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‘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 X-ray radiation."

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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