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Offline zespri

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ADE 651
« on: February 26, 2014, 04:54:31 PM »
Guys, I've just come across this article https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ADE_651
And I have trouble comprehending this. Why would one (such as a government agency) buy and use something that clearly does not work? You can say thousands of scientific sounding words but when you turn a device on it either works or does not. Those do not because they can't. So how is that possible that they are in actual *use*? What am I missing?


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Re: ADE 651
« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2014, 05:57:57 PM »
No one verified the claims and bought thousands.

Offline Toranth

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Re: ADE 651
« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2014, 06:09:56 PM »
What am I missing?

Simple:

Quote from: Wikipedia
75% of the value of the contract "went to kickbacks received by [Iraqi] officials".
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In February 2011, General al-Jabiri was arrested on corruption charges, centering on the ADE 651 device purchase.[51] He was subsequently convicted of taking millions of dollars of bribes from McCormick and was imprisoned along with two other Iraqi officials.

Corruption.  The company specializes in providing kickbacks to corrupt government officials in exchange for purchases.  That is why these large purchases all took place in nations like Iraq, Lebanon, or Bangladesh, and why the founder is spending the next decade or two in prison.