I KNEW it – time to shift the wall-building effort from the Mexico-US border to that much more devious northern border 😉
According to The Canadian Press, a recent report by the U.S. Defense Security Service (a branch of the DoD) revealed that at least three American contractors who visited Canada returned home with more than a souvenir toque and supply of Tim Horton’s coffee, finding Canadian coins bugged with miniature transmitters when they unloaded their pockets. Apparently, the bugs were planted by international spies hoping to pick up information about military technology from the contractors at conventions, seminars, or exhibits in the country. While the exact type of transmitter hasn’t been revealed, speculation seems to suggest an RFID chip, although as former RCMP officer and current security consultant told the CP, the whole scheme isn’t exactly the most foolproof one. Not only would a reader of some sort have to be nearby to pick up the signals from the coins, there’s also of course no guaranteeing how long the individual will actually hold onto the coin before that poutine craving forces them to spend it.