Last year, 50-year-old Glendon Crawford — a conspiracy theorist and KKK member — was indicted on federal terrorism charges after he attempted to make a “Death Ray” that would kill Muslims.
On Monday, Crawford’s attorney, Kelvin Luibrand, filed a motion that claimed his client and fellow alleged co-conspirator, 56-year-old Eric Feight, were lured into a sting by government agents, and that his client, Crawford, was too poor to be a terrorist.
Prosecutors indicted Crawford last year on charges of federal terrorism after prosecutors alleged that he attempted to make and conspired with Eric Feight to use a weapon of mass destruction. Federal authorities claim that Crawford, from Hudson, New York, designed a device that was capable of targeting people with lethal doses of X-ray radiation.
The indictment alleges that, “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. Crawford’s intended targets were Muslims, Muslim-related organizations and persons Crawford believed were contributing to the demise of the United States.”
Luibrand, however, insisted that government agents instigated, funded, and planned the plot. In the motion, he claims that “outrageous government conduct” and a violation of his client’s due process rights occurred when Crawford was charged with designing the “death ray.”
Luibrand wrote in the motion that:
When the government first had contact with Crawford, he was not committing a criminal offense. From that beginning to his indictment, the plot alleged against [the] defendant was instigated, planned, funded, supplied, and maintained by the government. This wholesale government fabrication of a crime – aimed at ensnaring Crawford, who was neither previously engaged in nor was planning a similar offense – violates Crawford’s due process, shocks the universal sense of justice, and demands dismissal of the indictment
The Saratogan also notes that, “The motion also said Crawford approached U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, area Jewish organizations and the Israeli Embassy with an idea to use radiation strong enough to make people sick, which he learned in high-school level physics materials found online.”
The real surprise, though, is the claim that Crawford didn’t have the money to carry out any sort of terror plot:
(Crawford sought funding for) what he believed was a never-before-considered idea — an idea only — to use on Islamic terrorists. Until his path crossed that of the government, he had never had a device or money or motivation to become involved in an actual device.
While I haven’t seen the plans, it sounds to me like he was looking to build a Xaser. We have those already, but they haven’t been weaponized because of the logistics.
Let this be a lesson to everyone: even terrorism is too expensive for poor people in modern America.
Crawford pleaded “not guilty” in 2014. Both he and Freght, who faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted, remain in Rensselaer County Jail.