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Canada Using Coins to Spy on the U.S?

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Posted January 11, 2007 - By Eugene Morton

Remember the movie, Canadian Bacon? You know, the one where a lovable John Candy tries to prevent the Canadian invasion of America in a series of comedic misadventures? That was funny, wasn’t it? Just a good ol’, silly comedy, right?

Wrong! Wake up, cupcake! That movie wasn’t a comedy, it was a warning! The Canadians are spying on us (maybe) and we need to be on our toes! You want proof? Is the word of the U.S. Defense Department good enough for you, pumpkin?!

According to them, between October 2005 and January 2006, three U.S. contractors, all of whom had classified security clearance, were found with bugged Canadian currency, coins which were implanted with a tiny radio frequency transmitter. Intelligence and technology experts believe that the coins were planted on the contractors to track their movement, but they don’t know by whom.

If Canada is innocent, as the Canadian Security Intelligence Service claims, the list of suspects is still large enough to include countries known to have spies within the Canadian border including France, China and Russia.

A lot of questions remain unanswered, like what denominations of coin carry the transmitters and more importantly, why the contractors were bugged, but if the Defense Department or the C.I.A. know anything, they’re not spilling the beans just yet.

Yahoo News: U.S. warns about Canadian spy coins

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