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Weird: A man has been charged with domestic terrorism, after agreeing to build an X-ray weapon in a scheme with an alleged KKK Klansman to kill Muslims.
Batsh*t crazy: He approached the Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York to help finance it.
Now he could be in federal prison for up to 15 years.
The Columbia County man pleaded guilty Wednesday to domestic terrorism-related charges for agreeing to help build an X-ray weapon in a bizarre scheme with a reputed Ku Klux Klansman to kill Muslims.
In doing so, Feight admitted agreeing to take part in a plan allegedly concocted by the co-defendant, Glendon Scott Crawford, 49, to kill people whom Crawford deemed “undesirable,” according to Feight’s plea deal.
Crawford, of Providence in Saratoga County, pleaded not guilty Wednesday before Magistrate Judge Christian Hummel at an arraignment on a three-count indictment handed up last week. It accuses the alleged KKK member of attempting to produce and use a radiological device, conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction and distribution of information relating to weapons.
“Crawford planned to create a mobile, remotely operated, radiation-emitting device capable of killing people silently from a distance with lethal doses of ionizing radiation,” the plea deal stated. “Crawford’s intended targets were Muslims, Muslim-related organizations and persons Crawford believed were contributing to the demise of the United States.”
In a meeting on Nov. 14, 2012, Crawford and Feight met in an Albany area coffee shop with two undercover FBI agents who were posing as KKK-friendly businessmen. Crawford had allegedly referred to Feight as his “software guy.”
“What do you know about us?” one of the agents asked Feight, according court papers.
“Not a lot,” Feight replied. “I have to admit, having never been involved in anything like this before, you know at first it made me a little bit nervous. I’ve done nothing for a lot of years but just shoot my mouth off and I … see how effective that’s been. So although I would still like to maintain as much plausible deniability as I can, like you say, you know (in) for a penny, (in) for a pound.”
Federal prosecutors and court papers have said that Crawford visited Congregation Gates of Heaven in Schenectady and phoned the Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York hoping to speak to someone interested in financing technology to defeat supposed enemies of Israel. He later allegedly scouted a mosque in Albany and an Islamic center in Schenectady as “viable target” locations for his X-ray weapon.
Feight’s role was to design and build an electronic triggering device so the weapon, mounted in a van, could be activated from a distance. The alleged plot was stopped when the people Crawford allegedly approached contacted Albany police, who, in turn, contacted the FBI.