AFRICANGLOBE – Glendon Crawford, a Ku Klux Klansman and Tea Party activist, and Eric Feight, an electronics expert, were charged in Albany with conspiracy to provide support to terrorists.
The FBI alleges that the pair worked to create a remote-controlled ray-gun-style device that would shoot lethal doses of radiation at their targets, who would go on to die later.
“Everything with respiration would be dead by the morning,” Mr Crawford, 49, is said to have told an undercover FBI agent. “How much sweeter could there be than a big stack of smelly bodies?”
Crawford allegedly boasted in an email on the day of April’s Boston marathon bombings that he had found a power supply for the weapon. He allegedly described Mr Obama as a “treasonous bedwetting maggot in chief” guilty of “bringing the mozzies here without background checks”.
The industrial mechanic is also said to have described the device, which was to be mounted on a truck and powered via the vehicle’s cigarette lighter, as “Hiroshima on a light switch”.
The FBI claims to have infiltrated their plot after being told by officials at synagogues that the men were approaching Jewish organisations appealing for help targeting the “enemies of Israel”.
Agents posed as Klansmen offering to finance and buy the weapon. Another posed as a supplier of X-ray tubes used in medical devices, who offered to sell to Mr Crawford. The FBI stressed that the device was “never operable” and did not threaten the public.
They began monitoring the mobile phone calls and emails of Mr Crawford and Mr Freight, 54, who met through their work for General Electric (G.E.)
As many as eight more people, including one other G.E. employee, were giving assistance to Mr Crawford, and some may have known his intentions, the FBI said.
Describing Muslims as “medical waste” and “scumbags”, Mr Crawford, who is married with three children, allegedly disclosed that he planned to target them and a political figure. Law enforcement sources told ABC News that the political figure was Mr Obama.
Both men are being detained pending hearings about their detention before a trial. They both face up to 15 years in prison if convicted.
By: Jon Swaine