The "bomb detectors," which were still being used as recently as this year in some areas despite being debunked years ago, have allegedly been involved in the death and injury of thousands in Iraq alone.
“The most insane part of this story," says Suroosh, "is that in spite of the obvious uselessness of the device, in spite of the arrest and trial of Jim McCormick, the Iraqi military and police are still using them at every checkpoint in the city.” He'll be sentenced in May.
Brigadier Simon Marriner, who served in Iraq from 2009-2011, had told the court in a statement that McCormick's ADE-brand machines were used at checkpoints across Baghdad through which truck bombs had to pass before blowing up the ministries of justice and foreign affairs.
On Tuesday, a guard and a driver for The New York Times, both licensed to carry firearms, drove through nine police checkpoints that were using the device. None of the checkpoint guards detected the two AK-47 rifles and ammunition inside the vehicle.
During an interview on Tuesday, General Jabiri challenged a Times reporter to test the ADE 651, placing a grenade and a machine pistol in plain view in his office. Despite two attempts, the wand did not detect the weapons when used by the reporter but did so each time it was used by a policeman.
“You need more training,” the general said.
Bo: Hey Mack, ... Can I ask you a question?
B: What the hell are these things for?
M: What do you mean?
B: I mean, what do they do?
M: What do you mean, what do they do? You run 'em along the floor, like this.
B: Ok. So what does it do? It's not any cleaner.
M: Don't know. Maybe it looks for cracks, or it does something to the metal; makes it stronger, I don't know.
B: So you don't know what it does either?
B: Well... guess it's time for lunch.
wait a sec, so who makes the explosive detection wands that do work
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