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We reached a significant milestone this week with a near-official acknowledgement that we are heading for mass human microchipping within a decade as we 'sleep walk' into the 'Surveillance Society'. 

This suggested timescale is highly optimistic because unless we awaken from the trance very soon we are talking far less than ten years, but, most importantly, the prospect of the bar-coded human is being discussed in the mainstream. 

It is a long way from the days a decade and more ago when my very suggestion that we were heading for microchipped people was guaranteed to trigger guffaws and belly laughs. But no more. 
This week, Britain's Information Commissioner, Richard Thomas, responded to a report into the use of surveillance technology that warns that people may be forced to be microchipped 'like pet dogs' to track their movements and store personal information which, of course, would no longer be personal to anyone with a chip reader. The chips could be used not only by the government, says the report, but also by companies to keep tabs on employees. We would, as I have been warning for so long, be like monkeys in an electronic cage, rats in an electronic maze. 

The report was edited by Dr David Murakami-Wood, managing editor of the journal Surveillance and Society and Dr Kirstie Ball, an Open University lecturer in Organisation Studies, and was produced by a group of academics called the Surveillance Studies Network. They say that by 2016 almost every movement, purchase and communication could be monitored by a complex network of interlinking surveillance technologies -unless we turn back from the brink pretty damn quick. 'The call for everyone to be implanted is now being seriously debated', the authors warn. Dr David Murakami-Wood said: 

'We really do have a society which is premised both on state secrecy and the state not giving up its supposed right to keep information under control while, at the same time, wanting to know as much as it can about us.' 

The report points out that Britain, which claims to spread 'freedom and democracy', is the planetary leader in surveillance technology and the British are the most spied-upon nation in what is so ironically called the 'free world'. And what is happening in Britain is planned, indeed is being introduced, in the rest of Europe, North America and elsewhere. 

There are four million closed circuit television cameras in the UK for a population of just 60 million. The UK Home Office spent an astonishing 78 per cent of its crime prevention budget in the 1990s on installing the cameras. On average you are caught on camera in Britain 300 times a day -every 4.8 minutes -but in the cities it is even more extreme. The latest development, straight from the pages of Orwell's 1984, are cameras with speakers that allow operators to issue orders to people they are spying on. 

There are 6,000 speed cameras in the UK, 8,000 number plate recognition devices with technology on the way to photograph anyone using their mobile phone at the wheel or not wearing a seat belt. Last March the London Metropolitan Police took possession of 'eye in the sky' cameras that can read number plates from helicopters thousands of feet above the ground, and remotely-controlled 'drone' aircraft are to be used in Scotland to spy on the people. This very week members of Parliament called for even more speed cameras when even a government report found that 85% of road accidents are not connected to drivers breaking the speed limit. 

We have technology to identify faces in crowds and 'suspicious behaviour patterns' with 'lie detectors' being planned for airports. The so-called Oyster card used on the London underground requires people to register their personal details so that their every journey can be logged down to the minute. There are plans to expand this around the country. As a result of Blair's Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill, passed in 2000, internet providers have to record our surfing activity and provide this information to MI5. Phone calls, emails and faxes are being monitored by the Echelon spy network that searches for key words and voice recognition patterns. 

All this detailed information is kept on a giant data base that connects all other data bases and allows a stream of 'public bodies' to access everything about you and your life. Even not registering your name and address on the electoral roll will be subject to a fine of 2,500 pounds. 

The Children Act of 2004 creates a database to record detailed information about our children right down to their eating habits and this can be accessed by police, doctors, social workers and teachers. In July 2006, three 12-year-olds in the English West Midlands had their DNA taken after being arrested by police for ... breaking branches while building a den. DNA is now taken as a matter of course when anyone is arrested and this is kept on file even if they are subsequently not charged or found to be innocent. 
The scale of what is happening is simply staggering. 

But the key to global control is microchipped people -that's what they want more than anything. Even now, you don't have to take those Underground Oyster cards out of your pocket because they are read automatically by radiowaves and it's the same with the new microchipped passports. It is only one step to embed this technology permanently under the skin. In December 2005, the Giove A satellite was sent into orbit as part of the Galileo European navigation system. This will allow 'Galileo chips' to be embedded in devices of every kind, but the real target is humanity. 

The United States appears to lead the world in the use of human microchips thanks to the vociferous work of a deeply sinister company that I identified in my books many years ago. This is the VeriChip Corporation and it is part of an operation called Applied Digital. These 'VeriChips' are being marketed as a way of keeping us safe or, as the company says on its website --'Safeguarding what's important to you'. In the interests of accuracy it should add: 'So long as freedom is not important to you'. The VeriChip Corporation is now aggressively marketing human microchips to hospitals (the 'VeriMed Physician Network'), for Alzheimer's patients, and as security devices. In 2006, two employees of a company in Ohio were chipped to access a secure area. 

The authors of this week's report say that 'the surveillance society has come about us without us realising'. But that depends on which way you have been looking all these years. I have been warning about this from the early 90s and so have many others and it has only 'crept up' on people because they haven't been paying attention. When you do, it's been obvious. 

