Tuesday, January 23, 2007


Canadian Money Not Spying On U.S. Secrets!

One of the weirder news stories was about “bugged” Canadian coins. It was an outlandish rumor, but then so is a president as awful as Bush.

The story was that the Defense Department said there were Canadian coins with teeny-little radio transmitters installed in them. Those sneaky liberal Canadians! What did we expect from a country with socialized medicine? And all those tar sands in Alberta...maybe we should do a little pre-emptive invasion….

Wasn’t true. Didn’t think it was.

Friday, January 19, 2007 - 12:00 AM

Canadian spy coins never existed
By Ted Bridis
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — 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.

The service had contended since late June that such 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 allegations, however, were found later to be unsubstantiated following an investigation into the matter," the agency said in a statement published on its Web site last week.

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