So, whenever you think that woomeisters couldn’t possibly stoop as low as to do something really really horrible, they always disappoint you. I mean:
What sort of detector would that be? And why would anybody buy it in the first place? And for 40000$/piece, no less?
The device consists of a swivelling aerial mounted to a hinge on a hand-grip. It does not operate by battery, instead promotional material says it is powered only by the user’s static electricity.
Mr McCormick has said the device, sold from offices in Sparkford, Somerset, used special electronic cards slotted into it to detect explosives.
But a BBC Newsnight investigation reported that a computer laboratory said the card it examined contained only a tag used by shops to prevent theft.
Mr McCormick is the original scammer, I believe.
Personally, I also believe, he should walk through a minefield or something equally explosive to prove the efficacy of his contraption. I mean, it’s only fair. Since he still insists it’s working.
The device was sold, apart from Iraq, to 20 other mostly Far Eastern countries.
It’s a bit hard to tell what’s most appalling part about the entire incident; the deaths that were indubitably caused by evidently useless equipment, the racist neocolonialist behaviour of the scammer (LOL LET’S SELL THIS SHINY MAGICAL BEADS WANDS TO THOSE STUPID BROWN PEOPLE IT’S NOT LIKE THEY COULD EVER NOTICE ANYWAY, LOLOLOL!!!1!!), or the fact that nobody noticed it until now.
Some more ridiculous claims about the purported efficacy of the device were listed here.
ETA: via #ttdkn, of course <3