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From: James Randi --- Wizard To: Subject: DUST-BITING, QUADRO STYLE Date: Tue, 23 Jan 1996 00:43:47 -0500 As some of you may know, on Friday morning, January 19, the FBI Economic Crimes unit closed in on the Quadro Corporation in Harleyville, South Carolina. They seized their merchandise and records, and arrested the officers of the corporation. They were charged with fraud and wire fraud. I returned home to find 189 messages on my e-mail, and a massive number of faxes. Many communications were from those who had endorsed the Quadro device and to whom I'd sent letters. Most denied their endorsements. On Saturday, the FBI sent out a bulletin to their branches. In part, it read: "A device marketed to law enforcement agencies nationwide, the Quadro a fraud. All agencies should immediately cease using the device if used as a basis for probable cause." That last eight words interest me. The major fear, it seems, is that a bust made using the Quadro could be nullified because this is not a properly-approved means of investigation, and not a basis for an arrest. I'll go further: the thing doesn't work AT ALL. You'll be amused to know the post-script that Wade Quattlebaum, the arrogant president of the Quadro Corporation, added to his last letter to me: "We may be calling upon your magical powers to get us out of prison if the Tracker does not work as advertised." Well, Mr. Quattlebaum, I'm not presently available for that sort of work. I'm sure, using the Tracker, you'll be able to find a way out, all by yourselves. (Don't forget: the faithful will be tuned in to PBS on Tuesday night to watch a re-run of "Secrets of the Psychics." And the February issue of Scientific American magazine has my essay, "Miracles, Italian Style.) James Randi. ************************************************** ** PROVIDED FOR YOUR REFERENCE BY THE MODERATOR ** ************************************************** Requests to be added to or deleted from the randi-hotline mailing list, must be sent to the service address: Internet: PLEASE BE PATIENT. All requests are processed before each new mailing to the list and these can be widely spaced. You *will* be added if your request was sent to the correct address. Mail to James Randi can be sent to: Internet: The Amazing One reads all mail and will generally respond eventually. This can change with growing volume, of course... Thanks to Anson Kennedy, back issues of the randi-hotline are now available on the World Wide Web: Back issues of the randi-hotline are also available via anonymous FTP to: USA: directory: /pub/an/anson/Mailing_Lists/geller-hotline directory: /Randi Please try first, since is very busy. EUROPE: directory: /pub/Randi Our gratitude goes to Anson Kennedy and Massimo Macucci for providing the ftp sites at netcom and, respectively.


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