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Debunkers Attempt To Discredit Prison Planet/Infowars Over Exploding $20 Bills Story

Steve Watson | 18th March 2004

A few weeks ago we were emailed a short story and some photos of scorched $20 bills. The originators of this story claimed that the new $20 bills had triggered anti-theft systems in shops, a sign that they may contain Radio Frequency Identification tags.  After placing the bills in the microwave they popped and burned close to Andrew Jackson's right eye, seemingly signifying that the chips were in the bills.

We did similar tests of our own and found that indeed this does happen with both new $20 bills and Euro bills after 3 seconds. However, at no point did we suggest that every single $20 bill and Euro bill had RFID in them. We also discovered that this only happens in certain microwaves, usually older or more powerful ones.
We posted this story on  29th February with the pictures below.

strip stayed intact despite further time in the microwave.

After we posted the story it exploded all over the internet and we were generating 300 thousand hits per hour. In fact it was the biggest story on the net that day. Some laughed at us and dismissed the story as per usual, whilst others were genuinely concerned that trackable RFID had got into our money. We have posted several stories from mainstream news sources over the last couple of years concerning RFID going into all kinds of consumer products. For more details
visit the RFID archive. We have also posted articles detailing the Government's plans to place the chips in currencies. Once again, that's what we do here, we build archives of MAINSTREAM articles detailing what is happening because often such articles are lost among the latest TV drama plotlines or the Football results.

It seems that the RFID industry mouthpieces have not taken kindly to our reporting these stories. Firstly, we recieved an email from Declan McCullagh, a a great guy who writes for some major technology publications whom Alex Jones has interviewed frequently over recent years. McCullagh has posted an
AIM Global (RFID industry mouthpiece) press release titled, "the Myth of the Amazing Exploding $20 Bill." to his popular technology web site.

The press release attempts to de-bunk our story as a myth or a hoax. To further debate this issue Alex invited a representitive of AIM onto his show today, along with Katherine Albrecht, Founder and Director of Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering (CASPIAN).
You can hear the interview here.

AIM state that placing a $20 bill in the microwave does not make it explode, claiming that they conducted the test themselves. As we stated, we do not suggest that EVERY BILL explodes in EVERY MICROWAVE. AIM do admit that RFID tags do explode in microwaves though. They say that RFID's would be visable if they were in banknotes, yet we know that these things are now smaller than a grain of sand and can be "woven into" the material of anything.

In further developments it seems that AIM are not the only group to attempt to de-bunk our story. 
A group called Grocery Manufacturers of America (GMA) has attempted to smear RFID activist Katherine Albrecht. Their incompetance highlighted this fact and also shows how such groups have no interest in dis-proving our claims, and are solely concerned with attacking us in order to make us seem unreliable or untrustworthy. This is a common tactic that we encounter over and over whenever we expose something of a great magnitude.

We have also been attacked by a Mr John Wehr of, a website that revels in how great RFID tracking is. Mr Wehr is the editor of the site and an independent consultant and online application developer in the RFID industry. He has suggested that the story is not true simply because it appeared on Propaganda Matrix, Paul Joseph Watson's website, which is "devoted to far flung conspiracy theories". Yeah, so far flung that every article we post here at Prison Planet and Propaganda Matrix is from CNN, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The London Guardian etc etc.

Mr Wehr also attacks Dr Henry Makow's religious research which really has absolutely nothing to do with the RFID issue. Makow was the first to post the exploding Bills story and forwarded the email to us. Wehr claims that there is a lack of uniformity in the burning of the 20 dollar bills and suggests that they were intentionally burned as a hoax. 
Click here and scroll down to the 3rd of March to read this attack.

He also states further up the page that the cause of the exploding bills is the foil strip that has been in banknotes for years. He then changes that story to suggest its the magnetic ink used on new notes. He then says that its because the bills were in large stacks and any paper stacked like this in a microwave would burn.There is no consistency in these de-bunking efforts, yet Mr Wehr then claims our own story is a "shoddy investigative performance". Also at no point can he explain the popping of the Euro notes that were not in stacks and left very identifiable round holes.

Finally, Mr Wehr states that "Any RFID tag consists of an antenna and a chip. A chip is at least a millimeter square, and an antenna much larger. To hide a tag in a bill would be impossible."

We can also report that there are
chipless RFID tags in existance for the very purpose of placing them in banknotes. It is patently obvious that this is one aim for the RFID industry and governments, to deny this is farcical. One may simply do a google search and find ample evidence of research done by companies in this field. See here for example. The US government has also made "adjustments that are being kept secret" to our money, as reported by CNN.

So whether our little experiments prove RFID is already in banknotes or not is not really the important issue (although no-one seems willing to explain what it is that's exploding in our banknotes). We know that they are already in thousands of consumer products, including the
clothes we wear and the cars we drive purely for tracking purposes. We also know that our governments and the banks want this in our money and also in our food so they can stop terrorists!

Clearly this is an issue that is not going away until the truth is revealed.

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The euros did not burn like the dollars as they were placed in the microwave individually. The dollars were placed in large stacks and so there was consequently a greater effect when the RFID chips exploded. In the Euros the holes burned right where the silver strip runs through the notes, yet the rest of the
Well yet again he is wrong. The newest chips THAT WE KNOW OF, are 0.4mm and have antennas built onto the microchip. The new tag is so small that the company believes it can be embedded in paper and used to authenticate banknotes and valuable paper documents. The picture to the right shows such chips along with grains of rice.