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Mechanic is accused of trying to make X-ray weapon to kill Muslims; KKK turned him in

Posted Jun 20, 2013 7:15 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A New York mechanic has been accused in a criminal complaint of trying to build a remote-control X-ray weapon that could be used to kill Muslims.

Glendon Scott Crawford, a 49-year-old Galway resident who works for General Electric, was charged in a criminal complaint unsealed on Wednesday, the New York Times reports. Also charged was an alleged co-conspirator, 54-year-old Eric Feight of Hudson, N.Y., who works in industrial automation and was allegedly hired to design the weapon.

Crawford had sought funding from a synagogue in Albany and a Ku Klux Klan leader in North Carolina, prosecutors say. Both told authorities about Crawford's purported scheme.

Crawford described his plan as “Hiroshima on a light switch” in a conversation with an informant, the criminal complaint says. Authorities told the Times that undercover officers provided an inoperable X-ray machine, and Crawford was arrested as he tried to connect the remote control.

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