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By Betty Freauf  

August 4, 2002

When the media began giving attention to the microchipping of animals afew years back, I wondered how long it would be before they started microshipping people.

Several hundred children are reported abducted every year in the U.S. but never has the media devoted so much space as it has this year.

In Oregon, we had the abduction of the two Oregon City girls earlier this year  which has gained national attention and remains in the spotlight. Then we have the high-profile case in Utah of Elizabeth Smart, abducted from her bed in the middle of the night from her $1.9 million dollar home while the alarm was off.

The Smart girl abduction was similar to one of the first that received media attention nearly ten years ago by the name of Polly Klaas. Her father formed the Polly Klaas Kids Foundation and continues to be in demand as a guest on many TV programs offering advice to the parents of abducted children.

The most recent case was a five year old that someone tried to abduct from his fenced-in back yard in Sacramento, California. Fortunately the media publicity of other abductions had convinced his parents to talk to the boy so his screams brought them on the run and the abductor was captured. The sad case of little Samantha Runnion and her funeral at the Crystal Cathedral in California promoting religious unity and the trial in San Diego now taking place about the Van Dam murder have been and are the most visible on TV at the present time.

And let us not forget little Casey Williamson abducted from the home of her father and allegedly murdered by the father's homeless house guest. Little Erica Pratt from Pittsburg chewed the duct tape holding her captive and escaped her captors. And there are probably a few I've forgotten to mention. It is not that they are unimportant but there have just been so many it's hard to remember them all.

These abductions and the publicity they began to receive exploded after June 16, 2001 when Applied Digital Solutions began beta testing implant technology for it's "Digital Angel" program operated and controlled by satellite and interfaced computers.

The possibilities of this inexpensive "homing beacon" was to be used for medical problems such as people with pacemakers, diabetes, monitoring bodily functions and other things which could help paramedics quickly diagnose problems. And think how it could be used to locate wandering adults with alzheimers. It was also purported to be effective in confirming identity when making electronic transactions (cashless society) because we've had too many identity theft reports recently.

That Last Trumpet Newsletter in July 2002 reported a company based in Massachusetts called Micro-chips is developing an implantable microchip that will release drugs into the bloodstream when needed. This would eliminate the need for regular injections.

It also reported that a woman got a biopsy on her breast and the doctor inserted a microchip in her. She can be tracked says her doctor and he went on to say "Everyone who is having surgery these days is getting a chip implanted in them."

One representative of Applied Digital Solutions had the implant put in his forearm and hip shortly after the 9-11 tragedy in New York City and the Pentagon. Later a young man with a medical problem became another person who was given much media coverage when he requested a similar implant for his medical conditions. The cost of $199 is so low that it would naturally be attractive and cause parents fearing for the safety of their children to began contemplating such implants in their children too.

The September 11th attack catapulted the science of security into a realm with unchartered possibilities but also with fears about privacy. Lee Tien, A Senior Attorney from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a privacy advocacy group, called it "Functional Creep." It could also be called gradualism. At first a device is used for applications we may all agree are good but then it slowly is used for more than it was intended." And Tien said, "You always have to think about what the device will be used for tomorrow."

Will the device be used to eventually mark everyone from the cradle to the grave?  Will these implants set off the alarms at airport security? Couple these implants with the politically correct "thought police" and I'd say we are living Orwell's 1984 novel or is all this new technology simply a precursor to Revelations 13:15-17?

2002 Betty Freauf - All Rights Reserved

Betty Freauf has been a GOP activist for many years. Elected county chairman, state party secretary, congressional district chairman, candidate for Governor of Oregon in 1986, the house of reps in 1988 and 1990. 

She published a weekly "Legislative Action" newsletter for five Oregon Legislative Sessions, is an Excommunicated citizen Review Board Member to "WATCHDOG", Oregon's Child Protective Agency. (Relieved of her duties for asking too many questions)