Posted by Adam @ 1:32 pm on January 22nd 2010

Faith-based bomb detection

A British-made bomb detector, the ADE-651, has been purchased by the Iraqi government to the tune of $85 million has been banned for export from the UK, the reason being that it cannot work.

The device is made by Jim McCormick and is based on tried and trusted science:

There are no batteries and it consists of a swivelling aerial mounted to a hinge on a hand-grip. Critics have likened it to a glorified dowsing rod.

Mr McCormick told the BBC in a previous interview that “the theory behind dowsing and the theory behind how we actually detect explosives is very similar”.

Of course, the humour in this is significantly lessened by the fact that they were being relied on at checkpoints to protect people from bombs; I suppose there might have been some sort of placebo effect acting as a deterrent on bombers but I imagine they worked out before too long that the damn things are useless.

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  1. Reminds me of the guy that got millions of dollars from the Pentagon for being able to decode secret Al Queda “bar codes” hidden in Al Jazeera broadcasts that gave flight numbers and coordinates for the next terrorist attack that terrorists would then decode and act on.

    Ladies and gentleman, military intelligence.

    Comment by Brad — 1/22/2010 @ 1:47 pm

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