Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Iraqi Government paid $85 Mil. for ADE 651 Bomb Finding Magic Wand Hoax
Read in this New York Times editorial how a british company sold to the Iraqi Government $85 million dollars worth of magic wands with a swiveling antenna which "the manufacturer guaranteed to point to weapons or bombs hidden up to a half-mile away, underwater or in planes three miles high."
The gadgets cost only $250 to make but were sold for as much as $60,000 each to the Iraqis.
The New York Times goes on to say that "american military testers pronounced the device no more useful than pure chance, its core an electronic merchandise tag designed to foil shoplifters."
Jim McCormick, the managing director of ATSC, the company which produced the ADE 651, said in an article on Times Online, "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.”
The device sold to the Iraqi's had "no electronic components and no working parts and was unable to detect a paper bag containing fireworks from a few feet away."
Way to go.