A man who's probably a bit bonkers has been handed an eight-year jail term, after courts found he was guilty of trying to build a DIY "death ray" that could be used to wipe out Muslim terrorist cells in the US.
57-year-old Eric Feight worked as a control systems engineer, life skills he put to ill use in offering to build a remote control system for a mobile X-ray machine. He was working with Glendon Scott Crawford, who claimed he was making the machine to sterilise medical waste, a story he later changed when admitting his actual brainwave was to create a terrorist-stopper.
Feight said he had no idea of any potential targets, with the entire situation being made into something of a nightmarish joke by the presence of two undercover FBI agents -- who were posing as potential investors in the bizarre project. Crawford, meanwhile, has been found guilty of trying to build a weapon of mass destruction, and could face up to 25 years in jail. [Independent]