‘Death ray’ terror plot suspects get more time before trial
ALBANY, N.Y. -- New court
documents have been released in the case of two local men allegedly involved in a so-called
"death ray" terror plot.
Federal documents show
that both sides in the cases of 49-year old Glendon Scott Crawford and 54-year
old Eric Feight are getting an extra 45 days to develop their arguments.
In addition, another
document shows Feight's attorneys are working on a plea deal with prosecutors.
The men are accused of
trying to build a "mobile radiation device" to use in possible terror
attacks against people they considered enemies.
The alleged plan was fueled by Crawford's hatred of Muslims,
officials say; the truck-mounted radiation emitting device Crawford
claimed would be like "Hiroshima on a light switch" and "everything
would be dead by the morning."
The lengthy, undercover investigation began in April 2012. At that
time, authorities received information that Crawford had approached
local Jewish organizations seeking out individuals who might offer
financial assistance in helping him with a type of technology that could
be used against people he perceived as enemies of Israel.
The 67-page complaint
filed in U.S. District Court in Albany states that their scheme was to
create a mobile, remotely operated, radiation emitting device in trucks
"capable of killing targeted individuals silently with lethal doses of
Investigators found Crawford, a General Electric manufacturing
employee, recruited Feight, a contractor with Genius Industrial
Solutions who regularly worked with GE, to help him with the design and
construction of the device.
The complaint said Crawford and Feight sought to allegedly use this
device against "unwitting victims who would not immediately be aware
that they had absorbed lethal doses of radiation, the harmful effects of
which would only appear days after the exposure." Their idea was to put
the systems in trucks to be lit with a plug-in cigarette lighter.
Officials said Crawford targeted Muslims and several other groups
that he perceived as hostile to the interests of the United States,
individuals he refers to as "medical waste."
The affidavit stated, "According to Crawford, the technology was
approximately 100 years old, but could deal with Israel's enemies by
making them die in their sleep."
The FBI said this was an undercover investigation and, unbeknownst to
the defendants, the device they allegedly intended to use was rendered
inoperable at all times when tested and posed no danger to the public.
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