The reason people like me don’t write on blogs like this is because you get dragged into a load of nonsense. However sensible most of the contributors are you always get someone who is badly informed who wants to turn it into a fight about nothing rather than concentrating on the issues. If you don’t respond to what they say it looks like you’re accepting it is true and if you do respond you get sucked into a pointless discussion which I don’t have time for if I’m going to keep doing my job of exposing things which are wrong whether its Trafigura dumping toxic waste in Ivory Coast or the ADE651 or whatever. I guess I thought the UK-Skeptics site would be different but I was wrong.
I thought it would be a good idea to explain what we did. I’m sorry I posted anything and I won’t do it again. With huge respect to Techowiz and DD and the person you call Lumpy but who I only know from the Sniffex blog who’ve all done amazing work and who I have huge respect for I’m going to answer Pebble and then quit this blog. I wish you good luck with whatever you go for but I won’t be watching any more.
Pebble – I’m not sure how much original research you’ve contributed to this subject – probably loads - but you have chosen to misread what I had written then make totally unfounded assumptions based on your misreading of what I had written and finally jump to an illogical conclusion. Are you sure you shouldn’t quit the UK-Skeptics blog and instead join a “Believe in 100 Impossible Things Before Breakfast:” blog instead?. With your attitude to facts I think you could have a great future working in sales – for Jim McCormick.
You say “My reading is that the issue only became worth pursuing when it was evident that there was a potential for legal action”. How on earth did you get that from reading what I had written?
After the December blasts and McCormick’s appearance in Baghdad to still maintain that his absurd devices worked we went flat out to prove him wrong and get something done. The film was on from that moment. We went flat out to obtain the ADE651 “programmed substance detection cards” we set up the lab tests we got access to a GT200. As I said we went to ATSC on January 5th and filmed the stand up by Caroline which appears in the film – the following day McCormick was arrested. We interviewed Prof Bruce Hood and set up to film with Sidney Alford. Two thirds of the film was already in the can before we approached the Government. The Government suggested to us that something might be done but a long time in the future so we applied as much pressure as we could.
Yet your version of this is “My reading is that the issue only became worth pursuing when it was evident that there was a potential for legal action” if you’re honest you’ll admit that’s totally wrong. If you’re not honest there’s a job for you with Jim McCormick.
So based on that misreading and bogus assumption you then absurdly conclude
“I assume it follows that unless British lives are proven to be at risk from the GT200, Alpha 6 & Sniffex then no legal proceedings are possible, hence there is insufficient to justify Newsnight making a program on them?” What on earth is the logical basis for that conclusion?” Do you think our determination to get this off the streets of Baghdad is based on concern for British lives? There are hardly any Brits left in Baghdad any more – this is about concern for primarily Iraqi lives.
Anyhow bye bye UK-Skeptics my mistake to think I could usefully engage with you.
Good night and good luck (not that I believe in luck) and definitely good bye.