A General Eclectic mechanic in New York, who allegedly was also a Ku Klux Klan (KKK) member, was arrested and charged with conspiracy to provide support to terrorists after he developed a radiation weapon intended to be used against against Muslims and “enemies of Israel,” the Department of Justice said on Wednesday.
According to the Times-Union, a federal complaint alleges that 49-year-old Glendon Scott Crawford invented a “radiation emitting device that could be placed in the back of a van to covertly emit ionizing radiation strong enough to bring about radiation sickness or death against Crawford’s enemies.”
Eric J. Feight, 54, was charged as a co-conspirator for agreeing to help Crawford, the complaint said.
A statement from the Justice Department said that the investigation began in April 2012 when authorities “received information that Crawford had approached local Jewish organizations seeking out individuals who might offer assistance in helping him with a type of technology that could be used against people he perceived as enemies of Israel.”
Authorities insisted that the plot was never a danger to the public because the men were never successful at obtaining a radiation source, and “unbeknownst to the defendants, the device that the defendants designed and intended to use was rendered inoperable at all times.”
A confidential source told the FBI that Crawford talked about being “tired of getting ‘raped,’ that there are people out there who have decided that they don’t get their fair share in life, and that (Crawford) wanted to stop these people.”
The complaint stated that Crawford had identified himself “a member of the Ku Klux Klan, specifically, the United Northern & Southern Knights of the Ku Klux Klan” on a recorded telephone call.
Both Crawford and Feight were arrested on Tuesday and made an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Albany on Wednesday. They face up to 15 years in prison if convicted.
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(h/t: Talking Points Memo)