WASHINGTON, June 24, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today thanked the Albany, N.Y., Jewish community for helping to prevent a terror plot to kill Muslims, who the alleged plotters referred to as "medical waste."
Glendon Scott Crawford, a reputed member of the Ku Klux Klan, took undercover FBI agents along last week as he scouted out an Albany mosque and an Islamic center in Schenectady as "viable target" locations. Crawford, one of two alleged plotters who were arrested, then reportedly took the agents to a garage in which he assembled what he believed to be a lethal device capable of silently killing the intended victims with radiation.
Court documents show that Crawford approached an Albany-area synagogue and another Jewish organization in 2012 hoping 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 Israel's enemies while they slept." Instead, the groups called law enforcement authorities.
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In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:
"We thank the New York Jewish community and its leaders for helping to foil this potentially deadly terror plot targeting American Muslims. It is this type of cooperation with law enforcement authorities by religious communities that will ensure our nation's safety and security."
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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SOURCE Council on American-Islamic Relations