Thursday, June 01, 2006

To Put
Chips On

When it comes to opposing illegal immigration, I am probably in the top 10 percent. I am VERY anti-illegal immigration. Regular readers of this blog would know that.

However, I must say, I am also very pro-Freedom, and, as such, I am very much against the idea of any government putting tracking chips on any human being (other than violent felons) for any reason.

Check this out:

Scott Silverman, Chairman of the Board of VeriChip Corporation, has proposed implanting the company's RFID tracking tags in immigrant and guest workers. He made the statement on national television earlier this week.

Silverman was being interviewed on "Fox & Friends." Responding to the Bush administration's call to know "who is in our country and why they are here," he proposed using VeriChip RFID implants to register workers at the border, and then verify their identities in the workplace. He added, "We have talked to many people in Washington about using it...."

The VeriChip is a very small Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag about the size of a large grain of rice. It can be injected directly into the body; a special coating on the casing helps the VeriChip bond with living tissue and stay in place. A special RFID reader broadcasts a signal, and the antenna in the VeriChip draws power from the signal and sends its data. The VeriChip is a passive RFID tag; since it does not require a battery, it has a virtually unlimited life span.

RFID tags have long been used to identify animals in a variety of settings; livestock, laboratory animals and pets have been "chipped" for decades. Privacy advocates have long expressed concerns about this technology being used in human beings.

In a related story, Colombian President Alvaro Uribe allegedly remarked to visiting U.S. senators Jeff Sessions (Alabama) and Arlen Specter (Pennsylvania) that microchips could be used to track seasonal workers. "President Uribe said he would consider having Colombian workers have microchips implanted in their bodies before they are permitted to enter the U.S. for seasonal work," Specter told Congress on April 25.

VeriChips are legal for implantation in people in the U.S.; see VeriChip RFID Tag Patient Implant Badges Now FDA Approved.

See also a related story on a Proposed National Worker DNA Fingerprint Database.

Read more at RFID implants for guest workers, Latin leader keen on ID chips and Chip implants for migrant workers?.

This is how it will all start. Yes, people will think, this sounds reasonable. And then, there will be a proposal to track more people because of concerns over terrorism. And then, it will be discovered that such a chip can prevent theft, because it can replace money.

And, before you know it, you will not be able to go anywhere without the government knowing where you are, and what you are doing.

Does that sound like a life you would want?