[ RadSafe ] Man pleads guilty in plot to build mobile death ray

Franz Schönhofer franz.schoenhofer at chello.at
Tue Jan 28 14:56:55 CST 2014

Clayton, after having read quite a few of your posts I dare say, that you 
are one of the persons with common sense! (I hope that the positive valueing 
of a non-US-citizen does not harm your reputation....).

As someone else on RADSAFE pointed out already, to classify a thought (in 
this case of a sick brain, which never had the slightest chance to be put 
into practice because of natures laws) as a crime is just ridiculous. The 
NSA reminds me on George Orwells Novel 1984, in which a totalitarian state 
watches all of its inhabitants full time via screens in every room and 
outside. Even thoughts are classified as crimes. I would really recommend 
everybody to read this novel, which is also a classical highlight.

I would rather propose to test those two persons for paranoia and psychic 

I appreciate your sarcasm about "selling their idea to the US government". I 
have personal communcations, that similar has occurred after the 
establishment of the Homeland Security Office.

OK, NSA, now you can add more to my file!

Best wishes to RADSAFE!


-----Ursprüngliche Nachricht----- 
From: Clayton J Bradt
Sent: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 8:55 PM
To: radsafe at health.phys.iit.edu
Cc: PHILIP.KARAM at nypd.org
Subject: [ RadSafe ] Man pleads guilty in plot to build mobile death ray

Conspiring to do something that is physically impossible, however
reprehensible the intent, should not be a crime.  Neither building a remote
on/off switch, nor an x-ray system, are  illegal acts, per se.  For that
matter, designing and building a weapons system is perfectly legal and in
fact is one of this country's leading industries.  Thousands of individuals
work in private companies and government facilities creating the most
abominable destructive devices and are unmolested by the FBI or US
Attorneys.  Suppose these two clowns, after building their death ray,
decided to sell it to the US government?  That would make them
entrepreneurs, not terrorists.

Clayton J. Bradt
Principal Radiophysicist
NYS Dept. of Health
Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2014 21:29:34 +0000
From: "KARAM, PHILIP" <PHILIP.KARAM at nypd.org>
Subject: Re: [ RadSafe ] Man pleads guilty in plot to build mobile
death ray
To: "radsafe at health.phys.iit.edu" <radsafe at health.phys.iit.edu>
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Intent to commit a crime has always been punishable as long as that intent
was leading towards an illegal act. So, for example, saying "I ought to
kill (fill in the blank)" is just spouting off; buying a rope, lead bricks,
a body bag, and conducting surveillance on (fill in the blank) is against
the law, even if you never actually use them.

Similarly, conspiring to commit an illegal act - putting together a team,
developing an action plan, and taking concrete steps towards your nefarious
goal - is illegal even if you are busted before committing the crime. In
fact, this is usually lauded as good policing.

The question that this particular case raises is whether or not it's
illegal to have a conspiracy that plots to do something that's physically
impossible. In other words, should these jokers go to prison, to summer
school for remedial physics, or should they be institutionalized?


-----Original Message-----
From: radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu [
mailto:radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu] On Behalf Of Clayton J Bradt
Sent: Monday, January 27, 2014 4:23 PM
To: radsafe at health.phys.iit.edu
Subject: [ RadSafe ] Man pleads guilty in plot to build mobile death ray

It is frightening that thought crimes are punished in this country.  How
did we come to this and how do we get out of it?

Clayton J. Bradt
Principal Radiophysicist
NYS Dept. of Health
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