Pennsylvania representative introduces bill citing privacy, health concerns
Friday, Nov 14, 2008
A Pennsylvania Lawmaker has joined a growing movement of representatives in seeking to outlaw identification implants in humans.
According to a recent press release on her website, State Rep. Babette Josephs, D-Phila., has introduced legislation that would make it illegal to implant any identification device on or under a person’s skin that would contain and transmit personal information.
The bill (H.B. 2374) passed through the House State Government Committee last month and has now moved to the full House for consideration.
The legislation calls for a civil penalty of up to $10,000 for any outside party, including government agencies, accessing personal information, such as driver’s license, Social Security or state identification number from any implanted devices.
Josephs commented that implanted devices, though perhaps the most intrusive of surveillance devices are just one part of an overall larger move towards a surveillance society.
She has also warned that medical research has linked the devices to the development of tumors.
Josephs follows the trail blazing actions of Governor Jim Doyle of Wisconsin who signed a law in 2006 declaring it a crime to require an individual to be implanted with a microchip.
The people of Wisconsin welcomed the RFID law which imposes fine of up to $10,000 per day for a violator. The Bill was introduced by Rep. Marlin Schneider, D-Wisconsin.
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Implantable identification technology has been in existence for over a decade now and discussions on ID chipping of humans arise regularly.
During the the confirmation hearings for John Roberts Jr., George W. Bush’s nominee for Supreme Court chief justice, Roberts was questioned by Senator (and now vice president elect) Joseph R. Biden on whether he would rule against a mandatory implantable microchip to track American citizens, warning that he would have to address the issue during his tenure:
Last year there was a congressional debate on whether airport workers could be mandated to have microchip implants.
Other workers have already been forced to take the chip.
Government workers in Mexico are being forced to take the chip or lose their job. Staff of Mexico’s attorney general had to take the chip in order to access secure areas.
In February, a Cincinnati surveillance equipment company became the first U.S. business to use this application when a handful of employees voluntarily got implants to allow them to enter secure rooms.
A spotlight was placed on chip implants last year by the London Times which ran a piece asking whether children should be implanted in the wake of the kidnapping of British toddler Madeleine McCann.
Debate also exists on the chipping on inmates, sex offenders and other vilified groups.
Another area in which the debate over chips rages is the medical profession. Last year, leaked British policy review documents revealed that the government has considered the notion of implanting anyone considered mentally unstable with a microchip.
We have also previously highlighted how implantable chips are being used for recreational purposes, to pay for drinks in bars. The Baja Beach club in Barcelona has championed the technology for years. Leading sports figures now carry chips in their clothing to track their performances, implantation has already been debated as the next step.
All manner of things from commerce to transport could one day forge the way towards a microchipped society.
We have also previously reported on proposed Google type brain implant chips that would “improve human memory”, an idea which mirrors already active projects funded by the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
Last year award winning director Aaron Russo, appearing on the Alex Jones show, stressed that the true intentions of the global elite, in particular the Rockefeller family, is a microchipped society. A society where you have no privacy, nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, whether you’re innocent, guilty, indifferent or impaired.
Consider that the first use of the technology was in tracking and tracing cattle and other animals.
A microchipped society sounds like something from a horrific science fiction movie, as ever fiction is being mirrored by reality as we now see it being debated on Capitol Hill.
The Age in Australia reported that within ten years the chip will be as common as cell phones are today. If the scheme became commonplace then it is estimated that around 75% of the population would be mandated to take the chips.
By pure coincidence (ahem) IBM, the company behind Verichip, the major retailer of implantable chips, also ran the cataloging system used by the Nazis to store information on Jews in Hitler’s Germany.
Furthermore, studies dating back to the mid 90’s have shown that implants can induce cancer malignant tumors in some lab mice and rats. Keith Johnson, retired toxicology pathologist from Dow Chemical, stated in an interview with the AP that his findings proved “The transponders were the cause of the tumors.”
Such revelations were one cause of a steep decline in the stock price of implant devices in 2008.
To understand just how easily a microchipped society could quickly become reality, read this excellent piece from 2006 by Kevin Haggerty of the Toronto Star.
This article was posted: Friday, November 14, 2008 at 10:04 am