Mittwoch, 17. Februar 2010

Why Did We Wish The Media Reported On The GT200, ADE651, Alpha 6, Or MOLE Detector Sooner?

The BBC has done an excellent job recently in reporting on the British Government crack on Jim McCormick for selling the ADE651 to Iraq for $85 million US.  After the recent failure of the nearly identical GT200 in Thailand's tests, they ask why the British government did not intervene sooner.  Mr. James Randi exposed the Quadro Tracker dowsing rod in 1995 and 96.  After the FBI arrested the makers and the US courts banned the sale of the device, the makers moved to the UK and renamed the device the MOLE Detector.  When it was tested by US scientists in 2002, they noted it seemed to have been made in the exact same mould for plastic the Quadro Tracker had been made in.  Mr. Randi has been trying since then to get people to heed the warnings about these deadly bogus detectors, but it was not until hundreds of citizens of Iraq died needlessly that any action was taken.  How many people have lost their lives in Iraq, Lebanon, Thailand, Mexico, and other countries because of dependence on these worthless fraudulent detectors instead of technology that works, or at least spending the money on other equipment.

Why did UK not ban so-called 'bomb detectors' earlier?
By Meirion Jones and Caroline Hawley 
BBC Newsnight 

Questions are being raised about why the British government did not intervene to stop the export of useless "bomb detectors" such as the British-made ADE651 and GT200 earlier, before they were exported to Iraq, Thailand, Pakistan, China, Mexico, Kenya, Lebanon and many other countries.
Following a BBC Newsnight investigation into the "magic wand detectors", which was broadcast on 22 January 2010, which showed that they had no functioning parts, Britain banned their export to Iraq and Afghanistan because they might endanger British or allied forces.

They then issued a warning to governments around the world that they did not work.

On Tuesday of this week, the Prime Minister of Thailand, Abhisit Vejjajiva, banned the purchase of any more GT200s after further tests in Bangkok showed they were no more effective than guessing where explosives might be.

It has now emerged that the British authorities have been aware of the devices for at least 10 years and that the UK Foreign Office has been aware of concerns for a year.

Fail in scientific trials
In January 2000, Gary Bolton who runs the company which makes the GT200 tried to sell an early version called the Mole to British customs.

He even demonstrated it to search teams at Heathrow airport as a drug detector.
It failed to find a large sample of cocaine at a range of less than one metre, but no scientific tests were carried out.
 Someone should have stepped in and shut this operation down  
Professor Bruce Hood, Bristol University
In 2002 the Mole was tested in a thorough double blind trial at the Sandia National Laboratories in the United States, which found that it was incapable of detecting explosives.
As in all scientific trials of these "dowsing" detection devices they performed no better than random chance.

Professor Bruce Hood of Bristol University has been campaigning against these devices which he describes as "a piece of plastic with a car aerial sticking out of it" and he says that after the Sandia trials in 2002 "at that point someone should have stepped in and shut this operation down".
Instead hundreds of GT200s were sold to Thailand for a total bill of over $20m and more than a 1,000 ADE651s have been sold to Iraq.

Concerns flagged up
The Iraqi government has spent $85m on the devices which are used on most checkpoints and there are concerns that they have failed to stop bomb attacks that have killed hundreds of people.
In January 2009 the Chair of the Defence Select Committee, James Arbuthnot MP, raised concerns about the marketing of the GT200 with Defence Minister Quentin Davies MP.

The Foreign Office told the BBC that they also became aware in March 2009 that "concerns had been raised" about the ADE651 used in Iraq and started monitoring the situation, but they didn't warn the Iraqis until November 2009.

Even then they did not tell them that the devices did not work - they just warned of the "possible risk to life of relying on these devices if they were indeed ineffective".

In late December 2009, Avon and Somerset police stopped a shipment of ADE651s and on 5 January 2010 they arrested Jim McCormick, the boss of the company which makes the devices, on suspicion of fraud.

But it was not until after the BBC investigation was broadcast on 22 January 2010 that the British government imposed an export ban on the devices to Iraq and Afghanistan.
And it was not until 5 February that they contacted other countries to warn that "the British government has serious doubts about the effectiveness of devices such as the ADE651 and GT200 at detecting bombs".

The Liberal Democrat MP David Heath is outraged at all the delays and plans to ask Prime Minister Gordon Brown "why nothing was done to try to stop all this at the earliest opportunity and why other countries were not warned that these devices were quite frankly useless".


Anonym hat gesagt…

Thanks for this blog and your help in exposing this fraud! Its amazing how many countries were taken in by it, and its a disgrace how the UK looked the other way until it was their soldiers that were threatened.

Techowiz hat gesagt…

Hi Lumpy,

The Thais have now opened one of the GT200 'detector cards' and guess what they found inside?..................
A small piece of blank paper, see the video at the link;


Techowiz hat gesagt…

Hi Lumpy,

I have now published the Royal Engineer 'test report' on my blog at:

Please feel free to copy and reproduce as you like.
Best regards

Anonym hat gesagt…

Here is a German article that raises doubts about the HEDD1/Sniffex device:

Anonym hat gesagt…

Here is an article that raises doubts about the Hedd1/Sniffex device:

Lonjho hat gesagt…

Hi Lumpy.

I think you will find interesting these:

a) A video of Jim McCormick selling his ADE651. According to the owner, it was taken in march.

b) Allow me to introduce you the wonderful Long distance explosives detection AL-6D. As you can see in this video (from the same date and place), it is just another dowsing rod sold as an explosives detector. But wait, if you think the detection range of the GT200 and ADE651 were incredible, you will find the AL-6D 40 kilometers range hilarious! Here is the company's homepage, check it out and tell me if not very similar to these another LRL.

What a coincidence! Don't you?


Anonym hat gesagt…

Somebody tell me if I'm wrong, but isn't one of the soldiers in this video about the Mexican regional elections and the constant battle against/business with narco-criminals, using the so-called "bomb/drug/elephant detector" the "ADE-651" that the conman Jim McCormick has sold to various corrupt governments around the... world? What else could this soldier be doing? Looks to me like a local official, or "un pez gordo" at national level, somewhere in the Mexican government, has been given a sackful of 1000 dollar bills for his cooperation.
(see 40 seconds into the video):
See also [for visual comparison]: