Remember the Book Mobile? I loved the traveling library that use to come to my elementary school once a week during the summer months as a child. I also loved the Ice Cream truck that would drive by the house every summer evening. Now we have a Big-Brother-Bus making the rounds. Oh Joy!
Introducing the ChipMobile- LINK
The Company’s fully equipped mobile center – ChipMobileTM – has increased its marketing efforts in the Southeast region, maintaining a full schedule of visits to recreation and stadium events, health clinics, nursing homes, and general ‘awareness’ locations.
What is a VeriChip (or RFID tag)
VeriChip is a miniaturized radio frequency identification device (RFID) that can be used in a variety of security, financial, emergency identification and healthcare applications. About the size of a grain of rice, each VeriChip product contains a unique verification number and will be available in several formats, some of which will be insertable under the skin. The verification number is captured by briefly passing a proprietary scanner over the VeriChip. A small amount of radio frequency energy passes from the scanner energizing the dormant VeriChip, which then emits a radio frequency signal transmitting the verification number. “Getting chipped” is a simple, outpatient procedure that lasts just a few minutes and involves only local anesthetic and insertion of the chip.
This is the lovely Verichip Inserter tool.
Despite assurances by the Bush administration that the Total Information Awareness program would not violate Americans’ civil liberties, a broad coalition of grassroots organizations called Wednesday for greater oversight of the experimental data-mining program.
The Pentagon is developing the TIA in an effort to scour the Internet, as well as public and private databases, for suspicious patterns that might indicate a potential terrorist threat.
Critics say the system would be Big Brother incarnate, a tool that would pry into the medical, financial, travel and educational transactions of law-abiding citizens.
Proponents say the electronic dragnet is necessary to protect the United States against future terrorist attacks.
The good news is that some conservative groups are also concerned about the VeriChip. I feel good that I have finally found some common ground with THEM. That gives me some hope….(not much.)
During a telephone conference with reporters Wednesday, members of groups representing the political spectrum — from the conservative Eagle Forum to the left-wing American Civil Liberties Union — united to drum up support for legislation that would withhold funding for the TIA until questions about the program’s potential for abuse were addressed.
“It’s totally contrary to the freedoms that the war on terrorism aims to protect,” said Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.). Wyden’s amendment — which blocks funding for the electronic dragnet until the administration submits a detailed report to lawmakers regarding the program’s scope and impact on civil liberties — was unanimously passed by the Senate in January.
The measure, which was tacked onto a spending package, needs to be adopted by the House before becoming law.
But some conservative analysts, such as the Heritage Foundation’s Paul Rosenzweig, argue the Wyden amendment goes too far.
In an online analysis, Rosenzweig argues that if the measure becomes law, it could hamper law enforcement efforts to stop future terrorist attacks.
The press conference also addressed concerns about the creation of a central database that would store citizens’ personal transactions and information.
“The mere gathering of this information is a risk,” said Barbara Simons of the Association for Computing Machinery, a nonpartisan international organization with 75,000 members.
ACM sent a letter to Congress in January questioning the feasibility of the TIA’s stated goals.
Not only would a central database be a potential magnet for hackers, but it could also be targeted by terrorists themselves who are looking to steal an innocent person’s identity and mask their own, Simons said.
Department of Defense officials have consistently said that the TIA will not pose privacy concerns.
Why should we be concerned? Freedom. Freedom. Remember that? Kos member ‘retired’ says it elegantly here-
“I think we’re crossing the line from respecting individuals despite their subtle differences, into the process of viewing the differences first and foresaking the individual as a whole. I think maybe refining this argument (the battle between freedom and
efficiency) would make more people stand up to protect the rights of the individual as whole being, instead of selling off the individual pieces through biometric technology and in the process stripping the individual down to nothing more than the sum of his or her parts.
What we need to do is keep all those parts together as a whole individual, and demand that the rights of that individual supercede any efficiency gained from extricating certain parts of their identity.
An example of abuse:
We are working on a device which will reduce that time by as much as 60%. The results of implants on 8 PEOPLE-(my insert) prisoners yielded the following results:
?Implants served as surveillance monitoring device for threat group activity.
?Implants disabled two subjects during an assault on correctional staff.
?Universal side effects in all 8 test subjects revealted that when implant was set to 116 MHz all subjects became lethargic and slept an average of 18-22 hours per day.
(Picture a country of permanent Couch Potatoes)
?All subjects refused recreation periods for 14 days during the 116 MHz test evaluation, 7 of the 8 subjects did not exercise, in the cell or out of the cell and 5 or the 8 subjects refused showers up to three days at a time.
?Each subject was monitored for aggressive activitiy during the test period and the finding are conclusive that 7 our of the 8 test subjects exhibited no agression, even when provoked.
?Each subject experienced only minor bleeding from the nose and ears 48 hours after the implant due to initial adjustment.
?Each subject had no knowledge of the implant for the test period and each implant was retrieved under the guise of medical treatment. It should be noted that the test period was for less than two months. However, during that period substantial data was gathered by our research and development team which suggests that the implants exceed expected results. One of the major concerns of Security and the R & D team was that the test subject would discover the chemial imbalance during the initial adjustment period and the test would have to be scurbbed. However, due to advanced technological developments in the sedatives administered, the 48 hour adjustment period can be attributed t prescription medication given to the test subjects after the implant procedure. One of the concerns raised by R & D was the cause of the bleeding and how to eliminate that problem. Unexplained bleeding might cause the subject to inquire further about his “routine” visit to the infirmary or health care facility.
This is just ONE example of how a CHIPPED person can be controlled. Think about this. Under the guise of a ‘good idea’- medical info, prevent kidnapping etc., one could also be programmed for …well..what else? Just imagine. And if you still don’t think the VeriChip has this potential, think again. They now have a REWRITABLE Chip. So Once you are chipped those who have access may now have the capability to rewrite the info in the CHIP!
In addition to the GrandPrix solution, Impinj’s RFID product line includes the ZumaRFIDTM tag chip, the world’s first rewriteable Class 0 chip with long-range and high-speed readability and rewriteability. Available today in production-volume quantities, ZumaRFID has up to 192 bits of lockable memory, which can be used to store 2 independent 96 bit EPCs, or user data, and includes consumer privacy features such as the ability to disable or “kill” fielded tags.
No more Democrats. Just rewrite the chip and we’ll all be Republicans. That’s assuming that THEY own this.
But if you still don’t think this technology is one that should be WATCHED carefully, here’s a link to get on the Want to be Chipped list.