Jurors were told on Monday that a Ku Klux Klan (KKK) member planned to use an X-ray gun, sickeningly nicknamed “Hiroshima on a light switch”, to assassinate President Obama and kill Muslims.
Ku Klux Klan member Glendon Scott Crawford and an accomplice were arrested in 2013, after authorities foiled a plot to kill Muslims using radiation and assassinate Obama using an X-ray gun.
Jurors heard the opening arguments at US District Court in Albany that Crawford was going to abandon his murder plans at the initial stages, but government undercover agents “dragged him further into the scheme”.
According to the prosecution, Crawford was going to unleash radiation at mosque in Albany, New York, and at a nearby Muslim school, as well as kill the President.
Defence lawyer, Kevin Luibrain, explained “(Crawford) has strong political views and he saw Muslim extremism in Europe coming here“.
According to Sputniknews.com:
Luibrand claimed the device would have never been built if not for the government supplying the necessary components via “criminal” sources.
The judge ruled that prosecutors could show jurors the device, which was built from an industrial X-ray machine and electronic beam welders.
Crawford faces three charges, including conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction. The case continues.