The creepy Orwellian technology of "radio frequency identification" may be coming soon to a body near you. In 2004, the FDA approved subdermal RFID chips for humans. The tags work with readers and databases to track and identify products, objects and animals. Many of the goals for this technology, such as patient medical information and kidnap prevention, sound noble. And the chips are catching on -- 170 Mexico City police officers have had them implanted, and right here at home, Spring ISD is using them on student IDs to track elementary students. But in terms of civil liberties, the slope is extremely slippery. And the U.S. Department of Defense is a major proponent... More >>>
Courtesy of the Yes Men
On the BBC, "Jude Finisterra, Dow Chemical
spokesperson" -- really one of the Yes Men -- draws
attention to the Bhopal gas-leak disaster.