A new era of Orwellian style, big brother legislation has now been ushered into the world thanks to HR 4919. This bill, which was recently passed by the house, grants law enforcement with the ability to microchip the disabled.
The new legislation is labeled under the guise of being an amendment to the “Missing Alzheimer’s Disease Patient Alert Program.” It promises the prospect of initiatives which will “reduce the risk of injury and death relating to the wandering characteristics of some children with autism.”
Apparently, according to the bill, this promise is made on the grounds of their newfound ability to microchip those with dementia or children who have “developmental disabilities.” The terms that are set fourth by the bill will require the attorney general, as well as the secretary of health and human services to create a structure in which the best practices are kept for the use of tracking devices.
Many people believe this bill to be the beginning of what could be the possible micro-chipping of an entire population of people due to the vague language used in the summary of the bill.
“While this initiative may have noble intentions, ‘small and temporary’ programs in the name of safety and security often evolve into permanent and enlarged bureaucracies that infringe on the American people’s freedoms. That is exactly what we have here. A safety problem exists for people with Alzheimer’s, autism and other mental health issues, so the fix, we are told, is to have the Department of Justice, start a tracking program so we can use some device or method to track these individuals 24/7,” Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX) said in a floor speech opposing the bill.
Of course, this representative is exactly right. If you take a moment to understand exactly how many conditions are considered to be a disability, mental or otherwise, you will begin to realize exactly how many people are at risk due to this legislation.
While it is a possibility that the bill itself will not be responsible for the future microchipping of the American population, how long will it be before new legislation is enacted which does? In the post 9/11 world, many have traded their rights in order to maintain security, despite Benjamin Franklin’s words of wisdom: “Those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor they deserve, either one.”