A member of the Ku Klux Klan who planned to use a death ray against President Obama has been convicted in federal court.
Glendon Scott Crawford, 51, of Galway, New York was convicted by a jury in Albany of charges of attempting to secure a weapon of mass destruction.
The specific charges were attempting to acquire and use a radiological dispersal device, conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction, and distributing information relating to weapons of mass destruction.
Crawford planned to use an x-ray based device in attacks on Muslim mosques and the White House.
He is the first person to be found guilty of attempting to acquire a radiological dispersal device, based on a law Congress passed in 2004.
“Glendon Scott Crawford is a terrorist who would have used a weapon of mass destruction to kill innocent members of our Muslim community were it not for the good judgment of citizens who quickly alerted law enforcement to his diabolical plan and the outstanding work of the Albany FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force,” said United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian.
Assistant Attorney General Carlin said, “Glendon Scott Crawford, a self-professed member of the Ku Klux Klan, was convicted of offenses relating to his deadly plan to use a radiological dispersal device to target unsuspecting Muslim Americans with lethal doses of radiation.”
Crawford approached local Jewish groups, seeking allies for his plan to use a radiological weapon against Muslims. Members of those groups went to the FBI, who began to investigate the Klansman.
According to the FBI, “Crawford discussed placing the radiological device within a van or truck, parking the vehicle near the entrance to the target location, and then remotely activating the device so that it would direct lethal doses of radiation at people coming in and out of the target location. A central feature of Crawford’s completed X-ray device was that its targets would be exposed to dangerous and lethal doses of X-ray radiation without being aware of the exposure, the harmful effects of which would likely not be immediately apparent.”
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