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A Direct, Specific, Challenge From James Randi and the JREF PDF Print E-mail
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Written by James Randi   

NOTE: This notice first appeared in Oct, 2008, but given recent events in Iraq, we've decided to show it again. - Jeff Wagg

This notice is directed to Cumberland Industries, UK. The ADE651® device, a totally fraudulent product, is advertised as described ahead, by Cumberland Industries, who we have contacted at

Cumberland Industries UK LTD
11 Murray Street
Camden
London
NW1 9RE, UK

and at

Cumberland Industries UK LTD
Welham Lane
Great Bowden
Market Harborough
Leicestershire
LE16 7HS, UK


They advertise:

Advanced Tactical Security & Communications UK [ATSC-UK] – ADE651®

ADVANCED DETECTION EQUIPMENT

Simultaneous Detection of Multiple Types of Explosives or Drugs. The ADE651® incorporates electrostatic ion attraction [ESA] technology to target the specific substances. It can accommodate multiple substance detection cards to detect a broad range of explosive or drug [narcotic] substances. It can more specifically identify a substance by removing detection cards from the ADE651® after detection is received until the attraction is lost.

Ignores All Known Concealment Methods. By programming the detection cards to specifically target a particular substance, (through the proprietary process of electro-static matching of the ionic charge and structure of the substance), the ADE651® will “by-pass” all known attempts to conceal the target substance. It has been shown to penetrate Lead, other metals, concrete, and other matter (including hiding in the body) used in attempts to block the attraction.

No Consumables nor Maintenance Contracts Required. Unlike Trace Detectors that require the supply of sample traps, the ADE651® does not utilize any consumables (exceptions include: cotton-gloves and cleanser) thereby reducing the operational costs of the equipment. The equipment is Operator maintained and requires no ongoing maintenance service contracts. It comes with a hardware three year warranty. Since the equipment is powered electro statically, there are no batteries or conventional power supplies to change or maintain.

High Explosives or Detonable Explosives Trinitrotoluene (TNT), DNT, Nitro Esters (PETN, nitroglycerine, ethylene glycol dinitrate), Ammonium nitrate, Dynamite, RDX/Hexogen/Octogan, Black Powder, ammunition & Propellants, Tetryl, Narcotics, Cocaine/Heroin/Morphine, THC/Marijuana/Cannabis, LSD/Ketamine/Midazolam, Amphetamine / D-methamphetamine, Ecstasy, Opium/Opiates, Chloro-Methyl & Benzodiazepine drugs, Ivory, Human Recognition (Detection).

Detection Range (in Tests)
• Above ground Up to 1000+ meters (*in ideal conditions)
• From Aircraft Up to 5000 meters (3+ miles)
• Under Water Up to 30 meters (100+ feet)
• Underground Up to 10 meters (30+ feet)

Okay. Here’s a simple statement from the James Randi Educational Foundation. It’s in clear, basic English, plain language, direct and unequivocal. It’s directed to any of the manufacturers, distributors, vendors, advertisers, or retailers of the ADE651® device as described above:

This Foundation will give you our million-dollar prize upon the successful testing of the ADE651® device. Such test can be performed by anyone, anywhere, under your conditions, by you or by any appointed person or persons, in direct satisfaction of any or all of the provisions laid out above by you.

No one will respond to this, because the ADE651® is a useless, quack, device which cannot perform any other function than separating naïve persons from their money. It’s a fake, a scam, a swindle, and a blatant fraud. The manufacturers, distributors, vendors, advertisers, and retailers of the ADE651® device are criminals, liars, and thieves who will ignore this challenge because they know the device, the theory, the described principles of operation, and the technical descriptions given, are nonsense, lies, and fraudulent.

Prove me wrong and take the million dollars. I am James Randi, citizen of the United States of America, resident in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and thoroughly identified through the James Randi Educational Foundation described at www.randi.org.

