Iraqi Prime Minister Orders Police To Stop Using Fake Bomb Detectors

The bomb detectors were found to be a scam years ago, so why do Iraqi police still use them?
Iraqi Prime Minister Orders Police To Stop Using Fake Bomb Detectors

After a pair of bombings that killed at least 200 people in Baghdad, Iraq's prime minister has ordered police to stop using bomb detectors that were found to be a scam years ago. 

The BBC notes these fake detectors originally got their start in the U.S., when a used car salesman simply rebranded an already ineffective golf ball tracker as a detector of drugs and explosives. 

The FBI reported the fraud in 1996, but the scam was brought to the U.K. under a different name. It was eventually dubbed the ADE-651 and sold to Iraq, Niger and Saudi Arabia, among others.

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In 2013, British conman James McCormick was given a 10-year prison sentence over the ADE-651. He made tens of millions of dollars selling the device to Iraq's government, yet Iraqi checkpoints have continued to use that useless equipment.  

A police officer in Baghdad told The Washington Post on Monday morning: "We know it doesn't work, everybody knows it doesn't work and the man who made it is in prison now. But I don't have any other choice." 

When the prime minister visited the scenes of the bombings Sunday, people threw rocks at his convoy and called him a thief. 

This video includes clips from CCTVThe TelegraphChannel 4CNN and Gopher and images from Getty Images and the U.S. Navy

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