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    Take Action! Stop Animal ID, & Other RFID Chip Issues

    A few varied concerns about RFID chip implants. Please read these articles here- if you value privacy- be informed!!!!

    On-line petitions are at
    http://www.stopanimalid.org/action/onlinepetitions.php

    From http://www.stopanimalid.org

    Attention Organic And Local Food Consumers, Livestock And Horse Owners:

    The USDA plans to make every owner of even one horse, cow, pig, goat, sheep, chicken, or pigeon register in a government database and subject their property and animals to constant federal and state government surveillance, and the animal owner will have to PAY for the privilege of owning animals!

    To learn more about the ramifications of this Government decree and how it will affect everyone, not just farmers and animal owners, navigate our site and visit our forum.

    The National Animal Identification System (NAIS) is a national program to identify and track livestock animals, including poultry, horses, cattle, goats and sheep for the purpose of disease containment. NAIS plans to use RFID and GPS technology to track animals, and requires every farm or “premises” be registered with government agencies, even if that premises houses a single animal. While NAIS’s purported goal of disease containment appears to be beneficial, the requirement for American citizens to register privately-owned property for tracking and monitoring purposes has very serious implications for our privacy, rights and freedoms.

    StopAnimalID.org is the online manifestation of a grass roots refusal to submit to the latest grasping for control of what was once a government of We The People, but has now become a government of Them, The Agri-Conglomerates. This website is a means for like-minded individuals to band together and discover they are not alone in opposing this abuse of privacy and property rights.

    Our agenda, perhaps obviously enough, is to stop the National Animal Identification System. We hope to do this by first raising awareness among the public. To do this we will compile a wealth of data regarding the NAIS in an easy to peruse format online. We will also provide printable materials to put the basics of this issue and what it means into places where it will count most, such as feedstores, farm supply stores, farm auctions, etc.

    Secondly, we will facilitate communication and interaction via our forum, email and contact lists. We will seek to build an online community where like-minded individuals can go to review current events, their current personal and group tactics and actions and analyze both our successes and defeats.

    Finally, we will provide the information needed to effectively combat the juggernaut that is the NAIS, which bears down on us. From editorials to links to analysis of the law and meetings and public hearings. We will seek to publicize the names and addresses of people in positions that make them important to contact. We will push this data into as many hands as we possibly can and fight this issue at the grass roots, online and if needed eventually in the courts.

    But to succeed StopAnimalID.org needs the particpation of every single Citizen of these United States who still values freedom and the use of their private and personal property, not to mention their own privacy. Whether you own livestock or not your help is needed. We must have your participation, contribution and effort to succeed in spreading the word, raising consciousness and empowering this movement. Join the fight today. This may be one of the biggest issues of your life.

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    Under Your Skin Computer Chip Has Now Arrived

    A Florida technology company is poised to ask the government for permission to market a first-ever computer ID chip that could be embedded beneath a person's skin.

    Applied Digital Solutions' new "Verichip," about the size of a grain of rice, is the first computer ID chip that can be embedded beneath the skin.

    For airports, nuclear power plants and other high security facilities, the immediate benefits could be a closer-to-foolproof security system. But privacy advocates warn the chip could lead to encroachments on civil liberties.

    The implant technology is another case of science fiction evolving into fact. Those who have long advanced the idea of implant chips say it could someday mean no more easy-to-counterfeit ID cards nor dozing security guards.

    Just a computer chip - about the size of a grain of rice - that would be difficult to remove and tough to mimic.

    Other uses of the technology on the horizon, from an added device that would allow satellite tracking of an individual's every movement to the storage of sensitive data like medical records, are already attracting interest across the globe for tasks like foiling kidnappings or assisting paramedics.

    Applied Digital Solutions' new "VeriChip" is another sign that Sept. 11 has catapulted the science of security into a realm with uncharted possibilities - and also new fears for privacy.

    "The problem is that you always have to think about what the device will be used for tomorrow," said Lee Tien, a senior attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a privacy advocacy group.

    "It's what we call function creep. At first a device is used for applications we all agree are good but then it slowly is used for more than it was intended," he said.

    Applied Digital, based in Palm Beach, Fla., says it will soon begin the process of getting Food and Drug Administration approval for the device, and intends to limit its marketing to companies that ensure its human use is voluntary.

    "The line in the sand that we draw is that the use of the VeriChip would always be voluntarily," said Keith Bolton, chief technology officer and a vice president at Applied Digital. "We would never provide it to a company that intended to coerce people to use it."

