No wonder we rebelled from these guys

Tom Jackson
Aug 21, 2013

With the smug self-assurance of the ignorant, I have taken it for granted that Americans enjoy the worst government in the Western world. My opinion has been shaken by recent news from the United Kingdom, and I'm not even talking about the David Miranda scandal, which demonstrates that a government can carry out kidnapping and theft with impunity. 

The Guardian reports on the case of British businessman Gary Bolton, who made fake bomb detection devices for as little as about $3 that were sold for as much as  $23,000. This is a profit margin that anyone publishing an American newspaper would envy, but it gets better. In spite of the fact that at least some British government officials were well aware that the devices were useless, tax dollars were spent by the government to promote the bomb devices in foreign trade shows. 

Alas, "Made in Britain" isn't always a guarantee of quality, Rolls Royces and Beatles records notwithstanding. Here is a snippet from the Guardian's story, by Robert Booth: "In Thailand, where hundreds of the bogus devices were sold under the brand GT200 for use at police and army checkpoints, human rights campaigners have reported they failed to detect bombs that then killed four people. Hundreds more have been wrongly imprisoned after the fake equipment indicated they had handled explosives."

Bolton has been sentenced to seven years in prison. Tragically, he now suffers from depression, his lawyer told a British judge.

My favorite part of the Guardian's story is the calm British understatement from the opposition politician who has risen to say that all this sounds kind of like a bad idea.

"There are serious questions to be answered by a number of government departments and agencies," says a Labour member of Parliament, Thomas Docherty. "This sort of thing undoubtedly damages our reputation with foreign governments and they are less likely to buy British again."

I say, sir! This is almost unpardonable!

(Hat tip, hagbard celine on Twitter.)

UPDATE: Germany's in the news, too! 'Man in Underpants Partied in Merkel's Jet.' 

 

 

Comments

Contango

Re: "the Economy has gotten better under Obama."

Only in some weird fantasyland.

"The biggest failure of the Obama administration":

http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/or...

"Jobless picture is worse than you think: Gallup"

http://www.cnbc.com/id/100981153

2cents

Thank goodness you quoted from CNBC as well otherwise the faux news boys would be commenting : )

shucks

Ahhhh , Contango , the consumate propagandist , speaks.

If the"Jobless picture is worse than you think: Gallup"-- What would be the reason ?

Gee 2cents , you have a hand in adding to that "jobless" number.

2cents

"Gee 2cents , you have a hand in adding to that "jobless" number"
Well 4 that jobless number was out of our hands. Our global partner (Parker), had some personal changes and the new blood chose to gain personal points using my small company. It is ok, the patents have filed and they will now be viewing us as a competitor rather than a partner. We will be coming to the table with some new "disruptive technology" as they say : )

shucks

Well then , it WASN'T Obama's fault.

Get your nose out of Contango's ass : )

2cents

(Thank goodness you quoted from CNBC)

My comment was being factious, referring to the news sources 4, nothing more.

The Big Dog's back

cnbc is full of right wingnuts too.

Contango

@ Mr. Jackson:

New Pres. Nixon secret tapings were released the other day.

I found it interesting to read that there are still hundreds of hours of recordings that are not to be released due to national security.

IMO, it's interesting that the govt. finds it necessary to keep secrets forty yrs. after-the-fact.

"Another 700 hours of Nixon tapes remain classified or restricted and haven't been released because of national security and privacy concerns."

http://www.usatoday.com/story/th...

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