By: John Jacobs
December 28, 2007
"And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name." (Revelation 13:16-17)
When that passage was written almost 2,000 years ago nobody knew about computers, satellites or tracking devices. While many will scoff at the possibility of this passage ever happening in our lifetime or any time in the future for that matter, there are some ominous developments that don't make it so far fetched and should cause alarm.
Just this week the British government proposed that dementia sufferers be tagged with RFID tracking devices to keep them from wandering off. The Alzheimer's Society has even backed the British government proposals. Many officials in the U.S. are also advocating RFID tracking devices for Alzheimer patients.
Microchip implants are now commonplace with most pets. The USDA has been working on mandating RFID implants in all livestock raised for human consumption. Implants have been suggested for those in the military, convicts, parolees, sex offenders, and illegal aliens. Hospitals and pharmaceutical companies have proposed the use of RFID tracking devices to cut down on medical errors and to keep better records of drugs dispensed to patients.
While this may all sound benevolent, it's quite possible that in the future a majority of Americans could fall into one category or another and find themselves electronically tagged.
Tommy Thompson, former Secretary of Health and Human Services during President Bush's first term, had a VeriChip tag injected into his arm in 2005 to have digital access to his medical records.
"We are all well aware of the need to enhance information technology in healthcare," Thompson said in a statement. "It is my belief that VeriChip is an important and secure means of accessing medical records and other information."
RFID is showing up everywhere from the products you purchase at the store to the remote key that opens your car doors. Currently the federal government is working towards implementing the Real ID Act which establishes national standards for state-issued driver's licenses and non-driver's identification cards. RFID technology will most certainly be imbedded into the licenses so your records can be easily accessed by law enforcement or those working for Homeland Security.
After December 31, 2009, "a Federal agency may not accept, for any official purpose, a driver's license or identification card issued by a state to any person unless the state is meeting the requirements" specified in the Real ID Act.
While opposition to this technology is growing, it will continue to become more common in medicine, the health care field and with all forms of identification. If you don't want to be a part of Big Brother's brave new world, you better get your head out of the sand and start doing something to oppose this Orwellian technology.