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Subject: HHS Announces Program to Implant RFID Tags In Homeless (Implications Vis a Vis Codex Vitamin Issue)
Date: 5 Apr 2004 21:24:13 -0000

IAHF List: The purpose of the Codex effort to ban our access to supplements world wide is to cull our numbers, plain and simple.

The US Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal Agency that oversees the FDA. They have just announced an illegal plan to implant homeless people with subdermal implants in order to track them like dogs ostensibly for (ahem) "their own good." The "reason" they give for implanting homeless people is to keep them from shoplifting, and to track them to check on whether or not they're coming in for forced medication, etc... (see the UPI article below)

Unless we all speak out against this to denounce it to our members of Congress, it will only be a matter of time before Big Brother seeks to implant similar sub dermal tracking chips in all of US. What can ALL of us DO world wide?

We can't stop Codex AT Codex- everything is RIGGED- its nothing but a form of High Drama put on for public consumption but all decisions are made well in ADVANCE of the Codex meetings. The ONLY CHANCE we have to monkeywrench Codex is to support the ANH lawsuit to overturn the EU Food Supplement Directive- please donate to

As I read the UPI Article Below about the US Nazi Government's Efforts to force homeless people to take sub dermal implanted microchips so they can be tracked like dogs,

The immortal words of Martin Niemoller haunt my current reverie:

First they came for the Communists,
  and I didnít speak up,
   because I wasnít a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews,
  and I didnít speak up,
   because I wasnít a Jew.
Then they came for the Catholics,
  and I didnít speak up,
   because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me,
  and by that time there was no one
   left to speak up for me.

by Rev. Martin Niemoller, 1945


HHS announces program to implant RFID tags in homeless Declan McCullagh
Thu Apr 1 10:15:52 CST 2004

[This is a joke... I hope! --Declan]


Subject: latest HHS outrage... please circulate widely!
Date: Thu, 1 Apr 2004 09:26:25 -0500

WASHINGTON (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Thursday that it was about to begin testing a new technology designed to help more closely monitor and assist the nation's homeless population.

Under the pilot program, which grew out of a series of policy academies held in the last two years, homeless people in participating cities will be implanted with mandatory Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags that social workers and police can use track their movements.

The RFID technology was developed by HHS' Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) in partnership with five states, including California and New York. "This is a rare opportunity to use advanced technology to meet society's dual objectives of better serving our homeless population while making our cities safer," HRSA Administrator Betty James Duke said.

The miniscule RFID tags are no larger than a matchstick and will be implanted subdermally, meaning under the skin. Data from RFID tracking stations mounted on telephone poles will be transmitted to police and social service workers, who will use custom Windows NT software to track movements of the homeless in real time.

In what has become a chronic social problem, people living in shelters and on the streets do not seek adequate medical care and frequently contribute to the rising crime rate in major cities. Supporters of subdermal RFID tracking say the technology will discourage implanted homeless men and women from committing crimes, while making it easier for government workers to provide social services such as delivering food and medicine.

Duke called the RFID tagging pilot program "a high-tech, minimally-intrusive way for the government to lift our citizens away from the twin perils of poverty and crime." Participating cities include New York City, San Francisco, Washington, and Bethlehem, Penn.

Participating states will receive grants of $14 million to $58 million from the federal Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) program, which was created under the McKinney Act to fund support services for the homeless. A second phase of the project, scheduled to be completed in early 2005, will wirelessly transmit live information on the locations of homeless people to handheld computers running the Windows CE operating system.

A spokesman for the National Coalition for the Homeless, which estimates that there are between 2.3 million and 3.5 million people experiencing homelessness nationwide, said the pilot program could be easily abused. "We have expressed our tentative support for the idea to HRSA, but only if it includes privacy safeguards," the spokesman said. "So far it's unclear whether those safeguards will actually be in place by roll-out."

Chris Hoofnagle, deputy director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, said the mandatory RFID program would be vulnerable to a legal challenge. "It is a glaring violation of the Tenth Amendment, which says that powers not awarded to the government are reserved to the people, and homeless people have just as many Tenth Amendment rights as everyone else," said Hoofnagle, who is speaking about homeless privacy at this month's Computers Freedom and Privacy conference in Berkeley, Calif.

While HRSA's program appears to be the first to forcibly implant humans with RFID tags, the technology is becoming more widely adopted as retailers use it to track goods. Wal-Mart Stores said last year that it will require its top 100 suppliers to place RFID tags on shipping crates and pallets by January 2005.

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