“The operation undergone voluntarily for the good of Society, not to mention the fact that it carries a bonus amounting to six months’ salary,” Brave New World, The Director, Chapter 1, pg. 5
This story out of the Washington Compost reports that Mexicans in fear of kipnapping are having RFID chips with tracking devices embedded in their bodies. Diego Fernandez de Cevallos, an influential man and former presidential candidate, had one brutally cut from his body when he was kidnapped. He was later returned for ransom.
RFID’s or radio frequency identification chips are small antennas in a tiny glass tube.
A recent Congressional report in Mexico reported that kidnappings have jumped 317% in the past five years. Police or soldiers were involved in more than a fifth of these kidnappings.
RFID devices sell for thousands of dollars. One company that sells such devices had a 40% increase in sales in the past two years.
XEGA, the company that makes them for $2000 a pop, claims they work and says it has helped rescue 178 clients in the past decade.
Scott Grannerman of Security Forces says RFID tags, invented in 1969, will soon replace the bar code. They are currently in dog tags, the EZ pass, and they are being used on customer baggage during flights.They are used to track containers at ports and are encapsulated in military supply shipments.
Walmart is using them to conduct inventory, Gillette is using the to indicate when the stock needs to be replenished. They are being put in tires and euro notes. Clothes are tagged with these devices and can set off alarms if not removed.
The creepiest use is in the human body. Applied Digital Solutions has designed an RFID tag, the VeriChip, which they embed in the bodies of children and Alzheimer’s patients to keep track of them. In May, delegates to the Chinese Communist Party Congress were required to wear an RFID-equipped badge at all times so their movements could be tracked and recorded. Undoubtedly, the ChiCons will replace these badges with embedded VeriChips-like devices when the science becomes viable.
The worst possible use in my mind right now is the one considered in Obamacare and it puts us one step ahead of the Chinese Communists.The hope is that a chip can be placed inside each body and it will include our complete medical history as well as detailing how often we’ve used a certain service. This is the chip that could tell the doctor if we are allowed receive the service again and even, whether we live or die.
Obamacare, HR 3200, section 2521, page 1001, paragraph 1, the “medical device registry” section, dictates the establishment of a national medical device registry to facilitate analysis of postmarket safety and outcomes data on each device that is or has been used in or on a patients and is a class III device or class II that is implantable, life-supporting or life-sustaining. The House bill 3200 failed but the subsequent Healthcare bill H.R. 3590 passed and amends Section 519 of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C .360i) to include the same language. The applicable language from H.R. 3590 is on page 1,014.
Then there is HR 4872 (p.2056), which also passed and which establishes a data registry to keep track of devices already implanted. It’s voluntary for now. The chip referred to is FDA approved, check it out here.
Actually, I believe the device will be eventually used to ration services.
The FDA has approved the class II implantable device.
If this isn’t chipping away at our 4th amendment rights, I don’t know what is.