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Thu Apr 2, 2015, 05:45 PM

X-ray weapon defendant says authorities concocted plot

Source: Associated Press

X-ray weapon defendant says authorities concocted plot
By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press | April 2, 2015 | Updated: April 2, 2015 1:42pm

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) An upstate New York man accused of helping to build a mobile X-ray device he thought would be used to kill people at a mosque and an Islamic center has asked the judge to dismiss charges, saying the plot was concocted by undercover investigators.

In court papers, Glendon Scott Crawford said the evidence turned over by federal prosecutors so far shows that from 2012 until his 2013 arrest, 59 federal and state agents worked on the case and "no criminal enterprise existed" except as they fabricated it.

Crawford, a General Electric industrial mechanic, acknowledged reading about gamma rays, contacting his congressman, Jewish groups and the Israeli embassy about the idea of using them on Islamic terrorists, and then being approached by "undercovers."

"The most blatant evidence that the alleged scheme was a government-staged production was the financial support given to defendant by the government," defense attorney Kevin Luibrand wrote. "The alleged attempted crimes were almost entirely the product of the government's labors (through the use of undercovers) and money, and the scheme would not have reached anything without the material support and funding provided by the government."

Read more: http://www.chron.com/news/crime/article/X-ray-weapon-defendant-says-authorities-concocted-6175009.php

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