ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Radiation scientists say the portable X-ray weapon two upstate New York men are accused of trying to build to secretly sicken Muslims and enemies of Israel isn't feasible.
An indictment unsealed this week charges 49-year-old Glendon Scott Crawford and 54-year-old Eric J. Feight with conspiracy to support terrorism.
Authorities allege they built a remote-control switch they planned to attach to a truck-mounted, industrial X-ray machine to secretly radiate people who would die days later.
Radiation safety experts at the University of Rochester and University of New Mexico say victims would have to face prolonged exposure from X-rays at close range.
Crawford and Feight face detention hearings. Prosecutors want them held until trial, saying they might flee and still pose a danger to the community.
Court-appointed defense attorneys have declined comment.