Big Brother in your holster...

Discussion in 'The Constitutional & RKBA Forum' started by Shizamus, Sep 7, 2003.

  1. Shizamus

    Shizamus New Member

    Jun 27, 2001
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    September 7, 2003


    [This Alert is in 4 parts]

    PART 1:


    * If you don't want Big Brother to stick himself right inside
    your guns, read this.

    * If you live near Chicago or know activists or media people
    there, read this.

    Two companies, NEC and Hitachi, have announced radio-frequency
    ID chips (RFID) the size of the period in this sentence. These
    chips broadcast a "unique identifying number" to nearby
    scanners - numbers that can be read through your clothes, your
    holster, or your fanny pack. The RFID industry has already said
    WORLD* to carry these chips. And NEC quickly announced one of
    its first intended uses - to track bullets. Every bullet ever
    manufactured on the planet.

    It gets worse for gun owners, as you'll read in JD Abolins'
    explanation, below.

    But if you live near Chicago or know activists in the area, you
    can help prevent this. CASPIAN (, the
    consumer privacy group, is organizing a protest for September
    15-17. Read the information below. Then, if you can put CASPIAN
    in touch with any Chicago activist groups or media people who
    might get involved, please contact Katherine Albrecht

    When we say activists, we mean any kind - RKBA, religious, anti-
    globalization, privacy, freedom of speech. *Everyone's* rights
    are threatened by universal RFID. The coalition against eternal
    tracking can be broad and strong. If you can join the protest
    yourself, plan to go.

    Every study shows that, when ordinary people learn about the
    plans for these chips, they are horrified. The industry is on
    the defensive. The more people learn, the more they'll say NO
    to this stupid, intrusive idea. The CASPIAN protest is not a
    useless plea to politicians. It is to alert the public and let
    the industry know that we won't put up with Big Brother - not
    in our holsters, not in our cereal boxes, not in our targets,
    not in our money, not in our primers, not in our books, not in
    our cartridge cases - not anywhere.



    A sessage from Katherine Albrecht:

    On Sept 15-17 the nasty men at the Auto-ID Center are officially
    launching their EPC (RFID) "spy chip" network at a convention at
    McCormick Place in Chicago. You may be familiar with their plans
    to use tiny speck-of-dust sized computer chips to number every
    item on the planet and track it (and us) all via the Internet.

    In addition to being an ardent 2nd Amendment supporter, I am the
    founder and director of CASPIAN, the organization that has
    mounted a worldwide campaign against Benetton, Gillette,
    Wal-Mart and others in the use of RFID "spy chips" in consumer

    RFID technology is particularly worrisome for our 2nd amendment
    rights, since there is talk of using these nearly imperceptible
    chips to tag bullets and guns, making them identifiable at a
    distance and secretly registrable to their purchaser via credit
    card and point-of-sale records.

    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
    In response to the upcoming Chicago event, CASPIAN is planning
    both a physical protest at McCormick Place on Tuesday,
    September 16 at 10:00 AM and an online "virtual" protest as
    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

    I am hoping you will consider protesting with us and helping
    drive turnout to the event among your membership and friends in

    In freedom,

    Katherine Albrecht, Ed.M.
    Founder and Director, CASPIAN
    Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering
    (877) 287-5854

    = = = = = = = = = =

    PART 2:

    Here is a commentary on another aspect of RFID and firearms:

    RFID and Firearms: Every Bullet Will Have Your Name on It!
    by JD Abolins

    At first glance, radio frequency ID (RFID) tagging technologies
    seem unrelated to firearms issues. After all, most firearms in
    common use today have few electronic components, right?

    While it's true that the basic firearm can be made without
    electronic components, an overall technology trend has been for
    electronics and firmware (software embedded in chips) to be
    applied to technologies that have, up to now, been primarily
    traditionally mechanical or large-scale electrical. This has
    been happening to automobiles. It is becoming harder and harder
    for the average car owner or small independent garage to work
    on newer cars.

    *** The Push for "Smart Guns"

    Firearms are facing such a push. Some military firearms are
    already getting electronic components for sighting, etc. In the
    civilian area, some gun control groups are pushing for "smart
    gun" technologies that are supposed to fire only when handled by
    the designated owner. In New Jersey, this is being pushed by
    law. The New Jersey Institute of Technology is embarking on
    research to develop "smart gun" technologies.

    One of the several approaches considered for identifying
    authorized handlers to the firearm is a token such as a ring
    that "unlocks" the firing mechanism.

    Well, RFIDs would fit into this approach and may become
    incorporated into some of the "smart gun" designs.

