The Washington Times has a fascinating article on the detective work performed in Iraq by the Army’s Alpha Company, 91st Engineer Battalion: “Soldiers ‘get the bad boys’ in raids.” Columbo himself couldn’t have done it better:
Sgt. Jimmy Robles, 25, swabs the hands and faces of the men [being investigated] with paper from an Expray kit, which detects explosive chemicals.
“Next,” he calls as he motions that he is ready to test another man. “What’s up, man? How are you doing? Nervous?”
As he sprays reactive chemicals on the test strips, a pink blush spreads across the paper. The man has tested positive for TNT.
“Alright, buddy, it’s not looking so good for you. Welcome aboard.”