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Canadian coins that spy
David Michael Weber (crossfire)     Print Article 
Published 2007-01-16 00:39 (KST)   
As an American, I've always thought Canadian currency a bit funny but not in the "ha! ha!" funny kind of way. More like the "how the hell did I end up with this damn Canadian quarter?" kind of funny. I have always been particularly mystified about how Canadian coins periodically would turn up in financial transactions as far south as Alabama. Usually these coins are secretly pawned off on unsuspecting victims mixed in with an assortment of change. The victim, having no idea, walks off and discovers too late that they've been hit by the chain letter of coin currency. Now they have to become the perpetrator of international money laundering.

Now it seems that perhaps these migrant Canadian coins floating about in the flotsam and jetsam of American coinage might not have been so innocent after all or even just part of a harmless but annoying currency prank.

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The Pentagon has recently discovered Canadian coins tracking government contractors with high-level security clearances.

The coins were discovered to contain radio frequency transmitters inside them. The Pentagon so far has not released information on how these transmitters exactly function but experts feel such a transmitter would have an effectively short range and be affected by the metal of the coin itself.

The coins would also be at risk of being easily passed on at restaurant or vending machine. Left in a briefcase, however, the coins might not arouse suspicion or be readily spent.

Despite the belief in the ineffectiveness of such a device, the Pentagon insists the coins are real and the risk serious.

The leading suspects who would have access to such technology which might be able to track a person for several kilometers and have actively engaged in espionage in Canada are Russia, China, and France.

Hollow coins have been used before by U.S. spies to hide film and messages.

So the next time a Canadian coin just "accidentally" pops up amongst my American coins, I'll be ready for it. I'll bore whoever is tracking me to death with my extreme lack of movement away from my computer and Playstation.
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A native Tennesseean, David M. Weber is currently at the grammatical grindstone cranking out gerunds, dangling modifiers and perfecting tenses as an English teacher in Japan. In his travels, he has hiked the Inca Trail, been mugged in Mexico City, broke his leg in Switzerland, attempted to bike through Mexico and failed, climbed Pyramids in Egypt and Mexico, drank great quantities of beer at Oktoberfest and gambled at Monte Carlo.
Other articles by reporter David Michael Weber

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