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Iraq has been using dowsing rod bomb detectors
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Xcott Craver
2016-07-18 02:40:55 UTC
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This is incredibly disturbing. A British man named James McCormick
sold bogus bomb detectors to the Iraqi government for tens of thousands
a piece. In 2013 he was sentenced to 10 years in prison for fraud, at
which time it was recognized that his scam probably caused considerable
death and injury.

Just this month the Iraqi government decided to stop using the devices,
three years after McCormick's conviction. The devices are dowsing-rods
dolled up to look high-tech, with no working electronics inside.

(read more at
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/04/iraq-orders-withdrawal-uk-fake-bomb-detectors-baghdad-haidar-al-abadi-james-mccormick)
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Bob Casanova
2016-07-18 17:25:00 UTC
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On Sun, 17 Jul 2016 22:40:55 -0400, the following appeared
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Post by Xcott Craver
This is incredibly disturbing. A British man named James McCormick
sold bogus bomb detectors to the Iraqi government for tens of thousands
a piece. In 2013 he was sentenced to 10 years in prison for fraud, at
which time it was recognized that his scam probably caused considerable
death and injury.
Just this month the Iraqi government decided to stop using the devices,
three years after McCormick's conviction. The devices are dowsing-rods
dolled up to look high-tech, with no working electronics inside.
(read more at
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/04/iraq-orders-withdrawal-uk-fake-bomb-detectors-baghdad-haidar-al-abadi-james-mccormick)
Well, there's a con man and a sucker born every minute.
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the one that heralds new discoveries, is not
'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...'"

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