 

Editor's Note: As a perceptive reader posted, Cumberland Industries' address has changed since Randi initially challenged them. The current address is:

UNIT 2250 KETTERING PARKWAY
KETTERING VENTURE PARK
NORTHAMPTON
NORTHAMPTONSHIRE
NN15 6XR
Company No. 05579196

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Confusion amidst the Lies!!!!!
written by Techowiz, November 27, 2008
Dear Mr Randi,

It would appear that the fraudsters that sell and market the scam equipment known as the, ADE651, cannot even agree on how it is alleged to work. On the website of, ATSC UK the working principle is described as:-

'electrostatic ion attraction'

But, on the authorised distributors website of, PROSEC, Lebanon, where this fraud has sold in great numbers, it is described as:-

'The working principal is based on electrochemical (Thermo-Redox) detection'

It would appear that the ade651 is in fact multi-principled and works on anything one can think off.
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Threats from the fraudsters
written by Techowiz, December 03, 2008
It would appear that not being able to substantiate the lies relating to the scam device, GT200. The director of Global Technical, Gary Bolton (remember them from the MOLE and the disaster at Sandia Labs)has resorted to threatening legal action agaisnt one of our supporters. Apparently, he thinks calling his wonderful GT200 a scam device, a fraud, a stick on a swivel is libel. Correct me if I am wrong I only thought something was libel if what was written was untrue.
Looks like back to the drawing board for Gary......... smilies/grin.gif
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Sniffex is reborn
written by Techowiz, January 15, 2009
These people never give up do they, Sniffex has now been reborn as the, wait for it,:-

'Sniffex PLUS'

Bet you are all rushing out to buy one as I type?
Anyway check out the rubbish at their website:-

http://www.sniffex-eu.com/images/unival_sniffex_flyer_small.pdf
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Sniffex Plus to take MDC
written by Techowiz, January 19, 2009
The below named company, who market and sell, 'Sniffex Plus' have stated they will take the MDC. The Managing Director, David Vollmar has stated he will contact JREF and register his intent to take the MDC. You can check out his website and company at the following details:-

David Vollmar
Managing Director

unival group of companies
German Procurement Services GmbH
Am Hofgarten 4
53113 Bonn
Germany

www.unival-group.com
or
www.sniffex-eu.com

Lets wait and see, could be a very long wait.............
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written by becksvector, November 05, 2009
I live a couple of miles from Cumberland "industries" it is just what we call in England a P.O box (a letterbox for companies that have no real office) or companies who for some reason, (what might that be?)do not want to have an office which can be visited by customers (disgruntled or otherwise).
http://www.spiegelutrera.co.uk/setupoffice.html
(The URL of the P.O box company)
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written by jj, November 05, 2009
I'm sure that some of the folks who buy these understand just what they are, and use them as a way to impliment their own preconceptions. I wouldn't put it past someone to use it as a device to pressure people into spilling their beans, OR as a method to get someone they don't like arrested, and potentially hurt in the process.

The people providing these are really, really, well, propriety prevents my commenting.
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written by stacyhead, November 05, 2009
Are they saying they can detect substances such as ketamine, opiates etc in the blood or in body cavities in their containers? If they are claiming sangouinous detection with a machine and no blood sample, then there is no way. Period. If they are saying they can detect it in a body cavity in its original container is this a portable xray machine? All known forms of concealment include blood borne routes. That requires a sample of blood.
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written by Alan3354, November 05, 2009
I saw an ad on TV for Zicam just now. I thought they were defunct.

It said "Homeopathic" right on the screen.

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written by Alan3354, November 05, 2009
I'm not optimistic about the chances of the general public becoming any smarter, or being able to differentiate between reality and scams.

There's religion, Nigerians, snake oil peddlers, ad nauseum.

I read somewhere that "It's a crime not to take the money of a fool." Also, whether intelligence, as we humans define it, is an advantage evolutionarily is yet to be determined.
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This makes me wonder...
written by Griz, November 05, 2009
...I've never really looked into those bomb sniffing machines they use in airports. I just assume someone checked them out and they work, but maybe they're some kind of scam too. It's not like the government has a stellar track record when it comes to implementing technology.
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@Becksvector
written by Dooyoowoowoo, November 05, 2009
I'm close to them as well!
I live close to the Market Harborough address, Im guessing that will also be a PO box. Might have to do some sniff(ex)ing around.
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@griz
written by Alan3354, November 05, 2009
The detectors at airports do work. We've had several of our techs stopped and questioned due to them. We work on the fuel tanks at the airports, and the traces of petroleum products on their clothes are detected.
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written by Flea, November 05, 2009
"Theoretically, the ADE 651 handheld detector ought to be a firm favorite with military types as this device supposedly sniffs out bombs, guns, drugs and human bodies within a one kilometer radius, but there is one huge problem – it does not seem to function as it should be. This could prove to be an embarrassment for the US government after purchasing 1,500 of such detectors that retail from $16,500 to $60,000 each, depending on the model and type."
Copied from:
http://www.ubergizmo.com/tags/ade-651
Is this true? The US government bought this? Are they using them?
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written by metzomagic, November 05, 2009
This is the bit of the 'sales pitch' I especially like:

