"Wendell Willard (R-Atlanta), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, picked up the questioning.
“Who implanted this in you?” he asked.
“Researchers with the federal government,” she said.
“And who in the federal government implanted it?” Willard asked.
“The Department of Defense.”
“Thank you, ma’am.”" Galloway
A lot of us have been "screwed" by the Department of Defense but this is a new development. pl
And they passed the law to ban microchips being implanted into Georgia citizens after the testimony of that woman. Crazy! (I do hope she was committed for a mental evaluation afterwards).
That, Colonel, was the perfect, concise point you made!
It’s possible, so it should be outlawed. Of course, the federal supremacy clause would trump the state law. The feds aren’t hindered by state laws.
They already have chips in passports, and a bill is pending to establish a national ID card with “biometric” measures like retinal scans, etc. The US ID would also probably have an RFID chip, like the proposed UK national ID card.
I’ve seen some of the technology in Iraq – BAT-HIIDE – here’s a powerpoint on that – http://fingerprint.nist.gov/standard/archived_workshops/xmlandmobileid/Presentations/Vermury-BAT-HIIDE.pdf
The truth is that Orwell didn’t have enough of an imagination in thinking up the kinds of technological control of individuals which is possible.
I suspect there might be a huge database following all or some of us by MAC and IP numbers, emails and online purchases and profiling us based upon, among everything else we do online, what we write at sites like these.
Does that make me a kindred spirit to Ms. Galloway?
Dang, they really are getting intrusive, mine’s in one of my teeth!!! ha ha
Aside from this latest, the Senate and most of the House seem totally divorced from the reality of what We the People expect out of them for our votes.
The technology is available now. The marketing spin is that these chips are medical diagnostic tools and/or repositories for medical records.
The Orwellian uses come later.
Those implanted by the Defense Department are not alone. RFID’s are everywhere even without any implantation, in all sorts of products and cards. Before long, the sensors on your clothes will let a random rfid reader record what you are wearing and where. Soon, some company will aggregate the locational and other information easily gleaned from RFID scans and sell it for a huge profit. Just a few examples.
The real “insider” will be the one who can buy the decryption keys for large numbers of products.
It’s a common belief. Occasionally dodgy Iraqi’s I’d meet who “trusted” me would nevertheless ask if the military hadn’t secretly implanted me with a locater chip. I never told them this but i always wondered if they realized that if I could get to them it was a dead certainty the military could too (if they wanted too badly enough).
Having lived in Georgia for five years before moving back to Virginia; I wish I could say that this was an aberration in exercise of democracy in Georgia; unfortunately both sides of the aisle have their crazies, some crazier than others. Remember this is the state that went to blows (literally) over which State Flag to use. Of course they decided on not use the one with the Confederate but to use one based on Confederate Flag!
Is this someones idea of a delayed April Fools joke??
Oh my. Looks like I’ve been protecting the wrong place with my tin foil!
My dog has an implanted chip. I have the DVD remote pointed at him and keep hitting play but he lays on his bed, not moving, staring at me like I’m crazy. Let’s try eject…
Peace on Earth.
Purity of Essence!
All three of mine have them. Re-wind makes them chase their tails. pl
It took me a while to get the tears out of my eyes after reading those last couple.
I wonder if I could get one implanted in my Lab that would just make her pay attention when I wanted?
Ah, this one hits close to home.
I recently was discussing the 10th amendment to a public defender friend and he said the best argument against the 10th amendment was the Georgia Assembly.
Somewhat related: this same public defender, now in his 60’s has spent his entire legal career representing the most despised and the poor. I am reasonably sure he has represented more African Americans than anyone who blogs progressively or otherwise. And I am not talking about think tank stuff. I am talking about spending time in detention centers interviewing people charged with serious crimes. He is the real deal. He did not just read Richard Wright and decide to enlighten the world. Nor did he not work on some “justice for all” project simply to pad a resume to then work on wall street.
One of his possessions is a CSA sword handed down in his family.
Speaking of which, I see where Georgia’s Leah Sears is on President Obama’s short list to fill the USSC vacancy. Justice Sears is an African American woman. Her position on the Ga. Supreme Court is an elected one, and last time she was up for re-election, Justice Sears garnered 62 per cent of the vote state-wide, despite a very concentrated attempt by the religious right to have her thrown out of office.
