He [Fourth Army Area chief Lt-General Pichet Wisaijorn] said he wanted academics to look at the big picture and pay attention to the opinions of the officers on the ground. The device gave them confidence to do their jobs in the area, he said.
The Bangkok Post:
Meanwhile, security forces in the South are unhappy about the bomb detectors amid the negative media reports, says an army source.
/> Army chief Anupong Paojinda treated the controversy as an urgent issue during his visit to Yala province on Thursday and yesterday where he talked to officers who run GT200 bomb detectors, said the source.
/> “But recent reports have made the operators less confident even though they insist the devices work,” the source said.
/> One soldier died and two were wounded in a bomb and shootout attack by at least four armed militant suspects in Pattani’s Mayo district yesterday.
/> Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban yesterday pleaded for understanding of security officers in the South who rely on bomb detectors to do their jobs.
/> “They asked the government for the GT200, so we bought them,” he said.
BP: Well who told the security officers that the devices worked in the first place? Now, Suthep could rightly claim previously that the government cannot be blamed for the military’s incompetence in procuring useless devices when the government did not know the devices did not work. However, they have been put on notice now given the UK ban also includes the GT200 device.