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Iraq War and Guantánamo.)60 If that’s not Big Brother enough, the document closes with the recommendation that the Pentagon ought to pursue an ability to “provide maximum control of the entire electromagnetic spectrum . . . disrupt or destroy the full spectrum of globally emerging communications systems, sensors, and weapons systems dependent on the electromagnetic spectrum.” Which translates into being able to KO every telephone, networked computer, and radar system anywhere on the planet.61 Darth Vader, your time may be coming. Under the radar, a provision was slipped into the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization bill at the end of 2005. It’s the DNA Fingerprint Act, meaning that if you get arrested at a demonstration on federal property, they can take a sample of your DNA and keep it on permanent file.62 This fits nicely with a billion-dollar FBI project to have a massive computer database containing individuals’ physical characteristics. They call this biometrics, and it gives the government a brand-new opportunity to identify folks at home and abroad. They’re storing digital images of faces, fingerprints and palm types in a climatecontrolled underground facility in Clarksburg, West Virginia. They’ll soon be crime-stopping even by analyzing the way we walk and talk.63 At some airports, people who aren’t line-standers at the metal detectors are taking advantage of the “opportunity” to have their irises scanned to prove they’ve passed a background check (that’s called Next Generation Identification).64 In 2008 a three-judge appeals court, reversing a lower court’s finding, ruled that federal border agents don’t need any special reason to search laptops, cell phones, or digital cameras for evidence of crimes.65 Since Bush had already called for some high-tech measures to crack down on illegal immigration from Mexico, a company called VeriChip came up with a way to “chip the foreigners.” It’s a Radio Frequency Identification Tag, RFID for short, encapsulated in glass and injected hypodermically into your skin. The ID number can be read right through your clothes, by radio waves, from close range. Tommy Thompson, who headed up Health and Human Services under Bush, joined VeriChip’s board after he left the administration and soon was out there extolling the merits of getting chipped as a means for Americans to link up to their medical records. The Pentagon has been entertaining talk of the RFIDs taking the place of the old military “dog tags.” It’s also being marketed as a possible future way to make payments by combining the chip with your credit card.66 Microchips are already everywhere. They’re putting chips in our credit cards,

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AMERICAN CONSPIRACIES, LIES AND DECEPTION FROM THE U.S. GOVERNMENT, JESSE VENTURA  

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