This photo shows an Iraqi soldier with an ADE 651. If there is a bomb in that car, then that device won’t detect it.
After Tony Blair spending British taxpayers’ money on searching paranormally for non-existent “weapons of mass destruction” in Iraq … after non-scientific conmen landing top “scientific” bureaucratic jobs in the government of Israel and of New Zealand … now this.
From Popular Science:
How A Millionaire Sold Fake Bomb Detectors To Governments All Over The World
The British businessman’s fraud likely killed many soldiers who relied on the bogus devices to detect explosives.
Posted 04.24.2013 at 4:23 pm
It turns out someone can make millions in defense technology without any skill, innovation, or relevant expertise. Instead, as businessman James McCormick found out, it just takes some snakeoil, salesmanship, hubris, a couple bribes, and a lack of scruples. A London court found McCormick guilty of fraud on April 24.
McCormick sold his product as a bomb detection tool to governments experiencing internal violence and bomb attacks, including Iraq. Commonly labeled ADE 651, it was also sold as GT2000 or Alpha 6, with a $40,000 price tag.
The science behind the device is simple: It doesn’t work. It lacks any working electronic components that could conceivably resemble something that worked. Based on a $20 novelty golf ball finder, the device resembles nothing so much as a dowsing rod.
How did he manage to sell $75 million worth of useless product? In 2010, McCormick’s company was under investigation in Iraq, with a report by the Iraqi Ministry of the Interior noting “that many lives have been lost due to the wands’ utter ineffectiveness.” That report and investigation was later quashed. Why? The fact that “75% of the value of the contract went to kickbacks received by [Iraqi] officials” might explain some of it. Corruption was also involved in sales of the device to Mexico and Thailand.
Watch James Randi discuss the magical thinking that allowed McCormick to sell so many fake devices:
This video says about itself:
Jan 23, 2010
20 August 2013. A conman who sold cheap and “useless” bomb detectors for thousands of pounds around the world has been jailed for seven years: here.
Exclusive: Iraq still using bogus bomb detectors – and thousands pay the price. More than 4,500 people have been killed since the conviction of UK businessman, James McCormick, in April: here.
The fake bomb detectors that have cost countless lives and over $800 million.
Egypt plane crash: ‘Fake’ bomb detectors being used by hotel security guards searching for explosives. The devices seen are believed to be similar to British fakes like this one, manufactured by a couple in Bedfordshire: here.
- Millionaire businessman James McCormick found guilty of selling fake bomb detectors (independent.co.uk)
- Man faces jail after £50m fake bomb detector scam (scotsman.com)
- James McCormick who made £50m selling fake bomb detectors bribed Iraqi officials to win huge contract (dailymail.co.uk)
- U.K. businessman James McCormick convicted of selling golf ball finders as bomb detectors to Iraq (cbsnews.com)
- Somerset businessman found guilty of selling fake bomb detectors to Iraq (guardian.co.uk)
- Conman James McCormick sold golf ball finders as bomb detectors in £50m global scam (mirror.co.uk)
- Businessman James McCormick made £50m selling fake bomb detectors based on novelty golf ball machine and they are still used in Iraq (dailymail.co.uk)