A mechanic from New York planned a massive terrorist attack against Muslims using a home-made industrial X-ray machine. Glendon Scott Crawford, 52, of Galway was jailed for 30 years after found guilty of conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction against Muslims from his community. The attack, experts say, would have worked.
Crawford planned to mount the industrial-grade X-ray machine in the back of a van, drive it in an area with a high population density of Muslims, and to remotely activate the death ray from a mile away. Everyone exposed to the deadly radiation would’ve received a lethal dose of radiation and die within days after the initial attack. The terroristic action would’ve killed and maimed scores of innocent people.
Crawford first aroused suspicion in 2012 when he approached the staff at a Schenectady synagogue with a plan to “help Jews get rid of their enemies.” He thought of Muslims as “medical waste” revealed in wiretaps. Prosecutors said Crawford also sought logistic support in 2013 from a Ku Klux Klan grand wizard in North Carolina who was an FBI informant.
Co-defendant Eric Feight, of Hudson, was sentenced to 8 years in prison in 2015 after found guilty of providing support.
Crawford declared “I feared for my nation’s and my children’s nation’s future,” launching into further criticism of U.S. immigration policy regarding Muslims.
Glendon Scott Crawford was a Navy veteran and married father of three, he had no previous criminal history.