Implants The Technology of Today

Dr. Nick Begich with James Roderick

Excerpt From: Earth Rising II The Betrayal Of Science Society and Soul

Nick Begich - Implants the Technology of Today‘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.’[1] Associated Press stories and news releases have increasingly discussed these technologies. The most common markets or targets for the technology are prisoners, military service personnel, children, elderly persons and visitors to the United States.

‘A Florida technology company is poised to ask the government to market a first-ever computer ID chip that could be imbedded beneath a person’s skin. For airports, nuclear power plants, and other high security facilities, the immediate benefits would be a closer-to-foolproof security system. But privacy advocates warn the chip could lead to encroachments on civil liberties.’ [2] With the announcement regulatory agencies are already providing the regulatory green light for these new systems. ‘The Federal Drug Administration has ruled that an implantable microchip used for ID purposes is not a regulated device, paving the way for the chip’s immediate sale in the United States, the manufacturer announced today.’ [3]

‘Integrated microsystems are being developed at UM that can be implanted in the human body to eavesdrop on what’s going on with various biological functions, interpret the information, and treat any existing disorder using chemical or electrical stimuli delivered at the cellular level.’ [4]

‘The Digital Angel system makes use of the Global Positioning System’s network of satellites to figure out the chip’s position. On-board biometric technology is capable of monitoring vital statistics such as body temperature, pulse rate and blood pressure. This information is then relayed via another GPS signal or a wireless communications system to a remote monitoring system. The whole system is powered by body heat, so the chip doesn’t have any batteries that need replacing.’ [5] Batteries biologically included as humans become the power source for their own enslavement.

‘Applied Digital Solutions, Inc. today announced that it has acquired the patent rights to a miniature transceiver ‘ which it has named ‘Digital Angel” ‘ that can be used for a variety of purposes, such as providing a tamper-proof means of identification for enhanced e-business security, locating lost or missing individuals, tracking the location of valuable property and monitoring the medical conditions of at-risk patients. The implantable transceiver sends and receives data and can be continuously tracked by GPS technology.’ 6 Geographical Positioning Systems (GPS) is used for locating property or people with a high degree of accuracy. These systems were first installed on commercial vehicles for tracing freight flows and are now being considered for people, These systems become more capable as the technology becomes more advanced and compact.

These systems have already evolved so that the same sized device of a few years ago can now keep track of vital functions of the body and monitor stress levels, chemicals in the body and other parameters of life. In the future as circuits become smaller, more powerful in their multifaceted uses and cheaper to produce additional advances will be made. It is anticipated that these technologies may one day be used for transacting all secured business transactions replacing cash and other forms of identification. Security issues will continue to drive the process. Already, according to the United States Federal Trade Commission identity theft is the fastest growing crime in America. The issue of identity theft will continue to increase racking up financial losses for banks and corporations leading first to more secure credit cards and then, in the future, implants for use in official identification, tracking individual persons and then full integration into society. These ‘convenient’ systems will one day provide a matrix for manipulation which will lead to the ‘more controlled and directed society’ that writers and researchers warned about in the last century. ’1984′ was a few decades late in its predictions but is now well on its way to the reality present in the opening years of this new century.

Smart Cards or Intrusion

Banking security is something most people understand and hear about often. Already mixed into the advertising mix for ATT and banks is the idea of smart cards that are read based on radio signal generated by these new devices. What this allows for is tracing not just transactions but also the movement of people within stores or larger areas. ‘U.S. bank-issued smart cards for mobile/e-commerce applications are one step closer to reality thanks to an initiative by MasterCard International. The bank card issuer has gathered a coalition of smart card developers, terminal vendors and security providers to develop standard interoperable solutions for digital ID-based smart cards. Its aim is to migrate MasterCard International’s 22,000 member banks to digital ID-based smart cards that incorporate identifying codes, personal identification numbers or biometrics data to authenticate and identify card users.’ [7] Pressure will increase for wider use of these systems by the above type of organizations as they try to reduces losses caused by fraud. Failure to accept these technologies will result in a segmented market where those that first take the devices will be given greater security in that losses will go to the credit card companies and banks whereas those that do not use the technology they might be responsible for their own losses. What choice will people make as it is increasingly difficult to gain access to the economic system unless an individual is willing to sacrifice the legitimate levels of privacy for increased government and corporate control of our lives.

Meanwhile the fear mounts and good sense evaporates. We always target the few in introducing the population to accept what would otherwise would be questioned by most thinking people. ‘Saying the nation needs to secure its borders to keep future terrorists out of the country, two key U.S. senators announced today they would introduce far-reaching legislation to require millions of foreigners to carry ‘biometric smart visa’ cards to travel to the United States. The cards, which work like credit cards, would contain fingerprints and other personal information, according to the measure proposed by Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., and Sen. Dianne Feinstin, D-Calif.’ [8] Politicians echo what they believe the public wants when gauging their pronouncements.

In something that was unthinkable before New York’s terrorist attack the congress weighed-in with a sweeping exchange of privacy for security. ‘Tucked quietly into the counterterrorism package that President Bush signed into law last week is a measure that could require foreigners to use identification cards to enter the United States. Identification cards would be developed through ‘biometric’ technology; the law also recommends production of ‘tamper-resistant’ passports.’ [9] This represents a first step in a direction which is a slippery slope.

