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2013 June 19 New York Daily News

Two Albany-area men charged with trying to build a mobile death ray machine

Prosecutors say the defendants wanted to target enemies of Israel


Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 1:25 PM

The General Electric Research Laboratory in Schenectady, N.Y. Prosecutors said Wednesday that an engineer who worked at the site tried, in his spare time, to build a death-ray machine for use against enemies of Israel.

ALBANY — Federal prosecutors on Wednesday charged two Albany-area men with trying to create a mobile death ray machine to use against enemies of Israel.

The two men, one of whom is an industrial mechanic at General Electric in Schenectady, tried to make a “mobile, remotely operated, radiation-emitting device” to bombard unwitting victims with lethal doses of X-Ray radiation, prosecutors said.

Victims would be unaware they were exposed until days later, prosecutors added.

“This case demonstrates how we must remain vigilant to detect and stop potential terrorists, who so often harbor hatred toward people they deem undesirable,” said U.S. Attorney Richard Hartunian.

Glendon Scott Crawford, 49, of upstate Galway, and Eric J. Feight, 54, of Hudson, were expected to appear in Albany federal court later Wednesday on terrorism charges.

Each faces a maximum sentence of fifteen years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted, authorities said.

Investigators became aware of the duo’s plans in April, 2012, when they approached Jewish organizations seeking help in constructing the device, prosecutors said.

Federal officials then launched an undercover operation that resulted in the two men’s arrest.

Although the men allegedly constructed a device, federal officials insisted it was “rendered inoperable at all times” by operatives and was never a danger to the public.