Tracking Immigrants, Discovery Channel Style

RFID implantIt’s not enough that illegal immigrants are the new boogeyman in the U.S., Congress may be warming up to bagging and tagging them with RFID chip implants.

Scott Silverman — chairman and CEO of Applied Digital — says people in Washington who are keen to the idea of tracking immigrants as if they were little more than livestock:

“It’s an election at the part of the immigrant or an election on the part of the government,” he explained.

“We have talked to many people in Washington about using it.”

Silverman then tried to make it sound like he would be doing immigrants a favor by implanting a tracking device in their bodies, saying the chips would be “a benefit to the person that’s in the guest worker program because if you leave your card at home or you leave it at your work, you’re not going to be able to go back and forth across the border.”

Who knows if the plan will gain traction in Congress, but you can bet that with talk already hitting the wire on support for a national DNA database, mandatory RFID chipping of immigrants and legal citizens can’t be too far behind in the curve.

8 Comments
  1. And remember… only terrorist and unpatriotic fuck faces would refuse to get a chip.

    After all, you don’t want to help the ter-rists do ya?

  2. And even if you think religion is all mumbo jumbo… It’s (at the bare minumum) the mark of the “government gone wild”

  3. Here’s a question: Why Wisconsin? Here’s an answer: Former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson. Thompson is on the Board of Directors of a company called VeriChip that is promoting rice-grain sized RFID chips that can be implanted under the skin to help track hospital patients and minimize medical mistakes. http://www.duluthsuperior.com/mld/duluthsuperior/14418898.htm. For those who don’t know, Thompson is a Republican (also former Health and Human Services Secretary to President Bush) and the author of the legislation banning chip implantation is State Representative Marlin Schneider, a Democrat. At the end of the day, legislation is always about politics, politics, politics. That’s part of the reason why an “education campaign” has limits — RFID supporters must learn to play politics, not just “educate.”

  4. This is a scam and is a preliminary step to putting implantable microchips in American citizens.

  5. Don’t forget that its not just a chip- it also needs an antenna which is usually about 1″ long and 2″ wide. Even with that you only get a range of 3 feet or so.

    The ones that have a range of several yards and a GPS are about the size of a pack of cards because it needs to have a battery and room for the GPS antenna.

    In ten years, they definately will have implantable ones, but we’re not there yet.

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