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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.

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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.'

The writer is a member of the staff.

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Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 25 Feb 2024 forex rates

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar in the open market on February 25, 2024 (Sunday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302 for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 25 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94

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