ALBANY -- Federal authorities accused two upstate New York men Wednesday of assembling a portable X-ray weapon that they intended to use to secretly sicken or kill opponents of Israel.
The indictment charged Glendon Scott Crawford, 49, of Galway, and Eric J. Feight, 54, of Hudson, with conspiracy to provide support to terrorists with the weapon.
"Crawford has specifically identified Muslims and several other individuals/groups as targets," investigator Geoffrey Kent said in a court affidavit.
Investigators said Crawford approached Jewish organizations last year looking for funding and people to help him with technology that could be used to surreptitiously deliver damaging and even lethal doses of radiation.
He and Feight assembled a mobile device, which was to be controlled remotely, but it was inoperable and no one was hurt, authorities said.
According to the indictment, Crawford went to North Carolina in October to solicit money for the weapon from a ranking member of the Ku Klux Klan, who informed the FBI. Crawford claimed to be in the KKK.
The men appeared separately yesterday in federal court and were ordered detained until hearings Thursday. They could face up to 15 years in prison.