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FBI arrests 2 local men for radiation terror plot
ALBANY -- The FBI has arrested two local men for allegedly plotting to use a radiation emitting device to silently kill their targets.
According to the United States Department of Justice, 49-year-old Glendon Scott Crawford of Galway and 54-year-old Eric Feight of Hudson have been charged with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists.
The arrests come after a 14-month long undercover investigation that was prompted when authorities received information back in April 2012 that Crawford had approached local Jewish organizations seeking out individuals who could help him build a machine that could be used against anyone he perceived as enemies of Israel.
The Department of Justice says Crawford, a General Electric maintenance worker, and Feight were looking to build a "mobile, remotely operated, radiation emitting device capable of killing targeted individuals silently with lethal doses of X-ray radiation."
Investigators say this type of technology could have been used against people without them knowing that they had absorbed lethal doses of radiation until days later when the harmful effects from the exposure surfaced.
According to the Department of Justice, unknown to both Crawford and Feight , the device they designed and intended to use was "inoperable at all times and posed no danger to the public" during the undercover operation.
Both men are scheduled to appear in federal court in Albany Wednesday afternoon. If convicted, both face a maximum sentence of 15 years in jail, a $250,000 fine and five years of probation.
GE released this statement regarding the arrest of their employee:
"On Tuesday afternoon, the FBI informed GE that Glendon Scott Crawford, a GE manufacturing employee, was arrested for a criminal act. We have no reason to believe the act took place on GE property nor is there any information indicating that our employees' safety was ever compromised. Since this incident, Mr. Crawford has been suspended. We are cooperating fully with authorities on their investigation."
Brandon Lewis outside Glendon Scott Crawford's Home
Jennifer Lewke outside Eric Feight's Home
To view the criminal complaint, click here [Crawford Feight Criminal Complaint]