A couple of days ago PPT posted on the continuing saga of the fraudulent purchase and use of the GT200 bomb “detector”. As we said then, the story is a long one and involves considerable stupidity and corruption (search our site for “GT200″ and see how the Army and others are involved).
That post commented on a report on the British end of this sorry tale is in The Guardian. It stated that the businessman involved, Jim McCormick, “has been found guilty of a multimillion-pound fraud involving the sale of fake bomb detectors to Iraq and around the world.”
Now the Bangkok Post has reported that investigations in Thailand have shown that “13 agencies to buy 1,358 GT200 and Alpha 6 detectors worth 1.137 billion baht.” It adds that fraud charges are being considered by the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC). It is added that McCormick’s firm, Comstrac Co. “has been accused of offering bribes to secure the sales in Iraq.”
In Thailand, the “biggest purchaser of the devices, had bought more than 700 units of the GT200 since 2006, with most of them used in the restive deep South.”
Of course, this is yet one more example of the impunity of the military brass that enriches itself at the taxpayer’s expense, based on the Army’s political influence deriving from its self-appointed role as “protector of the monarchy” and of the status quo.
Thailand’s army chief general Prayuth Chan-ocha has asked the public to stop making comments or criticisms about the controversial bomb detector GT200 procurement.
… Commander-in-Chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha has requested the public to stop fueling criticisms and leave the case to be investigated by Department of Special Investigation (DSI) and the Thai court. He added that the army has already stopped using the devices for 2-3 years. However, he admitted that some military personnel still use them since there is no other alternative instrument.
When asked whether the procurement possibly involved fraud, the military leader responded that the buying of the equipment was done carefully by the responsible committee, and that any allegation of corruption should be made based on solid evidence.
Note that the Army stopped using them 2-3 years ago but it still using them! What logic! What nonsense! An army leadership that lies and an army that murders with impunity and bastardizes and humiliates its recruits with equal impunity is a failed institution.