Remember this?

Divining sticks that consist essentially of an antenna not even attached to a radio (which might make it slihgtly useful for listening to music and stuff), and costing between 16 and 60 THOUSAND DOLLARS each, are being used as the main technology for detecting bombs at check points staffed by the Iraqi army. (source)

Well, now we have this …

The boss of a British company that has sold million of dollars worth of “bomb detectors” to Iraq’s security forces has been arrested on suspicion of fraud.

Jim McCormick, 53, the managing director of ATSC which is based in a former dairy in Sparkford, Somerset, has been questioned by detectives from Avon and Somerset Police after a complaint that he misrepresented the devices.

Story here

Hat tip: Techowiz

Comments

  1. #1 MartinDH
    January 22, 2010

    Sheesh! Whowoodathunkit? A dowsing device that doesn’t f**kin’ work! Colour me surprised.

    And to add to the general hilarity:

    Mr McCormick told The Times that his device was being criticised because of its crude appearance.

    He added: “We have been dealing with doubters for ten years. One of the problems we have is that the machine does look a little primitive. We are working on a new model that has flashing lights.”

    Yep…flashing lights sure make it more impressive as it fails to detect even the largest amounts of explosive inches away from the detector. Fricking woo mongerers.

  2. #2 Bodach
    January 22, 2010

    Perhaps his punishment should be looking for explosives in Iraq, with our without his toy…

  3. #3 Itzac
    January 22, 2010

    arrested on suspicion of fraud.

    “Gosh, you know I’ve been thinking about these bomb-detecting wands, and you know, I’m not totally sure the guy who sold them to us is quite on the up-and-up.”

    I chortled.

  4. #4 Rich Wilson
    January 22, 2010

    The problem is they weren’t inscribed with Bible verse references.

  5. #5 Kathy Orlinsky
    January 22, 2010

    @2

    No, no, definitely let him use his wands.

  6. #6 Jim Thomerson
    January 22, 2010

    A truck from my water supply company stopped and a guy got out with a homemade pair of the rod type divining rods. He quickly and accurately located the water line. I was a bit surprised.

  7. #7 MadScientist
    January 22, 2010

    I have a test for Mr. McCormick: we air drop him in a live minefield with one of his gizmos and if he makes it out alive he has his freedom and can keep his money. If he doesn’t make it out alive all his possessions are forfeited as proceeds of crime. Sounds fair to me except for the little ethical problem which is that his chances of getting out alive are extremely small given that his device doesn’t really work. Maybe he should have a third option: he can forfeit his possessions and be taken out of the field by helicopter.

  8. #8 Kathy Orlinsky
    January 22, 2010

    #6
    A guy from a plumbing company accurately dug a trench in our yard to replace a faulty pipe. He didn’t use a divining rod.

    My point is, is it that surprising that someone who works in water supply would know where the water lines are?

  9. #9 James Brennan
    January 22, 2010

    He works out of a former dairy. You know what else dairies produce? I’m not thinking of milk.

  10. #10 MPM
    January 25, 2010

    The British Special Crimes Squad has been using wands for almost a year now, with spectacular results.

  11. #11 rob
    January 26, 2010

    to be fair, the boss did mention they were going to update it with some blinky lights.

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