The army humiliated : bozo explosive detectors “proven not effective”

At last !

The GT200 bomb detector has been found ineffective in field tests and no more of the devices will be purchased, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said on Tuesday.

Mr Abhisit said this in a press conference in the presence of army chief Gen Anupong Paojinda.

He said field trials by a committee of the Science and Technology Ministry found that the GT200 correctly detected explosives only four times in 20 tests.

“GT200 itself cannot be used alone without help from other devices,” said the prime minister. (Bangkok Post)

At last, common sense has prevailed.

Since the BBC has exposed the scandal, and since the british government has banned export of this “empty box” linked to antenna, the case was closed.

But of course, it was too much to handle for many thai officials, among the army but not only.

The loss of face was just terrible. First the buying price was inflated (corruption of course, like a red spot on the nose)… and then those “devices” were absolutely grotesque and ineffective, based on “voodoo science black magic”.

You know…. “magnetism”, “terrestrial force”, “spirit”… THE WAVES (micro, short, long who cares).

I repeat : the waves πŸ˜‰

So we can congratulate the Prime Minister (for once, it’s a rare event on this blog).

Now of course, it’s too much to ask for the culprits and all the believers to be punished. No that won’t happen of course. Anyway it’s still a great victory of intelligence over dirty, muddy, sticky stupidity.

Let’s now have a look at the hall of fame of clowns :

Ombudsman, Mr Pramote Chotimongkol, announced to the public over the progress of the GT 200 investigation, that so far no suspicious acts had been found and that the device works perfectly fine, despite criticism.

Mr Pramote also stated that the GT 200 was built upon actual scientific theory and practice and had gone through actual field testing before being distributed to the police and armed forces. The devices were bought with the intention to protect the country and the general public especially in the deep south. (PRD)

Pramote is a sure winner. Among many others.

And of course the so called “doctor” Porntip, the funny woman with funny hairstyle (thai media love her, she’s so… special you know… with such haircut… people are fainting πŸ˜‰ )

But eventually, she’s just another clown, and proud to be one (an aggravating factor).

“This type of device works by detecting the magnetic signal [of a substance] but it does not give a 100% result,” said Khunying Porntip.

“The device has been widely used in the deep South to help narrow down areas where bombs might be planted.”

She was speaking at a seminar yesterday on the reliability of GT 200.

Khunying Porntip, however, insisted the GT 200 has high sensitivity for detecting substances from far away, and the CIFS had never come across any instances of incorrect readings. (Bangkok Post, november 2009)

And this one :

Meanwhile, Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand, director of the Forensic Science Institute and who always uses the GT200, said the UK had only banned the ADE651.

She said the detector was effective when searching for bombs and even nails under water. (Nation, january 2010)

Hum… Nails under water, that’s really impressive. And the bouquet final, like a teenager caught smoking pot in the highschool toilets.

β€œThe devices (GT200) are there and no one has the right to ban their use. I will continue to use it,” she announced apparently unperturbed by the tests which are to be undertaken on the detector. (ISRA news, february 2010)

Let’s remember she’s the director of the Forensic Science Institute. What should we say to Pornthip ?

Resignation of course, if she still has a few neurons connected. And a ounce of self esteem (but just an ounce).

But It won’t happen of course. We badly need her, for her…. hairstyle. It looks so nice on thai TV.

8 Responses to “The army humiliated : bozo explosive detectors “proven not effective””


  1. 1 Anonymous2 16 February 2010 at 10:37 pm

    “We won’t buy any more GT200 bomb detectors as they do not work. It would be very risky to use them as, of the 20 tests conducted, results were achieved with only four, or just 25 per cent,” the prime minister said.

    On top of which, our wonderful Eton/Oxford educated Economics alumnus thinks that 4 out of 20 is 25%.

    Now that’s a real worry.

  2. 2 Anonymous 16 February 2010 at 11:14 pm

    Now do you think he dares to launch a probe into the military units which bought the equipment ? Well, I guess this must be Thaksin’s fault again !

  3. 3 Lloyd 17 February 2010 at 7:48 am

    What is crazy is that if you go to the manufacturer of the Alpha 6 website its made by a 5 year old and there are no technical specifications and the pdf download is aboute as basic as you could get. This is the device they are now saying they will use.

    http://www.comstrac.com/

  4. 4 Duke of Ban Phai 17 February 2010 at 8:38 am

    The GT200 detectors should now be reset to detect corruption. When pointed at politicians, government officials, senior members of the armed forces and any policeman, I can pretty much guarantee a 100% hit rate.

  5. 5 RockderkmeBaby 17 February 2010 at 9:56 am

    Good News! Global Technical, the people who brought us the GT200 Stick with Aerial and bonus Shiny Slot-in Card Set have now released the Ta-Daa! GT5000! And this one even has a flashing light and camera. So it must be good. See it! Feel it! at:
    http://www.e-k9.net/gt5000main.php
    Coincidentally, it resembles an endoscopic imaging device commonly used in cancer detection. But that’s just a coincidence because Global Technical invented it. And didn’t make up any psuedo- technical shit by copying other websites at all! And my favorite part is where they say:
    “The GT200 Remote Substance Detection and GT5000 Remote Explosive Search complements each other”. And I’d like to compliments General Anupong and 4th army commander Pichit Wisaijorn for Sticking to Their Guns and continuing to have other people use the GT200. After all, what does Chulalongkorn Science lecturer Jetsuda Denduangboripan know when he says “the GT200 cannot detect explosives”. “There might be certain flaws but they have been fixed. We also have supplementary measures,” says Lt. Pichit, who always carries a roll of sticky tape and a pen knife with a flashlight. I could go on….

  6. 6 coolsys 19 February 2010 at 7:18 pm

    When I see GT200 at the first time I think IT can’t be work

  7. 7 Hans 19 February 2010 at 8:56 pm

    This gets better and better. Read here:

    Army drops GT200 bombshell
    http://www.nationmultimedia.com/home/2010/02/19/politics/Army-drops-GT200-bombshell-30122961.html

    What I like best:

    “As the men on the ground are impressed with it and demanded the equipment, it is the duty of the commander to procure them,” he (Anupong) said.

    Well, I thought it’s his duty to protect his men on the ground the best possible way. But I think I misunderstood something.

    Perhaps we should come up with a chart, that correlates “resistance against reality” vs. “price paid for the GT200”. That probably correlates with corruption. (http://www.imagebam.com/image/6af00e68757445 )

  8. 8 Techowiz 27 March 2010 at 11:31 pm

    Hi guys, great blog.
    Thanks for highlighting the scam that is the GT200. I have been complaining to the UK authorities about this scam for over 2 years but with little response.
    Anyway you can check out my efforts on my blog at:
    http://explosivedetectorfrauds.blogspot.com/

    All comments welcome
    regards


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