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    They'll Never Put A Chip In Me! I'll Refuse.


    December 7, 2005

    Ex-HHS Head Puts Off Being Chipped Despite July Promise

    Ex-Bush cabinet member Tommy Thompson still hasn't received an RFID implant despite a televised promise he made in July 2005 to do so. Shortly after joining the board of VeriChip Corporation last spring, the former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services and four-term governor of Wisconsin told CNBC that he would "get chipped" with a VeriChip implant, but he has no plans to undergo the procedure anytime soon, according to recent revelations.

    The VeriChip is a glass-encapsulated RFID device designed to be injected into human flesh for identification purposes and for use as a payment device.

    In public appearances, Thompson has suggested injecting the microchips into Americans to link to their electronic medical records. "It's very beneficial and it's going to be extremely helpful and it's a giant step forward to getting what we call an electronic medical record for all Americans," he told CBS MarketWatch in July.

    When confronted by a CNBC correspondent in another July interview about whether he would take a chip himself, Thompson replied, "Absolutely, without a doubt."

    However, when authors Liz McIntyre and Katherine Albrecht, who researched human chipping for their book "Spychips: How Major Corporations and Government Plan to Track Your Every Move with RFID," contacted the VeriChip Corporation on December 5, they were told that the chipping never took place.

    VeriChip spokesman John Procter said Thompson has been "too busy" to undergo the chipping procedure, adding that he had no clear plans to do so in the future. "I wouldn't put any type of time line on it," Procter said.

    The VeriChip spokesman also attributed the protracted delay in the chipping to Thompson's desire to investigate the procedure. "He wants to see it [the VeriChip] in a real-world environment first," said Procter, who said he's trying to arrange a tour for Thompson at Hackensack University Medical Center, the first hospital to implement the technology in its emergency room.

    But the authors question this explanation. "We would expect Mr. Thompson to investigate the device *before* advocating it to others," said Liz McIntyre. "It sounds like he has wisely decided to put off the implantation, perhaps due to the serious privacy and civil liberties implications of such devices, or perhaps due to the serious medical downsides, like electrical risks and MRI incompatibility."

    Albrecht added, "Perhaps the implants conflict with Thompson's religious beliefs. Whatever his reasons, he should share them with the American people, many of whom have loved and trusted him for years. He will be responsible if they take an implant because of his influence."

    Thompson may find himself under increasing pressure to get chipped in light of VeriChip Corporation's recent IPO announcement. The company is relying on Thompson's cooperation to give the much maligned human tracking chip an image boost. "He said it on live television," said Procter of Thompson's chipping intentions. "We look forward to setting a firm date in accordance to his schedule and other commitments....We want to maximize the impact of [Thompson's chipping] event...We'd certainly like to...really knock it out of the park."

    McIntyre is hoping that Thompson will resist the pressure. "Our concern is that the VeriChip Company would like to chip every person on the planet, and they're counting on Thompson to be their ticket to mass acceptance," said McIntyre. "We're hoping he will work for the best interests of humanity and refuse to be goaded into an ill advised action."

    According to Procter, only about 60 living persons in the U.S. have agreed to be chipped. In addition to the voluntary recipients, the company's implants were injected into the deceased victims of hurricane Katrina, and there are plans to chip mentally disabled patients at a residential center in Chattanooga. VeriChip has also had talks with the Pentagon about chipping military personnel, though Procter said that "no formal agreements have been reached."

    A transcript of Thompson's entire CBS MarketWatch interview is available at

    A writeup of Thompson's chipping statements is available at

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    Re: They'll Never Put A Chip In Me! I'll Refuse.

    Check out http://www.spychips.com

    Big Brother is watching...see what has been implemented and what is in store for us.

    I have a friend that said NOT to buy a new TV, as they have a camera in them to watch those that are watching IT. She said not to even get the little black box to hook up the technology to an older TV, as those have a camera, as well. A little off the wall? Maybe, but maybe not...could have a lot to do with another reason to "kill your television," like Tommywho70x explains in THAT thread:

    Feds may subsidize digital TV converters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) ó U.S. Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Ted Stevens said Wednesday he plans to propose a $3 billion subsidy program to ensure older television sets still work when the transition to better quality, digital broadcasts is completed.
    Stevens, an Alaska Republican, said the estimated cost of a box to convert the new digital signals back to analog so existing television sets continue to work is $50 each and he proposed the government subsidize $40 of that amount.

    "We plan to provide a set-top box ... to everyone who has a TV that needs a box," Stevens said at a luncheon sponsored by the Free Enterprise Fund. "It may be we have to set a limit."

    Stevens has proposed legislation requiring television broadcasters to end analog broadcasts and only air digital by April 7, 2009. His committee plans to vote on setting the deadline and the subsidy amount Thursday afternoon.

    However, Republican Sen. John Sununu of New Hampshire may propose an amendment paring the subsidy fund to $1 billion, according to a list of expected amendments obtained by Reuters.