Detection Range (in Tests)
* Above ground Up to 1000+ meters (*in ideal conditions)
* From Aircraft Up to 5000 meters (3+ miles)

Detection range from a (presumably) *moving aircraft* is 5x greater than stationary detection on the ground? M'kay.
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written by Techowiz, November 05, 2009
The US government DID NOT buy into this scam the Iraqi government did. A link to the New York Times story can be found:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11...51&st=cse

Regarding Cumberland Industries as stated it is just a mail drop address in the UK, the company is actually based in Jordan. It is interesting to note Cumberland do not supply the ADE651 anymore.
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written by outsorcerer, November 05, 2009
Bravo JREF, for putting this direct challenge up, hopefully the members here will "word of mouth" both the story here about this fraudulent product, and the challenge forward for even greater publicity and effect.

@Techowiz--Whether or not Cumberland Industries carries that particular product anymore or not, any company selling such nonsense should immediately recall it, and demand that the manufacturer refund every purchaser's monies in their entirety.

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written by Squid, November 05, 2009
The company is based in Jordan? Interesting... could we be looking at something other than a scam? I'm thinking kickbacks to the general in Iraq and a possible terrorist fraud. After all, if you want to move bombs around, why not sell to the goverment bomb detectors you know to be bogus?
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written by Quakeulf, November 05, 2009
I suggest someone should update the URL in the opening post as it is currently 404'ing here.

Here is the correct URL:
http://www.cumberlandindustries.com/security1_qs.html
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Fraud ? No, terrorism
written by Dr.Sid, November 05, 2009
I agree too that the company should be accused directly of terrorism. Well they might just bunch of thieves, but who knows.
But first things first.
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Don't know if it'll help but
written by JimD, November 05, 2009
yesterday I reported the company whose web advert you showed, and the manufacturer it referenced, to the local Trading Standards Authority in each of their two areas, and provided them with a link to yesterday's Swift article.

If I hear anything back I'll let you know.

Jim
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written by MadScientist, November 06, 2009
@Griz: The detectors you see at airports do work in the sense that they can detect a number of chemicals associated with various types of explosives (I've often wondered if various grades of nitrocellulose found in common household items could set off the machine). However, from a statistical point of view, they do not work because not enough people are sampled to have much of a chance at all of catching someone attempting to board with explosives. Imagine that there is a 1 in 10 million chance of someone attempting to take explosives on board, you have a total pool of 1 million, and you check 10% of that 1 million. What are the chances you'd catch the bad guy? Somewhere incredibly close to '0'. It may be successful as a placebo though - I wouldn't know because I've never conducted a poll to ask people if the (allegedly random) explosives swab test made them feel any safer.
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written by Bazza, November 06, 2009
@ Dooyoowoowoo.

I also live 5mins from Market Harborough, lets go halves on one and if it works we could the split the million smilies/grin.gif

Bazza
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written by Brookston John, November 06, 2009
When you turn this thing on, does it have flashing lights and does it emit a "Woo-woo-woo-woo-woo" sound like a prop from a 1950's Sci-Fi movie?
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written by elbuho, November 06, 2009
What no-one has pointed out yet is that thanks at least in part to these fraudulent devices, hundreds if not thousands of people have lost their lives in Iraq, and tens of thousands more have been maimed, bereaved and suffered psychological damage. As Tim Farley says, What's the Harm??? Meanwhile Jim McCormick can start looking around for a very well-appointed mansion, with space to park several Bentleys.
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written by MartyL, November 06, 2009
Why aren't these people being prosecuted for murder, or manslaughter at the very least? There must be user of this "equipment" who fail to detect weapons/bombs etc which then go on to be used to kill people.
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written by Marcus Hill, November 06, 2009
The only Cumberland Industries UK Ltd listed at Companies House (listing is a requirement for UK limited companies) has its registered office at

CUMBERLAND INDUSTRIES UK LTD
UNIT 2250 KETTERING PARKWAY
KETTERING VENTURE PARK
NORTHAMPTON
NORTHAMPTONSHIRE
NN15 6XR
Company No. 05579196

The two addresses you list are old ones, they registered the change from the Market Harborough one on 20/02/09.

