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It is "worn" as a symbol of worship on the right hand or on the forehead. However, national or international ID numbers are also significant because at the time the Mark is instituted, Antichrist will control all buying and selling, which obviously requires personal identification for all people.
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Microchip Implants Raise Privacy Concern
July 23, 2007 - The usage and acceptance of RFID chips implanted in humans is growing. Some governmental agencies, private companies, and even social clubs have begun to require the injection of the tiny radio frequency identification devices, usually in the forearm. As usage grows, so does the debate about privacy.
- Some Christian critics saw the implants as the fulfillment of a biblical prophecy that describes an age of evil in which humans are forced to take the "Mark of the Beast" on their bodies, to buy or sell anything.
- Source: My Way (Story no longer on line)
Powerful new radio chip unveiled
July 20, 2006 - Hewlett Packard has introduced "Memory Spots," small flat chips with an adhesive backing that can be attached to objects. They can store more than 250 times as much data as ordinary RFID chips, and can transmit the information 20 times faster. The data could include sound, text or video. The information can be read by touching the chip with an inexpensive handheld electronic reader. However, they can not be read from a distance. In mass production the spots might be very inexpensive (possibly 10 cents each).
- Source: WorldNetDaily
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Curiosity, Humor Surround June 6, 2006
June 6, 2006 - Tuesday's unique date (the only one this millennium) is not likely to bring the start of the Apocalypse, but it is a day of interesting product releases, a day of fear for some, and the opportunity for humor by others.
- Source: Bretbart (Story no longer on line)
- A Fun Collection of Beastly Numbers
- Mathmatical Facts About The Number 666
- On 6-6-06, 'Godless' takes readers into inner sanctum of 'Church of Liberalism' - WorldNetDaily
- Mortgage demand dips as 30-year rate hits 4-year high of 6.66% - USA Today
- 666 wrong number
of prophetic beast? - WorldNetDaily - Newly examined Scripture fragment lends credence to argument it's 616
NSA Building Giant Database of Americans' Phone Calls, Newspaper Reports
May 11, 2006 - USA Today reports that the National Security Agency has been secretly collecting phone records since shortly after the September 11, 2001 attacks. They are attempting to build a database of every call made within the country.
- Source: Fox
- NSA has massive database of Americans' phone calls - USA Today
Is coming national ID 'mark of the beast'?
May 5, 2006 - Last year Congress passed Public Law 109-13, the Real ID Act. The national ID portion of the law must be implemented by May 2008. State driver's licences will contain key information, including the person's full legal name, address, date of birth, gender, driver's license number, and a digital photo. States will be required to share the data with every other state.
- Americans choosing not to carry a national ID... will be prohibited from driving a car, boarding a plane, train or bus, entering any federal building, opening a bank account, or possibly from holding a job.
NSA Web Site Uses Banned 'Cookies'
Jan. 29, 2005 - Federal rules allow the National Security Agency to issue temporary files that save information on visiting websites. However, they are not permitted to write the kind that stay on the computer for a long time and can track computer usage unless they first obtain permission for a credible reason. Recently the NSA has been placing these banned files on visitor's computers.
- These files, known as "cookies," disappeared after a privacy activist complained and The Associated Press made inquiries this week, and agency officials acknowledged Wednesday they had made a mistake.
- Source: CBS News
Chase launches new 'blink' credit card
May 19, 2005 - JPMorgan Chase & Co. will issue a new credit card that will allow customers to pay for items more quickly by just holding the card near a terminal. The terminal will give an audible tone to indicate that the payment has been accepted.
Radio Frequency Identification Chips in the News
- RFID - between spying and utility - SoftPedia News
- RFID Cards Get Spin Treatment -Wired News
- MasterCard, Visa Agree on RFID Protocol - RFID Journal
Applied Digital's VeriChip Selected for Prestigious Technology Award in Italy
Mar. 23, 2005 - VeriChip(TM) has received the 2005 Well-Tech Award in Italy. The device is recognized for helping medical patients by conveying vital information about their personal identification information and recent medical history.
