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posted on Mar, 27 2010 @ 09:05 PM
"VeriChip’s Merger With Credit Monitoring Firm Worries Privacy Activists"
Dec. 9, 2009


Remember VeriChip, the Florida company that once dreamed of injecting its human-implantable RFID microchips in everyone from immigrant guest workers to prison inmates?

Now called PositiveID, the new company is a merger between VeriChip and Steel Vault, the people behind

In 2004, Silverman told the Broward-Palm Beach New Times that the VeriChip could be used as a credit card in coming years. And in 2006, he went on Fox & Friends to promote the chipping of immigrant guest workers to track them and monitor their tax records.

Human chipping has high-profile fans, including former Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson, who left his job as overseer of the FDA in 2005 — a year after VeriChip’s approval — to join the company’s board of directors.

"Chips: High-tech aids or tools for Big Brother?" July 23, 2007

excerpts:, a provider of surveillance equipment, attracted little notice itself — until a year ago, when two of its employees had glass-encapsulated microchips with miniature antennas embedded in their forearms.

The “chipping” of two workers with RFIDs — radio frequency identification tags as long as two grains of rice, as thick as a toothpick — was merely a way of restricting access to vaults that held sensitive data and images for police departments, a layer of security beyond key cards and clearance codes, the company said.

Innocuous? Maybe. [Not likely]

But the news that Americans had, for the first time, been injected with electronic identifiers to perform their jobs fired up a debate over the proliferation of ever-more-precise tracking technologies and their ability to erode privacy in the digital age.

But employees weren’t appliances or pets: They were people, made scannable.

“It was scary that a government contractor that specialized in putting surveillance cameras on city streets was the first to incorporate this technology in the workplace,” says Liz McIntyre, co-author of “Spychips: How Major Corporations and Government Plan to Track Your Every Move with RFID.”

NOTE: A chipped person’s medical profile can be continuously updated, since the information is stored on a database accessed via the Internet.

Chipping, these critics said, might start with Alzheimer’s patients or Army Rangers, but would eventually be suggested for convicts, then parolees, then sex offenders, then illegal aliens — until one day, a majority of Americans, falling into one category or another, would find themselves electronically tagged.

"RFID microchip included in Health care bill"
Nov. 28, 2009

Human Microchips are included in the Health Care Bill under:
National Medical Device registry

Sub Title C-11 Sec: 2521

"The Secretary shall establish a national medical device registry (in this subsection referred to as the ‘registry’) to facilitate analysis of postmarket safety and outcomes data on each device that—(A) is or has been used in or on a patient; and (B) is a class III device; or (ii) a class II device that is implantable."

posted on Mar, 27 2010 @ 09:08 PM
Chip Implants Linked to Animal Tumors [and Blatant Government Corruption]
Sept. 8, 2007

When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved implanting microchips in humans, the manufacturer said it would save lives, letting doctors scan the tiny transponders to access patients' medical records almost instantly. The FDA found "reasonable assurance" the device was safe, and a sub-agency even called it one of 2005's top "innovative technologies."

But neither the company nor the regulators publicly mentioned this: A series of veterinary and toxicology studies, dating to the mid-1990s, stated that chip implants had "induced" malignant tumors in some lab mice and rats.

Leading cancer specialists reviewed the research for The Associated Press and, while cautioning that animal test results do not necessarily apply to humans, said the findings troubled them. Some said they would not allow family members to receive implants, and all urged further research before the glass-encased transponders are widely implanted in people.

The VeriChip company sees a target market of 45 million Americans for its medical monitoring chips insists the devices are safe as does its parent company, Applied Digital Solutions, of Delray Beach, Fla.

Did the agency [FDA] know of the tumor findings before approving the chip implants? The FDA declined repeated AP requests to specify what studies it reviewed.

The FDA is overseen by the Department of Health and Human Services, which, at the time of VeriChip's approval, was headed by Tommy Thompson. Two weeks after the device's approval took effect on Jan. 10, 2005, Thompson left his Cabinet post, and within five months was a board member of VeriChip Corp. and Applied Digital Solutions. He was compensated in cash and stock options.

Thompson, until recently a candidate for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination, says he had no personal relationship with the company as the VeriChip was being evaluated, nor did he play any role in FDA's approval process of the RFID tag.

"I didn't even know VeriChip before I stepped down from the Department of Health and Human Services," he said in a telephone interview.

Before microchips are implanted on a large scale in humans, Dr. Robert Benezra, head of the Cancer Biology Genetics Program at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, said testing should be done on larger animals, such as dogs or monkeys. "I mean, these are bad diseases. They are life-threatening. And given the preliminary animal data, it looks to me that there's definitely cause for concern."

