Tuesday, May 08, 2007

FOXNews.com - 'Poppy Quarter' Behind Spy Coin Alert - Business And Money | Business News | Financial News

FOXNews.com - 'Poppy Quarter' Behind Spy Coin Alert - Business And Money | Business News | Financial News

WASHINGTON — An odd-looking Canadian coin with a bright red flower was the culprit behind a U.S. Defense Department false espionage warning earlier this year about mysterious coin-like objects with radio frequency transmitters, The Associated Press has learned.

The harmless "poppy coin" was so unfamiliar to suspicious U.S. Army contractors traveling in Canada that they filed confidential espionage accounts about them. The worried contractors described the coins as "anomalous" and "filled with something man-made that looked like nano-technology," according to once-classified U.S. government reports and e-mails obtained by the AP.

The silver-colored 25-cent piece features the red image of a poppy _ Canada's flower of remembrance _ inlaid over a maple leaf. The unorthodox quarter is identical to the coins pictured and described as suspicious in the contractors' accounts.


I think these spy coins were probably found in the gritty South Toronto neighbourhood, full of swarthy immigrants like myself, that was made famous by former Indiana Congressman John Hostettler.

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