- Source:Yahoo (Story no longer on line)
House approves electronic ID cards
Feb. 11, 2005 - In the ongoing war against terrorism, the House of Representatives has passed a measure that requires electronic identification of card holders.
Another provision of the bill is that states would be required to link their DMV databases.
- The measure, called the Real ID Act, says that driver's licenses and other ID cards must include a digital photograph, anticounterfeiting features and undefined "machine-readable technology, with defined minimum data elements" that could include a magnetic strip or RFID tag.
Put It On the Tab
Jan. 19, 2005 - A bar in Scotland allows an ID chip in a person's arm to pay for his drinks.
The idea is popular because the patrons can leave their wallets at home instead of losing them in the bar.
- "By the time you walk through the door to the bar, your favorite drink is waiting for you and the bar staff can greet you by name," Brad Stevens, owner of the venue, told The Observer of London.
- Source: Fox
German researchers move forward on plastic RFID chip
Jan. 13, 2005 - A German company has refined the process of printing a microchip on plastic the same way a newspaper is printed on paper. Their current product is a radio frequency identification (RFID) device that is very inexpensive, but still too slow to meet the standards of their industry.
- By 2008, PolyIC hopes to have a chip with a storage capacity of 128 bits and a processing speed of 13.56 MHz to comply with radio frequency identification (RFID) standards.
- Source:Computerworld (Story no longer on line)
IBM offers RFID services for manufacturers
Dec. 15, 2004 - Since retailers like Walmart and Target have announced plans to use radio frequency identification tags on all products in the future, IBM has developed computer tools to assist manufacturers and mid-sized retail stores to use the technology.
- In a research report published Tuesday, Boston-based Yankee Group estimated that consumer goods manufacturers will spend an average of $6.9 million on RFID in 2005
- See:RFID Article - Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
Implantable chip's medical dangers
Oct. 20, 2004 - The Food and Drug Agency has given approval to Applied Digital's VeriChip implantable device, but promotional materials from the company have failed to mention potential risks to health such a device may have. Some of these are:
- ... adverse tissue reaction, migration of implanted transponder, … failure of implanted transponder, … electromagnetic interference, electrical hazards, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) incompatibility and needle stick."
FDA approves injecting ID chips in patients
Oct. 13, 2004 - Applied Digital announced that it has received Food and Drug Administration approval for implanting its Veri Chip in humans for medical purposes. The radio frequency identification device enables computer access to vital medical records for the patient.
- Source:C/Net (Story no longer on line)
RFID gets skin-deep alternative
Aug. 4, 2004 - Ident Technologies has introduced "Skinplex," an identification device that uses the skin as the conductor of an electromagnetic signal. The signal is transmitted when the carrier touches a receiver (a lock, a remote unlocking device, etc.)
- The Skinplex system can also be worked from a distance of 50cm, transmitting through the ether.
- RFID becoming billion-dollar market
New Technology: Security Precautions or Privacy Violations
Aug. 3, 2004 - The need for increased security is pushing adoption of what the Pentagon calls the Terrorist Information Awareness program. It will do data-mining, a constant search for information on all people, not just terrorism suspects. The information it will store would fill more than 900 million books, an average of 40 pages of information on each of earth's six billion human beings.
Privacy advocates say that this Terrorist Information Awareness program will allow intelligence agencies access every private database in the country.
In essence, this program, if implemented, will turn all people into suspects. Many say this is contrary to the American concept of being presumed innocent until proven guilty.
- So if they wanted to look at you, they could look at all your credit card records, all your banking records, everything that you've done, bring it all together and create a profile to see whether you're somebody they ought to look at more closely."
- Source:CBN (Story no longer on line)
Grocery shoppers: Pay by cash, check or finger scan?
July 18, 2004 - Albertson's and other grocery chains are fighting back against Walmart type discounters by offering special high-tech features for shoppers. These systems include in-store information kiosks, "smart" shopping carts that allow people to price-scan groceries as they shop, self-service check-out for speed, and the use of their fingerprint to pay the bill.
