April 2002 -- BRAVE NEW WORLD: Welcome to the era of implanted chips, universal surveillance, man-and-machine hybrids and the end to your privacy.
This edition of Whistleblower is a shocking and in-depth exploration of high-tech surveillance and tracking systems now being used on unsuspecting Americans, the rapid move toward human implantation of microchips, futuristic military applications ÌÎ_Ì´åÌ´å including brain chips -- and what may be the end of privacy.
Up until WorldNetDaily first publicized the "Digital Angel" two years ago, Applied Digital Solutions, the manufacturer of the sophisticated miniaturized tracking device, proudly touted its intention of promoting implantation of the chip ÌÎ_Ì´åÌ´å trackable via GPS satellites -- in vast numbers of human beings.
But in the face of waves of publicity and the resulting criticism from privacy advocates -- as well from Christians concerned over the biblically prophesied "mark of the beast" -- the NASDAQ-traded company removed all references to human implantation from its website. Its CEO claimed publicly there were "no plans" to make the technology implantable, but rather for the user to "wear" the device outside his body on a wristwatch.
Then came Sept. 11, and the resulting urgent national drive to increase America's homeland security. And in this new climate of fear, in which many Americans favor security over privacy, the company did an about-face and re-introduced implantation with an aggressive and ongoing media campaign.
However, that's just the beginning. The post-9-11 homeland-security environment has also brought about a major spike in surveillance and tracking technologies in every imaginable ÌÎ_Ì´åÌ´å and unimaginable ÌÎ_Ì´åÌ´å realm of life.
In this groundbreaking issue, Whistleblower explores not only the latest assaults on citizens' privacy, but highlights some of the truly alarming technologies and applications now on the drawing board. Some of the contents include:
- How Sept. 11 ushered in the era of implanted chips.
- A survey of religious leaders on whether they think VeriChip and Digital Angel represent the biblical "mark of the beast."
- An in-depth report by Michael Hyatt, author of "Invasion of Privacy: How to protect yourself in the digital age."
- High-tech surveillance of unsuspecting supermarket shoppers becoming more widespread.
- Fantastic new generation of robots, modeled after insects, lizards and snakes, being designed for urban surveillance and weapons delivery, as well as the development of microscopic robots through nanotechnology
- "Air Force 2025:" The Air Force's futuristic "wish list" of technologies that can help it win future wars. Chapter 4 makes a strong case for ÌÎ_Ì´åÌ´å you guessed it ÌÎ_Ì´åÌ´å "the implanted microscopic brain chip."
But science fiction-type technologies aimed at achieving direct neural interfacing between computers and the human brain for "the edge" on the battlefield are only the "chip" of the iceberg. Companies and major university artificial intelligence labs, such as M.I.T., are hard at work attempting to create bionic humans ÌÎ_Ì´åÌ´å part man, part machine. Brain chips that could one day "back up" the memory of an Alzheimer's patient, or speed up the brain's computing speed by a thousand- or a million-fold, or enable its recipient to speak a foreign language instantaneously, are envisioned and eagerly anticipated.
Beyond even that, on this guided tour of America's techno-future, Whistleblower arrives at the ultimate project over which many PhD brains are current laboring: Immortality. The development of replaceable body parts (including brain "cells"), coupled with virtual omniscience (direct neural interfacing between the human brain and all the information in the world, via the Internet), is the final prize of artificial intelligence experts on some of today's university campuses.
"This issue of Whistleblower is not about the distant, implausible world of fantasy, but the current research and development projects of the U.S. Defense Department, universities and private companies," said WND Vice President and Managing Editor David Kupelian. "If what we've reported on in this issue of Whistleblower sounds strangely familiar to readers, it's because it mirrors many of the most fantastic science-fiction themes of film and literature."
"I implore you to read this issue of Whistleblower to learn about the privacy threats facing you today," added CEO and Editor Joseph Farah. "Read it from cover to cover. I think you will agree with me that ÌÎ_Ì´åÌ´å even though this sounds like Area 51 stuff ÌÎ_Ì´åÌ´å sometimes, indeed, truth is stranger than fiction."
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