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Two American men have been arrested and charged with building a remote-controlled X-ray machine intended for killing Muslims and other perceived enemies of the U.S.

Following a 15-month investigation launched in April 2012, Glenn Scott Crawford and Eric J. Feight are accused of developing the device, which the FBI has described as “mobile, remotely operated, radiation emitting and capable of killing human targets silently and from a distance with lethal doses of radiation”.

Federal prosecutors stated that Crawford, who works as an industrial mechanic for General Electric, contacted an unidentified Jewish organization and asked to speak with a person “who might be willing to help him with a type of technology that could be used by Israel to defeat its enemies – specifically by killing them while they slept”.

Crawford, who according to US media as a member of the far-right Ku Klux Klan organization, allegedly recruited Feight, described as “an outside General Electric contractor with mechanical and engineering skills” to design and build a remote control that would allow the “death ray” to be activated from a distance.

The two suspects were recorded referring to their intended victims as “medical waste”, according to the FBI, and face a $250,000 fine and up to 15 years in jail if convicted.

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