Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Poppy Coins and Espionage


WASHINGTON —

An odd-looking Canadian coin with a bright red flower was the culprit behind the U.S. Defense Department's false espionage warning earlier this year, The Associated Press has learned. The odd-looking — but 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.


(or google "poppy quarter" for a dozen more reports")

All I can add to this story is "WHY, WHY, WHY ARE THESE GUYS STILL DRAWING A PAYCHEQUE?"

Anyway, the poppy quarter was issued in 2004, and in an unusual move, was only distributed Canada wide as change for the Tim Horton's Coffee franchise. It commemorates the sacrifices of fallen soldiers, and came out late in the year in '04. Read the real story of the Poppy Quarter here....http://www.allnationsstampandcoin.com/newsletters/news59.html
nano technolgy....sheesh!

2 comments:

Jennifer said...

Yea, these are the guys paid to protect me from terrorism? Yikes. Makes me smack and head go "Doh!"

Thomas said...

The key phrase is contactor with a capital “C” contractor are a special breed of capitalist, more often then not they file reports in the hope that the fine folks at the DOD with give them an atta boy and remember their names at the start of the fiscal year.