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Posted on Jan 11, 2007
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The Defense Department says it has learned of a plot to spy on U.S. contractors with classified security clearances traveling through Canada. Though it released few other details, the U.S. Defense Security Service says it found tiny transmitters hidden in Canadian coins.

AP via Los Angeles Times:

The Defense Department is warning its American contractor employees about a new espionage threat seemingly straight from Hollywood: It discovered Canadian coins with tiny radio-frequency transmitters inside.

In a U.S. government report, it said the coins were found planted on U.S. contractors with classified security clearances on at least three separate occasions between October 2005 and January 2006 as the contractors traveled through Canada.

The U.S. report doesn’t indicate who might be tracking American defense contractors or why. It also doesn’t describe how the Pentagon discovered the ruse, how the transmitters might function or even which Canadian currency contained them.

Further details were secret, according to the U.S. Defense Security Service, which issued the warning to the Pentagon’s classified contractors.

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By Spinoza, January 12, 2007 at 3:51 pm Link to this comment
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My first response is to laugh, he he he he he ha ha ha ha ha haw.

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By John Hanks, January 12, 2007 at 12:45 pm Link to this comment
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I didn’t know that Republicans dealt with small change and coins.  If I see one of them talking to a coin in a supermarket, I’ll turn them in.  Usually they don’t steal without a licence.

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By Quy Tran, January 12, 2007 at 12:21 pm Link to this comment
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Don’t trust what did the Defense Department say but just keep watching what did this Department do from the past until today !

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By C Quil, January 12, 2007 at 10:44 am Link to this comment
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A correspondent in Toronto’s Globe and Mail said in a letter to the editor today:

“Your article on the Pentagon’s suspicion that transmitters had been embedded in Canadian coins given to U.S. defence contractors notes that it was based on ‘partial intelligence’. Is that anything like stupidity?”

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By johnnyfarout, January 12, 2007 at 9:19 am Link to this comment
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What this latest non-secret reminds me of is, “Double Secret Probation”. Can anyone seriously believe this? It’s so, well,…”cold war”. Is this Catch22 all over again, or what? I read somewhere else on the web that the problem with these “spy coins” is, if you didn’t know you had one in your pocket, you might put it in a vending machine, or pay phone or something, and foil the spy ring’s master plan! This sounds like another job well done in the ”retarded underworld”. I think it’s the contractors themselves who made these coins and want to put them in the vending machines, or whatever, for god knows what reasons, and are using Canadian coins because “no one would suspect the good ol’ nice ol’ Canadians”. Oh, and I forgot, no “contractor” has ever, ever told a lie…and certainly not just to protect their asses and keep the money rolling in! Oh, especially not government contractors…or, god forbid, no-bid mercenaries!

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By Ranger Tommy, January 12, 2007 at 7:50 am Link to this comment
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That’s just loonie.

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By robert a. davies, January 11, 2007 at 11:31 pm Link to this comment
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If I were Canadian I’d be wary of any citizens of U.S.A. The U.S.A has a long record of meddling in other countries, say nothing of controlling them.
I’m sorry to say this.

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By Bukko in Australia, January 11, 2007 at 8:56 pm Link to this comment
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Further proof that I’m not barking mad! Those dastardly Canuckistanis implanted a transmitter in my brain, right beside the one the CIA put there. My tinfoil hat won’t work on the Canoodian one to stop the transmissions that tell me to talk about boring things—I have to wear a beaver pelt instead. The Canadian menace must be stopped!

Seriously, Andy Borowitz wrote this story, not the LA Times, right?

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