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By Geoff Metcalf

August 25, 2006

�Who could deny that privacy is a jewel? It has always been the mark of privilege, the distinguishing feature of a truly urbane culture.� --Phyllis McGinley

I�ve been talking about sub dermal biochip implants for a decade and writing about it for 8 years.

Now the mainstream media is catching up and reporting VeriChip Corp., "one of the most aggressive marketers of radio frequency identification chips," is trying to convince the Pentagon to insert the chips, known as RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) chips under the skin of the right arms of U.S. servicemen and servicewomen. The rationale is to enable them to scan an arm and obtain that person�s identity and medical history. The chips would replace the metal dog tags that have been worn by U.S. military personnel since 1906.

This is the camels butt in the tent. It has long been observed that on the road to mandatory sub dermal biochip implantation, incrementalism would be the key.

First you implant those who can�t say no: the prison population, the military, government workers etc. Then the universe is expanded to those who want/need government services, then those who want/need to travel, buy gasoline etc. until the unbranded minority is compelled by necessity to accept the �accepted�.

VeriChip has already established a robust business in Latin America where kidnapping is a boutique industry.

VeriChip spokeswoman Philbin says, "The potential for this technology doesn�t just stop at the civilian level,� Philbin said. Company officials have touted the chips as versatile, able to be used in a variety of situations such as helping track illegal immigrants or giving doctors immediate access to patient�s medical records.

Several years ago I wrote about a discussion I had on my radio talk show in San Francisco. �I made a passing reference to the Sylvester Stallone/Wesley Snipes movie "Demolition Man." In it, everyone in the future is required to have a sub-dermal biochip implant. The device held an individual's entire personal history: medical, financial, health history, criminal record, etc. I noted that although it was science fiction, the technology exists NOW.

It has been "suggested" that sub-dermal biochip implants could/would assist the military in locating downed pilots. After all, it costs a lot of money to train a jet jockey and if or when they crash, they are a valuable resource that should be recovered as soon as possible. Parents could/should have them implanted in their children to aid in locating them if lost or kidnapped. If or when that estranged spouse kidnaps your child, GPS (Global Positioning Satellites) could track the child's exact whereabouts. Heck, cars and cell phones now have GPS units that offer help on demand road assistance at the push of a button -- even if YOU don't know where you are.�

VeriChip�s heavy political clout is accented by having former secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Tommy Thompson, on its board of directors.

Thompson assured reporters the chip is safe and that no one � not even military personnel, who are required by law to follow orders � will be forced to accept an implant against his or her will. Yeah�.for now..kinda/sorta. Not everybody agrees with Thompson, the idea of implanting the chips in live bodies has some veterans� groups and privacy advocates worried�bigtime.

Liz McIntyre, co-author "Spychips: How Major Corporations and Government Plan to Track your Every Move with RFID," said that VeriChip is "a huge threat� to public privacy. "They�ll start with people who can�t say no, like the elderly, sex offenders, immigrants, and the military. Then they�ll come knocking on our doors.� In other words, to re-write Ben Franklin, it is necessary to sacrifice a whole lot of freedom for a little security.

Big-Flipping-Brother knows where you are ALL the time. Privacy ... the very concept of privacy becomes an anachronism.

The myopic hubris of bureaucratic sphincters is sufficient to gag a maggot.

Those of us who still intend to defend and protect the Constitution against ALL enemies; foreign AND domestic are, by "The Controllers'" definition, "social misfits, kooks, and rebels."

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Those of us who still intend to defend and protect the Constitution against ALL enemies; foreign AND domestic are, by "The Controllers'" definition, "social misfits, kooks, and rebels."