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silicon.com reports that 'the US Department of Homeland Security has decided to trial RFID tags' .... 'to track both pedestrians and vehicles entering the US to automatically record when the visitors arrive and leave in the country.'

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The article goes on to explain that
The testing phase will continue until the spring of next year. The exact way RFID will be used with the travellers is not yet known.

. . . .

US Under Secretary for Border & Transportation Security, Asa Hutchinson, said in a statement: "Through the use of radio frequency technology, we see the potential to not only improve the security of our country, but also to make the most important infrastructure enhancements to the US land borders in more than 50 years."

silicon.com's full article can be found at: http://management.silicon.com/government/0,39024677,39127374,00.htm

What is your frequency, Kenneth?

Remind me again why the most talented foreign scientists are no longer doing research in America?

And how soon will the "success" of this program lead to tagging government employees and contractors as a prelude to tagging all citizens?

Update: the Washington Post reports that the RFID tags would be affixed to documents, not implanted in people.

But as a reader at Democratic Underground reminds us, RFID tags are already being permanently implanted in government employees in Mexico.

Which reminds me of my earlier speculation that this was done possibly at the behest of the U.S. government

Originally posted to orthogonal on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 05:00 PM PST.

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  •  Is this legit? (none)
    Because this is Mark of the Beast material.  And there's no almost no way that this can go through without an uproar being raised.  They ain't implanting no chips on me, I'll tell ya that.
    •  Yes (none)
      www.dhs.gov :
      Homeland Security Announces Plans to Test Radio Frequency Technology at Land Borders

      For Immediate Release
      Office of the Press Secretary

      The optimal technology will allow for a unique and automatic identifier issued to pedestrians and visitors crossing in vehicles. The benefits of deploying RF technology at the land border allows for the automatic recording of visitors' arrival and departure.
      Rest of press release after the above link.

      "The significant problems we face cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them." Albert Einstein

      by Nicholas Phillips on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 09:15:57 PM PST

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  •  Scary (none)
    This is very, very scary, especially being a (legal) immigrant in this country.  Will all those who come up with this crap volunteer to be tagged whenever they enter another country?  Or are they part of the non-international travelling majority?

    I always recall the furore when Brazil (I think) introduced a requirement that US citizens entering the country had to be photographed, in retaliation for a similar requirement for all foreign visitors to the US.  It was splashed over the media when an annoyed American stuck his finger up at the camera.  But, can you imagine the reverse?  Straight to Gitmo, probably.  Even before the new photo/fingerprinting rules, I've stood for over an hour in line at immigration, even seeing people faint due to the heat and lack of water.  Total hypocrisy and doubtful whether it serves any useful purpose in protecting the country in the end.
    Rant over.

  •  This will be a big boost to our tourist industry. (none)

    Contact any Senator or Congressperson toll-free: 1-800-839-5276

    by Feanor on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 05:09:59 PM PST

  •  Wow, we're not advancing overtly toward 1984 (none)
    Maybe next month we can start naming things the opposite of what they are, politicians can lie openly to our face, the government can show up and interogate you for things you say on internet message boards, torture can be reinstated as an allowed policy, and we can put pictures of W on giant billboards with the words
    "The President" emblazoned on them.

    Hey, wait a minute...

    Never wait for miracles.

    by Wanderer on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 05:11:35 PM PST

  •  If I had to run... (none)
    Since the beginning of the Bush ascendency, I've had the lingering question, "If I had to run, (a la 1935) how could I do it in the world we're in right now?"  I realize it's an irrational question but it just doesn't go away.  Along with the first question goes the second question, "Who would I talk to who has the expertise, and interest to jimmy the search, snoop, and follow tools of the government?"  Even though both questions fall into the realm of paranoia, it might be interesting to explore both in conversation.  Is anyone game?  What do you think? what do you know, and who do you know?
  •  No! No No! No! (none)
       This can't be really hppening. I am shocked at the measures these people are going too. I will be sure to list this in my next "This Week in Fascism."

    This Week in Fascism is now on Thursday and due out at 20:00 PST.

    "It's about the accountability, stupid." Thomas Davis 2005

    by Tomtech on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 06:14:23 PM PST

  •  Will Mr. O'Brien be dispensing the RFID chips? (none)

    1984

       

    O'Brien held up his left hand, its back towards Winston, with the thumb hidden and the four fingers extended.

        'How many fingers am I holding up, Winston?

        'Four.'

        'And if the party says that it is not four but five -- then how many?'

        'Four.'

        The word ended in a gasp of pain. The needle of the dial had shot up to fifty-five. The sweat had sprung out all over Winston's body. The air tore into his lungs and issued again in deep groans which even by clenching his teeth he could not stop. O'Brien watched him, the four fingers still extended. He drew back the lever ...

        "You are a slow learner, Winston," said O'Brien gently.

        "How can I help it?" he blubbered. "How can I help seeing what is in front of my eyes? Two and two are four."

        "Sometimes, Winston. Sometimes they are five. Sometimes they are three. Sometimes they are all of them at once. You must try harder. It is not easy to become sane."

    I've got writer's block

    by LionelEHutz on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 06:38:16 PM PST

  •  holy crap (none)
    Well, if I ever manage to save up enough money to go on another holiday, it sure won't be to the US.
  •  those who should be tagge include (none)
    • Dick Cheney so we can find him at his "undisclosed" location

    • George Herbert Walker Bush, so we can find out with what Arabs he is doing business this time

    • the twins, so when they get picked up for their next drinking escapade we can know what jurisdiction

    • George Walker Bush  --  but in his case we need to also tag all the bottles of booze so we can tell when he and they are "in prxoimity"  -- will probably be indicated when jos tag shows a sudden decline due to "a pretzle" or "a bike accident"  -- of course, it could just be his Segway?

    • Karl Rove, so we can tell with whom he is conspiring this time  ..  of course, thsoe people would also ahve to be tagged.  I know,

    • Bob Novak   -  he will deny ever talking to Rove on the phone, but what if  their RFID were in close proximity?

    add your own selections

    Those that can, do. Those that can do more, TEACH!

    by teacherken on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 07:23:36 PM PST

  •  For the next "This Week in Fascism" (none)
         Orthogonal found us a couple references to the plan for Visitors to US to be tagged with RFID by Homeland Security. This is getting scary folks. The scariest part is that visitors likely will not be implanted with these devices. I remember used such devices on my truck for toll booths in California. I see a way these can actually allow terrorists to enter the country without any adequate checks. I won't go into specifics for national security reasons. Suffice to say use you imaginations and remember actual terrorists are ruthless, intelligent, diligent, and detail oriented. Just think quietly. Remember al-Queda probably got ideas from reading Tom Clancy's "Dept of Honor." That book was the first thing I thought of when I saw the second plane fly into the tower live and unedited. Bud sadly I guess our Administration never saw such a thing coming.

         I hope to post the next edition Monday morning after I check the feed back from those I am sending this preview too.
         Just Reply to this if you have a change to suggest

    "It's about the accountability, stupid." Thomas Davis 2005

    by Tomtech on Sun Jan 30, 2005 at 11:16:02 PM PST

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