Thai opposition to military : Reconsider purchase of GT200 devices
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Thai opposition to military : Reconsider purchase of GT200 devices

A few days ago, Matichon quoted Somchai Petpraset, a Puea Thai MP and Chairman of the House Committee on the Armed Forces, as stating in reference to the GT200 and Alpha 6 device that the authorities are using to detect bombs and drugs that the the Committee has invited experts to testify. In addition, he stated that he raised suspicions 3 months ago that the bomb detector devices are unlikely to work (เครื่องตรวจวัตถุระเบิดนี้ไม่น่าจะใช้ได้ผล). In terms of effectiveness, he stated that it only works 2 out of 10 times (การชี้แจงว่าตรวจ 10 ครั้ง จะเจอแค่ 2 ครั้ง) and this is very low. He further stated that such devices are inappropriate for use for those doing dangerous work (ไม่เหมาะกับการใช้งานที่เจ้าหน้าที่เสี่ยงอันตราย. He said devices were also overpriced and that foreign countries that had used to the devices have ceased to use them and now only developing countries use them. He suspects they were purchased so senior military officers could get a large commission.

The Bangkok Post on the testimony before the Committee yesterday:

Jetsada Denduangboripan, a science lecturer at Chulalongkorn University who has made a personal study of the GT200, yesterday continued his attack on the device and slammed it as a hoax.
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/>”The GT200 cannot detect explosives,” he told a House committee on national security. “It is not scientific equipment. It works on the users’ hunch. It is similar to a wood stick that people used to detect dead bodies buried in a cemetery.”
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/>He also poured scorn on the overall qualifications of the GT200 bomb detector which is claimed to be capable of detecting a wide range of materials – from explosives, to drugs, uranium, banknotes and even biodegradable material such as a corpse.
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/>”That’s ridiculous. How can it effectively detect so many different kinds of materials?” he said.
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/>He criticised the army’s showcasing of the device, saying it was a demonstration, not a test of the bomb detector.
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/>The panel yesterday agreed to investigate the GT200 further and ask the military and scientists to join an inquiry into the device’s effectiveness.

The Nation:

Meanwhile, a molecular scientist from the Chulalongkorn University, Jetsada Denduangboripan, told the lower house’s Security Affairs Committee yesterday that the GT200 was nothing more than a dowsing rod that helped build the confidence of people looking for bombs.

BP: Aren’t Jatukham amulets sufficient? At least they are cheaper.

Hopefully, the Committee won’t allow this issue to go away as with Deputy PM Suthep declaring that the GT200 devices work and there will no investigation, there is a danger of the story dropping off the front page and us not getting anywhere further.

Then you had Jessada on Channel 3’s Rueng Yen Den Nee with Sorayuth demonstrating his JD300 (wrench and an antenna which cost 150 odd baht). See the YouTube clip here.

BP: Jessada deserves kudos for on his own countering the continued absurd statements by the military and politicians.