She has served on the GA Supreme Court since 1992 — the same year that LA experienced that event of progressive racial harmony known as the Rodney King riots — an event commemorating LA justice and one that made the 1965 LA Watts riots look like a neighborhood sing along.
I lived in LA in 1992 and it sure was interesting to watch west LA progressives, during the course of three days, go from saying “Justice for all, we must enlighten the world” to buying Glocks and saying that they were going to blow the sh-t out of any “gangsters” who came onto their property. Funny how that works.
Before becoming a judge, Justice Sears worked at Alston and Bird, now one of the largest law firms in the nation, headquartered in Atlanta. A few years ago and maybe today, the managing partner was an African American. This African American man, whom I know, began his career as an detective in Detroit, attended night law school and then started practicing with what is now A and B. His role model was a white Southern man, who was a former Federal judge. This same Southern white man also played a role in Justice Sears’ career.
Justice Sears currently resides in the backwaters of Atlanta. Of course, Atlanta is considered a mecca for African Americans. And, for what it is worth, the gay community just voted Atlanta the most tolerant city in the nation. Another city in the cradle of the Confederacy –Austin TX –came in third.
Speaking of which, I see where Los Angeles ushered in the spring with a near race riot last week and the neo Nazi group hails from Detroit.
But, alas tis true about the Georgia Assembly.
next up on the docket…a bill to prohibit guam from tipping over.
Sometimes I wish the mute button would work on my dog. He thinks he’s scaring awy demons at night. Luckily he understands “quiet.”
Sidney O. Smith III,
I know a few African Americans who left liberal Portland, OR, and returned to the Deep South. That was where their families lived and where their hearts belonged.
Classic paranoid delusion. State hospitals used to be full of them. She tipped her hand when she acknowledged that there were billboards all over town that told the public what number to call to activate her chip. What’s amazing is that the Georgia legislature used her as a prima facie example of why the law should be passed!
I like the comment about how the flag fight was resolved by taking the Confederate flag off the flag but modeling the new one on the Confederate flag. “Georgia on my mind!” pl
I love Oregon. I have a cousin who is an attorney working for the State Government in Salem.
BTW, the managing partner of A and B — the African American man I mentioned — attended my mother’s funeral several years ago. Another African American woman I grew up with was in the hospital room with me and others when my mother died. She was grief stricken.
Therein lies one of the secrets of the South or at least one tradition of the South.
But I really do love Oregon!
Your “re-wind” commment was the funniest thing I’ve read in a long time.
My two dogs don’t have micro-chips. Maybe they should move to Georgia, the land of the free.
Someone, with too much time on her hand, has been watching too many “V series” from 1983, 1984 and the latest one from ABC, I would assume
I dunno. My dogs seem to feel themselves oppressed, as I do over their vet bills. pl
Oregon is beautiful. It seems like every woman in Portland under 35 has a tattoo. I don’t know if it’s a local trend.
I asked the African Americans moving back to the South about the the racism there. They all said the same thing, “It’s not like that anymore.” Northerners don’t understand the familial-like closeness many of both races feel for each other in the South.
With regard to locational tracking and RFID, aren’t we giving away roughly the same information by carrying our cell phones around?
Just because your paranoid don’t mean ya ain’t being followed.
Seeing as it is in the South West would it be untoward if I were to ask for some salsa with my chips?
optimax: “Northerners don’t understand the familial-like closeness many of both races feel for each other in the South.”
Sidney O. Smith III: “Therein lies one of the secrets of the South or at least one tradition of the South.”
I grew up in Georgia and North Carolina. There is some truth in what you’ve written: there is considerably more inter-racial tolerance “now” in the South than there used to be, and I have often made the point to Northern friends that racism is now more prevalent in the North.
However, the “southern tolerance” – to the extent it really exists – is a hard-won tolerance, built upon decades and decades of intolerance and hate. Eventually, perhaps, people realize that they’re not that different from each other.
And of course there are truckloads of racist sentiment still out there. Your African-American friends may not hear it explicitly stated much anymore. But you often hear it in the fern bars, after some folks have had one too many beers.
If the story of syphillis in Blacks is true, (non-treatment) , and the use of prisoners implantet with cancer cells, the story of people exposed to radiation without telling them the danger – if those stories are even half true, than I believe that woman
Thoughtful response and much I agree with. Don’t really have time to delve into the complexities that you raise but I would like to mention, very quickly, a recent event in my life that may broaden the parameters a bit and deepen the reality.
