“A plot to design a radiation weapon that could fit in a small van and be used to silently kill humans was unraveled by an FBI task force that charged two men — a General Electric Co. industrial mechanic from Saratoga County and a computer software expert from Columbia County…
The FBI on Tuesday arrested Glendon Scott Crawford, 49, of Galway, and Eric J. Feight, 54, of Hudson, who are accused of developing “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,”…
In telephone calls recorded by the FBI, Crawford also identified himself as “a member of the Ku Klux Klan, specifically, the United Northern & Southern Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.”
Crawford is listed on several websites as a member of Americans Demanding Liberty and Freedom, a Galway-based tea party group.
… Crawford described his plan to an undercover informant to construct a powerful industrial X-ray machine that would be powered by a makeshift, 2,000-watt battery. The plan included an attempt by Crawford to find part-time work in a metal shop where he would have access to X-ray tubes containing radioactive materials, the complaint states.
“Crawford also told the (source) that the target of his radiation emitting device would be the Muslim community,” the complaint states. “Crawford described the device’s capabilities as ‘Hiroshima on a light switch’ and that ‘everything with respiration would be dead by the morning.'”
Crawford ended the meeting by stating “how much sweeter could there be than a big stack of smelly bodies?”
According to federal authorities, Crawford recruited Feight, who had worked for a manufacturer of electronic control devices in Hudson, to assist him with the design and construction of the device. Feight, a GE vendor, met Crawford last year through their association at General Electric Co., according to the complaint.
Under the plot described by the FBI, Crawford set about building the radiation device while Feight conceived the electronic controls. The two men met May 20 in Albany and Feight gave a remote-transmission device to Crawford. They had planned a test to take place at an undisclosed hotel in the Albany area.