    More than a decade ago, Applied bought a competing firm, Destron Fearing, which had been making chips implanted in animals for several years. Those chips were mainly bought by animal owners wanting to provide another way for pound workers to identify a lost pet.

    Chips for Humans Aren't That Much Different

    But the company was hesitant to market them for people because of ethical questions. The devastation of Sept. 11 solidified the company's resolve to market the human chip and brought about a new sensibility about the possible interest.

    "It's a sad time ... when people have to wonder whether it's safe in their own country," Bolton said.

    The makers of the chip also foresee it being used to help emergency workers diagnose a lost Alzheimer's patient or access an unconscious patient's medical history.

    Getting the implant would go something like this:

    A person or company buys the chip from Applied Digital for about $200 and the company encodes it with the desired information. The person seeking the implant takes the tiny device - about the size of a grain of rice, to their doctor, who can insert it with a large needle device.

    The doctor monitors the device for several weeks to make sure it doesn't move and that no infection develops.

    The device has no power supply, rather it contains a millimeter-long magnetic coil that is activated when a scanning device is run across the skin above it. A tiny transmitter on the chip sends out the data.

    Without a scanner, the chip cannot be read.

    Applied Digital plans to give away chip readers to hospitals and ambulance companies, in the hopes they'll become standard equipment.

    The chip has drawn attention from several religious groups.

    Theologian and author Terry Cook said he worries the identification chip could be the "mark of the beast," an identifying mark that all people will be forced to wear just before the end times, according to the Bible.

    Applied Digital has consulted theologians and appeared on the religious television program the "700 Club" to assure viewers the chip didn't fit the biblical description of the mark because it is under the skin and hidden from view.

    Even with the privacy and religious concerns, some are already eager to use the product.

    Jeff Jacobs in Coral Springs, Florida has contacted the company in hopes of becoming the first person to purchase the chip.

    Jacobs suffers from a number of serious allergies and wants to make sure medical personnel can diagnose him.

    "They would know who to contact, they would know what medications I'm on, and it's quite a few," he said. "They would know what I'm allergic to, what kind of operations I've had and where there might be problems."

    Applied Digital says technology to let the chip to be used for tracking is already well under development.

    Eight Latin American companies have contacted Applied Digital and have openly encouraged the company to pursue the internal tracking devices. In some countries, kidnapping has become an epidemic that limits tourism and business.

    Applied Digital Solutions' new "Verichip," about the size of a grain of rice, is the first computer ID chip that can be embedded beneath the skin.

    USA Today February 27, 2002
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    Re: Take Action! Stop Animal ID, & Other RFID Chip Issues

    Why You Should Get A Chip Implant

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    DM COMMENT: The following series of articles show how technology has advanced in the last few years with respect to giving us the options of making life easier by implanting devices on our body. They certainly offer many advantages for convenience. I think it is important to recognize that these devices are not just coming they are here and can be put in place today. When they become available one would likely benefit from long and serious reflections on whether or not this is a sign of "the mark of the beast" that is referenced in the last book of the Bible.


    By Paul Somerson, PC Computing Sept. 27

    How'd you like to avoid waiting in lines for the rest of your life? Breeze through everywhere like you owned the place. Watch lights snap on, doors open automatically, money pop out of ATMs as you approach. Never have to show an ID, buy a ticket, carry keys, or remember a password. You'd leave stores loaded with packages and waltz right past the cashiers. You wouldn't have to carry a wallet. Ever. Family and friends could find you instantly in any crowd.

    THERE'S ONLY ONE CATCH C you'd need to have a tiny little chip implanted in your body. No big deal. Just ask Kevin Warwick, a British professor who had a silicon-based transponder surgically inserted into his forearm last year. You'd think from all the attention that the natty professor was jacking chips into his brain like some cheese-ball sci-fi android. Truth is, his modest implant simply turned him into a walking EZ-Pass.

    Warwick's gizmo C a coil of wire and a few chips embedded in a small glass capsule about a tenth of an inch wide and a little less than an inch long C generates a 64-bit number when zapped by an RF transmitter. A receiver then looks it up in a database.Animal shelters have implanted millions of these electronic IDs in cats, dogs, and birds. Metal tags can fall off, and tattooed numbers could be placed anywhere and are often hard to find C who wants to play slap-and-tickle with a snarling rottweiler?

    A lot of us carry similar mechanisms inside ID cards, to open doors. But these can get lost, forgotten, or stolen and misused. And biometric devices like retinal scanners and fingerprint sensors are intrusive and imperfect. Besides, people have been sticking all sorts of things in their bodies for years C pacemakers to fix broken hearts, silicone to perk up skinny chests, Norplant to prevent third-world countries from becoming fourth-world ones.

