U.S. Charges Two New Yorkers With Building 'Death Ray' Aimed at Killing 'Enemies of Israel'

Suspect with links to Ku Klux Klan approached Albany synagogue and Jewish group to help in bizarre plot to build 'Hiroshima on a light switch.' ABC News: One of the targets - Obama.

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U.S. Federal authorities in Albany New York have charged two men with conspiring to manufacture a remote-controlled “death ray” to be used against “enemies of Israel” – mainly Muslims.

Glenn Scott Crawford, 49, of Galway, New York and Eric J. Feight, 54, of Hudson, New York, were arrested by the FBI following a 15-month covert investigation in which Federal agents posed as co-conspirators in an attempt to 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 an affidavit submitted to the court by FBI investigator Geoffrey Kent.

The investigation was launched in April 2012, after Crawford, who is employed as an industrial mechanic for General Electric in Schenectady, allegedly contacted an Albany synagogue and an unidentified Jewish organization asking to 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 is affiliated with several branches of the Ku Klux Klan, succeeded in persuading a “high-ranking” KKK leader in North Carolina to help fund the project. He also recruited Feight, who is described as “an outside GE contractor with mechanical and engineering skills” to design and build a remote control apparatus that would allow the truck-mounted, industrial strength X-ray apparatus to be activated from a distance.

According to Kent’s affidavit, Crawford and Feight were recorded referring to their intended victims as “medical waste.” Crawford described his contraption as “Hiroshima on a light switch” saying that 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 is quoted as asking.

In meeting held after November, 2012 both Crawford and Feight are quoted as ascribing their motives to the outcome of the elections. "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..."

According to Kent’s affidavit, Crawford’s intended targets included “a Muslim organization, a political figure, and a political party.” According to ABC News, the 'political figure' was Barak Obama himself'.

And while it may sound like a demented science fiction fantasy, Kent asserts in his affidavit that “experts have advised the investigation that the remote initiation device and x-ray systems Crawford plans to weaponize would produce a lethal, and functioning, remotely controlled radiation emitting device.”

“A central feature of the weaponized radiation device is that the target(s), and those around them, would not immediately be aware they had absorbed lethal doses of radiation, and the harmful effects of that radiation would not become apparent until days after the exposure,” Kent asserted.

Posing as funders and participants in the scheme, 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, in a press statement, said that the defendants were unaware of the fact that the “device was rendered inoperable and posed no danger to the public.”

The two, according to the affidavit, expressed reservations at various times about personally “pulling the trigger.” Perhaps this is the reason that 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.

Members of the Ku Klux Klan and others attacked concertgoers, badly injuring 13 of them.Credit: AP



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