a type of technology that could be used by Israel to defeat its enemies—specifically by killing them while they slept.”
Crawford, who has his own KKK affiliations, persuaded a “high-ranking” KKK leader in North Carolina to help fund the “death ray” project and he recruited Feight —an outside GE contractor with mechanical and engineering skills —to design and build the remote control apparatus that would allow the truck-mounted, industrial-strength X-ray apparatus to be activated from a distance.
Crawford and Feight were recorded referring to their intended victims as “medical waste,” with Crawford describing his contraption as “Hiroshima on a light switch.” He said it would cause “everything with respiration to be dead by morning.”
“How much sweeter could there be than a big stack of smelly bodies?” he said.
Crawford and Feight allegedly became motivated to pursue their plot after the last presidential election.
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“I am in this for my kids,” Crawford says. “After this last election, the electoral process is dead. So now, all that is left is to make the (expletive) pay.”
Later he says: “This administration has done more to enable a government-sponsored invasion than the press can cover up. Be pissed, but get the word out that Obama’s policies caused this…”
Kent’s affidavit said, Crawford’s intended targets included “a Muslim organization, a political figure, and a political party.” ABC News reported that the political figure was Obama.
The undercover agents of the Albany FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force consulted, funded and purchased some of the equipment needed to build the “death ray.” The Department of Justice released a statement saying the defendants were unaware of the fact that the “device was rendered inoperable and posed no danger to the public.”
The affidavit said the two men at times expressed reservations about personally “pulling the trigger”—perhaps that’s why they have only been charged with “conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists,” crimes for which they could face a $250,000 fine and up to 15 years in jail.