Wednesday, March 01, 2006

This is not science fiction . . .

Ya know, how we're supposed to speak with our money, buying only from producers whose goal is to better the planet, not rape it? The whole Buy Blue movement? Well, here's an even more compelling reason to make sure you avoid buying from evil doers like Walmart and Proctor & Gamble (and, I'm surprised - or maybe just naive - to see hometown corp. Target on this list as well): they are pushing RFID - Radio Frequency Identificaiton - to track your every move by tracking your every purchase. Buy pushing, I mean, they are requiring of their suppliers, either you use these devices, or we won't buy from you.

"Imagine a world of no more privacy.

"Where your every purchase is monitored and recorded in a database, and your every belonging is numbered. Where someone many states away or perhaps in another country has a record of everything you have ever bought, of everything you have ever owned, of every item of clothing in your closet -- every pair of shoes. What's more, these items can even be tracked remotely.

"Once your every possession is recorded in a database and can be tracked, you can also be tracked and monitored remotely through the things you wear, carry and interact with every day.

"We may be standing on the brink of that terrifying world if global corporations and government agencies have their way. It's the world that Wal-Mart, Target, Gillette, Procter & Gamble, Kraft, IBM, and even the United States Postal Service want to usher in within the next ten years.

"It's the world of radio frequency identification.

"Radio frequency identification, RFID for short, is a technology that uses tiny computer chips -- some smaller than a grain of sand -- to track items at distance. If the master planners have their way, every object -- from shoes to cars -- will carry one of these tiny computer chips that can be used to spy on you without your knowledge or consent."

Those words are from a book by Liz McIntyre called Spychips. Lucky for us, our sunshiney watchdog, Amy Goodman, is on the ball, that's how I heard about this, quite some time ago. Today, she had an update of the scarey situation.

Of course, some agencies want to implant them in people, like children for example, or journalists who travel to places like Iraq, where, if they get kidnapped, they can be traced and rescued! One journalist, Annalee Newitz, who works out of San Francisco, and did an article for Wired, I think (which I could'n't find, probably not posted online yet), about how phyisicians are being marketed by this company, Verichip, to place in them their senior patients. Apparently, they also had coroners placing them in bodies in the gulf after the hurricane. You can already guess the more sinister aspects of this program, and see the implications of letting this NSA and TIA spying stuff, and the reauthorization of the Patriot Act, just slipping past without a fight. They said that the feds have already started putting these tags on passports - there goes my trip to Cuba!

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