D is for Dowsing (and Also for Dumbass)

dowsingIraq Swears by Bomb Detector U.S. Sees as Useless (New York Times)

The Iraqi government  has purchased more than 1500 ADE 651’s. The ADE 651 (Advanced Detection of Explosives Model651)  is marketed by ATSC (UK) Ltd.  It consists of a thin rod mounted on a swivel held by pistol grip, and is said to point to explosives. That’s all it is, there are no sensors.  According to Rod Nordland who wrote the article, a retired USAF officer said the device is nothing more than an explosives divining rod,.  The devices range in price from $16,500-$60,000 each.

I understand that similar devices are being used by local police around the US in order to justify “probable cause” requirements for unlawful search and seizure.

The manufacturer also  offers a narcotic detector. Exactly the same device, but with a different model number.