Bomb detectors scam : “Our society relies on superstition”

I guess you’ve heard about the “GT200 explosive detectors” scandal. It’s simply huge.

First, we have to say “chapeau bas” to Bangkok Pundit who probably spent hours following up on this issue, cross checking, compiling infos, writing… Amazing work. Really. I mean his work was so good that it was pointless for other bloggers to speak about the issue.

Anyway. The scandal is huge. And on a worldwide scale.

As for Thailand, after playing “Silly Tiny Winy Bozo Clown Don’t Make Cry Our Military Friends”, Abhisit understood that the issue was actually… really burning. And a plan B was hastily drafted AKA : let’s test the damned thing

They promise “honest” results for next week.

We’ll see… it’s going to be funny (priceless) to see the reaction of the military clowns after… πŸ˜‰

How do you say “I lost face big time, too much, I want to die, let’s commit suicide by jumping naked into the Chao Praya River” in Thai ?

I totally forgot.

But before this glorious moment, here are few comments published by the Nation.

Further doubt was cast on the efficacy of the controversial GT200 explosive detector yesterday when panelists at a symposium at Chulongkorn University’s Faculty of Science concluded it was almost certainly a “hoax” and urged people in society to be more scientifically minded.

“I think [it’s not intentional corruption] but ignorance. It’s a great hoax. Our society doesn’t question it as long as the users appear. Our society relies on superstition,” Jessada told The Nation.

A perfect summary from Jessada, although… corruption is probably an aggravating factor. From the beginning of the chain (the supplier, then the distributor) to the buyers, AKA all the lunatics in uniform worldwide who were probably overjoyed to buy some overpriced toys…

“Our society relies on superstition”, indeed.

It’s true for Thailand (read here about the famous amulets and jetfighters). But, unfortunately, it’s true for many other countries… The GT200, and its copies, wereΒ  sold to many security (ah ah ah) forces around the world.

Anyway. Let’s relax, sit back, have a drink, and wait for the “results” next week. πŸ˜‰

And don’t forget to buy the popcorn. The show will go on.

I forgot the “Tik Mak” syndrome : “thinking too much, headache”. So, first we need a panel, and then 2 weeks for testing. πŸ˜‰

Science Minister Kalaya Sophonpanich Wednesday set up a 13-member panel to test efficiency of the controversial GT200 bomb detectors.

She said the panel will hold its first meeting on Thursday and will conclude the probe in about two weeks.

She said the 13 members are specialists from several agencies, including police, the military technicians and university academics. (Nation)

6 Responses to “Bomb detectors scam : “Our society relies on superstition””

  1. 1 Lord HaHa 3 February 2010 at 3:51 am


    Testing shows scanners 100% effective in locating illegal profits for army officers.

  2. 2 ThaiCrisis 3 February 2010 at 4:23 am

    Another classic from NotTheNation.

  3. 3 FAITH 3 February 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Who wants to bet with me that the so called government investigation in the efficiency of the GT 200 is going to end up in a complete whitewash of the Army , and is going to find some lame duck scapegoat to divert the blame on !!!!
    The obvious corruption associated with the deal will be denied with the most absurd arguments and without even a hint of an investigation.
    Abhisit I look forward to seeing yourself acting as a pathetic buffoon of the Army again and again and again…

  4. 4 RockderkmeBaby 3 February 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Bkk post reported the other day that the police – who also ‘use’ these GT 200 things paid 500,000 a unit whereas the army paid 900,000. The army is clearly the winner here. You can skim far more from 9 than you can from 5. Bring on the submarines!

  5. 5 ThaiCrisis 3 February 2010 at 6:10 pm

    The stuff bought by the army has to be more expensive.

    Police is vulgar. Army is fashion. One government (ah ah ah), 2 differents customers…. therefore 2 different prices. Normal.

  6. 6 K.SaTan 3 February 2010 at 10:29 pm

    is the police thinking to buy submarines to patrol the klongs ?

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