- Source:Star Tribune
- 'Paper or plastic' is now 'computer or cashier' -Sydney Morning Herald
Japan: Schoolkids to be tagged with RFID chips
July 13, 2004 - Osaka school authorities have decided to use identification chips to keep track of school children. RFID chips will be put onto kids' schoolbags, name tags or clothing. They will then be read by readers installed in school gates and other key locations.
- Source:CNet (Story no longer on line)
Child ID system makes its mark
May 23, 2004 - The Masonic Child Identification Program (CHIP) processed an
estimated 14,000 children in a seven-state drive to obtain vital information for parents in case their children are lost or kidnapped. The children were fingerprinted, and videotaped, and each one had impressions taken of their teeth and DNA samples taken from their saliva.
- All of the identification materials are kept by the parents to ensure privacy, said Dr. David Harte, a Milton Mason who founded the program in 1998.
- Source:Boston Globe (Story no longer on line)
Grocery store goes to fingerprint payments
Mar. 4, 2004 - Piggly Wiggly stores in Columbia and Charleston, S. Carolina, will soon allow customers to pay for their groceries by touching their finger to a light-sensitive pad.
- According to Pay By Touch, the San Francisco-based firm whose product is being used, the system takes 10 seconds to OK a payment by fingerprint.
Digital Angel shares jump on mad cow scare
Dec. 26, 2003 - Because of the discovery of the U.S.'s first case of Mad Cow disease, shares of Digital Angel Corp., which makes tiny microchips used to track animals, jumped more than 60 percent in very active trading Friday
Digital Angel also makes implantable chips that provide temperature data to help diagnose diseased animals.
- Being able to find out where animals were born and where they were raised, is very important for investigators trying to find the origin of a diseased animal.
- Source:Twin Cities Business Journal
Would a microchip keep your child safe?
Dec. 18, 2003 - This article explores the pros and cons of inserting RFID (Radio frequency identification) chips in children. Existing chips can not transmit a signal very far. Some depend on use of a cellular phone signal. One US company, Wherify, offers a watch or bracelet with a GPS tracking system. However, there is considerable resistance to the idea of tracking a person's every move.
- Source:BBC Magazine
- No Tags - UK site opposed to ID tags
- Wherify Wireless - GPS locator for children
Phoenix school first to install face scanners
Dec. 11, 2003 - Royal Palm Middle School in Phoenix is the first to use a face recognition device designed to detect the faces of sex offenders or missing children and instantly alert police. One scanner is installed at the entrance to the school and the other is in the office.
- Source:The Arizona Republic (Story no longer on line)
Congress Expands FBI Spying Power
Nov. 29, 2003 - A new law expands the reach of the Patriot Act by allowing the FBI to subpoena business documents and transactions from a broad range of businesses without first seeking approval from a judge.
- Source:Wired News
Applied Digital Solutions' CEO Announces ``VeriPay'' Secure, Subdermal Solution for Payment and Credit Transactions at ID World 2003 in Paris
Nov. 21, 2003 - In a press release, Applied Digital solutions announced its
newest subdermal RFID solution called VeriPay(TM). VeriPay is intended to be a secure, subdermal RFID (radio frequency identification) payment technology for cash and credit transactions. The company's Chief Executive Officer, Scott R. Silverman, spoke at the "ID World 2003" Conference in Paris.
- Mr. Silverman made the point that the subdermal RFID VeriPay technology specifically addresses the security issue. VeriPay's unique, under-the-skin format offers a much more secure, tamper-proof, and loss-proof solution.
- Source:Yahoo (Story no longer on line)
Is The Total Information Awareness System A Product Of Antichrist?
Nov. 10, 2003 - Thomas Horn explains why the Pentagon's controversial research program, The Total Information Awareness System, could be the tool Antichrist will use to assume his dictatorial role in the future. This program will enable the...
- FBI, the CIA, and other intelligence agencies to collect information that will allow the government—as noted on Nightline—to essentially reconstruct the movements of citizens.
