posted on May, 1 2010 @ 12:17 PM
While I think this is in general a BAD idea, before you guys spin up too far, the whole "tracking you by satellite" thing is just wrong. I know
it's a popular ATS meme, but no. Just no.
The parts used in ePassport, RealID and this kludge are what we like to call "h-field" or "near-field" parts. You can't read them at any
distance. They are not the same as the parts used in toll passes or the PASS card. And, no, no new magic technology will make that work at a distance.
It just doesn't work that way.
You'll have to get within a couple of feet of one to read it, even with the best stuff that's not yet on the market. Most readers will have to be
within a few inches. No cell towers, no satellites, no cops driving down the street, no hacker kiddies with wardriving setups.
If they had half a brain, they'd also set the cards up so that you have to have your thumb on it for it to read even then, it's very easy to do, but
being the gubmint, I'd be surprised if they were smart enough to use the very nice encryption the parts offer, much less requiring the user's
BTW, Bertroche is a dolt, RFID implants are also near-field, e-field ones won't work as implants, and so "microchipping" immigrants doesn't give
you a way to track them; at best his idiot plan is a "catch and release" program: If you have them in hand to implant them, just get rid of them