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Defense Department warns about Canadian spy coins

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posted on Jan, 11 2007 @ 07:30 PM
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The U.S. Defense Department has issued a warning to American contractors about a new espionage ploy. On at least 3 occasions, coins were found on contractors that contained tiny radio transmitters. The coins were discovered between October 2005 and January 2006. Experts feel that the transmitters could be used to track the locations of people carrying them. It is not clear at this time who or why planted the coins on the contractors who all had security clearances.

 



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WASHINGTON - Money talks, but can it also follow your movements?

In a U.S. government warning high on the creepiness scale, the Defense Department cautioned its American contractors over what it described as a new espionage threat: Canadian coins with tiny radio frequency transmitters hidden inside.

The government said the mysterious 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.




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Its actually a clever ploy. Coins are common and everybody carries them without much thought. Just think about how much spare change lurks in your car? Its far easier than bugging other items. However, coins could just as quickly be used or dropped off, but if you plant a lot of them you may have more luck. Clever or not, how much intelligence could you get from charting contractors movements? I mean I could tell you spent a lot of time at the Skunk Works but not what you are doing. You may be able to tell what agency controls something and that might be useful. Wonder if it was a US operation gone bad??


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posted on Jan, 11 2007 @ 08:57 PM
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Whoever it is probably wants to see who has access to where and what projects. Perhaps its a precursor to approaching a contact, later attempt to blackmail and possibly recruitment. How often have we heard of those countries spying on the USA?



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posted on Jan, 11 2007 @ 09:26 PM
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I think they had a similar coin scheme in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Only the coins were used to signal members. The main flaw that they came up with though was the possibility of accidently spending said coin, thus making it useless. And in the event of a tracking device you'd probably end up tracking some innocent shop owner.



posted on Jan, 11 2007 @ 09:58 PM
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Originally posted by cyberdude78
The main flaw that they came up with though was the possibility of accidently spending said coin, thus making it useless. And in the event of a tracking device you'd probably end up tracking some innocent shop owner.


They had to be expecting some results to have gone through the time and trouble of designing and implementing these coins. They might have used denominations that are not used very often. It must be that these people had to be given these coins at locations they usually frequent and workers there were in cahoots with these people. Im curious to hear where these trace back to and if they even admit who it is.

There has been one major agency that has been constantly attempting to spy on our tech and weapons sector and Im surprised they weren't suspect or mentioned in this possibility.



posted on Jan, 19 2007 @ 07:46 AM
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Might not be true:

www.wtlv.com...



WASHINGTON (AP) -- Reversing itself, the Defense Department says an espionage report it produced that warned about Canadian coins with tiny radio frequency transmitters was not true.

The Defense Security Service said it never could substantiate its own published claims about the mysterious coins. It has begun an internal review to determine how the false information was
included in a 29-page report about espionage concerns.




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