Tuesday, December 4

Fascist-Induced Cancer: Another Reason to Forgo IBM Microchipping

Indifferent yet again to the welfare of humanity, International Business Machines (IBM) is partnering with VeriChip to expand the computer giant's pre-World War II technology used in Nazi death camps to keep track of its millions of walking dead.

If you and a loved one have considered purchasing matching microchips for that eagerly anticipated Holiday implant "commitment ceremony," Dr. Katerine Albrecht (daily 2-hour radio show here) has a 48-page research report suggesting you explore another way to say "I love you".

Granted, "'chipping" with RFIDs--embedding a rice-sized radio frequency identification chip just below the skin's surface--may very well be the security ID trend of the future-- with or without your consent.

Ostensibly to better track warehouse inventory, Wal-Mart pioneered RFID technology during the mid-1990s, requiring all vendors to embed these minuscule radio transmitters in shippings pallets for products sent to the world's largest mega-retailer.

But in 2005 Albrecht and co-author Liz McIntyre demonstrated in SpyChips: How Major Corporations and Government Plan to Track Your Every Purchase and Watch Your Every Move that Wal-Mart, in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security, have lied and plan to embed chips in every product your purchase and...well, the subtitle says the rest, no?

In a 19 November press release Albrecht now claims risk of cancer joins the threat to our Fourth Amendment civil rights posed by RFIDs--as if the U.S. needed a another source for two those pandemics. Even Bush's pro-business FDA--gulp!--has compiled a list of "potential health risks" linked to RFIDs.

Albretch's press release follows:
November 19, 20007

Sets record straight after misleading claims by HomeAgain and VeriChip
implant manufacturers

A new paper titled "Microchip-Induced Tumors in Laboratory Rodents and
Dogs: A Review of the Literature 1990-2006" has been released today by
CASPIAN. The full, 48-page paper provides a definitive review of the
academic literature showing a causal link between implanted
radio-frequency (RFID) microchip transponders and cancer in laboratory
rodents and dogs. In addition, a brief, four-page synopsis of the full
report is being made available.

Eleven articles previously published in toxicology and pathology
journals are evaluated in the report. In six of the articles, between
0.8% and 10.2% of laboratory mice and rats developed malignant tumors
around or adjacent to the microchips, and several researchers suggested
the actual tumor rate may have been higher. Two additional articles
reported microchip-related cancer in dogs.

In almost all cases, the malignant tumors, typically sarcomas, arose at
the site of the implants and grew to surround and fully encase the
devices. In several cases the tumors also metastasized or spread to
other parts of the animals.

Public revelation of a casual link between microchipping and cancer in
animals has prompted widespread public concern over the safety of
implantable microchips. The story was first broken to the public in
September through an article written by Associated Press Reporter Todd
Lewan. Prior to the AP story, the journal articles were completely
unknown outside of small academic circles.

"The AP did a superb job informing the public of the existence of these
journal articles," said Dr. Katherine Albrecht, a leading privacy expert
and long-time VeriChip opponent who authored the new paper.
"Unfortunately," Dr. Albrecht added, "a lot of misinformation about the
cancer research has circulated since Mr. Lewan's article was published.
I wrote the report to set the record straight."

The animal-microchip study findings were so compelling that one of Mr.
Lewan's sources, Dr. Robert Benezra, head of the Cancer Biology Genetics
Program at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, was
quoted as saying, "There's no way in the world, having read this
information, that I would have one of those chips implanted in my skin,
or in one of my family members."

Nevertheless, representatives of the chipping industry have made
inaccurate public statements about the research findings in an effort to
confuse the public.

Scott Silverman, CEO of the VeriChip Corporation which makes the
controversial VeriChip human implant, recently provided inaccurate
information to Time Magazine. Mr. Silverman is quoted as saying that
none of the tumors found in mice in a 2006 French study were malignant.
In fact, not only were the tumors malignant sarcomas, but most of the
afflicted animals died prematurely as a result of the
microchip-associated tumors.

In addition, Destron Fearing, makers of the HomeAgain pet implant,
dismissed a finding of fibrosarcoma--a highly lethal cancer--as
'benign' in a recent report.

