Last week, Stephen Colbert aired a segment on his Comedy Central show about the Ku Klux Klan titled Laser Klan. Colbert got the idea for the segment from a 2013 news story about a General Electric Co. industrial mechanic from Saratoga County (NY) and a computer software expert from Columbia County (NY) who plotted to design “a radiation weapon that could fit in a small van and be used to silently kill humans.” (Note: Crawford is reportedly a member of a tea party group called Americans Demanding Liberty and Freedom and a member of United Northern & Southern Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.) An FBI task force uncovered the plot and charged the two men, Glendon Scott Crawford and Eric J. Feight, “with conspiring to sell the weapon to Jewish groups or a southern branch of the Ku Klux Klan.”
According to the Times Union, a federal complaint said that their “vehicle-mounted radiation gear was intended to be remotely controlled and capable of aiming a high-energy lethal beam of radioactivity at human targets.” Targets of the device were supposed to die mysteriously “from radiation poisoning within days.” Officials said that Crawford and Feight “never actually obtained a radiation source and the device was not fully constructed.”
Stephen Colbert said that Viacom had sent him a letter expressing the company’s concern about his airing Laser Klan—“a cartoon depicting President Obama and the KKK teaming up to fight an alien menace”–during Black History Month. Colbert chose to ignore Viacom and aired it last Thursday.
I can’t embed Laser Klan…so click on the following link to watch it on the Colbert Nation website.
2 wanted device used on enemies, officials say (Times Union)