DUST-BITING, QUADRO STYLE

James Randi --- Wizard (randi-hotline@ssr.com)
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 Tracker...is 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.

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