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Hospitals tagging babies with electronic chips, Privacy advocates protest
wnd ^ | January 15, 2008 | Jerome R. Corsi

Posted on 01/20/2008 9:39:53 PM PST by Coleus

Over half the birthing facilities in Ohio are being equipped with an RFID infant protection system placed on infants at birth to prevent them from being abducted from the hospital or from being given to the wrong mother.  "Standard protocol in the hospitals using the VeriChip system is that the baby receives an RFID anklet at birth and the mother receives a matching wristband," VeriChip spokeswoman Allison Tomek told WND. "The mothers are not asked."

VeriChip Corp., a publicly listed company headquartered in Delray Beach, Fla., is marketing though its wholly-owned subsidiary, Xmark, a HUGS brand tag-and-bracelet infant security system. The RFID tag is attached to an infant at birth by an ankle bracelet that is detected by monitors positioned throughout the hospital.  Critics charge the VeriChip system is an intrusive technology solution to a problem that is rare.

"The VeriChip infant security system is a technology looking for a solution," said Katherine Albrecht, founder and director of CASPIAN, Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering.  "Baby snatching from hospital facilities is a diaper full of nonsense," Albrecht told WND.


(Excerpt) Read more at worldnetdaily.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; US: Ohio
KEYWORDS: agenda21; caspian; healthypeople2010; nais; rfid; socializedmedicine; verichip; xmark

1 posted on 01/20/2008 9:39:54 PM PST by Coleus
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To: Coleus

Either way the baby gets an identification anklet at the hospital. I don’t see the issue.


2 posted on 01/20/2008 9:43:48 PM PST by Rb ver. 2.0 (Global warming is the new Marxism.)
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To: Coleus

Privacy is a huge consideration.

Also there is the consideration for the hospital, and the parents.

There have been cases of ‘accidental swaps’ in the hospital, and cases of baby theft.

The chip could eliminate the potential lawsuits, and the potential loss of child or the child’s life due to kidnapping.

The question is, is it really a loss of privacy? How much privacy does a baby have?

What happens as the child grows could be a concern for us, as concerns privacy.

Will our children be tracked until their old age?
Will the chips last that long?

Questions,Questions, Questions.

Very few quick and easy answers.


3 posted on 01/20/2008 9:47:31 PM PST by UCANSEE2 (Just saying what 'they' won't.)
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To: Coleus

“Privacy Advocates”, my ass.

Sounds like a bunch of busybodies sticking their noses where they don’t belong.


4 posted on 01/20/2008 9:48:16 PM PST by A Balrog of Morgoth (QMC(SW) USN........ CG21 DD988 FFG34 PC6 ARS53)
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To: UCANSEE2
"Will the chips last that long?"

These are not implants. They are simply bracelets with a chip, so whether they last or they don't is completely irrelevent. The bracelets never even leave the maternity ward, much less the hospital. This is much ado about nothing.
5 posted on 01/20/2008 9:50:23 PM PST by A Balrog of Morgoth (QMC(SW) USN........ CG21 DD988 FFG34 PC6 ARS53)
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To: Coleus
When they start embedding the chips...

IIRC, they do (states or counties?) take a blood sample (DNA?) and ship it off to some far away depository without consent. I see that as a Privacy issue.

6 posted on 01/20/2008 9:52:16 PM PST by endthematrix (He was shouting 'Allah!' but I didn't hear that. It just sounded like a lot of crap to me.)
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To: A Balrog of Morgoth
Sounds like a bunch of busybodies sticking their noses where they don’t belong.

...which is the definition of government.

7 posted on 01/20/2008 9:52:49 PM PST by darkangel82 (And the band played on....)
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To: A Balrog of Morgoth
"This is much ado about nothing. "

It's about WND click-through rates.

8 posted on 01/20/2008 9:55:53 PM PST by endthematrix (He was shouting 'Allah!' but I didn't hear that. It just sounded like a lot of crap to me.)
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To: A Balrog of Morgoth

Right, not implants and since that is the case this sounds like a good idea.


9 posted on 01/20/2008 9:57:56 PM PST by pepperhead (Kennedy's float, Mary Jo's don't!)
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To: Coleus
It's an anklet, not an implant. Much ado about nothing. Mommy will snip off the anklet and her own wrist band when they get home.
10 posted on 01/20/2008 10:02:37 PM PST by Myrddin
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To: Rb ver. 2.0
But the baby also gets the privilege of a SS number!
11 posted on 01/20/2008 10:02:43 PM PST by endthematrix (He was shouting 'Allah!' but I didn't hear that. It just sounded like a lot of crap to me.)
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To: A Balrog of Morgoth
The bracelets never even leave the maternity ward, much less the hospital. This is much ado about nothing.

