ALBANY, N.Y. -- The full complaint against two local men in custody revealed that undercover FBI agents posed as people who claimed to be aiding them in plans to develop an X-ray radiation emitting device to kill targeted people.
It also stated that days ago both Glendon Scott Crawford, 49, of Galway and Eric Feight, 54, of Hudson had plans to meet at a local hotel to test elements of the device.
"What they were engaged in, in terms of putting this particular device together with its truly deadly capability, that presented a significant danger to the public," said Executive Assistant US John Duncan.
That danger, according to the lengthy criminal complaint, was fueled by Crawford's ill feelings toward Muslims.
According to the complaint, when referring to killing Muslims with the device, Crawford said it would be like "Hiroshima on a light switch," and, "everything with respiration would be dead by the morning."
A text message authorities said Crawford sent read, "your background was scrutinized more to join the army than any Muslim scum gets to come here."
The complaint said that Crawford met with Feight at General Electric in Schenectady often. It is alleged the two exchanged information and parts on GE property where Crawford worked and Feight used to.
It said another unnamed GE employee would buy parts for Crawford and also transport materials and information between him and Feight at GE and other locations.
General Electric released a statement Wednesday:
"On Tuesday afternoon, the FBI informed GE that Glendon Scott Crawford, a GE manufacturing employee, was arrested for a criminal act. We have no reason to believe the act took place on GE property nor is there any information indicating that our employees' safety was ever compromised. Since this incident, Mr. Crawford has been suspended. We are cooperating fully with authorities on their investigation."
Authorities said Crawford referred to killing Muslims as "sterilize medical waste."
And Crawford allegedly said to an undercover agent, "how much sweeter could there be than a big stack of smelly bodies?"
In the documents it's alleged that Crawford believed his device would be the first created of its kind, it would be effective in killing people, and it would sell well on the market. Agents said Feight and Crawford also argued over who would actually carry out the deadly plan.
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