    Consider the benefits. It would end password PINsanity forever. Sensors would wave chipped consumers through checkout lines and tollbooths. Contractors would build implant-friendly homes and offices with Gatesian gimmicks that could customize temperature, background music, and even images on wall-size flat-screen displays as you move from room to room. It would help sort out newborn babies, Alzheimer's patients, amnesiacs, comatose (or worse) accident victims, and military casualties. In fact, there's an entire paranoid-delusional faction out there that believes the government is already chipping soldiers and prisoners. And kidnap-prone executives are supposedly implanting tiny Lo-Jack devices to track their movements.

    Internal chips could measure irregular heartbeats and blood-sugar levels in diabetics. Or, as Warwick points out, chips could sense muscular movements so you could play air guitar, type on virtual air keyboards, move invisible mice. And Warwick won't make a lot of new redneck friends with his suggestion that gun buyers first get chipped before their weapons are delivered.

    Computers are rapidly evolving into Internet terminals. When your chip goes in, you'll be able to walk up to any terminal in any office and log on instantly. Incoming phone calls and faxes will automatically be routed to wherever you happen to be. Of course, employers could also log your time in the john or at the water cooler. If you don't think you're already being monitored, you're naïve. Your credit cards, telephone bills, supermarket club cards, Internet purchases and public records like home purchases and car licenses already do a pretty good job. How will they convince people to implant these chips? First, they'll hype the convenience of leaving your keys, credit cards and money at home. Then they'll automate everything from cash registers to tollbooths so if you're chipped you can zoom through in a digital carpool lane. Me, I'll wait.

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    Re: Take Action! Stop Animal ID, & Other RFID Chip Issues

    How Will Microchips Affect Your Privacy

    Supermarkets are introducing a new technology that could invade the privacy of consumers. RFID tags, or Radio Frequency ID tags, could soon replace barcodes as a means of labeling products.

    Broadcasts Product Data

    Instead of the manual scans barcodes require, RFID broadcasts data to electronic readers. This allows computer networks to track the progress of products both on the shelf and in transport.

    Who Gets the Information?

    However, many worry that the tags will be used to keep track not only of the object, but also of the person who bought it. Once the tags are universal, the question of who has the ability to read them, and what they are doing with the information, becomes a troubling one.

    Instant Deletion

    One possible solution that has been proposed is the idea of deleting the information on the tag as soon as the customer leaves the shop with the product.

    BBC News April 8, 2006

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------Dr. Mercola's Comment:

    Recently, I told you about the phased-in use of radio frequency identification technology (RFID) to track farm animals in U.S. Department of Agriculture databases, a major concern that could limit your ability to buy healthy food by driving small farmers out of business.

    This interesting BBC News piece argues that the real benefits of RFID -- tracking the movement of stock from a manufacturer to your corner grocery store -- could be undermined by the public's perception.

    If RFID is used for used for purposes that will limit your freedoms, like the expensive "chipping" of farm animals that will cause many small farmers to go out of business and not sell you high quality food, then they are clearly not in your best interests.

    Some experts, including Internet guru Vint Cerf (who recently joined Google), remain wary about whether manufacturers are really collecting stock data or collecting personal information.

    The problem isn't the ability of a business to track the sale of its own goods; the ability to monitor RFID tags inexpensively outside businesses in your home, and the subsequent invasion of your privacy, is the primary concern. Precautions need to be taken to keep this from becoming a problem.

    The advantages of RFID technology are obvious: No more lost shipments. Stores will receive the right amount of items. Experts estimate a retailer the size of Wal-Mart could save as much as $7.6 billion each year in labor costs if every pallet of stock came a RFID tag. The technology also allows retailers to reduce or raise prices at a moment's notice with the ebb and flow of daily business.

    But it's technology that needs to be handled sensibly in terms of your privacy, or it could end up creating far more problems than it solves.

    Some have actually resorted to popping these items in their microwave as the microwave radiation actually causes many of the RFID to explode or become deactivated, thus effectively crippling their eavsdropping potential on your purchasing habits.

    There is also the concern about measuring these RFID tags. They have to be scanned with a radio emitter to activate them and these emitters use either a High Frequency 13.56MHz, with a nominal range of 5 yards, or an Ultra High Frequency 868MHz.

    We really don't know what types of health challenges chronic exposures to these EMFs will provide, especially to those clerks that are scanning them all day long.

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