GALWAY - A Galway man and a co-defendant from Columbia County were charged by federal authorities today in an alleged terrorist plot to kill people with doses of X-ray radiation.
The U.S. Department of Justice, Northern District in Albany, announced the arrests of Glendon S. Crawford, 49, of Galway, and Eric J. Feight, 54, of Hudson.
A Department of Justice news release stated the arrests followed a lengthy investigation by the Albany FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force that began in April 2012. The release said authorities received information Crawford approached local Jewish organizations seeking people who might offer assistance in helping him with a type of technology that could be used against people he perceived as "enemies of Israel."
If convicted, Crawford and Feight each face a maximum sentence of 15 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine and a term of supervised release up to five years following any period of incarceration.
The co-defendants were scheduled to appear this afternoon before before U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Christian F. Hummel in Albany.
The release said the "essence" of the defendants' scheme was "creation of a mobile, remotely operated, radiation emitting device capable of killing targeted individuals silently with lethal doses of X-ray radiation."
"The defendants plotted to use this device against unwitting victims who would not immediately be aware that they had absorbed lethal doses of radiation, the harmful effects of which would only appear days after the exposure," the release said. "This was an undercover investigation and, unbeknownst to the defendants, the device that the defendants designed and intended to use was rendered inoperable at all times and posed no danger to the public."
U.S. Attorney Richard S. Hartunian and Special Agent in Charge Andrew Vale of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Albany Division, made the announcement.
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