Several months ago, I was asked to help a woman who was a college student in Charleston, SC. As I learned a little more about this woman’s life, it turned out this woman came from a very good and relatively wealthy “Southern” family. I subsequently learned a little more about this woman’s family and found out her mother was a social worker who had spent much of her time helping poor children with special needs. Very artistic family, and, yes, she has much of Southern accent.
While talking to her, I discovered that about a year before, one night she was in bar off Calhoun Square to celebrate a friend‘s upcoming wedding that weekend.
As she left the bar, she was abducted by two young African American men, who basically put a knife to her throat and drugged her to the point of unconsciouness. She was then taken somewhere — it is believed a housing project — where she was continually raped for several hours. This was probably part of a gang initiation. Luckily, she came too at some point and was able to escape. A miracle.
For several months afterwards, this woman and her family, suffered immeasurably. She had to leave Charleston and was suicidal for much of the time. Her parents of course went though a death as well, as you may imagine.
But after about a year, this woman — part of the despised Southern class, I suppose — did something amazingly heroic. I dare say it was an act of heroism almost beyond description. She decided to return to Charleston– the place where she was abducted, raped, and nearly killed, all as part of a gang initiation.
I have kept up with her off and on since she returned to Charleston, simply because I have rarely seen such heroism. I have rarely seen anyone reach within and overcome such undeserved pain. To use your words, it is a “hard won tolerance” after an experience what we safely call hate.
And what do you think she does today? Well, she is teaching inner city school kids in Charleston, all of them black children. Her goal is to become an art therapist. One of her closest friends is a 80 year old black woman who, I think, speaks Gullah.
So, in closing, I want to tell you that it isn’t all To Kill A Mockingbird as much as people want to think. That is increasingly an antiquated storyline that only the Chris Matthews of the world hold onto. There are other storylines, other wrenching tragedies, other unspeakable evils, and other acts of amazing heroism that transcend racial lines. And, yes, the heroism includes a Southern whites.
It is a hard won tolerance and my friends hear the racist remarks and percieve the looks, and, as they did up here, confront it and even laugh in its face. What is different is there is no more state sanctioned violence they need to be afraid of–they are no longer helpless in that sense. Like most people they like living in the culture they grew up in, feel secure in, feel alive in. I think it was Stephen King in THE BODY who said our closest friends are the friends we made growing up.
Portland is only 8% Black, as I remember, and many of the liberal Whites are capable of only an ideological connection with minorities. More times than I’d like I’ve heard some White bragging that his family was White Trash to a Black, thinking he’s impressing a bro with his admittance of low class when, in fact, he’s annoyingly assuming the minority thinks of himself as inferior. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Sidney O. Smith III;
I saw your post yesterday, I concur with your comments on Georgia, particularly on Judge Sears. My wife who is a Georgians and admitted to the bar of Georgia is a great fan of Judge Sears the job she did on the Supreme Court of Georgia.
“Yes, I do. This microchip was put in my vaginal-rectum area,” she replied. Setzler, the sponsoring lawmaker, sat next to the witness – his head bowed.
Does anyone recall the song “Taint Nobody’s Business If I Do”?
And of course, being the high minded fellow that I am, I couldn’t resist. Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend.
I should add that my Black friends ignored most displays of prejudice either because they where unimportant or sometimes potentially dangerous. Ignoring is probably everybodies most useful coping and survival tool. The Revolution Muslims would do well to practice it.
This woman is an expert and she clearly paints the endgame in her book, must read!
Hmmm, no one got my reference?
Maybe this will help:
No, I got it. His “precious fluids,” etc. I have always been generous with mine. pl
Sidney O. Smith III;
I have been reading the book, “The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family” by Annette Gordon-Reed. I highly recommend it. We are just beginning to grasp the complexity of the relations between whites and blacks in the South. It is one of the richer, sadder, more poignant, and just down right crazy stories I have ever encountered. Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemmings in the 19th century and Strom Thurmond and the mother of Essie Mae Williams in the 20th: it may be more than a familial feeling; it may be shared DNA.
I wanted to use the Deschamps Urinal in the Guggenheim but my girlfriend would’nt let me.
How many times did they have to clean it out?
This phenomenon of the actual relationship among the races in the South is a major theme of my two novels. The work of Dr. Gates at Harvard on the actual genetic inheritance of people especially African-Americans is enlightening in this regard. pl