<strong>New Military Identification</strong>

We reported in 1995[10] that the military think tanks were considering the use of implant technologies and smart cards for several different purposes. In these early reports it was also clear in the military writings that these technologies would be challenged as they moved forward unless infused won a foundation of fear. That fear, it was predicted, would be based on international terrorism and drug trafficking.

In the case of military personnel the use of an implant for locating personnel in the battlefield and monitoring their vital functions has become important. This system would allow for tracking our own troop movements and might also allow a sophisticated adversary the capacity to pinpoint our personnel as well. What many forget is that a system only stays advanced a short time in terms of world developments. Where the United States and a few other governments may be ahead today they can just as easily be behind in the evolution of counter measures. Technology is widespread and innovation is possible in all human beings. Who will be the first? Who will be the last? Most importantly, will these systems serve human interests or violate the very essence of who we are?

The first round of release of smart cards was in late 2001 with more planned in the near term. ‘The card ‘ with two photos, two bar codes, a magnetic strip and the etched gold chip, looks like a driver’s license on steroids. More than 120,000 active duty military personnel, selected reserves, Defense Department civilians and some contractors have received the cards in recent months. About 4 million are to be issued over the next two years.’[11] ‘The Pentagon plans to issue 4 million or more high-tech identification cards to soldiers and other personnel worldwide, hoping to provide better security for access to bases, buildings and computer systems. The new ‘common access card’ contains a tiny computer chip, using ‘smart card’ technology to store and process a myriad of information. Similar technology has been used by smaller governments, including Spain and Finland, and in commercial operations.’ [1]

‘The ActivCard software provides simultaneous and secure connections to two independently managed systems from which user applications and data are acquired. The first system is the DMDC’s Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS), containing information on over 23 million people. The second system is the Defense Information Systems Agency’s (DISA) PKI Certificate Management System. The end result is a system that is deployed worldwide to issue CAC ID badges to all DoD employees and contractors. The new badges will support a wide range of functionality from building access to financial services to digital identity for access to government services and information containing personnel information and processing credentials that enable digital signature, encryption, and strong user authentication.’ [12]

‘Among the add-on functions being mulled [for ActivCard DOD badges] are processing food service charges in military mess halls…Local commands are looking at putting individual medical and dental information on the card along with details on training and rifle range performance, officials told a news briefing.’ September 2002 is the target date for the initial issuance, including active duty military, selected reserve forces, civilian employees of the Pentagon and eligible contractors. [13]

The next generation, implant technology is now approaching and we believe based on the state of the technology already being used in selected environments. We expect that these technologies are already in use with Special Forces and other high priority missions where risk assessment and location is critical. In reflecting on this possibility, if I were in the armed services, would I want an implant? Perhaps if I were in combat I would want this additional device as a way to be found if wounded, lost or captured. The decision however would not be mine but the militaries under the conditions of military service which raises additional questions as to who is responsible for what goes under an individual’s skin?

1. Newton, Christopher. (AP). ‘ID chips sure to get under skin.’ Feb. 27, 2002. Anchorage Daily News EPI3885

2. Newton, Christopher. (AP). ‘U.S. to Weigh Computer Chip Implant.’ Feb. 26, 2002. EPI3864

3. Scheeres, Julia. (Wired News). ‘Why, Hello Mr. Chips.’ April 4, 2002. EPI3928

4. RF Globalnet. ‘Michigan College of Engineering Becomes First Engineering Research Center for Wireless Integrated Microsystems.’ Sept. 19, 2000. EPI3245

5. Della Bitta, Michael. ‘Digital Angel: The New Eye in the Sky.’, Oct. 16, 2000. EPI2840

6. Applied Digital Solutions, Inc. ‘Applied Digital Solutions Acquires Rights to World’s First Digital Device.’ Company Press Release, Dec. 15, 1999. EPI1296

7. Quan, Margaret. (EE Times). ‘MasterCard leads coalition to spur smart card use.’, Aug. 30, 2000. EPI2399

8. Bustos, Sergio. (Gannett News Service). ‘Kyl proposes ‘smart’ ID card for immigration.’ Oct. 25, 2001. EPI3707

9. Boyer, Dave. (Washington Times). ‘New law contains ID-card proposal.’ Nov. 1, 2001. EPI3739

10. Angels Don’t Play this HAARP, Begich &amp; Manning, Earthpulse Press Incorporated, September 1995.

11. O’Harrow Jr. et al. (Washington Post). ‘Weapon against terror: the ID card.’ Dec. 23, 2001. Anchorage Daily News EPI3814

12. AP. ‘Pentagon Introduces High-Tech ID.’ Oct. 10, 2000. EPI2695

13. ActivCard, Inc. ‘ActivCard Wins Department of Defense (DOD) Project.’ PR Newswire, Oct. 10, 2000. EPI2694

14. Wolf, Jim. (Reuters). ‘Pentagon Launches ‘Smart Card’ ID Badge.’ Oct. 10, 2000. EPI2696

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