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2013 June 21 New York Daily News

Gov. Cuomo was death ray target of Ku Klux Klansman

BY Kenneth Lovett NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ALBANY BUREAU CHIEF

Updated: Friday, June 21, 2013, 2:30 AM

Gov. Cuomo has been identified by Daily News sources as one of the targets of a bizarre death ray plot by a Ku Klux Klansman.

ALBANY — The self-proclaimed Ku Klux Klansman who was building a mobile death ray machine to kill Muslims also had a government target — Gov. Cuomo.

A federal criminal complaint filed this week in Albany charged that Glen Crawford was planning to use a radiation-emitting device to attack a Muslim organization, a political party and “a political figure.”

Sources with knowledge of the situation told the Daily News Thursday that the unnamed political figure was Cuomo.

It’s unclear why he might have been a target.

As U.S. housing secretary under President Bill Clinton, Cuomo brought multiple cases against the Klan related to housing and other types of discrimination, but there’s no information whether Crawford was aware of them.

Glendon Scott Crawford, 49, of upstate Galway, is charged with planning to use a radiation-emitting device to attack a Muslim organization, a political party and “political figure,” identified by The News as Gov. Cuomo.

(SKIP DICKSTEIN/AP)

Reps for the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI’s Albany office would not comment on the identity of the targeted political figure.

But Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney John Duncan said the person was never in jeopardy.

“It was being closely monitored,” Duncan said. “No individual was ever at risk.”

A Cuomo spokesman wouldn’t say if the governor was aware he was a target.

Though not named specifically, sources say Gov. Cuomo was an alleged target of Glen Crawford’s death ray.

(Stephen Barcelo for New York Daily News)

“We don’t comment on issues related to the governor’s security,” said Cuomo press secretary Matt Wing.

While Cuomo’s name was not mentioned in the complaint, President Obama’s was. Crawford called the President a “treasonous, bedwetting maggot,” the complaint said.

Crawford, an upstate General Electric industrial mechanic, was arrested Wednesday. The criminal complaint accused him of working with Eric Feight, a computer software expert, to build a device that could “covertly omit ionizing radiation strong enough to bring about radiation sickness or death against Crawford’s enemies” as they slept.

The victims would not know they had been exposed until days later.

The home of Glendon Scott Crawford, 49, in Galway. Crawford and 54-year-old Eric J. Feight, of Hudson, are accused of assembling a deadly radiation-emitting device.

(Lori Van Buren/AP)

The two planned to place the device — which they referred to as “Hiroshima on a light switch” — in the back of a van and activate it remotely, the complaint said.

Duncan said the feds contacted experts about the device and were told it was capable of being put together.

“That device would be deadly and would be capable of causing serious injury and death to humans,” Duncan said.

The FBI was tipped off to the scheme in April 2012 when Crawford approached an Albany Jewish organization about helping him with the terroristic technology.

Gov. Cuomo (left) and President Obama could have been targets of a death ray allegedly being constructed by Glen Crawford.

(REUTERS)

A KKK member also cooperated with the FBI’s probe.

The FBI had Crawford and Feight under surveillance for the past 13 months — bugging their calls and monitoring their emails.

Crawford and Feight were back in Albany federal court Thursday and denied bail.

klovett@nydailynews.com