The National Security Agency and it’s backers in the White House and Congress would have us believe that the only way to break terror plots is massive, intrusive spying on every connection we make through the technology on which modern life depends.
And in the popular mind, a “terrorist” is someone of darker skin who prays in the direction of Mecca.
Well here’s a story that puts things in a different light.
Here;s Brendan J. Lyons of the Albany, New York, Times-Union, writing in a story headlined “Terrorism radiation plot uncovered in Albany”:
An industrial mechanic with General Electric Co., who is also allegedly a member of the Ku Klux Klan, designed a deadly mobile radiation device that he intended to sell to Jewish groups or a southern branch of the Ku Klux Klan, according to a federal complaint unsealed Wednesday in Albany.
The device was intended to be a truck-mounted radiation particle weapon that could be remotely controlled and capable of silently aiming a lethal beam of radioactivity at its human targets. The concept was that victims would eventually die from radiation sickness.
Glendon Scott Crawford, 49, of Galway, is accused in a federal complaint of developing “a radiation emitting device that could be placed in the back of a van to covertly emit ionizing radiation strong enough to bring about radiation sickness or death against Crawford’s enemies,” states the complaint attributed to an FBI agent.
But it wasn’t the National Security Agency’s massive surveillance of American citizens that brought the plot down, report Jonathan Dienst, Pete Williams, and Erin McClam of NBC News:
Federal authorities said they became aware of the plot and later began working undercover, after Crawford walked into a synagogue and asked for help with technology that could kill enemies of Israel while they slept.
The synagogue declined, and both the synagogue and another Jewish organization approached by Crawford told the FBI, the complaint said.
What really blows us away is the radical change in the outlook of the Klan, an organization once as fervently anti-Jewish as the American Nazi Party. While once Klansmen would’ve targeted Jews, now they see them as allies.
Strange times, no?