Thursday, 27 January 2011

Britain: leading the world in fake explosive detectors, because brown people's lives are cheap

On Newsnight tonight how Britain's military and government promoted selling dowsing rods to third world countries for thousands of pounds. It isn't even like they didn't know about it - they banned their sale to Iraq and Afghanistan but nowhere else:
"It has been alleged that hundreds of Iraqis died in explosions in Baghdad after ADE651 detectors failed to detect suicide bombers at checkpoints. 
between 2001 and 2004 a Royal Engineers sales team went around the world demonstrating the GT200, another of the "magic wand" detectors which has been banned for export to Iraq and Afghanistan, at arms fairs around the world even though the British Army did not consider them suitable for its own use.

The government's Department of Trade and Industry, which has since been superseded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, helped two of the manufacturers sell their products in Mexico and the Philippines."

The disgusting mandarins of the British government do the security equipment equivalent of letting companies manufacture and export sugar pills to third world countries labelled as antiretroviral drugs for HIV. And they still won't ban their sale because:
The Department of Business, Innovation and Skills told Newsnight that there was little point: "The impact of any further UK action in preventing the supply of these devices from the UK would be limited if they are available elsewhere"
It makes me sick.


Neuroskeptic said...

This is one of the most revolting scandals of recent times.

That anyone could market these at all, is abhorrent, but perhaps not surprising, since some people will do anything for money.

That the British establishment would aid and abet them however is utterly shocking.

I'm planning to write much more on this and maybe try to help put a stop to it - in a nutshell, I want a website, spelling out why these are a scam, which tops the Google hits for all of these products, in every major language.

Anonymous said...

Glad to see you covering this story. Techowiz and I started the campaign here in the UK 2.5 ears ago and it is great to see it finally coming to fruition.

Youtube link for Newsnight in case you missed it is

Watch this space as they say. More news to come. Be good when McCormick (ade 651) Bolton (GT200) and Vollmar (HEDD1) are safely behind bars and the trade, at least in Europe, shut down for good.

If you want more background check out the following blogs:

any additional pressure on your MP for example, will be greatly apprecaited so that it is done and dusted asap.

Dubious Dick

Peter said...

latest news at