If this passes, Adam can travel to Georgia and sleep in peace knowing he won’t be chipped. He still will have to worry about two to the head, earthquake machines, anal probes by space aliens, …

Last Wednesday, the [Georgia] House Judiciary Committee entertained SB 235, the bill sponsored by Sen. Chip Pearson (R-Dawsonville) to prohibit the involuntary implantation of microchips in human beings.

In Gov. Roy Barnes’ stump speech, the bill has become a routine example of the Republican tendency to attack problems that don’t exist, and ignore the ones that do. Besides, Barnes argues, if someone holds him down to insert a microchip in his head, “it should be more than a damned misdemeanor.”

Three states have instituted bans, and others have considered the legislation. In Virginia, a bill supporter declared microchips to be the “666″ mark of the beast referred to in the Book of Revelation.

Pearson has said his motivation isn’t biblical or religious – that he is simply working in advance of technology’s next assault on personal privacy. Not unlike limiting the uses of DNA testing by health insurance companies, he argues.

  1. bobbo the Alrighty says:

    HMeyers–certain private security and bonding firms do use polygraphs routinely as does our government and police agencies. The results are not relevant in a court case, but guess what? Most of life takes place outside of the court room.

  2. GoGoGadget says:

    bobbo = troll pandering to the worst in the comments section.

  3. Glenn E. says:

    This law won’t stop the US military (and possibly other Federal agencies) from chipping its personnel, compulsory. As Federal employees aren’t subject to, or protected by, most state laws.

    BTW, Ion Tv just reran the “Demolition Man” movie of the 1980s. And the chief villain in that carved out a warden’s eyeball, to deal with retina scan locks. And later Stallone’s character remarks, “let’s hope he does figure out chopping someone’s hand off”, in order to get their chip for commerce use. So it’s not exactly a new concern here. And I’m thinking it’s highly unlikely, the technology could ever be made theft-proof. And there would always be someone willing to “core you like an apple” to get at your chip.

    Making it a ridiculous issue of biblical paranoia, misses (or obscures) the real point. That sticking something into your body, to make it more secure. Isn’t going to do any such thing, accept to make its theft more lethal.