New Yorker ‘was building an X-ray gun to kill all Muslims’ for Jews

06:41 PM | 20 Aug, 2015
New Yorker ‘was building an X-ray gun to kill all Muslims’ for Jews
NEW YORK (Web Desk) - Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents acknowledged Tuesday they didn't initially know if an upstate New York man was serious when he talked about assembling a mobile X-ray device to sicken or kill Muslims - or if he was even capable of it.

Testifying in federal court, Special Agent Chris West and an undercover operative identified only as Special Agent Jeff said they were trying to determine those answers in 2012, the Mail reported.

Jeff kept contacting Glendon Scott Crawford about the proposal, even bringing him key components, citing concerns he might go elsewhere.


The 49-year-old Crawford has denied the charges, including conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction. A General Electric industrial mechanic, he has been jailed since his arrest two years ago. He could face 25 years to life in prison if convicted.

Under cross-examination, West said the FBI made only basic inquiries about Crawford for several weeks, acknowledging they didn't see an immediate threat.

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“You didn't know if he was serious guy or a wacky guy?” defense attorney Kevin Luibrand asked.

West said that's what they were trying to determine. He also quibbled with the question whether the FBI encouraged Crawford to commit a crime.

“I don't think encourage is the right word,' West said. “We would allow him to do that.”

Luibrand argued that Crawford was targeted in an elaborate FBI sting, and that no crime otherwise existed. Federal authorities allege Crawford first contacted two local Jewish groups with a proposal for destroying Israel's enemies, prompting the investigation.

Crawford first made contact with Kathryn Laws, an administrative assistant at Congregation Gates of Heaven in Schenectady, through whom he wanted to offer help to Israel, reports Times Union.

“He had a plan to help Jews get rid of their enemies. I told him we don't really have any direct contact with Israel,” Laws testified on Monday.

West said Tuesday that Crawford had also contacted European defense leagues with his idea.

Also on Tuesday, prosecutors presented secret audio and video recordings and wiretapped phone conversations with Crawford discussing supposed technical aspects of such a machine and making political observations.

He described himself as a member of conservative and religious groups, including his church, though his feelings about Islam cost him his position as a deacon.

“We all would like our country restored to what it was,” Crawford said in a recording. “And the vast majority of Americans would, too.”

tt2The tapes came first from the FBI's paid informant, who first approached Crawford, then from the undercover agent who the informant introduced to Crawford. Jeff presented himself purposely as a disgruntled US military member who like Crawford was unhappy with the government and the state of the country.

“You want to build a device?” Crawford said at an early meeting. “I can give you my advice.”

A Navy veteran and married father of three, Crawford had no previous criminal history.

At another point in the excerpted tapes, he said, “So we can get rid of all the medical waste lying around the country.”

West testified that he understood that to mean, 'Killing Muslims.'


Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 4 Dec  2023

Pakistani rupee's value remained stable against US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal and other currencies in the open market.

Dollar Rate in Pakistan Today

On Monday, the US dollar was being quoted at 285.15 for buying and 287.95 for selling.

Euro rate stands at 309.9 for buying and 310.5 for selling. British Pound GBP rate stands at 359.4 for buying, and 360.05 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED currently hovers around 77.45 while rate of Saudi Riyal stands at 75.82.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan – 4 December 2023

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 285.15  287.95 
Euro EUR 309.9  310.5 
UK Pound Sterling GBP 359.4  360.05 
U.A.E Dirham AED 77.45 77.6
Saudi Riyal SAR 75.82 75.97
Australian Dollar AUD 187.72 188.22
Bahrain Dinar BHD 759.94 767.94
Canadian Dollar CAD 209.99 210.49
China Yuan CNY 39.78 39.88
Danish Krone DKK 41.95 42.05
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.38 36.48
Indian Rupee INR 3.39 3.5
Japanese Yen JPY 1.49 1.56
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 926.39 935.39
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 60.38 60.98
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.44 175.44
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.25 26.55
Omani Riyal OMR 742.16 750.18
Qatari Riyal QAR 78.5 79.2
Singapore Dollar SGD 212.45 212.95
Swedish Korona SEK 27.09 27.19
Swiss Franc CHF 325.38 325.88
Thai Bhat THB 8.05 8.09

Gold prices in Pakistan move down despite positive global cues

The gold remained under pressure as the precious metal moved down despite an upward trend in the international market.

Gold Rates in Pakistan Today - 4 December 2023

On the first day of the week, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs217,000 and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs186,043 

A single tola of 22-karat gold costs Rs170,539, while 21 karat rate for each tola is Rs. 192,325 and the price of 18k gold is Rs164,850.

In the global market, gold prices hover at around $2086, gaining $14.44 on Monday.

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720
Karachi PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720
Islamabad PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720
Peshawar PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720
Quetta PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720
Sialkot PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720
Attock PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720
Gujranwala PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720
Jehlum PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720
Multan PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720
Bahawalpur PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720
Gujrat PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720
Nawabshah PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720
Chakwal PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720
Hyderabad PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720
Nowshehra PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720
Sargodha PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720
Faisalabad PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720
Mirpur PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720


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