- Source:Raiders News Update (Story no longer on line)
Wal-Mart to hold ID tag meeting
Nov. 3, 2003 - Wal-Mart has invited its largest 100 merchandise suppliers to a meeting this week about switching to RFID tracking "tags" to the millions of cases and containers they ship to the company. Some suppliers will cooperate only for the benefit of working with the retail giant, but others, like Proctor and Gamble, see some long-range benefit for their own countries. A P&G representatiave said:
- "We see that this technology has huge benefits, even at the case and pallet level, in helping us to track our product and helping us understand how long does it take to get through the supply chain."
Technology automatically IDs consumers
July 19, 2003 - Gillette will be a leader in the "Smart Shelf" revolution of how products and customers are tracked. Stores using this system will superimpose customers pictures with an itemized receipt of goods purchased, as well as their credit card or other information that will help identify the person.
- Source:World Net Daily
Wal-Mart Urges Suppliers to Adopt Labels
July 11, 2003 - WalMart has urged its top 100 suppliers to add tiny radio-frequency identification chips (RFID) to their product labels. These devices enable rapid inventory of the contents of a whole pallet of product at a time, and can be used to track the product in their distribution centers.
- Source:Newsday (Story no longer on line)
RFID Payment Systems Take Off
June 9, 2003 - According to a new study by Celent, an IT research and consulting firm, contactless payment methods will become very popular. Key fobs with imbeded radio frequency identification devices and certain kinds of smart cards are examples of contactless devices.
- Within five years, RFID payment systems will be as common as credit card payments in fast food restaurants, video stores, movie theaters and other outlets that do a lot of low-value transactions.
- Source:RFID Journal
Radio ID chips may track banknotes
May 22, 2003 - Radio Frequency Identification Devices (RFID) as small as a grain of sand might be embedded in euro notes. The European Central Bank (ECB) is discussing the possibility with Japanese electronics maker Hitachi
Money with embedded chips could be tracked at each stage of its use.
- The ECB is deeply concerned about counterfeiting and money-laundering and is said to be looking at radio-tag technology.
What Your Clothes Say About You
- Mar. 13, 2003 - Benetton, an Italian clothing manufacturer, will embed a tiny radio frequency identification device (RFID) in its clothing to assist retailers with inventory and theft control. There is concern that such practices will erode individual privacy.
- Royal Philips Electronics is shipping 15 million RFID chips, which are the size of a grain of sand, to Benetton this year.
- Source:Wired News (Story no longer on line)
ID cards 'could spark backlash'
- Dec. 9, 2002 - Since July the U.K. has been involved in a six-month public consultation on proposals to establish a national identity card. The compulsory card would entitle citizens to such services as healthcare, welfare, education and public housing.
A public debate will be held on 11 December at the London School of Economics. It is likely that there will be strong opposition to the plan by people concerned about the loss of privacy.
- The ID card is likely to be backed up with a national database of biometric information such as digital photographs, fingerprints and retina scans.
Protecting Your Financial Identity
- Nov. 20, 2002 - This article suggests ways to guard against identity theft, which ruins one's credit, and is very difficult to correct.
- Editor's note: This growing problem will undoubtedly be one of the reasons people will accept a permanent, non-removable, identification method - the "Mark of the Beast." (Story no longer on line)
Police State USA
- Nov. 19, 2002 - New York columnist William Saphire warns that the Homeland Security Act will legalize so many invasive measures that it will be a supersnoop's dream. Information collected on every American will include:
Of course, the information will also include obvious information that the government already has, including drivers licenses, passports, legal actions. The result will be a 'Total Information Awareness' about every U.S. citizen.
- Every purchase you make with a credit card, every magazine subscription you buy and medical prescription you fill, every website you visit and e-mail you send or receive, every academic grade you receive, every bank deposit you make ...
Surgical tags plan for sex offenders
- Nov. 17, 2002 - Britain is considering the implantation of a microchip under the skin of convicted child molesters that will enable them to track the offenders at all times via satellite.
