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April 3, 2005 -- Bomb-smothering trash cans in New York rail hubs don't work and could even make a terror blast more deadly by shredding you with shrapnel, say two whistleblowers who worked with the maker of the cans.
Hundreds of the supposedly bomb-busting bins are in place at Grand Central, Penn Station and Amtrak and Long Island Rail Road stations.
The insiders charge that Israeli security company Mistral fudged test results and misled the MTA and other agencies to sell its cans, which fetch up to $3,000 each.
Previously, Mr. Banai also served as the R&D Assistant Defense Attaché at the Embassy of Israel in Washington, D.C. where his work focused on joint defense R&D projects as well as procurement policies of the U.S. Department of Defense.
Should you be working with the Mistral Group? The answer is simple. As a buyer or supplier of industrial, defense, security or law enforcement products, technologies or systems, you too can realize the benefits upon which your industry counterparts have long come to rely.
Since its inception Mistral has worked with and supplied numerous end users from U.S. and overseas government agencies with hundreds of defense and industrial systems, products and components. Agencies such as the US Air Force, the US Army, DLA, FBI, Government of Taiwan, Government of Israel, and Government of Greece, are just a few of the long list of government agencies with which Mistral has already worked.
In addition, major commercial organizations such as Toyota Motor Credit Company, Dupont, Marriott Hotels, and Primex turn to Mistral for turnkey security and public safety projects and products as do public authorities such as Amtrak, Chicago O'Hare Airport, MARTA (Atlanta Transit Authority) and the Australia Sydney Airport. From simple product implementation to an involved turn key project, end users throughout the world use Mistral's unique products and services to provide solutions to their safety threats and concerns.
Banai told The Post that his cans were tested by two labs in Maryland, the site of Mistral's U.S. headquarters, and by the U.S. Army.
"Our product is 100 percent," he said.