The hospital where I work uses the chips for maternity wards. The fear of mixup or abduction is very real, and liability is astronomical if something bad happens. There really are sickos out there who try to infiltrate maternity wards to swipe a kid.

In one case, there was a hospital-wide security alert when the system detected what looked like a baby leaving the unit, and heading towards the dumpsters. It turned out the mother did not report the baby's security anklet was loose, and just put it on her food tray, which was then taken away after lunch. The anklet was covered by something, so nobody noticed it until the system detected it leaving the premises.

While everybody had a laugh about it after things cooled down, it was taken as seriously as firefights outside the ER. We've had those, too.

This is a large Detroit hospital system, so just about any emergency that can be imagined has already happened at least once.

12 posted on 01/20/2008 10:05:09 PM PST by 300winmag (Life is hard! It is even harder when you are stupid!)
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To: Coleus

I think I was switched at birth from rich parents to poor parents.


13 posted on 01/20/2008 10:07:31 PM PST by umgud
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To: umgud
I think I was switched at birth from rich parents to poor parents.

Luckily, I had the opposite happen to me. You snooze, you lose.

14 posted on 01/20/2008 10:14:05 PM PST by MediaMole
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To: 300winmag

I’m right with you.

I’m saying these so-called privacy advocates protesting the RFIDs are full of crap.


15 posted on 01/20/2008 10:15:00 PM PST by A Balrog of Morgoth (QMC(SW) USN........ CG21 DD988 FFG34 PC6 ARS53)
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To: A Balrog of Morgoth
Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering. Sounds like another name for the Shoplifters Union.
16 posted on 01/20/2008 10:17:13 PM PST by A Balrog of Morgoth (QMC(SW) USN........ CG21 DD988 FFG34 PC6 ARS53)
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To: A Balrog of Morgoth
"These are not implants. They are simply bracelets with a chip, so whether they last or they don't is completely irrelevent. The bracelets never even leave the maternity ward, much less the hospital. This is much ado about nothing."

17 posted on 01/20/2008 10:17:42 PM PST by KantianBurke ("If you like President George W. Bush, you'll love Mike Huckabee,")
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To: 300winmag

LOL

Up here a ‘wandering’ chip will lock all the ward doors, sound an alarm and all kinds of interesting things happen. Sensors in all hallways, doors and windows.

No mixed up babys of late - so it’s all good.


18 posted on 01/20/2008 10:20:21 PM PST by ASOC (The Captain doesn't choose the storm....)
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To: MediaMole
Luckily, I had the opposite happen to me. You snooze, you lose.

So.......... it was you!

19 posted on 01/20/2008 10:26:51 PM PST by umgud
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To: UCANSEE2

My Granddaughter, born on 19 Dec 2007, had one of these anklets. It was not an issue at all, and the anklet was removed prior to discharge.

An interesting thing was that if the infant’s anklet got outside of a certain “safe” area, an alarm would be sounded, the elevators and major doors would be locked, and security personnel would jump into action. The parents were warned not to get too close to the elevators or emergency exits with the baby as long as the device was activated.

I thought it was an excellent idea, and I don’t have any idea what these nuts are protesting about. I suspect they have never seen one or had the system explained to them. They probably think it is some sort of permanent RFID sysytem.


20 posted on 01/20/2008 11:09:31 PM PST by coldoc
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To: Coleus
From the Headline, one might think they
were implants not just a bracelet, LOL
21 posted on 01/20/2008 11:15:01 PM PST by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (Rudy,Romney,McCain, Huckabee will send a self-abused stomped elephant to the DRNC.)
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To: Coleus

It’s an anklet, no big deal.

Call me back when they start branding new babies with ‘666’ on their foreheads.


22 posted on 01/21/2008 2:07:06 AM PST by mkjessup (...........................................................>> GOP + FOX = The new "Axis of RINOs" <<)
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To: mkjessup
My brothers (twins) were born in 1996. They received the anklets immediately after birth. The anklets WERE removed before being discharged.

If you wrap your head with tinfoil (shiney side out) you can elude the tracking device.

23 posted on 01/21/2008 3:45:23 AM PST by A_Tradition_Continues (Sanitized for your protection.)
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To: Coleus

Kalispell Regional Medical Center use these bracelets.


