Fighting Criminals with a Divining Rod: The GT200 and the Mexican Government <ul><li>Lino Coria </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter:...
Mexico... a few years ago
Mexico... today
Mexican drug war
How does the Mexican Government protects its army? <ul><li>Giving them the GT200: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A so-called “remot...
More about the GT200 <ul><li>The GT200 has many iterations: Sniffex, ADE651, HEDDI </li></ul><ul><li>The UK Government has...
How does it work? <ul><li>The GT200 consists of three main components: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A swivelling antenna </li></u...
In other words...
So how does it actually work? <ul><li>The antenna is not stable </li></ul><ul><li>People move the device unconsciously (id...
What about the media? <ul><li>Mexican media has mostly ignored this issue </li></ul><ul><li>A few science promoters have w...
Asking Questions <ul><li>Tonini has been asking governmental agencies why they purchased the GT200 </li></ul><ul><li>Some ...
My Question <ul><li>Is this GT200 issue a matter of corruption or lack of knowledge on how to perform scientific tests (li...
What can we do? <ul><li>Keep blogging! </li></ul><ul><li>Be bilingual </li></ul><ul><li>Be nicer </li></ul><ul><li>Also: W...
Links <ul><li>Visit  linocoria.com  to find links related to this talk: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>News </li></ul></ul><ul><ul>...
Questions? <ul><li>Lino Coria </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://linocoria.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>@linocoria </li></ul><...
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Fighting Criminals with a Divining Rod: The GT200 and the Mexican Government

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The GT200 is a fraudulent device that "helps" people find drugs and explosives. Actually, the GT200 is an 21st century divining rod.

In this talk, I will be addressing the use of this device by the Mexican government (army, federal police, oil company, etc.)

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Fighting Criminals with a Divining Rod: The GT200 and the Mexican Government

  1. 1. Fighting Criminals with a Divining Rod: The GT200 and the Mexican Government <ul><li>Lino Coria </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter: @linocoria </li></ul>
  2. 2. Mexico... a few years ago
  3. 3. Mexico... today
  4. 4. Mexican drug war
  5. 5. How does the Mexican Government protects its army? <ul><li>Giving them the GT200: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A so-called “remote substance detector” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Made by UK-based Global Technical Ltd </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It “detects” various substances including explosives and drugs. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. More about the GT200 <ul><li>The GT200 has many iterations: Sniffex, ADE651, HEDDI </li></ul><ul><li>The UK Government has banned the export of such devices to Iraq and Afghanistan </li></ul><ul><li>The government of Thailand spent $21 million on the GT200 but has now accepted that the device is completely ineffective at detecting explosives </li></ul>
  7. 7. How does it work? <ul><li>The GT200 consists of three main components: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A swivelling antenna </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A Plastic handgrip </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sensor cards </li></ul></ul><ul><li>It requires no battery or other power source and is said to be powered solely by the user's static electricity </li></ul>
  8. 8. In other words...
  9. 9. So how does it actually work? <ul><li>The antenna is not stable </li></ul><ul><li>People move the device unconsciously (ideomotor effect) </li></ul>
  10. 10. What about the media? <ul><li>Mexican media has mostly ignored this issue </li></ul><ul><li>A few science promoters have written about this </li></ul><ul><li>The most reliable sources however: Mexican bloggers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogger Andrés Tonini has done lots of research </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Asking Questions <ul><li>Tonini has been asking governmental agencies why they purchased the GT200 </li></ul><ul><li>Some agencies have replied </li></ul><ul><li>PEMEX (Mexican Oil Industry) explains that there was a committee (names provided) and tests where made: the GT200 is effective, they concluded </li></ul>
  12. 12. My Question <ul><li>Is this GT200 issue a matter of corruption or lack of knowledge on how to perform scientific tests (like the double-blind method?) </li></ul>
  13. 13. What can we do? <ul><li>Keep blogging! </li></ul><ul><li>Be bilingual </li></ul><ul><li>Be nicer </li></ul><ul><li>Also: We need a celebrity (there is no Spanish-speaking Richard Dawkins or James Randi) </li></ul>
  14. 14. Links <ul><li>Visit linocoria.com to find links related to this talk: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>News </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Videos </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wikipedia pages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mexican skeptics blogs </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Questions? <ul><li>Lino Coria </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://linocoria.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>@linocoria </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul>

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