    Incidentally, many of the approaches for "smart guns" are
    pushing for a departure from the traditional mechanical firing
    mechanism in favor of electromechanical or even 100% electronic
    ones. (Besides making integration of user verification systems
    with the firing functions, the electronic approaches can make
    bypassing the "smarts" more difficult than with mechanical
    firing mechanisms.)

    *** RFIDs can Affect Gun Owners even without "Smart Guns"

    The "smart gun" is not the only place where RFIDs can show up in
    firearms. Consider these possibilities:

    * Every firearm and, more importantly, every round of ammunition
    is RFID tagged. Remember the proposals for the tagging of
    explosives and gunpowder? Well the RFID allows much more
    detailed tagging and tracking. For example, every cartridge
    could have multiple RFIDS the tie together the bullet and the
    casing. Find a bullet lodged in a tree and 30 empty casings from
    the same type of cartridges and the RFID could tell which casing
    was connected to the bullet.

    While this may provide more data for forensics, the next layer
    of RFID-enable connection carries a big whammy: Every bullet
    directly traceable to a specific person -- whether or not the
    "smart gun" tech takes off.

    If you have somebody currently take a few cartridges or swap
    some of theirs for yours, not much comes up in regards to
    traces. But if every bullet literally has your name on it, the
    swap of bullets can have drastic implications. Framing becomes
    a big possibility.

    * A variant of "smart gun" tech might be to check for the
    munitions to make sure they are RFIDed. In such a case, "silent"
    non-RFID ammunition -- say, home loaded ones -- would not allow
    the firing function to be active. Or perhaps it would allow
    home-loaded munitions to be used if they are RFIDed. So if you
    purchase the supplies to load your own, you might have to use
    RFID tagged casings, bullets, etc.

    * A similar thing could occur for the firearm components to
    discourage "unapproved" modifications. Stock and barrel length
    modification might even be discouraged by having the firing
    verification system check for special set of RFIDs in the end
    of the barrel and the stock. (This is very hypothetical
    example just to illustrate the concept of RFID as a way to
    make implements "self-aware.")

    * After a period of such technologies being pushed out, it may
    become mandatory to have all firearms and munitions RFID-
    readable. Even antique muzzle-loaders might need to be
    "implanted" to be legal. There may be a push for severe
    penalties for having a "silent" firearm. The RFID, then, could
    be used to enforce the various "gun free zones". (Of course,
    criminals and thugs of all kinds would love this as a way of
    finding unarmed civilians.)

    Side Note: As various things go, it is likely that police and
    other authorities will seek to have non-RFIDed firearms,
    especially for undercover work. Such firearms would become
    valuable on the black market and elsewhere.

    * Then the permits, hunting licenses, etc. are likely to be
    among the earlies firearms-related items to get RFIDed.

    J.D. Abolins

    = = = = = = = =

    PART 3:

    Tagging bullets and guns is definitely on the technologists'
    minds. Just this week I read this chilling comment:

    "FEC...chief executive Kunioki Ichioka told reporters that the
    chip inserted into the human body, animals, bullets,
    credit cards and other items for verification purposes, and can
    replace price bar codes used to tag products."

    (See: [long URL reduced] )

    He is referring to a new RFID chip the size of the period at the
    end of this sentence. Not only could these chips be fabricated
    into every shell casing, but the tiny chips could be sprinkled
    directly into gunpowder at the point of manufacture, making it
    both identifiable (functioning like easy-to-read DNA) and
    traceable to the individual purchaser.

    - - - - - - -

    PART 4:

    JPFO SUPPORTERS: Have you had enough? Are you ready to restore
    a Bill of Rights culture in America? JPFO will soon announce a
    plan that, with grassroots support, can turn this nation toward
    freedom. Watch for it!

    The Liberty Crew
  2. 1952Sniper

    1952Sniper New Member

    Aug 22, 2002
    Fortunately, RFIDs are not very durable. With a little bit of technological savvy, you can create a HERF gun (high energy radio frequency) that would overpower the RFID and render it useless.

    I've been keeping an eye on this RFID stuff, and I personally feel that regardless of consumer outrage, it will one day (soon) be in every item we purchase. We consumers will just have to learn how to adapt and overcome them, if we want to keep our privacy.

    I feel that we are finally reaching the dawn of the "new age" where regular citizens will have to wage a technological war against intrusive governments and corporations.

  3. pickenup

    pickenup Active Member

    Sep 11, 2002
    Colorado Rocky Mountains
    Yup, the new age is coming. How do ya fight it?
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