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Feds: Klansman and Accomplice Designed Radiation Gun to Kill Muslims

By Bill Morlin on June 19, 2013 - 4:18 pm, Posted in Anti-Muslim, Domestic Terrorism, Extremist Crime, Klan

Two men, one of them a member of the Ku Klux Klan, were arraigned today in Albany, N.Y., on federal charges of plotting to build a mobile radiation gun intended to kill Muslims – or “medical waste,” as the plotters called their intended targets.

Glendon Scott  Crawford, 49, a Klan member from Galway, N.Y., and Eric J. Feight, 54, of Hudson, are both charged with conspiracy to provide material support for terrorism in the use of a weapon of mass destruction.

The case has been under investigation by a Joint Terrorism Task Force since at least April 2012, when Crawford allegedly reached out to Jewish organizations, asking if Israel would be interested in such a weapon to kill its enemies.

“The essence of Crawford’s scheme is the creation of a mobile, remotely operated, radiation emitting device capable of killing human targets silently and from a distance with lethal doses of radiation,” says a 67-page criminal complaint filed by the FBI.

It might sound far-fetched, but experts told investigators that the design would work, producing a “a lethal, and functioning, remotely controlled radiation-emitting device,” the complaint says

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,” the complaint says.

At one point, Crawford described his planned device as “Hiroshima on a light switch,” the complaint says.

The charging document contends that Crawford, who worked at a General Electric manufacturing plant, conspired in designing the device with Feight, who the Albany Times-Union identified as working for an electronics company in Columbia County, N.Y.

No actual device was built, the complaint says, but the pair was far along with the design and testing.

“Crawford, conspiring with Feight, and assisted by others, has supervised and successfully completed the building, testing and demonstration of a remote initiation device,” the complaint says. “He now (on or about June 18, 2013) plans to integrate that remote initiation device into a truck-borne, industrial-grade x-ray system, thus weaponizing that system and allowing it to be turned on and off from a distance and without detection.”

The complaint says Crawford described his device as having three core components: “an x-ray tube or system that would emit ionizing radiation; a power supply for the x-ray tube/system; and a control panel that could be used to remotely turn the device on and off.”

The case against the pair, it initially appears, is built around extensive recordings of their conversations and e-mails. Within six weeks of Crawford’s attempts to solicit financing from two Jewish organizations, the FBI was monitoring and recording much of his activity and had recruited an informant.

Last August, Crawford traveled by car from his home in Albany to North Carolina to meet and solicit funding from an unidentified  “ranking member of the Ku Klux Klan,” specifically the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, who cooperated when contacted by FBI agents. In early October, he traveled to Greensboro, N.C., to meet with a cooperating witness and two undercover FBI agents who posed as “Southern businessmen of means who were associated with the KKK.”

Crawford “described to the [undercover FBI agents] his radiation emitting device, his remote initiation device, mobilizing the radiation device and discussed operation security concerns,” the complaint says. “Crawford again solicited money to finance his scheme (primarily to fund the purchase or acquisition of an industrial strength x-ray system).”

The complaint further says the “first and second branches have assisted Crawford with financing and obtaining of parts.” The reference is to two “branches” of the investigation, which were actually two groups made up entirely of undercover law enforcement officials and cooperating witnesses.

In conversations recorded by the FBI, the complaint says, Crawford identified himself as “a member of the Ku Klux Klan, specifically, the United Northern & Southern Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.”

  • Julia Perry

    Dan Zabetakis, are you on Facebook? Please look me up, if you are. Yellowrose45 Thank you.

  • Cole

    Before anyone blames the Klan, read the entire report. The Klan turned Crawford in to the F.B.I..

  • aadila

    “These goobers invented a practicable death-ray. A machine that has eluded the combined efforts of the world’s military and security establishments for 70 years.”

    Not so. A machine, maybe.

    Ruslan mastered the death ray well over 70 years ago, and for this reason always employs dark lenses. Once he stopped an entire panzer division in its tracks, and he is also well known for an amusing parlor trick where he lifts the eyeshades for a moment to boil a samovar. That Ruslan has managed to avoid the world’s military and security establishments for so long is but further proof of his own moral fiber and ethical restraint — qualities which are so lacking in the armaments industry.

  • Gregory

    I am with Dan on this one. If such a device were feasible or practical then it would already be in the inventory, rather than in the realm of fantasy. I’m sure that there are some very clever and well educated Klansmen, but I’ve yet to meet any that fit that description.

