New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) was the target of a self-proclaimed Ku Klux Klan member who is being accused of designing a portable X-ray weapon to target Muslims, the New York Daily News reports.
Glen Crawford, 49 -- along with 54-year-old Eric Feight -- was charged with conspiracy to provide support to terrorists with the weapon earlier this week.
The AP reported earlier:
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 against those he considered enemies of Israel. He and Feight assembled the mobile device, which was to be controlled remotely, but it was inoperable and nobody was hurt, authorities said.
"Crawford has specifically identified Muslims and several other individuals/groups as targets," investigator Geoffrey Kent said in a court affidavit. According to the indictment, Crawford also traveled 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 a member.
Cuomo's name was not specifically mentioned in the federal complaint. The Daily News reports a Cuomo spokesman would not comment on the situation.
“We don’t comment on issues related to the governor’s security,” said Matt Wing, Cuomo's press secretary.
Crawford reportedly eyed President Barack Obama as a target for his x-ray device, which radiation scientists told the AP was like "the stuff of comic books." USA Today reports Crawford slammed Obama -- whom he derided as "your treasoness bedwetting maggot in chief" for "bringing the muzzies here without background checks -- in an email exchange monitored by the FBI.
A judge ruled Thursday that Crawford and Feight should be held without bail until a preliminary hearing in July, saying they posed a threat to public safety.