January 11, 2007, - 11:39 am

Cool Espionage Device: Beware of Coins with Transmitters

By Debbie Schlussel
The Pentagon sent out a memo warning American contractors about spy coins, according to AP:

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.

The coins can be used to track movements and possibly as listening devices with very limited range.


CIA Rendition of a Spy Coin (using American coin)

No-one knows who is “issuing” the coins and placing them on Americans, but China, Russia, and France are among the suspects. Most of the details of the coins remain classified.
So, apparently, it’s time to do something those of us in Detroit (wary of the, until recently, bad exchange rates) have done life-long: Beware of Canadian coins.

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Wal-Mart has been doing that lately, including RFID chips in codes and labels.
How did these guys get past the airport security when they returned to the US?
Also, do US federal agencies have RFID blockers* inside the buildings? Last time I went into a Federal building in DC, I had my Smartrip card and the scanner did not detect it. Its a very serious issue, because our Mozlem “friends” might just embed RFID transmitters into their bodies, and since our FBI loves to bed with them, you don’t even have to guess the consequences!
*An RFID blocker works like a cellphone jammer – it blocks out signals from RFID devices.

anonymous twit on January 11, 2007 at 12:12 pm

Like almost everything else in America -including the Flag- I will not be surprised if we find out that these coins were made in China, were smuggled to Canada and sent to be distributed on Americans by some undercover Chinese-Canadian old fart spy escaping winter for a warm Florida.
Al Qaeda is too retarded for such a technology although nothing is impossible for those who strive to kill the Infidels.
In other news, I read on an islamic message board that Bin Laiden’s goat is pregnant.

Independent Conservative on January 11, 2007 at 12:22 pm

Independent Conservative, Al Qaeda may be retarded for this technology, but not the pro-Hamas, pro-Hezbollah and pro-terrorist Moslems working in federal agencies. Their very presence in these fed buildings poses a threat. We already have groups like CAIR and ADC comprising of highly educated professionals who are terror supporters or sympathizers. Al Qaeda does not work alone. They need people (Moslems) of all kinds of professions to succeed.
Hey, Bin Laden’s goat is indeed pregnant, but did you know that Arafat got there first?

anonymous twit on January 11, 2007 at 12:31 pm

Read the phrase
“pro-Hamas, pro-Hezbollah and pro-terrorist Moslems”
“pro-Hamas, pro-Hezbollah and OTHER pro-terrorist Moslems”
Sorry for missing out the word “OTHER”. It means a LOT!!

anonymous twit on January 11, 2007 at 12:35 pm

Is that a picture of one? Because that’s a US coin. And not a very convincing one. I’d love to get my hands on one of them just to see how they compare to real coins.
And yes, here in the south we have always shunned the occasional Canadian coins too. They don’t work in vending machines. 😛

Stealthkix on January 11, 2007 at 12:58 pm

anonymous twit, I know, I know…
I can’t miss the other “loving muslims” who want us to deliver them to 72 virgins.
As far as Bin Liden’s goat being pregnant, I’m not sure the baby goat is Arafat’s.
According to that islamic website, the goat -whose name is “Nefissa”- was never seen outside Bin Laiden’s bed for the past 5 years.
To be sure she doesn’t sneak out, the website claims that Bin Laiden handcuffed her -or “legcuffed her” I should say- to the rock while he was doing his second goat in the adjacent cave.

Independent Conservative on January 11, 2007 at 1:02 pm

Is it just me? But I’m not sure I understand how coins can be used for tracking. Most coins I carry tend to get spent within hours.

Kim Hartveld on January 12, 2007 at 5:24 am

Kim Hartveld: You do not need to be a numismatist to collect coins. Many people I know like to collect anniversary quarters. You also cannot spend one cent coins and they end up staying with you for a long time.
These Canadian coins were found to have tiny RFID-like transmitters which can probably capture and send (to God knows who) every minute detail in your life, including your email, phone calls, maybe even how many times you visit the restroom. Does this sound like a normal and regular thing?

anonymous twit on January 12, 2007 at 9:27 am

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