It may be one of the strangest criminal cases ever seen in the Capital Region. Two men, one a GE engineer and apparent member of the Ku Klux Klan, are facing terrorism-related charges, after being arrested while trying to assemble a mobile, truck-mounted radiation particle weapon capable of aiming a lethal beam of X-rays at someone.
Glendon Scott Crawford, 49, of Galway and Eric Feight, 54, of Hudson both had a brief hearing in federal court Wednesday. Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney John Duncan says Crawford made contact with several Jewish groups in April of last year, looking for help with technology that could be used by Israel to defeat its enemies.
That's when authorities got involved and a 14-month undercover investigation ensued. Duncan says the two were arrested as they were trying to assemble the device. Duncan says there was never any danger to the public but at the same time, says the design of the device was viable. The two are facing 15 years each in prison. Another hearing set for Thursday.