Tuesday, 11 March 2014

MIRA MADNESS

If you have read the post below you will know that the BBC recently reported that Stelian Ilie at Mira Telecom just can not give up the idea of getting rich by selling fake explosive detectors. (see MIRA TELECOM- THE FRAUD GOES ON).

Now we can bring you the brochure for the new version of the 'detector'. The MEXD (Medium Range Explosive Detector) which comes in two versions:

MEXD100 - The manual version
MEXD100A - Automatic version

We can't quite work out the difference.

It seems that Mira have just made the device look a bit more sophisticated than the ADE651 by adding a few knobs and lights (remember when Jim McCormick said he wanted to add flashing lights to make the ADE look more believeable?). Oh yes, it's also got a battery! That does not mean it can work as they claim. As Dr Michael Sutherland at Cambridge University has said, there is no way that it can operate as they claim. Unfortunately Mira have their tame, paid for (or should we say paid off) so called physicist, Dr Marian Apostol, who claims they have tested this equipment. The fact that Apostol still says the ADE651 was legitimate just goes to show how much he has sold his science soul to Mira (for 900 Euros a Month!).

Of course Mira and Apostol have not responded to repeated invitations to have this equipment independently tested or submitted for the James Randi Million Dollar Challenge. We wonder why not? 

As you will see Mira Telecom are making almost identical claims to those made for the previous versions e.g. ADE651, GT200 etc.

Particularly interesting is the VERY IMPORTANT NOTICE at the bottom of page 2:
"For a reliable security measure it is highly recommended an integration of
complementary explosives detection technologies and dogs in order to obtain a
high success rate of detection with a high level of safety in difficult and unfriendly
environments."

So, having made extraordinary claims for the capabilities of this device, they then want to make sure that it is impossible to understand which method of detecting explosives was successful. This is also very similar to the way that James McCormick and Gary Bolton marketed the ADE651 and GT200 devices. Of course this tells us that Stelian Ilie knows that the MEXD does not and can not work.

It would be fascinating to find out how much Mira are trying to sell this garbage for. If anyone knows please do leave a comment.

Anyway, here is the brochure:



Tuesday, 4 March 2014

MIRA TELECOM - THE FRAUD GOES ON

Thanks to Clinton Rogers of BBC Somerset, the fake explosives detectors story continues.

Stelian Ilie at Mira Telecom just cannot stop dreaming of getting rich with the fake detector fraud.

The BBC report below gives details of how Mira have patented a new version of the detector. After their involvement with James McCormick and the ADE651 you would have thought they might have learned their lesson by now. Of course, they have also dabbled with the AL-6D, the DKL Lifeguard and the EPOFAT Train Guard detection system. But no, their addiction to dodgy detectors just goes on.

Just to clarify, gaining a patent does not mean you have to prove that the product actually works.

It is incredible that the European Union has funded Mira to undertake research into explosives detection to the tune of 750 000 Euros.

When will this scam be done and dusted?

Just to remind you, Stelian Ilie has threatened us with legal action in the past, but doesn't seem to have the courage of his conviction to follow up his threats. Perhaps he will this time? Stelian, you are a conman and fraudster, and hopefully it will not be long before you are locked up in prison, just like your old friend McCormick.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-26391021

There is a more detailed report here, but think you can only access this in the U.K.

 http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03x0tx1/Inside_Out_West_03_03_2014/

P.S. I forgot to mention that the new Mira Telecom 'detector' finally has the flashing light that McCormick said would make his ADE651 look more sophisticated. Now that must mean it works now, doesn't it? Tell us what you think!

Monday, 24 February 2014

EGYPTIAN NEWS

UPDATE 0901 26/02/2014
Once again thanks to Pepijn for bringing the following to our attention.

AIDS IS A KEBAB! HONESTLY! If the Egyptian Army ever decide they don't need this guy anymore then there is a great career ahead for him as a comedian:

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=O1fdHT5PfcA

I wonder if they ever ask why Allah is so kind to give us such lovely diseases, and then, to really rub it in sends fools like this to 'cure' us?


