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    Implantable Spy Chip Gets Green Light from U.S Some say Mark of the Beast


    The Story can be found here http://www.newsfactor.com/perl/story/17127.html






    A Florida company Thursday said that it will begin marketing and selling a microchip that can be implanted under the skin, after receiving the go-ahead from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

    The FDA advised the company, Applied Digital Solutions (Nasdaq: ADSX) , that its biochip, called "VeriChip," is not considered a medical device and therefore is not subject to FDA regulation.

    FDA officials said that as long as the biochip is used for identification purposes only, it will not have to meet strict FDA guidelines. The ruling saves the product from having to undergo the agency's rigorous and lengthy safety testing procedures.

    "The FDA said that VeriChip has no medical function, and Applied Digital Solutions is now free to sell, market and insert the chips in individuals," company spokesperson Matthew Cossolotto told NewsFactor.


    A D V E R T I S E M E N T

    'Distinction Without a Difference'

    Although the company has advertised the VeriChip in the past as a potential method of storing a person's complete medical history, at this stage the device will contain only a number to be used for identification.

    However, that ID code can be transmitted via Internet or phone to a secure data storage site, where it can be cross-referenced, allowing authorized personnel to obtain detailed medical information.

    "In some ways, it's kind of a distinction without a difference," Cossolotto said. "We could have, and we might in the future, put more information on the chip. But right now we're very happy to put just the ID verification code and start getting it into the marketplace."

    The company said it has targeted VeriChip and its "life-enhancing" technology toward patients who may arrive at hospitals unconscious or unable to speak, as well as at workers who need top-security clearance.

    The biochip also could prove valuable for tracking children, Alzheimer's patients and convicted felons on parole.

    Similar technology has been used in the last few years to keep track of pets.

    Politicians, Felons and Kidnap Victims

    A South Florida man, Jeff Jacobs, is expected to be the first recipient of the VeriChip. The plight of the Jacobs family has been well publicized: Jacobs, a 41-year-old dentist, must take up to 10 medications a day for a variety of ailments, including cancer and a degenerative spinal condition.

    According to his family, Jacobs has arrived at emergency rooms several times unable to speak.

    The company also said the chip could be combined with a global positioning system (GPS) and used for security purposes by potential kidnap victims.

    ADS, which has estimated that the worldwide market for security chips will reach US$450 million by 2007, already has deals in place in South America.

    Brazilian politician Antonio de Cunha Lima has been trying to become the first South American to use the implant chip, according to published reports. Brazil has the fourth highest kidnap rate in the world, after Colombia, Mexico and Indonesia.

    First Florida, Then the World

    The company, which first announced the chip in December 2001, said it will launch the product in the next three weeks, first in Florida and then nationwide and internationally.

    The biochip is a miniature, implantable radio frequency identification device (RFID) roughly the size of a grain of rice. It is composed of "FDA-accepted materials," according to the company, and each chip contains a unique verification number.

    That number is "captured" by passing a scanner over the chip, causing a small amount of radio frequency energy to pass through the skin and activate the dormant chip. The chip then transmits the verification number on a radio frequency of 125 KHz.

    A doctor is required to perform the implant procedure, which can be done for free at certified clinics under local anesthesia, according to ADS officials. The chip itself is expected to sell for around US$200. The scanner will cost up to $3,000, although ADS said it is considering giving them away to hospitals and medical clinics.

    'Mark of the Beast'

    The VeriChip is not without controversy. It has been challenged by privacy and political advocates, who say that if the chip were to fall into the wrong hands, totalitarian regimes could use it to track political dissidents.

    The technology also could be used as a tool in a national ID system -- an idea that has waned in popularity since peaking right after the September 11th terrorist attacks.

    A March survey by Gartner Dataquest showed that 41 percent of those surveyed in the United States oppose a national ID system, while just 26 percent support one.

    Also, some religious sects have said the biochip is the "Mark of the Beast" from the Book of Revelations. They claim that a graphic the company used early in the product's life cycle "clearly" resembled the satanic numbers "666."

    This is not good!

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    Oh neat. They are finally able to sell and market these. I feel safer already.

    A South Florida man, Jeff Jacobs, is expected to be the first recipient of the VeriChip. The plight of the Jacobs family has been well publicized: Jacobs, a 41-year-old dentist, must take up to 10 medications a day for a variety of ailments, including cancer and a degenerative spinal condition.

    According to his family, Jacobs has arrived at emergency rooms several times unable to speak.
    what ever happened to the good old 'dog tags'? Or even a 'home-made' list of medications and such, that the docs/nurses could read if he were to go to the E room, unconcious.

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    This topic has already been discussed but I haven't changed my opinion. I still think it's an invastion of privacy and just another way for the government to track citizens of the US. We've also discussed the religous aspect of this controversy as well in another thread. I'm still not sure if this IS the mark of the beast but it's still being discussed among many religous groups and individuals as well. I don't know if it's the mark of the beast or not but besides the religous point of view, it's simply an invasion of privacy which should NOT be tolerated by anyone.. unless of course you don't care if the government know where you are and what you're doing every second of your life.

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    Can we say Demolition Man?

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    This topic has already been discussed but I haven't changed my opinion. I still think it's an invastion of privacy and just another way for the government to track citizens of the US. We've also discussed the religous aspect of this controversy as well in another thread. I'm still not sure if this IS the mark of the beast but it's still being discussed among many religous groups and individuals as well. I don't know if it's the mark of the beast or not but besides the religous point of view, it's simply an invasion of privacy which should NOT be tolerated by anyone.. unless of course you don't care if the government know where you are and what you're doing every second of your life.
    I agree with Remote Access it is simply an invasion of privacy!

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    Huge, huge, huge privacy issue... and it's not going to get any better. And like the "unhackable DVD" (ie. encrpytion), it's going to get hacked at some point. And there'll likely end up a black market for them... as linuxcomando said, all-too-much-like Demolition Man. After 9/11 it seems everyone's personal privacy and freedoms will slowly dwindle (though it started long before that - there was a time when SSNs were only "for you and the tax man an no one else"). Eventually freedom of speech will be a thing of the past.

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    yeah this is an invasion of privacy and is wrong... it isn't the 'mark of the beast' though, because it is currently voluntary. but it is a terrible thing and completely evil. this is ridiculous. i can't believe that the FDA is approving it.... actually i do believe it. this is probably a secret governtment plot.

    as for the first person to get it... the first person is supposed to be some like 14 year old kid. he is a genius and already graduated college... he has his own networking comany.... his mom signed the waiver and he is already paying for it... he is #1 on the list... i don't know why the article said otherwise.

    . After 9/11 it seems everyone's personal privacy and freedoms will slowly dwindle (though it started long before that - there was a time when SSNs were only "for you and the tax man an no one else"). Eventually freedom of speech will be a thing of the past.
    i do however disagree with this... after every major tragedy and during every war security increases.... but eventually things go mostly go back to normal... if it gets that extreme... it prolly won't be in our life times
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    The next step is to implant chips into criminals when they get out of jail. Or maybe a chip that activates a bomb in your body when reach a certain distance from an emitter to promote "fenceless jailes". Mmmmm, sounds familiar. Nice movie, but not reality.
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    "The path to hell is paved with good intentions"...

    How the HELL do you explain to your kid they have a trackable device in their skin? Talk about retaliation. There's good things this could be used for, but knowing the government and their want for complete control (even though they can't even manage their own websites correctly), it'd be used for something more covert in no time at all. Imagine that.
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