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BTC —  Where is the practice of human microchipping headed in 2011?  There are still a few carefully concealed marketshares going forward to keep tabs on.

NATIONAL SECURITY

Sadly, there has been a longstanding concern over ideation that the United States military actually “owns” their service members and can perform medical experiments on them; that they have lost rights as Americans.

In this CNN report some military personnell are being chipped.  One wonders, why didn’t it cause more outrage?  I think because of some of the perverse public conditioning that ground servicemen are more or less disposable Americans who voluntarily put themselves in harms way.

In this propaganda piece, GPS opt-in location surveillance is sold to us for our safety and security and emergency preparedness.  CNN is has an ongoing curiosity for this type of stuff.  People in Mexico are being talked into adopting the chips due to the rates of kidnapping.

You don’t really need to be microchipped if you carry a cell phone. Location surveillance is simply carried out by your cell phone. However, most people never intended for their communications devices to turn into a personal surveillance tool.

HEALTHCARE

Buried in the US healthcare law is a mandate for medical devices.  Some fear it’s a return to a 2004 proposal put forth by the Center for Devices and Radiological Health to microchip the US populace, this time by 2013.  This adds one more log on the bonfires to repeal the healthcare mandate for all Americans.

On page 1001 of the healthcare bill {now law} is “Subtitle C – National Medical Device Registry” states,

“The Secretary shall establish a national medical device registry (in this subsection referred to as the ‘registry’) to facilitate analysis of postmarket safety and outcomes data on each device that … is or has been used in or on a patient…”

On January 17th a Transatlantic eHealth agreement was signed to promote “a common approach on the interoperability of electronic health records and on education programmes for information technology and health professionals.”  

The current handling of UK’s electronic health information data has been strongly contested by privacy advocates who are now able to opt out of certain data processing procedures.

Novartis and other pharmaceutical companies are producing a Smart pill technology containing microchips for organ transplant recipients. The chips can transmit internal information to computers and cellphones from inside the patient. Microchipping mandates for citizens with developmental disabilities or diabetes continue to be frowned upon by citizen majorities. It’s viewed as something done to animal property – not human beings.

One Australian group, WTPWNBC (We The People will not be chipped), put forth a legislative draft to protect people from being involuntarily microchipped or accepting location surveillance as a condition of employment or lifestyle.  This would also prohibit companies and governments from coercing or discriminating against citizens who refuse to volunteer for microchipping procedures.

PETS

This brings us to the more prolific, less fought market for microchipping pets, livestock and other animals.

Many European countries and US States mandate animals to be microchipped. If one were to think darkly about it, microchipping your property by mandate is a way for governments to keep tabs on what you own.

Lawsuits were pursued late last year over claims that the HomeAgain pet ID chip causes cancer in animals with their brand of RFID implants.

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BTC – The above picture is linked to a report about a device found underneath a car’s chassis.  The device turned out to be a recently legalized device for federal location surveillance using GPS.  Concerns are increasing about the legal use and precedent for this type of public tracking.

In another instance of disturbing auto surveillance, David Lindorff writes about the risks to public health from mobile backscatter X-Ray machines performing invisible searches for persons hidden in vans or cars.  The proposed use for these machines is to find people being illegally trafficked or transported.  Here’s how it actually works:

“In theory, the device is supposed to be safe for human targets, because it is operated at a distance, and because the beam is weakened by penetrating the metal of a vehicle before it reaches a person. But the flaws in this kind of reassuring safety calculus are readily apparent in a photo of a small truck carrying contraband that accompanies the Christian Science Monitor story. The X-ray image, after penetrating the truck cab’s metal body, clearly shows the contraband behind the driver’s seat, but it also just as clearly shows the shadowy outline of the driver of the pickup. Worse yet, even his window is half-way down, so there is no shielding at all of the X-rays hitting his head. Houses meanwhile, are most often built of wood, which offers little or no shielding protection.” – Dave Lindorff 

Here’s what a DHS Backscatter X-Ray van looks like:

*Special thanks to my friend, actor Tim Biancalana, who put the vans back on our radar. Biancalana’s work can be seen in a film called ZENITH, due for release this month at the IFC Center.   The film casted another friend, Sander Hicks, who is now a historic figure in NYC’s culture of controversial truth telling.