UPDATE 0711 26/02/2014
Good news! Pepijn has sent us a link to a story from an Egyptian news site called Almogaz. The translation is not perfect, but it seems that Dr Essam Heggy, Scientific Advisor to the Egyptian President, has condemned the C-FAST (also now sometimes being called I-FAST). Well done Dr Heggy! Here is the link to the original, and below the translation.

http://almogaz.com/news/politics/2014/02/25/1355191


«scientific scandal of Egypt»

Chief Scientific Adviser: Treatment alleged «scientific scandal of Egypt»
   sci
Shen, Dr. Essam Heggy, Science Advisor to the President of the Republic, a sharp attack on the invention of the armed forces to treat the virus «C» hepatitis and «AIDS», which was announced during the opening of a number of projects carried out by the Engineering Authority of the Armed Forces, last Saturday, in the presence of President Adly Mansour and Dr. Hazem Beblawy Prime Minister «outgoing», and Field Marshal Abdel Fattah Sisi defense minister, describing innovation as «scientific scandal of Egypt» evidence and documents.
He said «Haggai», in remarks «home», that the invention is not convincing and has no scientific basis and is clear from the fact demo of the device, which was broadcast on television channels, in addition to the research on innovation has not been published in any scientific journals prestigious, referring to the that «the subject of such sensitivity In my personal opinion hurts the image of the state, and would be counterproductive in scientific research, and I had hoped that there will be greater warned about what was said in the dissemination of such information».
The scientific adviser to the president: I want to be clear and explicit, what has been said and published about the invention of the armed forces hurts the image of scientists and science in Egypt, pointing out at the same time that the foreign press will translate the press conference announcing which of the invention Medical Center, to be used negatively in the abuse of the image Egypt internationally.
He disclosed that the President of the Republic and the Minister of Defense has not been A_i_arthma with display of information and details about the invention, and that individual effort for some people, stressing that the President Adly Mansour, Field Marshal Abdel Fattah Sisi surprised what was said about the invention without reference to them, and that attending the Conference of the announcement of the device does not mean agreeing upon .
«International scientific research»: lack of clear description and fine details
He said «Haggai» It did not have any background prior to this conference, and he was hoping not to hold a press conference or to be announced only after consulting Egyptian scientists in the field of liver disease, and AIDS, adding that all the scientists who are working inside and outside Egypt are infected shock of the invention, Because it has no scientific basis, and that the invention overcome the logic of scientific and human in proving the effectiveness of this device in the treatment of patients with HIV «C», pointing out that the worst thing is the videos and directories that have been published about the innovation of the armed forces, and considered it as a «shock scientific and bad publicity for the project ». He said that after his return next week from the United States, which he is visiting currently, will meet with the President and the Secretary of Defense to discuss what happened scientifically, and that he would convey the entire picture, to coordinate with after any announcement for scientific research, stressing that it will be published clarification from the presidency on this invention.He added: I am a consultant Scientific for the presidency do not support this discovery very clearly, and I contacted the president personally spoke with him was introduced, and the President «Mansour» and Marshal «Sisi» went to attend the opening of projects, medical and scientific armed forces without being put on notice the details of these achievements, so it did not The auditing of research before displaying details in a formal conference, pointing out that they were surprised discovery, also was surprised by the scientists and physicians of the armed forces as well, and supposed that science is not the diplomacy, and it is an insult to Egypt at home and abroad, and is not the first time that this has happened.
Dr Essam Heggy that he has documents to prove that the invention of the armed forces is not scientific, and the first document which is a message search, who invented a medical device on the basis, that the search did not include details of scientific innovation clearly and precisely, and all the contents of an image device and a summary of the year for the way it works and this does not apply to scientific research, and the second document, a copy of the research published in a scientific journals is internationally known, inter alia third document provides a summary of the scientific research International in which she says: «This research has nothing to do scientific research, and does not represent the world and is building on the precise details of the discovery ».
Summary detect body of scientific research for international research on the invention for it lacks the description is clear and precise details of the functioning of the device, did not materialize, the requirement to provide sufficient information about it, as indicated by the terms of international scientific research. 

UPDATE 1424 25/02/2014
A new development in the story...

In the following video you will see the literally unbelievable C-FAST 'detector' developed in Egypt for diagnosing diseases such as Hep C and AIDS.

BUT..in this video they also present the CCD (Complete Cure Device). Watch and let us know what you think. Could it be true? My bet is unlikely, but am no medico so not qualified to judge.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVq8xbmq_j8&authuser=0

UPDATE 1635 24/02/2014 Can anyone give us a summary of this report please? Either leave a comment or send me an email. THANKS!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7nnuEPTXfY

Pepijn has also spotted this report, which suggests that an advisor to the Egyptian President is calling for an independent review, which would be excellent. We think that since Pepijn published his blog post, the media have been bombarding the Egyptian Government with skeptical enquiries and that this report is the result. let's hope they do it properlY! We will keep you informed if we hear more.

http://www.egyptindependent.com//news/president-orders-review-aids-detecting-device

UPDATE: We are told by an informant who asked to try out the C-FAST that they were refused on the grounds that optimal performance requires a lot of training. I wonder where we have heard that excuse before? Oh yes. The bomb 'detector' guys like McCormick and Bolton used to say exactly the same thing, and they used to charge for the training too! Cheeky buggers!

