MD of firm selling ‘bomb detectors’ arrested


12:48 pm - January 22nd 2010

by Unity    


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Back at the beginning of November we brought you this bizarre and staggering story of the part played by a British company in the sale of ‘bomb detectors’ to Iraqi security forces that turned out, in fact, to be nothing more than extortionately expensive dowsing rods:

Killing Iraqis with Dowsing Rods

I’m not generally one for being cryptic, but to avoid giving Sunny ulcers, if you want to find out exactly how British companies have been making millions of dollars selling dowsing rods as ‘explosives detectors’ to countries including Iraq, Thailand and the Philippines then you’ll need to pop over to the Ministry and read…

British Company sells $60,000 Dowsing Rods to Iraq as ‘Explosives Detectors’

Just over two months on, we’re delighted to be able to bring you an update on this story:

The boss of a British company that has sold million of dollars worth of “bomb detectors” to Iraq’s security forces has been arrested on suspicion of fraud.

Jim McCormick, 53, the managing director of ATSC which is based in a former dairy in Sparkford, Somerset, has been questioned by detectives from Avon and Somerset Police after a complaint that he misrepresented the devices.

If we’ve played any part at all in bringing this story to the attention of the media or police, here in the UK, then we are naturally delighted both to have been of assistance and with this latest development in the story and are optimistic that, in the not too distant future, we’ll be able to bring you news of this bastard getting everything that he deserves.

Speaking personally, I’d be more than happy to arrange a whip-round for a new copy of Blackstones for the trial judge to throw at him.

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Speaking personally, I’d be more than happy to arrange a whip-round for a new copy of Blackstones for the trial judge to throw at him.

I’ll chip in for an Archbold as well…

Excellent news, and good job Unity. I’m happy to contribute a key which the judge can symbolically throw away.

(But can you please sort out your penultimate sentenc? Attempting to parse it is giving me a migraine.)

I’ll chip in for an Archbold as well…

You know, that creates a rather strange but amusing mental picture of a gaggle of High Court judges re-enacting the stoning scene from Life of Brian with an assortment of very heavy law texts and commentaries.

…before finishing off the job with a single volume edition of the full OED.

Gives a new slant to ‘throwing the book’ at someone certainly.

“arrange a whip-round for a new copy of Blackstones for the trial judge to throw at him.”

I’d stump up for that too…..

Send him into a minefield with one of his own detectors. That should do the trick!

Brilliant news, well done Unity!

Well done, Unity! I’ll throw in the Complete Works of Isaac Asimov.


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