Originally posted by x08
In all honesty - if you're not a criminal or up to no good... why would you care that the government is watching you?
For a very long time, I felt this way, so I understand exactly where you are coming from. The 'if I'm not doing anything wrong so I have nothing to
fear' idea is one I used to believe in. The problem is, do you trust the government with that kind of information? Sure, if the government knows my
social insurance number and health care number, that's relatively safe, but what happens if they share it with a third party, or a criminal accesses
the RFID chip implanted in your body, and gets all that private info? What happens if your government is... corrupt in some manner or other, and
uses the personal information it now has on you to harm you?
Suppose, for example, that homosexuals had their sexual orientation included in an RFID, and a hate group got access to it? (I don't know why that
would be on an RFID, but, then, Jews wore Stars of David in Nazi Germany, and they made homosexuals wear some other distinctive symbol, I think it was
a pink flower, but I forget now)
Information as simple as your location can be abused. Suppose the government wants to raid your house because they think you are a terrorist. They
can wait until they know for certain that no one is home, and go in when you won't even know that they were there, or at least make it look like a
standard B&E. Couldn't happen? What if a Muslim extremist detonated a bomb in a subway, and fled before being apprehended? Can you imagine cops
and militia and all the rest breaking down the door of every Muslim in the neighbourhood looking for him?
Imagine a pedophile walking down the street, tagged with RFID. Suppose he, through an honest coincidence, happens to be following a child who is on
the same route for awhile, who is also tagged with RFID. Then imagine law enforcement cracking down on this guy over a misunderstanding? Okay, maybe
you don't have much sympathy for a pedophile, so how about someone who had been wrongfully accused of pedophilia in the past, and found innocent, but
was made to wear an RFID tag stating them as a possible pedophilia risk in exactly the same situation?
I could make example after example, but the point, I think, is clear. How likely are any of these scenarios? I have no idea. Maybe not very likely
at all. But they are possible, and certainly within the realm of technology.
And compare tagging people with RFID to other government laws and regulations that are intended to protect people. Does gun control keep guns out of
the hands of criminals? Do immigration laws and ID cards and computer databases keep out the illegal immigrants, much less the terrorists? How many
abuses of the PATRIOT act have there been? For that matter, how many terrorists have been apprehended using the PATRIOT act? Do you think a criminal
or terrorist won't find a way to disable or misdirect an implanted RFID being used to track them? Or hack into one to create a fake identity?
Like I said, I completely understand your point of view. When I learned more about this sort of thing, particularly on ATS, but also in mainstream
media and from the experiences of me and of people I know, I have changed that point of view.