Some of you might remember my post about a dodgy device called the C-FAST which was claimed to be able to detect Hepatitis infection. See link below.

Well now we are told it can also diagnose HIV infection as well! OH YEAH!

Sadly, despite the best efforts of this blog and many others to put a stop to this nonsense, it has reared its ugly antenna again. Please see here:

http://www.pepijnvanerp.nl/2014/02/dubious-egyptian-hepatitis-c-detector-pops-up-again/

And my original post:

When is something patently bullshit?

Regret the original images from that post have disappeared so here they are for your enjoyment again:





Friday, 7 February 2014

Latest from Lebanon

Recent reports suggest that the ADE651 is still in use in Lebanon, sadly. And guess what? It still does not work.

Captain Zod, of Zod Security has tried very hard to bring attention to the fact that the ADE651 does not and can not work, and puts lives at risk.

As anyone who follows the news form Lebanon, it is plagued by bombings by various groups, so effective security measures are very much needed.

The following link includes a report from LBC1 television in Lebanon. The report is in arabic, and I am sorry that I do not have a translation. Essentially the reporter manages to get past various checkpoints using the ADE651 with explosives, weapons and ammunition in his car. Just the sort of things that should be detected.

This is followed by the presenter interviewing Captain Zod. The interview mentions the fraud conviction of James McCormick. I am told that Captain Zod goes on to discuss proper techniques for detection of explosives.

If any of our readers speak arabic and can let us have more details from the report we would be grateful.

The report starts at 19:05

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=w5jWqPwee6A

Well done to Captain Zod for his efforts to put an end to this fraud!

Friday, 31 January 2014

¿Habla usted español

If you do you might be interested in this interview from Mexico.

In the interview Luis Mochan, a Phyiscs Professor at Instituto de Ciencias Físicas, UNAM, speaks to the journalist Carmen Aristegui, about the role of the UK Government in helping to promote the GT200.

Luis has been working hard to end the use of the GT200 and the ADE651 in Mexico. We hope the coverage that he is getting will finally make the Government in Mexico see some sense and stop the use of these useless devices once and for all.

Hopefully it will also cause further embarrassment to the UK officials responsible for helping Gary Bolton sell the GT200. This despite the fact that a Home Office report was circulated in Whitehall in 2001 that warned these devices were not capable of the claims made for them. 

The information that Luis is speaking about is from the article in The Guardian (see THE GUARDIAN FOLLOWS UP)

Here is the interview with Luis:

http://m.aristeguinoticias.com/3101/mexico/embajada-britanica-promovio-la-ouija-del-diablo-en-mexico-luis-mochan/


Wednesday, 29 January 2014

MORE MIRA MUDDLE?

In case you did not see the most recent comment from one of our anonymous contributors, I thought it might be a good idea to bring it to your attention.

First, here is the comment:

'Hey there, it looks like Mira Telecom is not getting the idea that the nonsense of the ADE651 is not working. They are researching some rescue equipment that include 'portable units that will be carried by rescuers to improve detection and help them locate the victims'. What would you people think this portable equipment could look like from Stelian's POV.

http://www.rescuecell.eu/visiting-mira-telecoms-facilities-in-bucharest/#sthash.ghJrroKj.dpuf

The actual facilities that were visited are the ones built by EU funding as one can read from the big poster at the entry

I do believe that the good people from rescuecell would like to know more about the history of Mira Telecom in the 'detection' industry'

Since Mira Telecom and their boss Stelian Ilie have a long record of involvement with fake detectors including the ADE651, AL-6D and DKL Lifeguard, we wonder if their contribution to the rescuecell project might be one of those dodgy devices? Perhaps the DKL Lifeguard which purports to be able to detect bodies in disaster situations e.g. damaged buildings. Of course, just like the ADE651 and AL-6d, the DKL Lifeguard is useless.

Perhaps the partners of Mira Telecom in the rescuecell project should review whether Mira make a good company to be involved with. 

Sunday, 26 January 2014

THE GUARDIAN FOLLOWS UP

More from Rob Booth at The Guardian concerning British Government support for Gary Bolton and his Mole and GT200 fake detectors. (Well done Rob!)

Amazing that they are still so defensive. Or perhaps not. After all, the whole scandal must be very embarrassing for officials probably still working in Whitehall who allowed this to happen.