Dr. George Demetri, director of the Center for Sarcoma and Bone Oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, agreed. Even though the tumor incidences were "reasonably small," in his view, the research underscored "certainly real risks" in RFID implants.

In humans, sarcomas, which strike connective tissues, can range from the highly curable to "tumors that are incredibly aggressive and can kill people in three to six months," he said.
Verichip is spending millions to assemble a national network of hospitals equipped to scan chipped patients.

And what of former HHS secretary Thompson?

When asked what role, if any, he [Thompson] played in VeriChip's approval, Thompson replied: "I had nothing to do with it. And if you look back at my record, you will find that there has never been any improprieties whatsoever."

FDA's Watson said: "I have no recollection of him being involved in it at all." VeriChip Corp. declined comment.

[The truth is] Thompson vigorously campaigned for electronic medical records and healthcare technology both as governor of Wisconsin and at HHS. While in President Bush's Cabinet, he formed a "medical innovation" task force that worked to partner FDA with companies developing medical information technologies.

At a "Medical Innovation Summit" on Oct. 20, 2004, Lester Crawford, the FDA's acting commissioner, thanked the secretary for getting the agency "deeply involved in the use of new information technology to help prevent medication error." One notable example he cited: "the implantable chips and scanners of the VeriChip system our agency approved last week."

After leaving the Cabinet and joining the company board, Thompson received options on 166,667 shares of VeriChip Corp. stock, and options on an additional 100,000 shares of stock from its parent company, Applied Digital Solutions, according to SEC records. He also received $40,000 in cash in 2005 and again in 2006, the filings show.

The Project on Government Oversight called Thompson's actions "unacceptable" even though they did not violate what the independent watchdog group calls weak conflict-of-interest laws.

"A decade ago, people would be embarrassed to cash in on their government connections. But now it's like the Wild West," said the group's executive director, Danielle Brian.

Thompson is a partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, a Washington law firm that was paid $1.2 million for legal services it provided the chip maker in 2005 and 2006, according to SEC filings.

He stepped down as a VeriChip Corp. director in March to seek the GOP presidential nomination, and records show that the company gave his campaign $7,400 before he bowed out of the race in August.

posted on Mar, 27 2010 @ 09:38 PM
Great info! People need to see just how intrusive this "health care" is going to become.

Also,it is rumored that the reason analog television was switched to digital was to clear up those airwaves for RFID tracking.Plenty of sources to back that up as well.

And as Nelson Rockefeller said,-

The ultimate goal is to get everyone in the world chipped with the RFID chip ... with all money on those chips.. and if anyone wants to protest what we do or violate what we want we just turn off their chip.

posted on Mar, 27 2010 @ 09:55 PM
well it's not like ATS'ers haven't been screaming
this from the mountain tops for years.
This is just one more step closer to NWO.
You don't need a monetary system like the
dollar bill, when everything is digitized
in a chip. Hell it would even eliminate
going to the bank to make deposits
or withdrawals. You won't need money
with a RFID chip. It's all digital 1's and 0's.

However, there will always be hackers
who will hack into the chip and add u some
extra cash for a modest fee

[edit on 27-3-2010 by boondock-saint]

posted on Mar, 27 2010 @ 10:44 PM

Originally posted by On the Edge

Also,it is rumored that the reason analog television was switched to digital was to clear up those airwaves for RFID tracking.Plenty of sources to back that up as well.

I wasn't aware of that rumor. What I heard was that TV was changed to digital format to make people have to put a "converter box" in their living room facing outward that has a digital camera in it. The manufacturer of the digital TV converter boxes admit there is a camera lens in the box face, but they say it is there because the box must be able to sense the amount of ambient light in the room and adjust the TV signal accordingly.

posted on Mar, 27 2010 @ 10:52 PM
reply to post by On the Edge

here a good source to read on ways the government has spied on us in our homes or plan to do so.

Hidden Spy Camera & Mic Found Inside Digital TV Box

posted on Mar, 27 2010 @ 11:51 PM
reply to post by biochemky

I was pretty sure that had been debunked right here on ATS. Perhaps I was wrong though, it does happen.

To OP: I thought Verichip produced those rating chips that went into TVs in the late 90's. I didn't have any idea that they were involved with injectable chips. And I'm not really worried about a company merger. When they get a government contract, then I'll worry.

posted on Mar, 28 2010 @ 12:26 AM
reply to post by biochemky

Thanks! My system for note-keeping leaves alot to be desired!

I'll add this to my collection though!

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