ALBANY — Federal prosecutors say the upstate New York man accused of helping build a mobile X-ray device to kill Muslims came up with the plot, not FBI agents, and should face trial for conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction.
Glendon Scott Crawford has asked the judge to dismiss charges, saying the plot was concocted by 59 state and federal agents on the case and the only criminal enterprise was one they concocted.
In response, prosecutors say the FBI investigated Crawford, a General Electric industrial mechanic, for 14 months and he had approached Ku Klux Klan leaders, including one working as a cooperating witness, seeking financial support.
Authorities said the device was inoperable.
The defense says the FBI brought the machine and Crawford declined to turn it on.