Thursday, August 24, 2006

Another Slippery Slope

So, instead of having a tattoo, it's going to be a computer chip? I don't think so! Implanted Chips in Our Troops? A Florida company wants to get under the skin of 1.4 million U.S. servicemen and women. As far as I'm concerned, they can wish in one hand, and ..... in the other - let's see which fills up faster.
The device is usually implanted above the triceps area of an individual’s right arm, but can also by implanted in the hand if scanned at the proper frequency. The VeriChip responds with a unique 16-digit number, which can correlate the user to information stored on a database for identity verification, medical records access, and other uses. The insertion procedure is performed under local anesthetic, and once inserted it is invisible to the naked eye.
Soldiers are suppose to follow orders, but would this be one they can refuse?
On Monday the Department of State started to issue electronic passports (e-passports) equipped with RFID chips. According to reports the U.S. government has placed an order with a California company, Infineon Technologies North America, for smart chip-embedded passports. The Associated Press said the new U.S. passports include an electronic chip that contains all the data contained in the paper version name, birth date, gender, for example and can be read by digital scanners at equipped airports. They cost 14 percent more than their predecessors but the State Department said they will speed up going through Customs and help enhance border security.
I don't remember anyone asking me if it was ok to put chips in U.S. issued passports. My answer would definitely be an emphatic NO!
The company's hefty political clout is typified by having former secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Tommy Thompson, on its board of directors. Thompson assured the Examiner that 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. He has also promised to have a chip implanted in himself but could not tell the Examiner when. "I'’m extremely busy and I'’m waiting until my hospitals and doctors are able to run some screens," he told the newspaper.
This doesn't suprise me. I've honestly never understood why people in Wisconsin think the former governor is so great. He's way too liberal in my opinion.
"It'’s the size of a grain of rice,"” she (Phsaid) saidd. "It'’s like getting a shot of penicillin."”
Isn't the how Kerry got his Purple Heart? By getting shot with rice? NOT gonna happen on this ol' broad's bod! They better have special forces ready, cuz it's gonna be a cold day in hell!