[dave at farber.net: [IP] FW: Tommy Thompson Puts off RFID Implant]

Jay Listo jay.listo at gmail.com
Wed Dec 7 02:01:29 PST 2005

What's worse or funny (depending on your pov) is that some whacky 
fundamentalist groups have taken this to be the "mark of the beast", and 
go on about the "fact" that the optimum place for implant is in the hand 
or the eyebrow. 
Of course, exaggerated rumours about whole prison populations being 
under trial experiments and some rich folk doing this for their 
'protection' add to the hysteria.

Eugen Leitl wrote:

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>Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2005 19:07:30 -0500
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>Subject: [IP] FW: Tommy Thompson Puts off RFID Implant
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>Subject: [EPIC_IDOF] FW: Tommy Thompson Puts off RFID Implant
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Katherine Albrecht [mailto:kma at nocards.org]
>Sent: Tuesday, December 06, 2005 4:09 PM
>To: press at nocards.org
>Subject: Tommy Thompson Puts off RFID Implant
>Chipped Despite July Promise
>Ex-Bush cabinet member Tommy Thompson still hasn't received an RFID
>despite a televised promise he made in July 2005 to do so.
>Shortly after joining the board of VeriChip Corporation last spring, the
>former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services and four-term
>governor of
>Wisconsin told CNBC that he would "get chipped" with a VeriChip
>implant, but
>he has no plans to undergo the procedure anytime soon, according to
>The VeriChip is a glass-encapsulated RFID device designed to be injected
>into human flesh for identification purposes and for use as a payment
>In public appearances, Thompson has suggested injecting the
>microchips into
>Americans to link to their electronic medical records. "It's very
>and it's going to be extremely helpful and it's a giant step forward to
>getting what we call an electronic medical record for all Americans," he
>told CBS MarketWatch in July.
>When confronted by a CNBC correspondent in another July interview about
>whether he would take a chip himself, Thompson replied, "Absolutely,
>a doubt."
>However, when authors Liz McIntyre and Katherine Albrecht, who
>human chipping for their book "Spychips: How Major Corporations and
>Government Plan to Track Your Every Move with RFID,"
>contacted the VeriChip Corporation on December 5, they were told that
>chipping never took place.
>VeriChip spokesman John Procter said Thompson has been "too busy" to
>the chipping procedure, adding that he had no clear plans to do so in
>future. "I wouldn't put any type of time line on it," Procter said.
>The VeriChip spokesman also attributed the protracted delay in the
>to Thompson's desire to investigate the procedure. "He wants to see
>it [the
>VeriChip] in a real-world environment first," said Procter, who said
>trying to arrange a tour for Thompson at Hackensack University Medical
>Center, the first hospital to implement the technology in its emergency
>But the authors question this explanation. "We would expect Mr.
>Thompson to
>investigate the device *before* advocating it to others," said Liz
>"It sounds like he has wisely decided to put off the implantation,
>due to the serious privacy and civil liberties implications of such
>or perhaps due to the serious medical downsides, like electrical
>risks and
>MRI incompatibility."
>Albrecht added, "Perhaps the implants conflict with Thompson's religious
>beliefs. Whatever his reasons, he should share them with the American
>people, many of whom have loved and trusted him for years. He will be
>responsible if they take an implant because of his influence."
>Thompson may find himself under increasing pressure to get chipped in
>of VeriChip Corporation's recent IPO announcement. The company is
>relying on
>Thompson's cooperation to give the much maligned human tracking chip an
>image boost. "He said it on live television," said Procter of Thompson's
>chipping intentions. "We look forward to setting a firm date in
>to his schedule and other commitments....We want to maximize the
>impact of
>[Thompson's chipping] event...We'd certainly like to...really knock
>it out
>of the park."
>McIntyre is hoping that Thompson will resist the pressure. "Our
>concern is
>that the VeriChip Company would like to chip every person on the
>planet, and
>they're counting on Thompson to be their ticket to mass acceptance,"
>McIntyre. "We're hoping he will work for the best interests of
>humanity and
>refuse to be goaded into an ill advised action."
>According to Procter, only about 60 living persons in the U.S. have
>to be chipped. In addition to the voluntary recipients, the company's
>implants were injected into the deceased victims of hurricane
>Katrina, and
>there are plans to chip mentally disabled patients at a residential
>in Chattanooga. VeriChip has also had talks with the Pentagon about
>military personnel, though Procter said that "no formal agreements
>have been
>A transcript of Thompson's entire CBS MarketWatch interview is
>available at
>For more information contact Katherine Albrecht or Liz McIntyre, co-
>of "Spychips: How Major Corporations and Government Plan to Track
>Your Every
>Move With RFID."
>Liz McIntyre (liz at spychips.com) 877-287-5854
>or Katherine Albrecht (kma at spychips.com) 877-287-5854
>Spychips: How Major Corporations and Government Plan to Track your Every
>Move with RFID is the winner of the Lysander Spooner Award for
>Advancing the
>Literature of Liberty. Authored by Harvard doctoral researcher Katherine
>Albrecht and former bank examiner Liz McIntyre, the book is meticulously
>researched, drawing on patent documents, corporate source materials,
>conference proceedings, and firsthand interviews to paint a
>convincing --
>and frightening -- picture of the threat posed by RFID.
>"This is the first, and maybe the loudest, popular book on a crucial
>technology of our times...all of it is fascinating, some is gross and
>revolting, and most of it is hilarious...this is a masterpiece of
>-- From the foreword by Bruce Sterling, best-selling author and RFID
>"Visionary in Residence," Art Center College of Design
>Spychips "make[s] a stunningly powerful argument against plans for RFID
>being mapped out by government agencies, retail and manufacturing
>--Evan Schuman, CIO Insight
>"The book makes a very persuasive case that some of America's biggest
>companies want to embed tracking technology into virtually everything we
>own, and then study our usage patterns 24 hours a day. It's a truly
>book and well worth reading."
>--Hiawatha Bray, Boston Globe technology reporter
>"Spychips is one of the best privacy books in many years....The privacy
>movement needs a book. I nominate Spychips."
>- Marc Rotenberg, Georgetown University Adjunct Professor of Law and
>Executive Director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)
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