The program will measure the offender's level of nervousness and fear, and could also be made to signal an alarm if he approaches a victim (also implanted with a device), or an area of high risk, such as a school.
- Tracker, the company which runs Britain's largest stolen vehicle monitoring network, has already been approached about paedophile monitoring and computer company Compaq has been asked to develop the software
- Source:Guardian Unlimited Observer
Privacy fears over Smart ID card linger
- Nov. 1, 2002 - The need for security has driven the introduction of an ID card in Hong Kong that will hold a digital copy of the cardholder's photograph, fingerprints and other information related to immigration.
Concern by citizens has caused the card to be limited, so that it will not include other possible information, such as drivers license, library card details, and an electronic wallet.
- All 6.8 million Hong Kong residents will be issued a Computerized "Smart" ID card--the world's first multi-application mandatory ID card--by mid-2003.
- Source:ComputerWorld Hong Kong (Story no longer on line)
Implantable Chip, On Sale Now
- Oct. 25, 2002 - Applied Digital Solutions is now free to sell its VeriChip device.
ADS has launched a national campaign to sell the identification device. They offer $50 discounts to the first 100,000 people who register to have the microchip imbedded.
- Earlier this week, the company announced that the FDA had ruled that the VeriChip was not a regulated device when used for "security, financial and personal identification/safety applications."
- Source: Julia Scheeres, Wired News
Ed. Note: The article mentions that the chip alarms some Christians who fear it is the biblical "Mark of the Beast." To clarify this point, we do not consider the emerging technology, including this development, to be the mark itself. The mark will be Antichrist's name or number (Revelation 13). Scientific advancements of electronic commerce, such as the credit card, ATM, satellites, the Internet, and implantable identification devices are not intrinsically evil. It is obvious that they can assist a future evil dictator to hold economic control over the world. However, those who simply receive this implant, or for that matter, have a credit card, or use the Internet, do not receive the "Mark of the Beast" by simply using the technology. When the Mark is instituted it will be perfectly clear to all who receive it that they are agreeing to worship the evil one, and thus receive his number or his name on their forehead.
Protecting Your Financial Identity
- Oct. 22, 2002 - How to minimize the risk of identity theft.
New Patent for Implantable Chip
- Oct. 8, 2002 - Applied Digital Solutions has obtained a new U.S. patent (#6,400,338)that will be used by their VeriChip Corporation (and Digital Angel Corporation) to produce a broader range of chips that can be implanted under the skin. Uses of the improved design will include security, financial anti-fraud protection and safety-related identification.
- Source:Yahoo (Story no longer on line)
Press coverage of implanted chips distorted?
- May 14, 2002 - Sherrie Gossett reports that the main media outlets have given great exposure to the new phenomenon of implanting human ID chips, but have ignored the privacy dangers that are posed by the practice. As the chips become more sophisticated, they may be programmable by outside sources, setting people up for false identification or even framing them for things they didn't do. In addition, hackers will find ways to tap into the information that only "authorized people" are supposed to know about the people who have such implants.
- Privacy Watchdog groups:
- Electronic Privacy Education Center
Subdermal GPS 'Personal Location Device'
- April 26, 2002 - Sensing that the public will now accept a life-saving chip to locate lost and kidnapped people, and to monitor internal health, Applied Digital Solutions is going ahead with plans for an implantable device that can communicate with Global Positioning Satellites and other devices via radio frequency transmissions.
- Applied Digital Solutions has already developed the wearable "Digital Angel" which does some of the same things, and the VeriChip, an implantable radio frequency identification device (RFID). The Jacobs Family of Florida will be the first to receive the VeriChip personal verification microchip on May 10th.
- Source:Applied Digital Solutions
The latest way to pay is at our fingertips
- Apr. 27, 2002 - The West Seattle Thriftway will be the first supermarket in Washington, and one of the first in the nation, to allow shoppers to pay by fingerprint. This Wednesday a new biometrics system using finger scanning will be activated. Customers won't need their credit cards, wallets, or id. They will simply use their index finger to charge the sale to their account or debit from their bank.
