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2 Men Accused of Trying To Make X-Ray Weapon 470

gurps_npc writes "Two radical pro-Israel terrorists were caught in upstate NY when they tried to solicit money from various honorable Jewish organizations to build a truck based x-ray weapon. They intended to drive the truck around and then turn on the x-ray machine, focusing on enemies of Israel. But the Jewish organizations they tried to solicit money from refused to participate. Instead they called the FBI, who promptly set up a sting. The men were arrested before the machine was in working order."
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2 Men Accused of Trying To Make X-Ray Weapon

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 19, 2013 @09:04PM (#44056233) []

    Big old X-ray tubes that are used for taking pictures of welds in bulkheads, etc. I heard a story that some guy in the '80s killed one of his co-workers on purpose by aiming the tube through a wall at his victim. Having worked with the bigger tubes, I can see it.

  • Re:weeeeak (Score:5, Interesting)

    by GameboyRMH ( 1153867 ) <> on Wednesday June 19, 2013 @09:14PM (#44056313) Journal

    Exactly, the gear could be man-portable. This is actually an amazingly brilliant plot, you're not around when the victim dies, you leave no evidence on the victim, even if someone spots you during the assassination they couldn't tell you're killing the person (just holding a suitcase near them or backing them with a backpack). This is the most impressively clever thing I've heard of in ages, I'm kind of jealous I never thought of it myself.

  • Re:A conspiracy... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by anagama ( 611277 ) <> on Wednesday June 19, 2013 @09:42PM (#44056485) Homepage

    Apparently, Crawford was an industrial engineer for GE and a KKK member -- which just makes it all that much weirder that they'd try to sell it to Jewish organizations. []

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 19, 2013 @10:33PM (#44056833)

    The most violent, racist, ultra-right-wing party in the UK is known as the EDL (English Defence League). It is openly financed by Israel and zionist groups within the UK that have links to Israel. The 'Star of David' is the unofficial symbol of EDL, and proudly appears at many of their mass 'actions'.

    The current version of the KKK in the USA is pro-zionist and anti-Muslim. It follows the same racist logic as the evangelical movements in the USA, all of which are zionist, and all of which support and encourage Israel's many Crimes against Humanity.

    Israel is the most racist state on the planet. Only in the last year it was caught sterilizing (usually without their knowledge) black immigrant women in Africa before they were given permission to enter Israel. Israel is also the centre of the illegal world trade in organs harvested from living donors.

    Israel and Saudi Arabia are the siamese twins of depravity that the US takes greatest pride in protecting. Rich Saudis in need of organ transplants have the work done in hospitals operated by Israel. The previous owner of the organ will frequently be a half-dead Turk (half-dead AFTER letting an Israeli 'doctor' illegally harvest his/her organ). Other 'donors' are not so lucky, like the Serbs kidnapped in Kosovo for the sole purpose of organ harvesting (go Google if you don't believe me).

    Israel boats that it has nuclear war-heads aimed at EVERY major Muslim civilian population centre on the planet. Israel boats that any attempt by any world court to hold it accountable for its war crimes will lead to these weapons being used.

    The owners of Slashdot are zionists, of course, and were proud to deny Iranian citizens access to the open-source facilities they host alongside Slashdot. They did this as part of the Israel sponsored program to encourage war against Iran. Apparently the depraved racists of Israel are the only people in the Middle-East entitled to nuclear technology. Every-one else is too 'sub-Human' according to the zionists. Where have I heard THAT logic before?

  • Really now? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by TheCarp ( 96830 ) <> on Wednesday June 19, 2013 @11:42PM (#44057221) Homepage

    Dr. Fred Mettler, the U.S. representative on the United Nations' Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation, was unfamiliar with the specifics of Crawford's plans but said it's unlikely such a device could work. Radiation can be narrowly beamed, as it is in some cancer treatments, but the accelerators require huge amounts of electricity, are not easily portable and any target would have to remain still for a long time.

    "I don't know of any of these that you can use like a gun to aim at someone on the street," Mettler said. []

    Mobile unit, runs on batteries, would fit in a van. However....its only a mobile xray unit. Claims ~1900 exposures per charge. I doubt it is made to run in continuous output.... and still only going to be effective at a very short range.

    Maybe if you parked a van along a route that your target walked several times a day, for multiple days.... and his path took him within a few feet of the side of the van....and the van.... its not a metal body is it? That's going to be a problem too. Not entirely impossible that a dangerous dose could be delivered, and by dangerous I mean like, increasing his chance of cancer and possibly thyroid or kidney issues in his old age sort of dangerous.

    So two things:

    1. He went to jewish groups, after going to the Klan:

    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.

    But Doesn't the Klan hate the Zionists? Huh? This guy is just playing the I hate muslims thing....ok, that works I guess. Still, a bit of a douche move to pitch it to the Klan and then adopt the "Enemies of Israel" spiel. Good salesmanship I guess.

    2. This seems overly complex and expensive. Shit, at that point, why not just buy some laser diodes and have a hand portable device capable of blinding someone permenantly from a safe distance, and instantly? Oh.... wait... that would only cost a few hundred bucks.

    So I am thinking the scam artists who were looking to take some people for some cash they couldn't rightly sue him for the return of, got caught up in a bigger con game where the FBI set them up to con us into thinking that we really need their protection.

    I bet you if they didn't arrest them when they did, they would have driven off with the van and disappeared, gone back to the KKK and offered their services, and then shopped around for more suckers. If they finds out it doesn't expose film, they would have had some films made up and claimed its too dangerous to be nearby while it runs.

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