Archive | September 4, 2012

Students and Parents Rebel Against RFIDs

Students and Parents Rebel Against RFIDs

 

By Hwaa Irfan

Katie Deolloz, a member of Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering, CASPIAN told WND that parents and students from San Antonio’s Northside Independent School District (NISD), Texas confronted the school board on 31st August, 2012 about their concerns over privacy and other related issues. The privacy pertains to the implementation of RFID chips  – spy chips, that students and staff are now oblidged to wear on their schools clothes.

This is not a simple parent-student reaction, but a carefully thought out response to the use of RFIDs. A Position Statement dated August 21, 2012 was presented by CASPIAN which lists the endorsers as:

–          American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
–          Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)
–          FoeBuD e.V., Big Brother Awards Germany
–          Big Brother Watch
–          Citizens’Council for Health Freedom
–          Constitutional Alliance
–          Freedom Force International
–          Friends of Privacy USA
–          The Identity Project
–          OK-SAFE, Inc.
–          PrivacyActivism
–          Private Citizen, Inc.
–          Beat the Chip
–          We the People Will Not Be Chipped
–          511 Campaign
–          Edward Hasbrouck Author, Privacy Expert
–          Katina Michael, Ph.D., Implant Expert
–          MG Michael, Ph.D., Implant Researcher
–          Judith McGeary, Liberty Activist
–          Virginia Rezmiersky, Ph.D.
–          Claire Wolfe; Author, Freedom Advocate

CASPIAN’s Position Statement serves to educate the school board on the nature of RFID technology

“RF” stands for “radio frequency.” Like the radio waves that transmit sound to an AM radio, RFID radio waves can travel through walls and doors. “ID” stands for “identification,” since RFID is designed to identify, track, and monitor physical objects.

RFID systems have two main components:

–        RFID tags and

–        RFID readers

The Statement educative process also informs how RFIDs can be used to:

“…trigger additional monitoring devices, like video cameras and audio recording systems. For example, a central database could be instructed to trigger a recorder when select RFID tags are identified in a specified location. This can make more in-depth tracking and monitoring of selected objects and individuals possible.

The Position Statement justifiably argues:

RFID tracking violates expectations of reasonable privacy and threatens civil liberties in our schools:

  • Dehumanizing uses: While there is an expectation of supervision and guidance in schools, monitoring the detailed behaviors of individuals can be demeaning. For example, RFID reading devices in school restrooms could monitor how long a student or teacher spends in a bathroom stall.
  • Violation of free speech and association. RFID tracking software can monitor associations of RFID tags, which could dissuade individuals from exercising their rights to freedom of thought, speech and association. For example, students might avoid seeking counsel when they know their RFID tags will document their presence at locations like counselor and School Resource Officer (SRO) offices.
  •  Violation of conscience and religious freedom. Many individuals object to RFID systems on the basis of their deeply held philosophical or religious beliefs. Schools are required to make accommodations for students on the basis of these beliefs.
  •  Unauthorized use. While RFID systems may be developed for use in a school, the RFID tags may be read covertly anywhere by anyone with the right reading device. Since RFID reading devices work by silent, invisible radio waves and the reading devices can be hidden, unauthorized or covert uses can be nearly impossible to detect. In addition, information collected on systems could be shared or compromised without individuals’ knowledge or consent. For example, a student’s location could be monitored from a distance by a jealous girlfriend or boyfriend, stalker, or pedophile. Individuals run this tracking risk any place they carry or wear a school-issued RFID tagged item—even miles from the campus.
  • Hidden placement of tags. RFID tags can be embedded into/onto objects like books and documents without the knowledge of the individual who obtains those items. As radio waves travel easily and silently through fabric, plastic, and other materials, it is possible to read RFID tags sewn into clothing or affixed to objects contained in purses, shopping bags, suitcases, and more. Monitoring tagged items could amount to unreasonable search.
  • Hidden readers. Tags can be read from a distance, not restricted to line of sight, by readers that can be incorporated invisibly into nearly any environment where human beings or items congregate. RFID readers have already been experimentally embedded in bathroom fixtures, floor tiles, woven into carpeting and floor mats, hidden in doorways, and seamlessly incorporated into shelving and counters, making it virtually impossible for someone to know when or if he or she was being “scanned.”
  • Dangerous misinformation. Relying on RFID for security rather than human observation creates new security risks. Hacking, spoofing and metal can easily defeat these systems. Wrapping an RFID tag in tinfoil or putting it in one of the latest metal wallets can make it unreadable. Hacking, spoofing, and tag loss are also risks. For example, a student could be counted as present on campus by virtue of his or her RFID identity tag, but be miles away before his or her disappearance were noticed. It would be possible for a kidnapper to abduct a student and the system to be unaware if a student’s RFID tag were left on campus. In another example, a student could frame another student by placing a copy of another student’s tag in the vicinity of a campus crime. RFID security experts have demonstrated that RFID tags can be cloned within seconds.
  • Potential health risks. RFID systems emit electromagnetic radiation, and there are lingering questions about whether human health might be affected in environments where the reading devices are pervasive. This concern and the dehumanizing effects of ubiquitous surveillance may place additional stress on students, parents, and teachers.
  • Conditioning to tracking and monitoring. Young people learn about the world and prepare for their futures while in school. Tracking and monitoring them in their development may condition them to accept constant monitoring and tracking of their whereabouts and behaviors. This could usher in a society that accepts this kind of treatment as routine rather than an encroachment of privacy and civil liberties.

