The most insane non-starter terrorist death ray plot in a while, reported by upstate New York’s Times Union:
A plot to design a radiation weapon was unraveled by an FBI task force that charged two men with conspiring to sell the weapon to Jewish groups or a southern branch of the Ku Klux Klan. The vehicle-mounted radiation gear was intended to be remotely controlled and capable of aiming a high-energy lethal beam of radioactivity to silently kill human targets.
Glendon Scott Crawford, who was suspended from his job as an engineer at General Electric this week, had devised a plan to build and sell the weapon to a terrorist organization. An FBI affidavit indicates that as many as eight unidentified people may have been assisting Crawford, including a fellow GE employee described as “Person C.”
The FBI’s investigation began in April 2012 when Crawford went to a synagogue and “asked to speak with a person who might be willing to help him with a type of technology that could be used by Israel to defeat its enemies, specifically, by killing Israel’s enemies while they slept.”
The unidentified synagogue contacted police, who relayed the information to the FBI. Later that day, Crawford telephoned an Albany Jewish organization and made a similar offer.
In telephone calls recorded by the FBI, Crawford identified himself as “a member of 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 tea party group.
Beginning in May 2012, the FBI began recording conversations between Crawford and undercover sources. “Crawford 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?”