One of the two Tea Party members from New York state that have been charged with acts of domestic terrorism pleaded guilty on Monday in the US District Court in Albany. The charges come from Eric Feight and Scott Crawford’s attempt to build a hillbilly ‘death day’, an x-ray weapon of mass destruction, with the intent of using it to destroy Muslim Americans, referred to specifically by Crawford also as “enemies of Israel”.
An indictment handed down against the two men said 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, a GE industrial mechanic, and Feight, a software engineer, together had the skills necessary to build a weapon deadly enough to wipe out a mosque in such a fashion.
Investigators stated that Crawford’s targets included “Muslims, Muslim-related organizations and persons Crawford believed were contributing to the demise of the United States.” Crawford also paid a visit to the Klan in North Carolina in an attempt to secure funding.
Eric Feight called up the local Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York in his attempt to secure capital for building the weapon. Then he scouted out an area mosque as the weapon’s first target.
The weapon, described by the FBI as “a radiation emitting device that could be placed in the back of a van to covertly emit ionizing radiation strong enough to bring about radiation sickness or death against Crawford’s enemies.” Undercover agents gave Feight $1,000 to complete construction of the remote device needed to operate the death ray.
Dr. Fred Mettler, the U.S. representative on the United Nations’ Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation said it is unlikely that the device would actually work according to specs because such a machine would require enormous amounts of electricity and be almost impossible to aim at narrow targets with precision and accuracy.