    Sen. John McCain, an Arizona Republican, also had planned an amendment to cap the program to $500 million but now may not do so, according to a source close to the issue.

    The money for the subsidy would come from selling some of the old analog airwaves at auction for commercial wireless services. The Congressional Budget Office has estimated a sale could raise $10 billion if the airwaves were made available in 2009.

    There are approximately 21 million homes in the United States that rely solely on broadcast television, while most households subscribe to cable or satellite services.

    The National Association of Broadcasters, which represents most television stations, has estimated that there are about 73 million television sets in homes in the United States that are not hooked up to cable or satellite service and rely solely on broadcast.

    Stevens' subsidy program would cover some 75 million television sets. However, he said by 2009, many households will likely have replaced their older sets with new ones that can receive the new digital broadcasts.

    "That will reduce the number of set-top boxes that will be needed," Stevens said. "The further out that date is, the fewer the set-top boxes that will be required."

    McCain also plans to propose an amendment to push up the digital transition date to April 7, 2007, according to the amendment list.

    A second bill aimed at addressing other issues related to the digital television transition that had been planned for Thursday has been put off, Stevens said.

    The House has been considering its own digital television draft legislation, setting a Dec. 31, 2008 deadline for completing the transition and it did not include a subsidy program.

    Differences between any House and Senate-passed versions would have to be resolved by a conference of lawmakers from both the House and Senate.


    October 20, 2005

    Dozens Descend on Dallas Store to Protest RFID "Spychips"

    More than 70 Texans converged on a Dallas Wal-Mart Supercenter this past Saturday to protest the store's RFID tagging of consumer products. Armed with anti-RFID signs and singing "We don't like the looks of spychips sittin' in this Wal-Mart store," the group worked the sidewalk adjacent to the store's parking lot, handing out literature to passersby and waving to drivers who honked in support of their stand.

    The protest, organized by the consumer privacy group CASPIAN, was sparked by Wal-Mart's use of RFID tags on Hewlett-Packard printer/scanners being sold in its stores. Placing RFID tags on individual consumer items, a practice known as "item-level tagging," has been widely condemned by privacy experts since 2003. Wal-Mart's use of RFID on these items disregards the recommendation of over 40 of the world's leading privacy and civil liberties organizations who have called on retailers to voluntarily abstain from the practice.

    "Wal-Mart's item-level RFID tagging initiative is dangerous and irresponsible. And it's especially worrisome when you consider who Wal-Mart's business partners are," said Katherine Albrecht, founder of CASPIAN and co-author of the bestselling book "Spychips: How Major Corporations and Government Plan to Track Your Every Move with RFID."

    She points to patent documents and promotional communications that she and co-author Liz McIntyre uncovered when doing research for their book.

    "We discovered that Wal-mart's partners -- companies like NCR, IBM, Sensormatic, and Procter & Gamble -- have developed extensive plans to monitor and track people and exploit them commercially through RFID tags in the things they buy," Albrecht said.

    "These companies are working with Wal-Mart to place RFID tags into all consumer products. This will make objects -- and the people wearing and carrying them -- remotely trackable. We have rock-solid evidence that they are already devising ways to exploit that potential," she added.

    Albrecht cites NCR -- with millions of dollars of point-of-sale scanning equipment installed in Wal-Mart stores nationwide -- as just one example. According to its own promotional literature, NCR has plans for retail store shelves that will change prices depending upon who approaches, pan and tilt cameras that will follow individual shoppers for the duration of their shopping trips, and RFID readers embedded in the store environment to individually identify and track shoppers everywhere they go, from the parking lot to the snack bar.

    "This is not mere conjecture. These companies have laid out plans for a nightmarish world of total surveillance, and they've described these plans in their own words. If item-level RFID is not stopped now, Wal-Mart stores could soon become retail zoos, with customers as the closely watched exhibits," warns Albrecht. "And other public spaces will soon follow."

    Wal-Mart has repeatedly denied that item-level RFID tagging poses a privacy risk, though the company was clearly concerned that discussion of its RFID plans could hurt sales. A spokesperson issued a statement last week intended to pacify consumers. "Safety is always a top priority for us and customers should not have any concerns about shopping this weekend at our stores," she said.

    Albrecht remained unconvinced, however. "If customers' safety and privacy were top priorities, Wal-Mart would confront its partners on their invasive plans and put an end to item-level tagging. But instead of thinking 'maybe we are deploying a technology that has real risks attached,' they seem to be asking themselves 'How can we get this past people?' "

    The Texas protesters who turned out on Saturday are not alone in their concerns over RFID. Studies show that the majority of consumers oppose RFID technology on privacy grounds.



    Photos of the Wal-Mart protest:

    Photos showing Wal-Mart's in-store use of RFID:
    Last edited by boone; 12-16-2005 at 09:12 PM.

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    Re: They'll Never Put A Chip In Me! I'll Refuse.

    Nope not in me, I AM ALLERGIC TO THOSE THINGS!

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