- Source:Seattle Post-Intelligencer
FDA Clears Implantable Chip
- Apr. 4, 2002 - The Food and Drug Administration has approved the implantation of the VeriChip device in humans, but at present it can only contain identification coding, not actual medical information. Medical information could be outdated and prove harmful in an emergency.
- But that ID code could be cross-referenced with a database to detail any kind of information.
Andy Rooney, 60 Minutes Commentator, Invited to Receive Chip Implant
- Feb. 15, 2002 - Applied Digital Solutions is waiting for FDA approval of their VeriChip(TM) identification microchip for humans. They have invited Andy Rooney, a commentator for the 60 Minutes program, to be among the very first to "be chipped." This follows his TV report On Feb. 10, in which he said:
- "We need some system for permanently identifying safe people. Most of us are never going to blow anything up and there's got to be something better than one of these photo Ids ... I wouldn't mind having something planted permanently in my arm that would identify me."
- Source:Business Wire (Story no longer on line)
They Want Their ID Chips Now
- Feb. 6, 2002 - The Jacobs family have requested that they be the first family to receive Applied Digital Solutions' VeriChip implant. The device, slightly larger than a grain of rice, can hold six lines of information about the person. This information can be read by a scanner, similar to the ones already used for identifying lost pets. Jeffrey, a dentist, is handicapped, and wants the device for medical reasons. Leslie wants it for security. Derek, their 14-year old son is a computer buff who likes the idea of merging humans with computers. When he heard about the device, he became very excited, and wanted to be the first kid to receive one. Applied Digital Solutions says that they have received over 2000 emails for kids who want to be implanted. "They think it's cool."
- Source:Wired News
Mark of the Beast?
- Jan. 18, 2002 - Geoff Metcalf looks at the converging technologies and the change of attitude about privacy since the Sept. 11 attack.
- Source: WorldNetDaily
Kidnapped? GPS to the Rescue
- Jan. 25, 2002 - Applied Digital Solutions has made agreements with three South American countries to supply their VeriChip and Digital Angel chips for tracking of high-risk people who might be kidnapped.
- Colombia is the kidnapping capital of the world, with more than 3,000 people nabbed in that country each year
All 50 states agree to upgrade driver's licenses
- Jan. 15, 2002 - In the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators have agreed that drivers licenses should be improved, possibly including digital fingerprinting or photographs.
- Officials from all 50 states have agreed to cooperate on upgrading driver's license security features, giving momentum to efforts to turn the licenses into de facto national identity cards.
- Source: Boston Globe - (Story no longer on line)
- Jan 21, 2002 - Democrat Group Backs 'Smart IDs'
Personal data could be encoded on licenses
- Jan. 9, 2002 - The Transportation Department may be directed by Congress to develop standards to be used by all states in encoding data onto driver's licenses. The purpose of this is to prevent terrorists and criminals from using them as false identification. Objecting to the idea, Richard M. Smith, former chief technology officer for the Privacy Foundation in Denver says, "If we do this, come up with a national standard, there's no difference between a driver's license and a national ID card."
- Source:Washington Times - (Story no longer on line.)
A Chip ID That's Only Skin-Deep
- Dec. 19, 2001 - Applied Digital Solutions of Palm Beach, Florida, has had a thriving business supplying implanted identification chips in livestock and other animals. They also have a line of products for Alzheimer patients, to help find loved ones who have wandered away. It is not a true tracking device since it doesn't have its own power source, but is good for identification purposes. As such, it is thought to be helpful for people with special medical needs. A spokesman for the company says that since September 11, people are more open to anything that would provide proper identification and security. "The direct union of man and computer is no longer dismissed out of hand."
- Now the company sees a market among those who have artificial organs and limbs. These folks will have up to 60 words of relevant medical information implanted on chips. If the patients are brought unconscious into an emegency room, technicians equipped with special scanners will easily decipher the body's internal topography
- Source:Los Angeles Times - (Story no longer on line.)
