Maker of Useless Dowsing Rod for Bombs Convicted for Fraud
In 2009, it came to light that a man named James McCormick was selling a device he claimed could detect hidden bombs. Clearly, something like this would have great military utility.
The thing is, the detectors McCormick made didn’t work. They couldn’t work. They were frauds.
The devices did nothing at all to detect bombs. They didn’t even have any working electronics in them. Instead they rely on what’s called the ideomotor effect; small movements of the human body we aren’t conscious of, but can be affected by what we want them to do. The classic examples of this are Ouija boards and dowsing rods, both of which have no paranormal ability at all. They simply reflect what our brains are telling our muscles to do.
McCormick’s company, ATSC UK (Ltd), was selling these fraudulent magic wands at great expense to the Iraqi government, which spent $16,500 to $60,000 each for these things, devices which might as well have been crayon boxes full of rocks. They were useless.
The Iraqis were using them at military checkpoints. On Oct. 25, 2009, terrorists carrying two tons of explosives got right past the magic bomb snifferand detonated their cargo, killing 155 people. Two months later, it happened again, with 127 people killed.
These useless devices which can't detect bombs and which lead to humans being killed? They're still being used by the Iraqi military.