Mexico Atty. General gets microchipped (fwd)

J.A. Terranson measl at
Tue Jul 13 17:47:27 PDT 2004

Forwarded for amusement

J.A. Terranson
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  "...justice is a duty towards those whom you love and those whom you do
  not.  And people's rights will not be harmed if the opponent speaks out
  about them."

  Osama Bin Laden

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  "There aught to be limits to freedom!"

   George Bush

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Which one scares you more?


Mexico attorney general gets microchip implant

Tuesday, July 13, 2004 Posted: 5:34 PM EDT (2134 GMT)

MEXICO CITY, Mexico (Reuters) -- Mexico's attorney general said on Monday
he had had a microchip inserted under the skin of one of his arms to give
him access to a new crime database and also enable him to be traced if he
is ever abducted.

Attorney General Rafael Macedo said a number of his staff had also been
fitted with chips which will give them exclusive and secure access to a
national, computerized database for crime investigators that went live on

"It's an area of high security, it's necessary that we have access to
this, through a chip, which what's more is unremovable," Macedo told

"The system is here and I already have it. It's solely for access, for
safety and so that I can be located at any moment wherever I am," he said,
admitting the chip hurt "a little."

The chips would enable the wearer to be found anywhere inside Mexico, in
the event of an assault or kidnapping, said Macedo.

And kidnapping is a huge problem here. From 1992 to 2002, Mexico saw some
15,000 kidnappings, second only to war-torn Colombia, according to the
Inter-American Development Bank.

Crime-fighting is a dangerous business in Mexico, where police are
notoriously corrupt and where political figures and investigative
journalists sometimes risk assassination.

Mexico has seen a surge in violent crime recently, with an onslaught of
headlines about murders and kidnappings prompting Fox to pledge in a
national broadcast to crack down on crime.

In June a quarter of a million people protested the government's failure
to combat crime.

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