Proposal to register every human...
- Dec. 18, 2001 - At a United Nations meeting last Friday, Pascal Smet, the head of Belgium's independent asylum review board, suggested that every human should be fingerprinted identified as part of a universal identification scheme to fight illegal immigration and people smuggling.
He said we already have the technology. All that is needed now is the will to do it and the financial commitment it would take.
- Mr Smet said the European Union was already considering a Europe-wide system, using either fingerprints or eye scanning technology, to identify citizens.
Pentagon Unveils 'Smart' ID Cards
- Oct. 30, 2001 - Smart cards are being given to military personel and others who need high security. The cards are actually tiny computers that can be carried in their wallets.
- The Pentagon began arming four million troops and civilians on Monday with "smart" ID cards that will allow them to open secure doors, get cash, buy food – and soon check out weapons and other military hardware.
- Source: Washington Post
Will It Be Cash, Check or Finger?
- Oct. 2, 2001 - A spokesman for Indivos explains that they have invented software that uses fingerprint scanners to process electronic payments.
"You won't need cash or cards to pay for anything. All you need is your finger and you never leave home without it." The fingerprint will be tied to your credit card accounts in such a way that the card and other ID would not need to be carried by the user. Inexpensive fingerprint readers are already available to implement the idea.
The system will be tested this fall at a major fast food chain and at supermarkets across the country.
- Source: Wired
Bush Contemplates National ID Card For All Citizens
- Sept. 24, 2001 - Matt Drudge says that top government sources claim that President Bush has considered the possibility of using a national ID card in the effort to limit exposure to terror attacks. He reportedly discussed the matter briefly with British Prime Minister, Tony Blair.
- "I can tell you this, the president is very reluctant [to issue a national ID card]," a top White House source said on Sunday. "But we must look at all options."
- Source: Drudge Report
Will Terrorism Spawn the Mark of the Beast?
- Sept. 24, 2001 - Read this excellent article about Digital Angel and how the attack on the World Trade Center may have changed the thinking of the world to make it acceptable for chip implants.
The article is rich in links to other news and articles about the Mark of The Beast.
- An Information Technology report this week verified plans to study implantable chips as a method of tracking terrorists. After first pulling back from the implantable version of its Digital Angel, ADS foresees a unique use of its product in the wake of terrorist attacks in New York and Washington.
- "We've changed out thinking since September 11," a company spokesman said, "Now there's more of a need to monitor evil activities."
- Source: Raiders News Updates
Oracle boss urges national ID cards, offers free software
- Sept. 24, 2001 - In the wake of the terrorist attack on the U.S., Oracle Chairman and CEO Larry Ellison is calling for the United States to create a national identification card system. It would contain a digitized file of the user's fingerprint and a picture. He also says that his company would produce the software to use these cards for free!
When asked about the loss of privacy such a card would cause, he said that privacy was just an illusion now, since you can alreadyuse the Internet to get a credit report on your neighbor, find out where he works, how much he makes, and much more. In addition, he cited a poll that indicates that people would be willing to accept such a card now.
- Ellison's company, Oracle, based in Redwood Shores, is the world's leading maker of database software. Ellison, worth $15 billion, is among the world's richest people. ``We're quite willing to provide the software for this absolutely free,'' he said.
- In a survey released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, seven of 10 Americans favored a requirement that citizens carry a national identity card at all times to show to a police officer upon request. The proposal had particularly strong support from women.
- Source: Silicon Valley.com - (Story no longer on line.)
National ID Card Resurfaces in Wake of Attack
- Sept. 20, 2001 - There is still great opposition to the idea of a national ID card, but the terrorist attack has raised the issue again. Rep. Mary Bono (R-Calif.) said that some of our freedoms will have to be surrendered for the sake of security. House Minority Leader Rep. Richard A. Gephardt (D-Mo.) also said that Congress needed to quickly debate a number of proposals, possibly including a national ID card.
- Source: Cybercast News Service
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