Their last accounts were filed on 30/9/07 (showing the company as dormant) and their last returns on 30/9/08 - they're a week overdue with their next set of returns, and their next accounts are due just after Christmas, but they do seem to have a history of late filing.

They registered the termination of two directors, Fadhel Aldhabas and Shafiq Nassar, on 20/7/09, the latter only having been appointed five months previously. To date, no new appointments of directors have been registered.

It's rather early to tell, but the situation with the directors could indicate the company isn't too healthy. I'd watch this space for a few more months. Of course, for a very small sum (£15 for all of it) you can get every document filed about the company. I just don't care enough even to spend a pound for a list of all the directors, but someone else might!
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written by Techowiz, November 06, 2009
written by outsorcerer, November 05, 2009

'@Techowiz--Whether or not Cumberland Industries carries that particular product anymore or not, any company selling such nonsense should immediately recall it, and demand that the manufacturer refund every purchaser's monies in their entirety'.

Who would pay back the bribes?
Anyway, good luck in your efforts to bringing about the full refund to all purchaser's.
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@Mad Scientist
written by RobbieD, November 06, 2009
The Guildford Four were convicted of terrorism partly on the 'evidence' of tests showing they had handled explosives, that and being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The argument against this was that the positive test for explosives was caused by the cellulose coating from playing cards the men had been handling. So I would say that false positives from everyday nitrocellulose have occurred in the past with serious consequences.
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LAX
written by ClareZ, November 06, 2009
OMG! A few years ago at LAX a security official 'wanded' my open suitcase. When I asked what that was for she said to detect explosive residue. At the time I assumed it did. Could it have been this device? Oh my.

LAX should be one of the most modern airports in the world, considering its location. However, you still end up sitting on the floor using what outlets you can find - usually the unused one by a single vending machine - and sitting on the floor half the time to use your computer. And to think how much the may have spent on fake wands! How about putting into some comfortable areas for computer users? Yikes. I hope I am wrong about the device I saw.
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Head Honcho
written by randi, November 08, 2009
My proposed test of the ADE651 for the million-dollar prize would be: Conceal 100 pounds of high explosive -- much more than the minimum they claim is necessary -- in one of 12 containers. Ask a representative of the manufacturing company -- one thoroughly trained in the use of the device -- to determine by use of the ADE651, from a distance of only six feet -- much closer than the maximum distance from which they claim the thing works -- in which container the explosive is concealed. Repeat this test as many times as necessary, and win the prize. Simple? Yes, but THEY WILL NOT DO IT, despite the claim that they will...!
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I'll test it.
written by monstrmac1, November 09, 2009
Lets just plant some mines in some random field and I'll use the device to safely navigate my way through. ........Or not.
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Clarifications
written by Ricsuth, December 18, 2009
Firstly to say thanks for republishing this challenge. However, as I pointed out last year, Cumberland is not the correct target. In fact we believe they were/are simply a front for ATSC who are the originators of the ADE 651, and lead by the delightful Jim McCormick.

If you want more detailed information please pm me and I will supply it.

Also great credit to Techowiz who has kept up a sustained campaign, as well as Lumpy Low, whose excellent blog has tracked this scam and others like it.

Some of you may have see the recent piece in the NYT by Rod Norland. This was picked up on by various media outlets in the UK, and it is great to see this getting more publicity.

I have also been involved, although not recently, in trying to gain wider exposure for these scams and succeeded in getting the UK MOD to demand Global Technical remove references to UK Govt/MOD support from their marketing materials. Gary Bolton previously marketed the MOLE with McCormick, but they fell out when McCormick and his U.S. Partner, Robert Balais f'ed up and had a test at Sandia labs which failed.

Anyhow, could go on, but as I say let me know if you want more info on this, and let's hope someone has the gumption to prosecute these fraudsters!!
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written by Techowiz, December 23, 2009
Further to my post of January 19th above check out below:

Oh no another bloody one,

David Vollmar formerly of Sniffex Plus, has now brought out another scam device, calling it the HEDD1.
Check out the link below:

http://www.unival-group.com/hedd1.htm

The smell of easy money must be overpowering.
A verry happy Christmas to all and a wonderful new year, and let us see how difficult we can make life for the scammers next year.
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GREAT NEWS Jim McCormick (ADE651) arrested for fraud
written by Techowiz, January 22, 2010
Great news everyone the fraudster-in-chief Jim McCormick of ATSC makers of the ADE651 has been arrested in the UK for fraud involving the ADE651. see the link for the story:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article6997859.ece

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A direct, specific, challenge from James Randi and the JREF
written by heterophenom, January 25, 2010
I liked:
I'll test it.
Written by monstrmac1, November 09, 2009
Lets just plant some mines in some random field and I'll use the device to safely navigate my way through. ........Or not.

