UPDATE: Nation Channel quotes forensic scientist Pornthip as stating that her agency will continue to use the GT200 device (สถาบันนิติวิทย์ฯจะใช้เครื่องจีที 200 ต่อไป), but will not just buy any more devices (แต่จะไม่สั่งซื้อเครื่องเพิ่มเติม). In the past, she has stated that the GT200 device is not a scientific device (ที่ผ่านมาตนชี้แจงไปแล้วว่าเครื่องจีที 200 ไม่ใช่อุปกรณ์ทางวิทยาศาสตร์), but there is the variable of the human operator which is the most important (มีตัวแปรของผู้ใช้งานเป็นส่วนสำคัญ). The officials at her agency use it and it works well (เจ้าหน้าที่สถาบันนิติวิทย์ฯใช้ได้อย่างมีประสิทธิภาพ).
BP: Should one be socked given her previous defiance? Just a reminder to readers. She is the country’s eminent forensic scientist (or should that perhaps be “was”?).
TAN Network and Channel 3’s Kitti both tweet from Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva’s press conference that out of the 20 tests conducted, the GT200 device worked only 4 times – note this is a double-blind test using 4 boxes and if it was pure random chance it should out have worked 5 times. So what this means if you were to replace the 1.2 million baht GT200 devices with a 25 satang coin, the coin would be more accurate.
BP: BP would even be willing to sell 25 satang coins for a mere 50 satang and provide training on how to flip the coins to accurately detect bombs…. So what happens now. Any investigation into the purchases? Who will be the scapegoat? What credibility as a forensic scientist does Dr. Pornthip still have? What about Gen. Sonthi and the CNS who first purchased the device? What about Anupong? It will be hard to sweep this under the carpet…