AND NATIONAL ID AS ELECTRONIC STALKING
Supervision As An Industrial Complex
Supervision of American Citizens is one of the most resentful and unwelcome concepts of high technology. It serves no purpose but to harass in the name of Order while writing paychecks for the industries thriving on Hate, Violence, and Terrorism.
In Parts I and II, we elaborated on some of the plans and potential for the RFID Chip I affectionately refer to as the Flea � the tiny thing you don�t want on you. In our final installment, let�s take a look at one final detail and at the National ID Card as an unwelcome brother in a whole family of electronic surveillance.
As I pointed out, it�s no great leap to RFID readers in the home computer�s modem. In a White Paper published by SUN, the industry�s vision IMO is quite clear in the first lines of the Paper�s Introduction. Publishing the Paper on the web permits selected excerpts under Fair Use.
"The vision for Electronic Product Code [EPC] technology is to enable a global business network that tracks products across the entire supplier-to-consumer chain, helping businesses improve their asset visibility. The network will allow companies to automatically monitor items anywhere throughout the supply chain in real time, and share information with trading partners."
�Trading Partners� is technospeak for datasharing. �Asset Visibility� means location is known. �Real Time� is technospeak for tracking the medication in... well, real time, and that requires monitoring real time. And �global� means what it means: Global.
Security issues in most of this type of release speak to assuring consumers, but the way the industry defines the concept is in securing identity data from thieves. The industry forgets that citizens resent even sharing with so-called Trading Partners as a prelude to subsequent accidents, an unacceptable degree of negligence, and a very early-on hostility to privacy concerns which object to the very concept.
Further, the next lines confirm suspicions of constituents who have their own vision of nightmares instead of benefits:
"The deployment of an EPC Internet-scale network is no small task� IDC estimates that by 2012, there will be one trillion tags and sensors worldwide. By way of comparison, IDC estimates there will be approximately 17 billion traditional network devices in the same time."
This is two different kinds of device at work, one numbering about one trillion �tags�, and older generation �traditional� network devices numbering about 17 billion to read RFID.
This technospeak is, of course, not referring to an entity or inevitable trend external to the industry, but outlines the goal which is purely of the industry: a Plan to sell product and service.
The White Paper was published in 2004. It can be viewed on the world wide web.
What�s important is the finding that advocates of the RFID Chip won�t take the damned thing. At last report, some 200 persons have taken a chip, but this is nothing. Does the Board Of Directors of any company take their own chip?
In order to have confidence in the product, the Board has to be official food taster of the thing. I would expect the following in order to give meaning to any endorsement of the Flea.
1. It must be embedded in all Board Members throughout the industry. And now, otherwise, any future taking of the chip is meaningless, and it therefore lacks a vote of confidence. Boardmembers must use actual medicines embedded with their chip, if they are taking prescribed medicine. Many people do. They may not care what critics think, but without personally involved affirmation, all RFID human implantation plans and technology must stop for lack of good faith.
2. Their personal RFID Chip must contain current and vital personal information on that individual just as consumer�s will. It must be comparable to what one expects to put into chips for the general public, soldiers, employees, patients, suspects, and any and all future plans.
3. It must be a modern contemporary chip, such as those which are re-writable, not merely readable, and not obsolete chips. No substitutions.
4. It must be verifiable not by a neutral party, but by the opposing interests, and at a time and place of his/her choosing. Repeated, unannounced inspections are a must. Trust, but verify.
Put another way, if it�s such a great idea, you go first.
The National ID Card is pretty much the same theory of operation, claiming to fight crime and terrorism by the identification of all persons. Or else.
But officials forget that they do not give orders, they take orders, and irrespective of what they might feel, believe or know, and irrespective of who fills their war chests, they still take orders from constituents. The problem, of course, is that too many Americans are not even registered to vote.
Still, many state legislatures understand this intrusion and the nightmares likely to follow, and are resisting the National ID Card, and you know something? In resisting on behalf of constituents, they, like their constituents, do not need to show cause. Legislators, like their constituents, do not have to furnish exhibits, bring data nor even so much as give a reason for refusing the National ID Card. Is this a great country, or what? Courage, to each and every one of you. And thank you for your service.
This is why the refusal of the RFID Chip and of the National ID Card is a test of our Sovereignty. More, it is a statement of our Sovereignty. Refusal is an assertion of it.
It is time to make the connection between the rise of violent crime and the industrial complexes which thrive and benefit from that anti-social dynamic.
Let�s face it: most Americans are more than not guilty of things � most Americans are Innocent, and do not deserve to be supervised, much less politically or legally so. Americans do not wish to be explaining to employers, insurers, colleagues, sadistic watchdog activists and other indifferent but powerful groups of Komrades why they should not be fired, canceled, on a watch list or on a no-fly list. That�s a lot of unreturned money paid in, a lot of unpaid interest, and a lot of paychecks that should never be, because that kind of supervision must never be, and supervision is becoming a horrible, predatory industrial complex.
There is no law against the Flea at this time, there's no regulation, no protections for the adult taxpayer or child, but there are dozens and dozens of applications found through dozens and dozens of Plans.
The RFID Chip and National ID Card must pass into history and oblivion as respectfully declined, a footnote in History.
The problem is not in inconvenience or slight inaccuracy, but intrusion in how folks are to be Supervised at all against protest.
And the serious mistakes that will come with it. The heavy-handed inquiries.
And the commerce in charging to rectify those mistakes...
And the adjustments you�ll have to make when they can�t change anything after all.
And what our children will have to put up with because we put up with it for a generation.
Crime to others affects you, and now violence, hate and terrorism are the perfect excuse to usher in all sorts of Supervision. For Order. Where sovereign refusal today secures the safety of tomorrow, affirming that Americans do not need supervision for safety of the nation is good for the country. For part one or two click below.
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John Longenecker was one of the first Paramedics in Los Angeles EMS. Today, he a father of three, author, columnist, talk show guest and founder of the Good For The Country Foundation, a 501(c)(3) patriotic think tank examining policy adverse to the public interest.
As RFID is embedded in more and more items, a greater acceptance and acceptability occurs, and over time, tracking becomes the norm.