A fibrosarcoma is a type of sarcoma, a malignant tumor of soft tissue
that connects, supports or surrounds other structures and organs of the
body. Dr. Timothy Jennings, an expert on implant-induced cancers in
humans, said he was "not aware of any nosology incorporating an entity
of 'benign fibrosarcoma'" and agreed that "any tumor classified as
sarcoma should be viewed as malignant."

"Either VeriChip and the makers of HomeAgain actually don't understand
the difference between a benign fibroma and a malignant fibrosarcoma,"
noted Dr. Albrecht, "or they're deliberately lying to the public. Either
way, it's clear they can't be trusted. We hope our new report will set
the record straight."

The report includes a one- to three-page writeup on each of the original
studies. In addition to a detailed review of the academic literature,
the report contains recommendations for patients, pet owners,
veterinarians, and policy makers, including the following: (1) Further
microchipping of humans should be immediately discontinued; (2)
Implanted patients should be informed in writing of the research
findings and offered a procedure for microchip removal; and (3) Policy
makers should reverse all animal microchipping mandates.

As part of its public awareness campaign, CASPIAN will be issuing copies
of the new report to leading policy and decision makers.

The full 48-page report and four-page synopsis are also immediately
available for public download at http://www.antichips.com/cancer/

...and Fare the well, 4th Amendment

Since I've brought up the topic...

At this webpage--"WHY ADVOCATES AND LAWMAKERS ARE CONCERNED ABOUT INVOLUNTARY MICROCHIPPING"--I find news items on non-consensual 'chipping Albrecht provides that scare the hell out of me:

  • [I]n 2005, Tommy Thompson, former Secretary of Health and Human Services and 2008 presidential candidate, joined the board of directors for the VeriChip Corporation. He has used his Bush administration connections to promote the device, and has appeared on national television suggesting that every American should receive a VeriChip implant to link to their electronic medical records. Thompson also suggested using the VeriChip to replace dog tags in our armed forces. [2]
  • The VeriChip Corporation claims to have been in talks with the Pentagon about implanting RFID tags into military personnel. [4]
  • During the September 2005 Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Justice John Roberts, Senator Joseph Biden commented, "Can a microscopic tag be implanted in a person's body to track his every movement? There's actual discussion about that. You will rule on that — mark my words — before your tenure is over." [7]
  • New Jersey's oldest and largest insurer, Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield, is currently working with the Hackensack Regional Medical Center and VeriChip to develop a business case for the chipping of people. Privacy and civil liberties advocates caution that insurers could one day require customers to get chipped, or they could offer significant premium penalties for those who refuse. [10]
  • IBM holds a major stake in the VeriChip Corporation. IBM has sworn public documents on file at the United States Patent and Trademark office detailing how marketers and government agents can track humans with RFID technology. [12][13]
  • IBM and VeriChip have set up a test laboratory in Austin, Texas, to explore the case for human chipping. [14]
At least one state legislative body is hearing the message of the New Brave World is now upon us. Oklahoma's Senate Committee on Health & Human Services heard sufficient testimony from Albrecht and McIntyre to draft Oklahoma Senate Bill 47, "Prohibiting the Forced Implantation of a Microchip."

"If You Build It, They Will Come": Adolph's Death Machine

Lest we forget--or never learn about--IMB has its own buried fascist history of developing this sort human tracking technology.

Author Edwin Black--winner of the 2002 American Society of Journalists and Authors Nonfiction Book award for IBM and the Holocaust: The Strategic Alliance Between Nazi Germany and America's Most Powerful Corporation--discovered the company and "its subsidiaries helped create enabling technologies, step-by-step, from the identification and cataloging programs [for Jews] of the 1930s to the selections of the 1940s.
Only after Jews were identified -- a massive and complex task that Hitler wanted done immediately -- could they be targeted for efficient asset confiscation, ghettoization, deportation, enslaved labor, and, ultimately, annihilation. It was a cross-tabulation and organizational challenge so monumental, it called for a computer.
Demolishing IBM's later insistence that company officials were ignorant of the use Nazis made of their innovative Hollerrith punch card technology, a prototypical computer, Black demonstrates IMB willingly cooperated--and profited--from Hitler's death camps adroit logistical application for keeping track of their millions of walking dead.

The 2004 Canadian documentary The Corporation features Black's compelling findings.

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