Mar 10, 2014
Iraq Still Uses Fake Bomb Detectors
Posted on Apr 24, 2013
A British businessman was convicted Tuesday of fraud for selling fake bomb detectors for as much as $40,000. Despite being “completely incapable of detecting explosives,” as police Detective Superintendent Nigel Rock put it, the devices are still in use.
ABC News explains the scam:
Of course the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been a feeding frenzy for private contractors hawking any variety of wares and services. One man is convicted of fraud for selling a $40,000 bomb detector that doesn’t work. What happens to the man who sells the outrageously overpriced gizmo that does work? Here’s a thought: The Joint Strike Fighter that is supposed to revolutionize aerial combat cost roughly 50 percent more than it was supposed to as of 2010. Three years later, the planes still haven’t been cleared to fly. What a fool Jim McCormick turned out to be. He should have sold an airplane that didn’t work.
—Posted by Peter Z. Scheer.
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