    There are practical consequences, however, for their attempts to become the Nukes of Hazard. The irony is that they should be in prison long enough to earn a degree in physics by correspondence courses, assuming they aren’t killed over a cigarette smuggling scheme gone wrong.

  • concernedcitizen

    It’s times like this when you simply must love these guys and gals at the FBI.

  • concernedcitizen

    That is why it’s so dangerous to let hate groups have access to the Internet.

    But we simply haven’t found a legal way to throw them all in the waste hole and cover it up for good.

  • Dan Zabetakis

    “@Dan Zabetakis – don’t be too skeptical.”

    Skepticism is my middle name.

    “The article states that the targets wouldn’t start feeling symptoms and dying until days after the exposure.”

    That’s probably not true, if they intend to kill. Lethal doses will typically cause symptoms very soon, with vomiting within 1/2 hour. Generally I think if you do not vomit until the next day you will be expected to survive. I’ve studied the documents on dealing with radiation or ‘dirty’ weapons.

    My bet is that this was merely a scam intended to bilk money off of what they hoped would be gullible but violent jews. I mean, klansmen might be stupid enough to not realize that ‘jewish organizations’ would simply report them to the nearest police or FBI.

    In any case, it would take a lot to convince me that they had a practicable design that could be operated surreptitiously from a vehicle even as large as a tractor trailer.

  • Reynardine

    Jeff, I imagine its having to be mounted on a heavy truck would, indeed, make it difficult to sneak around for use outside a war zone.

  • http://SPLC Show me MO

    The Neo-Nazi “Flash Gordon”. I f this story weren’t so scary it would be laughable. However, who’s laughing? Not I brothers & sisters, not I.

  • Kiwiwriter

    I’m more astonished that Klan guys would put their limited brain cells to work doing anything that involved scientific or engineering technology more sophisticated than a public address system for a cross-burning, than anything else.

    They’re smart enough to figure out a death ray, but they couldn’t tell that their contacts in crime were FBI undercover agents…you’d think their paranoia would have done something.

    But then, these guys are “True Believers,” who think that everyone is really on their side…they’re just not getting the support they believe they deserve because of the dreadful New World Order conspiracies to “hold down” the Klan.

    Well, I do want to hear the scientific testimony in this case. Sounds like Gyro Gearloose was running amok.

  • JeffK627

    @Dan Zabetakis – don’t be too skeptical. The article states that the targets wouldn’t start feeling symptoms and dying until days after the exposure. I’m sure the only reason this isn’t being used by the military and the CIA is that 1. It’s too bulky for their kind of covert ops and 2. They want something that kills more quickly.

  • Dan Zabetakis

    “It might sound far-fetched, but experts told investigators that the design would work, producing a “a lethal, and functioning, remotely controlled radiation-emitting device,” the complaint says”

    Yeah, sure.

    Let me get this straight. These goobers invented a practicable death-ray. A machine that has eluded the combined efforts of the world’s military and security establishments for 70 years.

    I believe that for 1 second, 2 seconds… not long.

  • Erika

    *sigh* nothing much to see here, just another case of a Klueless Klan Kreep being caught trying to commit a terrorist act. i mean, how many stories of Klan losers trying to kill people with Microwave Death Reagans (oopsie, i meant Ray Guns, easy mistake to make) do we need before it gets boring . . . .

    um, hold on a second – Microwave Death Ray Gun??? the Klueless Klan Kreeps are trying to make Microwave Death Ray Guns??? .

    Yikes!!! The thought of the Vanguard of the White Race with a Microwave Death Ray Gun is abslutely terrifhying. Especialy since unlike the Klueless Klan Kreeps i don’t think a Microwave Death Ray Gun is exactly discriminating in who it zaps.

  • Sam Molloy

    I saw a documentary about nonlethal criminal subduing tactics that, among other things, featured a device that, when aimed at a person, makes them feel hot, like a sunburn. So this is not too far fetched. What is it with Greensboro, anyway?

  • George M. Carter

    What are the charges against them? This appears to be a weapon of mass destruction or a tool of terrorists. Who now has control of the device’s plans?

  • Aron

    Sounds like a beefed-up version of mobile container scanner.

    Kinda scary. And incredibly dangerous.

    That being said, I have friends who have purchased 300 watt X-ray tubes off of eBay. So the technology is very much available.

  • Reynardine

    I’m not an electronic geek, but it sounds quite feasible. If they were offering it to Israelis, it was probably also designed to backfire.

    As they used to say in Texas: Drive faster, Mister, Hell ain’t half full.