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Glendon Scott Crawford—a 49-year old man from Galway, New York—plotted to kill President Obama feeling that the Boston bombings were on his hands. He and co-conspirator 54-year old Eric J. Feight of Hudson, New York were arrested Tuesday for “attempting to build and detonate a weapon of mass destruction”. The weapon being built was to be an X-ray device that would give off fatal amounts of radiation and could be set off remotely.
The FBI said that Crawford and Feight intended to hide the weapon in a truck. The FBI also mentioned that Crawford said that “a political figure” and a Muslim organization were “potential targets”. The “political figure” was pointed out as President Obama by sources within the investigation. Among things he wrote about the President and the bombing during the Boston marathon, he said that “Obama’s policies caused this,” and that President Obama “…directed the (government) to start bringing (Muslims) here without background checks. They don’t have to follow any laws, and this administration has done more to enable a government sponsored invasion than the press can cover up.”
Apparently the FBI had an investigation in play regarding Crawford since last spring when he walked into a synagogue in Albany, New York and asked about technology that would be able to kill “Israel’s enemies while they slept.” The synagogue alerted law enforcement of the occurrence. Six weeks later, the FBI had an inside ear recording interactions with Crawford. During a June 2012 conversation Crawford—whom FBI said was a member of the Ku Klux Klan—described the weapon as “Hiroshima on a light switch.” Later that summer Crawford asked a high-ranking member in the KKK for funds to finance the plot—which resulted in the member telling the FBI about it. In the following weeks, two FBI agents posing as KKK members began dealing with Crawford.
The following months saw Crawford doing research for the design. By FBI documented accounts, Crawford expressed frustration about the pace of the team’s progress in the project. With the undercover FBI agents’ participation, Crawford and Feint managed to get key parts for the device and were able to test it to make sure it could be remotely detonated. The FBI stated that the weapon would be powered by just the truck’s cigarette lighter.
The FBI arrested Crawford and Feight Tuesday when the two were to meet up and finish up the weapon.
Glendon Crawford and Eric Feint met while working at GE. Crawford worked as an industrial mechanic while Feint was sometimes an outside contractor, but had engineering skills. GE stated that they didn’t believe that any crimes or related actions took place on company property and that Crawford had been suspended. “We are cooperating fully with authorities on their investigation.” Jim Healy, GE’s Communications Director said.
Crawford and Feint have been charged with “conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, namely through use of a weapon of mass destruction.” Since the charges came by way of a criminal complaint, a grand jury will have to decide if they should indict the two if a plea deal isn’t reached.