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Arrested seller of “magic” explosive detectors

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Police in Britain arrested the developer of explosive detectors ADE 651 Jim McCormick on suspicion of deceiving customers, reports BBC News. Police became interested in McCormick, who sells his devices for tens of thousands of dollars, after a series of publications proving the uselessness of ADE 651.
The detector for explosives, gunpowder, gun metal, drugs, ivory and bills, according to the manufacturer’s website, works on the principle of "electrostatic ion attraction" and does not need a power source or any setup. The device looks like a metal stick on a hinge and generally resembles a biolocation or rod-walking device. It is worth noting that the effectiveness of biolocation has not been scientifically confirmed. McCormick himself made no secret of the fact that his development and the method of finding water with the help of a twig of vine have something in common.
The developers of the ADE 651 claim that their device is capable of detecting claimed substances from as high as 5 kilometers. ADE 651 costs about 60 thousand dollars and is used by troops and law enforcement agencies in 20 countries, including Iraq, Lebanon and Thailand. The Iraqi government is known to have spent $85 million to equip roadblocks with an ADE 651 detector. No country in the Western world has deployed ADE 651.
In November 2009, journalists of The New York Times were interested in the unusual properties and high price of the device. In the course of their investigation, they managed to get two Kalashnikov assault rifles through nine checkpoints despite repeated examinations with the ADE 651. "There is no magic wand that can detect explosives. If there was, we’d use it, " U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Richard Rowe said at the time about the McCormick detector.
Later the data of the American newspaper research was confirmed by the BBC journalists. In particular, they found out that the special cards for ADE 651, on which the information about the search object is allegedly recorded, contain only a magnetic tag used for protection against shoplifting.
Canadian illusionist and fighter against pseudoscientific falsification James Randi announced a $1 million reward for any credible evidence of ADE 651’s effectiveness. Not a single appeal for the award has been received.
Because of the findings, the British government imposed an export ban on ADE 651, and McCormick was arrested on Friday, Jan. 22. The engineer was later released on bail. What punishment the ADE 651 developer faces was not disclosed.

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