Your interest in the cause of truth is admirable, but look if you explode some device the ADE651 promoters will just say that you were too stressed and not relaxed enough and therefore it’s operator error. Now; are Iraq security checkpoints a place to relax?

I'm in Exeter, UK, and the first I heard of the ADE651 was last Friday, BBC TV.
The ADE651 is produced about 45 miles away. I am upset and embarrassed that some from my country should so fraudulently let us down in this way. Sorry, it's not my fault appears rather empty, but I could do my little bit and write to my Member of Parliament for Exeter asking him to deal with such fraudulent issues. There are many pseudoscientific fraudulent practices here so with this case lets run the issues.
Perhaps those from the UK who read this could do the same. With a general election coming shortly, who will stand against pseudoscience? Better to send a copy of the letter to all candidates for the election.
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James Randi seaks on youtube regarding McCormick and the ADE651
written by Techowiz, January 25, 2010
James gives a talk on youtube regarding the arrest of Jim McCormick, follow the link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruTmqfGJhTI

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written by bob-Ballard, January 27, 2010
I live in Kettering, and I went round to 2250 Kettering Parkway to Cumberland Industries. They have nothing to do with security stuff, they make hydraulic access platforms and hydraulic repairs etc. they had a few access platforms parked in the car park.
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written by Techowiz, January 27, 2010
If anybody feels strongly about McCormick and his scam device, why not write to him at his home address:

PARK FARM
HAMBRIDGE
SOMERSET
TA10 0AE
UK

I'm sure he will be pleased to hear from people!!!
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The technologies used by ADE are Nuclear Quadrupole Resonance, Lowly rated comment [Show]
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written by Techowiz, July 05, 2010
The ADE DOES NOT work on NQR, or any other principle. It takes a lot more than finding a principle used in explosives and then saying, 'that is how our device works'. You need to support the statement with scientific tests and reports from credible agencies. Interesting to note this device as wonderful as you say it is, is not used in the UK or the US the 2 countries engaged in the worlds trouble spots, strange that don;t you think?
Perhaps Ernst you can contact RANDI direct and take the $1M challenge and prove the rest of the world wrong, well Ernst are you going to go for it? Please list your excuses in order, if you can't think of any look at previous applicants for the challenge.
BTW ATSC refused to take the challenge for fear of exposure, so if the company themselves have no confidence in their own device why should anyone else?
Also, if you can find 1 yes just 1, credible report that the ADE651 ia anything but a scam, please post a link to it. Might have to wait a long time for that to happen.
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Look at their site
written by ernst.filibert, October 27, 2010
I can'belive I found their site http://www.ade651.co.uk/
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Don't bother looking at the ADE site.
written by Techowiz, October 28, 2010
Ernst why should you not have been able to find the site you work for the Romanian company that sells the ADE crap. The site is full of unsupported statements, such as the alleged working principle. Also as you know full well, they even allege that 'government agencies' have tested the ADE I have asked over 10 times now for you and the other avatars you post under to name those government agencies, mperhaps you can tell us now?
I see you threw your dummy out of the pram over on the UK skeps site, you must know by now that you will not be able to convince people you cannot bribe that the ADE can detect anything. Why is McCormick so scared of independent testing? We know the real answer what is your?
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BBC Newsnight do it again!
written by Techowiz, January 28, 2011
The BBC Newsnight team have done a further exposure of the stick on a swivel explosive detectors, check the link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxArxIgB9oA

That should be the end of any further comments from the scam seller Ernst.
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Here is ADE 651 website
written by ernst.filibert, February 03, 2011
Here is ADE 651 website http://www.ade651.co.uk/ . What do you say about that?
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written by Techowiz, February 04, 2011
@Ernst,

Like I said previously the website , like you, is full of lies and unsupported statements. Whilst I appreciate that income is down since the scam of the ade651 broke, is that really the best you can do try and google juice the website. You have been panned all over the internet, not been back to Urban75 since they told you where to go have you?
Why don't you take your stick on a swivel and go for a long walk in a minefield, that should be the end of you.
If you don't quite understand that, to put it another way, Fuck Off and die.
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