24 posted on 01/21/2008 6:17:30 AM PST by Bear_Slayer (When liberty is outlawed only outlaws will have liberty.)
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To: UCANSEE2

The bracelets come off when the baby leaves the hospital.


25 posted on 01/21/2008 6:18:09 AM PST by Bear_Slayer (When liberty is outlawed only outlaws will have liberty.)
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To: umgud
We were switched at birth and I've been living your high-life ever since.


26 posted on 01/21/2008 6:20:43 AM PST by Bear_Slayer (When liberty is outlawed only outlaws will have liberty.)
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To: Bear_Slayer

“The bracelets come off when the baby leaves the hospital.”

And, when the child grows up, can they not have the chip removed?


27 posted on 01/21/2008 10:30:30 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (Just saying what 'they' won't.)
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To: Bear_Slayer

My apologies to all.

I misunderstood the Title, and didn’t read the article fully.

I “assumed” the chips were implanted.

Maybe the last part of the title should have been....

Privacy Advocates protest needlessly.


28 posted on 01/21/2008 10:35:30 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (Just saying what 'they' won't.)
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To: Rb ver. 2.0

This is a good thing. Anyone trying to leave with the baby will trigger an alarm. That’s a good thing.


30 posted on 01/21/2008 11:20:49 AM PST by Theo (Global warming "scientists." Pro-evolution "scientists." They're both wrong.)
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To: Coleus

What’s the problem here? The tracking device is on the hospital ID braclet, which any baby in the hospital should be wearing, and additionally makes it harder for a child to be taken without permission. WND is trying to over-dramatize a nonissue.


31 posted on 01/21/2008 11:23:59 AM PST by Polonius (It's called logic, it'll help you.)
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To: beer
If the patient refuses the chip,
are they beheaded by the false prophet? (Rev 20:4)

The beast.
32 posted on 01/21/2008 11:30:26 AM PST by evets (beer)
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To: SycoDon

“Do you have a tin hat collection or something?”

Tin foil hat concession.

We have some very interesting Tin Foil Body Armor, if you are interested.


33 posted on 01/22/2008 5:58:18 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (Just saying what 'they' won't.)
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To: UCANSEE2

Oh please! There are implantable chips, they’re ankle bracelets. You cut them off when the baby goes home.


34 posted on 01/22/2008 6:02:41 AM PST by CholeraJoe (Not to discount the sexual prowess of the rabbit, BUT, there's a reason it's not called BUNNY STYLE.)
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To: Coleus

Oooohhhh...scary


35 posted on 01/22/2008 6:04:33 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: CholeraJoe

Or when you steal the baby :)


36 posted on 01/22/2008 6:06:09 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: endthematrix
But the baby also gets the privilege of a SS number!

IIRC, if you want to take the tax deduction for the little one, you need to apply for his SSN anyway. That happens regardless of whether or not the hospital uses RFID.

37 posted on 01/22/2008 6:15:34 AM PST by Bob
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To: 300winmag

I know of a ‘scrapbooking’ grandma who (dispite being told not to) clipped baby’s anklet (for all important memory book). She had that, the little hat, some flowers, heading out to load the car...made it to the elevator. Many, many alarms went off; doors secured; security on high alert, local police alerted and in transit...and she still doesn’t ‘get’ that she caused a problem. This was a few years back...but now I think she must just be a WND reader :)


38 posted on 01/22/2008 6:17:27 AM PST by PennsylvaniaMom (I do not want people to be agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them. Jane Austen.)
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To: AppyPappy

I’ll remember that next time I steal a baby. Thanks.


39 posted on 01/22/2008 6:23:00 AM PST by CholeraJoe (Not to discount the sexual prowess of the rabbit, BUT, there's a reason it's not called BUNNY STYLE.)
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To: CholeraJoe

“There are implantable chips, they’re ankle bracelets.”

(good job...)

I knew what you meant, anyway.

If you didn’t see it I already acknowledged that I was mistaken.


40 posted on 01/22/2008 11:47:08 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (Just saying what 'they' won't.)
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To: PennsylvaniaMom
This was a few years back...but now I think she must just be a WND reader :)

That must then mean that the families of some of our clients are DU members. We lose about one phone a month from a birthing center suite to souvenir hunters. Despite the fact that it's a special phone that will only work on our commercial phone network.

It costs us about $250 to replace the phone, as opposed to $4 for a RFID chip. Maybe we need to tag the phones in those suites.

41 posted on 01/22/2008 3:32:33 PM PST by 300winmag (Life is hard! It is even harder when you are stupid!)
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