More than two years after being told they were fake, Thailand’s military is still using bogus bomb detectors that were fraudulently sold by a discredited British company, according to the country’s Department of Special Investigation.
Thai security forces so far have bought 1,576 of the fake devices at a cost of US$30 million, investigators said, which the army currently uses against Islamist guerrillas despite a U.S. Embassy alert that the devices are “like a toy.”
The Department of Special Investigation –Thailand’s equivalent to the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation — announced two weeks ago that the manufacturers and distributors of the useless devices fraudulently sold them to Thailand’s security forces and other agencies. The DSI then sent the case to the National Anti-Corruption Commission, which set up 13 panels on July 24 to investigate the purchases.
However, Thailand’s top generals continue to endorse the devices.
“Do not say the GT200 used as a bomb detector in the far south does not work,” Defense Minister Sukumpol Suwanatat said in July, referring to southern Thailand where 40,000 troops are fighting Muslim separatists.
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Wow. Such cognitive dissonance.
These devices work like dowsing rods – they don’t. And the Thai army continued to put lives at risk by relying on these devices.
Check out this entire article to note that the military will not admit they were duped, even though the GT200 is an empty box. It appears that the security forces are now the “laughing stock” of the Thai media for continuing faith in a useless device.
For more on these devices, go to this previous article.