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June 20, 2013 Off

FBI Arrest Two In Bizarre Alleged Radiation Plot

FBI agents arrested two upstate New York men on June 18, charg­ing them with con­spir­ing to pro­vide mate­r­ial sup­port to ter­ror­ists for an alleged plot to build a “mobile, remotely oper­ated, radiation-emitting device” to kill peo­ple at a dis­tance with X-ray radi­a­tion.  Arrested were Glen­don Scott Craw­ford, 49, from Prov­i­dence, and Eric Feight, 54, from Stockport.

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Selec­tion from crim­i­nal complaint

Accord­ing to the crim­i­nal com­plaint filed by the FBI in court, Craw­ford, with help from Feight, spent more than a year attempt­ing to obtain the com­po­nents for con­struct­ing such a radi­a­tion device, which they allegedly hoped to sell. To obtain money for financ­ing the con­struc­tion, Craw­ford allegedly approached both Jew­ish insti­tu­tions in New York (they quickly con­tacted the author­i­ties) as well as the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in North Carolina.

The crim­i­nal com­plaint alleges that Craw­ford him­self var­i­ously claimed to be or to have been a mem­ber of the United North­ern and South­ern Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, a Midwest-based Klan group that does not have an orga­nized pres­ence in New York, though it may have iso­lated mem­bers in the region. In recent years, Klan activ­ity in New York has been min­i­mal at best. Pub­licly, Craw­ford tended to align him­self not with white suprema­cist groups but with con­ser­v­a­tive and Tea Party causes and groups.

It is very unusual that a pur­ported Klan mem­ber would approach Jew­ish orga­ni­za­tions for help (espe­cially with regard to ille­gal activ­ity), but Crawford’s ire seems to have been directed pri­mar­ily at Mus­lims. The crim­i­nal com­plaint pro­vides a num­ber of alleged instances of anti-Muslim sen­ti­ments on the part of Craw­ford, as well as sug­ges­tions that Mus­lims (includ­ing a “Mus­lim orga­ni­za­tion”) were one of the intended targets. 

Other tar­gets allegedly dis­cussed included a “polit­i­cal party” and “a polit­i­cal fig­ure.”  The lat­ter two seem to have been the Demo­c­ra­tic Party and Barack Obama. Accord­ing to the crim­i­nal com­plaint, both Feight and Craw­ford inde­pen­dently made state­ments express­ing their unhap­pi­ness with the 2012 elec­tions. In April 2013, Craw­ford allegedly sent a text mes­sage to some­one in which he claimed that Obama (“your trea­so­nous bed­wet­ting mag­got in chief”) has been bring­ing Mus­lims (“muzzies”) into the United States with­out back­ground checks.  “This admin­is­tra­tion has done more to enable a gov­ern­ment spon­sored inva­sion than the press can cover up,” Craw­ford allegedly sent.

FBI agents were aware of Crawford’s alleged activ­i­ties from an early stage and brought in numer­ous under­cover agents and con­fi­den­tial informants—including allegedly a mem­ber of the Loyal White Knights—to act as pur­ported back­ers of Crawford’s plans.  At no point does it seem that Craw­ford and Feight had the means with which to con­struct a radi­a­tion weapon or use it.

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