Idiots like Professor Kevin Warwick of Britain's Reading University have been very public supporters of microchipping and it was he who suggested the microchipping of children after the murders of ten-year-old Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman in 2002. Warwick was chipped himself amid great publicity so that he could interact with technology through a connection to his central nervous system. His website says: 

'Kevin Warwick has taken the first steps ... using himself as a guinea pig test-subject receiving, by surgical operation, technological implants connected to his central nervous system ... 

... Overriding everything, at the expense of a normal life, is Kevin's all encompassing scientific quest and desire to be a Cyborg ... part human, part machine.' 

But Warwick's level of knowledge is not in the same universe as that available to the secret projects that are waiting to foist the real deal on humanity. This week's report on the gathering surveillance focussed on tracking people through microchipping and not on the other aspect of all this -controlling thoughts, emotions and thus behaviour. Thought patterns can be transmitted through the chips that the target takes to be their own and this can go as far as generating apparent 'voices in the head' and hallucinations. Forget fixing 'elections' through dodgy voting machines if we are stupid enough to succumb to the chip. There will be no need. 

As one article put it: 

'Every thought, reaction, hearing, and visual observation causes a certain neurological potential, spikes, and patterns in the brain and its electromagnetic fields, which can now be decoded into thoughts, pictures, and voices. Electromagnetic stimulation can therefore change a person's brainwaves and affect muscular activity, causing painful muscular cramps experienced as torture ...' 

...The NSA's electronic surveillance system can simultaneously follow and handle millions of people. Each of us has a unique bioelectrical resonance frequency in the brain, just as we have unique fingerprints. With electromagnetic frequency (EMF) brain stimulation fully coded, pulsating electromagnetic signals can be sent to the brain causing the desired voice and visual effects to be experienced by the target. This is a form of electronic warfare. U.S. astronauts were implanted before they were sent into space so their thoughts could be followed and all their emotions could be registered 24 hours a day.' 

I was told all this in 1997 by a CIA scientist who was desperate to alert people to what was planned. The state-of-the-art chips today are far smaller than a human hair and carry fantastic potential for control. So while this week's public report is a very good contribution to warning people of their plight, it is still operating at a limited level of knowledge and understanding. Richard Thomas, the UK Information Commissioner, said: 

'We're waking up in a surveillance society and when you start to see how many apparently beneficial schemes are in place to monitor people's activities and movements that does raise concerns. There are risks the information is going to be mishandled'. 

The point that is missed, however, is that it is already being purposely mishandled because what is happening is not the consequence of random technological development posing risks to freedom. It is being introduced for the very reasons of control. Thomas said that many of the surveillance schemes were 'public sector driven and the individual has no choice about whether they take part'. So the next obvious question, surely, is what is the force that dictates this surveillance policy through the public sector like the government and police and through 'private' business? This is the question that most people, including those involved in 'civil liberties', never seem to ask or grasp. 

Even now, with Orwell's world looking us in the eye, people who should know better still don't appear to see what we are facing here. The civil rights group, Liberty, is among them. A spokesman said this week, in response to the report, that they had nothing against these surveillance technologies in themselves, but the danger was that they would not be 'properly regulated' and people could find themselves living in 'a surveillance society'. 

'Find themselves'?? We're already there for goodness sake -helloooo, intelligent life calling Planet Earth. It is this state of denial that we need to overcome. With each new technological imposition I hear it said that we are 'heading towards a Big Brother state' when we are already in one. Maybe it's comforting to think that somehow we can still stop it happening if we keep projecting our thoughts into the 'future'. But we can't stop it because it is already here. 

What we can do is dismantle it and stop its further invasion, but this can only happen if we stop denying where we already are. It's like saying we will be struck by a tornado if we don't do something when we are already 50 feet off the ground spinning like a top. 

I see the same with so many in the anti-war groups who protest about the 'evil' of the American and British governments while denying that the same force will also control whoever replaces them. This was encapsulated this week by an interview I saw with Madonna on BBC Television. 

She was asked about her protests against Bush and the war in Iraq and she said that anyone who had children would be instinctively horrified by what was happening to Iraqi kids. Fair enough, but then she was asked who she would like to be the next US President and she replied ... Hillary Clinton. When it comes to the capacity for generating evil, Clinton is more than a match even for Boy Bush, but Madonna has bought the window dressing and the image-making that promotes the Republicans and the Democrats as different 'sides'. 

Only when we see the one force manipulating through all 'sides' and the same force orchestrating the Orwellian society through both the public and private sectors will the million dollars drop and not, as with this week's report, merely the penny. 

Most importantly, we need to understand the true nature of the surveillance conspiracy and the crucial part played by human microchipping. As that CIA scientist told me nearly ten years ago: 'Tell people that if they say “no? to just one thing, they should say “no? to the microchip.' 
Wise words from someone who has seen the game from the inside and we ignore them at the cost of our most basic freedoms.
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