Do I really need to talk about dowsing?
Posted by c. wagner on November 6, 2009
I’ll keep it simple for those who haven’t heard it before.
Dowsing. Does. Not. Work.
Dowsing has been tested dozens of times by scientists under controlled conditions and it’s failed spectacularly every time.
Which makes it extra disturbing that right now it’s being used for something vitally important. Bomb detection in Baghdad. That’s right, the Iraqi army is using dowsing rods to “search” cars for explosives. Even though the U.S. Army, that bastion of reason, has said the rod isn’t worth the metal and plastic it’s made of.
Still, the Iraqi government has purchased more than 1,500 of the devices, known as the ADE 651, at costs from $16,500 to $60,000 each. Nearly every police checkpoint, and many Iraqi military checkpoints, have one of the devices, which are now normally used in place of physical inspections of vehicles.
This can’t end well, can it?
The suicide bombers who managed to get two tons of explosives into downtown Baghdad on Oct. 25, killing 155 people and destroying three ministries, had to pass at least one checkpoint where the ADE 651 is typically deployed, judging from surveillance videos released by Baghdad’s provincial governor.
Nope. Not good at all.