Muslim community reacts to terror plot

Posted at: 06/20/2013 4:43 PM
Updated at: 06/20/2013 5:53 PM
By: John McLoughlin

SCHENECTADY - Two Capital Region men are being accused of trying to build a portable X-ray weapon to sicken Muslims and enemies of Israel.

The main terror suspect, Glendon Scott Crawford allegedly took two undercover agents to a mosque in Albany and to the Islamic Center in Schenectady on Tuesday. Both sites were described, by the FBI as targets.

The FBI claims that it had tight rein on this undercover sting, that no one ever was in danger, but even the head of the Albany mosque that allegedly was targeted by Crawford is criticizing these undercover operations.

Masjid As-Salam was one of two Muslim sites Crawford allegedly took undercover agents to on Tuesday, were said to be "viable targets for his ‘death ray machine’”

The president of the mosque believes Crawford was capable of killing Muslims whom he described as "medical waste”

However, As-Salam also thinks the FBI has gone too far with its  "sting operations, many of them aimed at Muslims”

Nine years ago, Yassin Aref the Imam, or religious leader, of the same Albany Mosque, along with businessman Mohammed Hossain both were arrested in an FBI sting involving a loan to supposedly finance the purchase of a missile.

Both were sentenced to 15 years in prison.

The Muslim Solidarity Committee, which is trying to get the two men freed says there are too many FBI stings

Also, if Crawford was so dangerous, why the delay in arresting him, they ask -- a little touch of irony, perhaps, from people defending the cause of Muslims.