Let's hope the efforts of Rob in tenaciously following up this story help to hit the idiots who were involved right where it hurts! And that the further coverage helps the campaigners in Mexico to end the use of the GT200 and ADE651.

Of course, we have recent reports that the ADE651 is still in use in Iraq, and possibly Kenya. The more media coverage of these scandals the sooner we hope they will be brought to an end.

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/jan/26/fraudster-paid-government-promote-fake-bomb-detectors

Don't miss the second part of the story. Look for the link to the right of the article.

Sunday, 12 January 2014

WELL DESERVED AWARD!!!!



Pleased to report that The Gnome Business Awards for 2013 (Private Eye Number 1357 10 - 23 Jan 2014) Crook Of The Year is James McCormick.

To quote Private Eye, "The most odious in the award's history...who made £50m selling fake bomb detectors to the gullible and corrupt of Iraq ([i]and elsewhere of course[/i]). McCormick, jailed for 10 years, edged out former partner Gary Bolton, who used the same con in less dangerous countries and was jailed for seven years."

Well deserved I would suggest!

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

2014 - NEW YEAR. SOME JOY, BUT STILL MUCH NONSENSE

Hello and a happy New Year to our faithful readers. Well, not all of them! The ones that don't deserve a happy New Year know who they are.

2013 was a mixed year for the Fake Explosives Detectors Campaign. Naturally we celebrated the convictions and jailing of James McCormick (ADE651) and Gary Bolton (GT200). Hope you are enjoying your surroundings boys. Of course, we await the Proceeds of Crime actions against these two, and hope that they will be unable to comply, hence allowing them to spend even more time at Her Majesty's pleasure (i.e. in prison), given that the Judge was sadly limited in the sentences he could hand out.

On the down side we saw another of the crooks, Simon Sherrard (ALPHA6) manage to convince a jury he was innocent of fraud. A crying shame! This year will see the re-trial of his partners, Sam and Joan Tree. We will of course report on that, subject to reporting restrictions.

Other bad news included reports of ongoing use of the ADE651 in Iraq, and the GT200 in Mexico, even after the convictions of McCormick and Bolton. Just goes to show what a mad World we inhabit.

Sadly we have yet to see any action in Germany against David Vollmar and Frank Trier at Unival, where they are still selling the entirely useless HEDD1 (formerly known as Sniffex). We hold out hope that they will eventually be rounded up. Of course, Yuri markov, who invented Sniffex, and managed to evade prosecution for fraud in the U.S. by running away back to Bulgaria may have been a bit worried that one of his co-conspirators was jailed in the U.S., some 7 years after the Sniffex case blew up. We still hope the FBI will seek to extradite Markov.

There are so many loose ends to the fake detectors fraud, but after nearly five and half years of our campaign, at least we can be grateful for some progress against this despicable trade.

Naturally we salute our old friend Techowiz, and wish him a great New Year. Hoping to be sharing a drink or two with him again soon.

Will leave it there for now, but you may be sure this is not the last you have heard from us.

Au revoir. 

Friday, 29 November 2013

BBC CRIMEWATCH

Last night the BBC Crimewatch programme carried a report on the investigation into James McCormick and his fraudulent ADE651 detector.

While the report was far from perfect e.g. failing to credit the BBC Newsnight team (Meirion Jones and Caroline Hawley), or Clinton Rogers of BBC Somerset, who ran reports on the sacm back in 2009, 2010 and 2011, it does add to awareness of this terrible fraud which can only be a good thing.

I am sorry that readers outside the UK will be unable to access the link at BBC iplayer. I will try to see if the report can be uploaded to youtube, and get back with a link if possible.

One of the good aspects of the piece is that it highlights the fact that because the ADE651 was useless, many people, particularly in Iraq, died or were horribly injured where it was widely used.

Of course, McCormick is now serving a jail sentence, and we hope he is reflecting on what misery he caused by his fraud.

The report mentions that, in addition to a case still to be brought against McCormick for recovery of the proceeds of crime, some overseas Governments may be taking civil action against him as well. We await details, but will let you know if we hear more on this. Our fondest hope is that McCormick will be unable to repay his full proceeds of crime, and has his sentence extended. If this does not happen he may be out in five years, and in a position to get his hands on some of his blood money probably stashed with his old friend General Pierre hadji Georgiou of Prosec in Lebanon.

Anyway, here is the report which starts at 45:56

CRIMEWATCH McCORMICK

P.S. Thank you to Anonymous who tipped us of in advance about the Crimewatch coverage!