Policemen die in Iraq due to stupidity, ignorance and superstitious nonsense.


Headline reads: "Policemen killed in Iraq suicide bombing".

Notice what the joker in the funny-looking red beret on the left is holding in his hands?

It's this damn thing: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sniffex
Same as http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quadro_Tracker
Different name - same damn divining rod: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ADE_651

One of the culprits who scammed the government of Iraq out of millions of dollars is now free on bail in the UK: http://sniffexquestions.blogspot.com/2011/02/jim-how-was-jail-again-for-selling.html

In a nutshell, it's a http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dowsing rod, a.k.a. "divining rod" that superstitious idiots have been using and promoting for hundreds of years to find water, hidden treasure, gold and now explosives. It's a plastic handle with a cheap extendable antenna, some wires to make it look complicated and some cheap plastic & metal to make it seem like there's some computer thing going on with it. Add a nicely done professionally produced video marketing campaign and a few kickbacks and the government and people of Iraq got blown for a cool $80 million.

See, the thing with these so-called "explosives detection devices" is that they don't work. They've been proven not to work. All you have to do to figure it out for yourself is to make a controlled double-blind test. Which the US Navy did, here: http://www.docstoc.com/docs/23365128/Test-Report-The-Detection-Capability-of-the-Sniffex-Handheld-Explosives-Detector

Which James Randi did, here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruTmqfGJhTI

More: http://sniffextest.blogspot.com/

So what's the big deal? They're not doing any damage. Some scammer gets rich. The people of Iraq lose their tax money or oil revenues or whatever and no big deal, right?

Yeah, except now the people transporting bombs through checkpoints have it that much easier to get past. A simple flashlight and an inspection mirror to look underneath cars works a lot better, simply because it WORKS. It does something, besides make the person conducting the check feel better.

And you wonder why people keep dying in bombings of places that you'd normally assume would be secure in most average, civilized countries.

If you're reading this and want to help, repost it or post a link or tell someone. You might save the next 13 Iraqi police officers from becoming victims like these guys did.

EDIT: Heh. Someone wrote a spythriller about ithttp://www.amazon.com/Running-Steck-adventures-spymaster-ebook/dp/B004P5NSAA/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1304589438&sr=8-2


  1. What about trying to warning your southern neigbours who also are using these dowsing rods?

    Yes, mexican Army, Navy and a lot of police departments are "looking for" drugs, guns and explosives with GT200 and ADE651.

    You can read about a lot more here in spanish).

    I hope you can post about it, because mexican press (most of it) is ignoring our warnings.


  2. Cheers.

    I'll pass this on to the main blogger on this subject. Link on the right.