Wednesday, July 11, 2007

James Bond's Pocket Change: Canadian "Spy" Coins

In January, the U.S. government announced a new security threat to its contractors - Canadian coins with tiny radio frequency transmitters hidden in secret compartments inside. There was a big uproar over who might have planted the highly advanced devices and why. Was it the Iraqis? The Russians? The Canadians? And how could these devices track individuals? It had to be highly advanced nanotechnology.

But the mystery has been solved, supposedly. The Defense Department concluded there were no tiny transmitters in the coins after all. In fact, they were just regular Canadian coins with a protective coating. Security experts at the time said they doubted the validity of the claims since no transmitters that small could transmit that far, and even if they could, a coin would be a lousy thing to track someone with since the target could easily spend it or leave it somewhere. So the whole thing turned out to be a false alarm.

Or was it? Yes, it was. Or was it? Yes, it was.

1 comment:

Mauricem said...

HA! I hadn't hear about this one. How could anyone read this and think the government is capable of hiding evidence of UFOs? They can barely keep track of phantom spy coins.