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Mexicans Getting Chipped

from the August 23, 2011 eNews issue

In 2004, the company Applied Digital Solutions got FDA approval for their infamous VeriChip, a rice grain-sized subdermal microchip that was to offer medical practitioners quick and easy access to a patient's medical records. Sadly for ADS, Americans tend to shy away from getting microchips stuck in their arms. Mexicans, however, have a different sort of problem, and the Mexican company Xega has been making plenty of pesos selling and implanting chips in people.

The number of people kidnapped in Mexico has tripled over the past five years. Even worse, law enforcement and soldiers have been complicit in more than 20 percent of these crimes. To protect themselves and their families, Mexicans have chosen to purchase implantable radio frequency identification (RFID) tags to make it easier to be found and to find loved ones in case of an abduction.

Xega both sells and implants these RFID chips, usually injecting them under the skin in the upper arm. During the past two years, Xega's sales have increased 40 percent.

"Unfortunately, it’s been good for business but bad for the country," said Xega executive Diego Kuri told The Washington Post. "Thirty percent of our clients arrive after someone in their family has already experienced a kidnapping."

The attempt to purchase safety is not cheap. For $2000, plus an annual $2,000 subscription to the service, people can buy the chip and the GPS unit that goes along with it. The RFID tag communicates with the GPS unit, which communicates with a satellite. Xega claims that if the cell-phone sized GPS device is taken in an abduction, the company can still send signals to the RFID tag in order to zone in on a client. The company says its chips have been used to recover hundreds of people. 

That's impossible, say American security firms.  The microchip is too small and its signal too weak to do anything exciting without a battery and a bigger antenna. The RFID signal is just not powerful enough to allow the chips, and the people wearing them, to be tracked and mapped wherever they are.

"There's no way in the world something that size can communicate with a satellite," said Justin Patton, managing director of the University of Arkansas RFID Research Center. "I have expensive systems with batteries on board, and even they can't be read from a distance greater than a couple hundred meters, with no interference in the way," Patton said.

The bottom line is that RFID chips need to be read at a close distance.

 Is it possible that one day RFID chips could be used by Big Brother to track any implanted human at any time? Perhaps. Right now, however, the technology is not available.  If massive groups of people decided to get chipped, scanners set up around a country could conceivably allow individuals to be tracked wherever they went. People might want to be positively identified in an emergency, but they do not want the government to know their whereabouts at all times.

Revelation 13 talks about a time when people will not be able to buy or sell unless they have the Mark of the Beast. Many people see implantable microchips as the way to make that happen, and they may be right. However, the Mark of the Beast is far more than a simple tag on or in somebody's hand. There is nothing intrinsically evil about implanting new technology inside our arms. Pacemakers and other forms of technology are regularly placed in humans' bodies with few theological concerns.

We should not be alarmed - but aware and watchful.


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