Man Pleads Guilty in Plot to Build Mobile Death Ray

A death ray.
National Journal
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Global Security Newswire Staff
Jan. 24, 2014, 7:27 a.m.

A New York man on Wed­nes­day pleaded guilty to charges of par­ti­cip­at­ing in a ter­ror plot to build a weapon that would use X-ray beams to pois­on people.

Eric Feight, 55, of Hud­son, ad­mit­ted in fed­er­al court to provid­ing ma­ter­i­al as­sist­ance to an im­prob­able plan to con­struct a mo­bile gun that would fire pois­on­ous ra­di­ation waves at its tar­gets. Feight re­mains in cus­tody, await­ing his sen­ten­cing hear­ing in May. He could face a max­im­um jail sen­tence of 15 years, the As­so­ci­ated Press re­por­ted.

Feight’s al­leged co-con­spir­at­or in the X-ray gun plot, Glendon Scott Craw­ford, 49, of Gal­way, was ar­raigned in a dif­fer­ent court pro­ceed­ing on three counts: at­tempt­ing to build and use a ra­di­olo­gic­al device, plot­ting to use a weapon of mass de­struc­tion, and dis­sem­in­at­ing weapons-re­lated in­form­a­tion. The al­leged Ku Klux Klan mem­ber pleaded not guilty to the charges, the Al­bany Times Uni­on re­por­ted.

“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 agree­ment states. “Craw­ford’s in­ten­ded tar­gets were Muslims, Muslim-re­lated or­gan­iz­a­tions and per­sons Craw­ford be­lieved were con­trib­ut­ing to the de­mise of the United States.”

Au­thor­it­ies said, though, that Craw­ford was un­able to build the ma­chine and no one was harmed in the plot.