Canadian Spy Coins?

Remember a couple of weeks ago when there was all this talk that Canada was using coins with radio transmitters to spy on us? The Defense Department put out a warning about them and everything. It was something that sounded so James Bond(ish).

Well now we have the Defense Department issuing their own mia culpa on this:

Reversing itself, the Defense Department says an espionage report it produced that warned about Canadian coins with tiny radio-frequency transmitters was not true.

The Defense Security Service said it never could substantiate its own published claims about the mysterious coins. It has begun an internal review to determine how the false information was included in a 29-page report about espionage concerns.

The service had contended since late June that such 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 allegations, however, were found later to be unsubstantiated following an investigation into the matter," the agency said in a statement published on its Web site last week

So in a world where our credibility is shot, this is the best we can do? Before you go accusing another nation (especially a neighboring nation) of espionage, you better be damn sure you got the evidence to back it up. This sounds like something good for our new Senate Intelligence Chairman, Jay Rockefeller, to ask questions about. If this type stuff is allowed to go on then we might end up invading a country for weapons they don't have. Oh wait!