Meirion Jones

When?
Wednesday, February 19 2020 at 7:30PM

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Fargo Village,
Far Gosford Street,
Coventry,
CV1 5ED

Who?
Meirion Jones

What's the talk about?

 He was jailed for 10 years but how did a British conman sell bogus bomb detectors to Iraq for $85 million? A lack of scepticism cost the lives of an estimated 1,000 civilians in Baghdad. Meirion Jones tells, with the help of video clips, how Jim McCormick and his chums worked the scam around the world and how whistleblowers and a BBC Newsnight team exposed the scandal. This is about multi-million-dollar bribes in Baghdad, and UK PLC turning a blind eye to boost exports, but this is also about the lethal consequences of not basing policy on evidence. Try out the ADE651, which sold for $20,000. See if you can detect a golf ball or explosives, and learn how for a few pennies you can make a fake bomb detector that works every bit as well.

 

Biography 

Meirion Jones runs investigations for the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. The  Bureau has revealed (with the Guardian) how our taste for beef fuelled the Amazon fires, proved (with the New York Times) that the USAF wiped out a family in an airstrike they denied, and (with C4 News) forced the government to start counting homeless deaths. Before that Meirion was a BBC Newsnight and Panorama producer who won the 2013 Scoop of the Year award for a programme which was never broadcast - his exposure of Jimmy Savile as a paedophile. He also won the Daniel Pearl International Award for Investigative Journalism for his revelations about lethal toxic waste dumping by Trafigura in Africa. He has exposed everything from the fixing of the 2000 US election, to how Britain helped Israel get the atom bomb, from corrupt politicians to the spycops affair, as well as homeopaths and healers and of course the Bogus Bomb Detector scandal.