The Position Statement lists a set of recommendations, some of which are contradictory, conditions, and concludes:

“Because of the serious privacy, health, and logistical downsides of RFID in schools, we believe there should be a moratorium on its deployment unless there is sufficient evidence of its safety and effectiveness. Children should never be used as test subjects for technology, no matter what their socio-economic status. If schools choose to move forward without complete information and are willing to accept the associated liability, they should have provisions in place to adhere to the principles of fair information practices and respect individuals’ rights to opt out based on their conscientious and religious objections to the technology.”

San Antonio NISD has yet to respond, which is not surprising if one adopts a practice without thinking it through! We all do it at some time or another.

The school board approved the spy system in May 2012, and their decision was made known through Spychips,  a website run by RFID experts Katherine Albrecht and Liz McIntyre, which also informs of the technology being implemented in Brazilian schools with the best of intentions, to improve safety and security, without fully realizing the wider implications- applications. However teo school districts in Texas, Spring, and Santa Fe have been using RFIDs for years, which has helped to earn them financial incentives on the basis of improved school attendence, but that is just like dangling a carrot to ensure the system in implemented, and met with unsuspecting parental approval.

Protests have been taking place in front of San Antonio, but there is another storm in the making, the issue of enforced vaccinations. All schools in the NISD schools in the district have a “No Shots, No School Policy.” Texas has made it law, and that law envolves a list of the following molatov cocktail of vaccinations:

  • DTP/DTaP/DT/TD/Tdap
  • Polio
  • Measles/Mumps/Rubella
  • HIB
  • Hepatitis Type A
  • Type B
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox)
  • Pneumococcal (PCV7)
  • Menactra (Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine)

Parents can seek exemption on the basis of “significant health risk”, and reasons of conscience including religious beliefs, which is a chance for parents to become more fully informed. Backed with a solid case, parents can contact Texas Department of Health at (800) 252-9152. It might be worth finding out what the actual process is, and loopholes before embarking on a process that might make it difficult to obtain exemption!

That reality was confronted in October 2012 wth what will be implemented in 112 schools across the country. Students who refuse to don the tags, are being harassed by teachers, and prevented from participating in certain school activities including school elections, the use of the cafeteria, and the library.

The girl’s father, Steve Hernandez, told WND that the school was somewhat willing to work with his daughter, but said that the family is unwilling to “agree to stop criticizing the program” and publically endorse it.

Heather Fazio of Texans for Accountable Government filed a Freedom of Information Act request for $30 and received the names and addresses of every student in the school district.

“Using this information along with an RFID reader means a predator could use this information to determine if the student is at home and then track them wherever they go. These chips are always broadcasting so anyone with a reader can track them anywhere,” she said

That predator could be the government itself!

Sources:

CASPIAN “Position Paper on the Use of RFID in Schools August 21, 2012.” http://www.spychips.com/school/RFIDSchoolPositionPaper.pdf

“Texas Schools Punish Students Who Refuse to be Tracked with Microchips.” http://rt.com/usa/news/texas-school-id-hernandez-033/

Unruh, B. “Rebellion Erupts Over School’s Student-Chipping Plan.” http://www.wnd.com/2012/08/rebellion-erupts-over-schools-student-chipping-plan/

Vara-Orta, F. “Students will be tracked via chips in IDs.” http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/education/article/Students-will-be-tracked-via-chips-in-IDs-3584339.php#ixzz1vsssNfl7

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Barclays Gambles and Profits on the Food Price Crisis!*

Barclays Gambles and Profits on the Food Price Crisis!*

The report The Network of Global Corporate Control states:

“We find that transnational corporations form a giant bow-tie structure and that a large portion of control flows to a small tightly-knit core of financial institutions. This core can be seen as an economic “super-entity” that raises new important issues both for researchers and policy makers.”

The report lists from their findings the top 50 companies that control global finance, and everything else. Heading the top 50 is Barclays PLC.

If you thought the Barclays banking scandal, does not affect the ordinary customer on the street, then one should think again as more banking scandals come to the surface. As the keys financial institutions that are propping up the faltering rigged economic system, for the benefit of a few, to the misery of the majority. The food price crisis is just a demonstration of that and a reminder that consumer power can turn it all around!

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Barclays has made as much as half a billion pounds in two years from speculating on food staples such as wheat and soya, prompting allegations that banks are profiting handsomely from the global food crisis.

Barclays is the UK bank with the greatest involvement in food commodity trading and is one of the three biggest global players, along with the US banking giants Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, research from the World Development Movement points out.

Last week the trading giant Glencore was attacked for describing the global food crisis and price rises as a “good” business opportunity.

The extent of Barclays’ involvement in food speculation comes to light as new figures from the World Bank show that global food prices hit an all-time high in July, with poor harvests in the US and Russia pushing up the average worldwide cost of staples by an unprecedented 10 per cent in a month.

The extent of just one bank’s involvement in agricultural markets will add to concerns that food speculation could help push basic prices so high that they trigger a wave of riots in the world’s poorest countries, as staples drift out of their populations’ reach.

Nor has the UK escaped rising food costs. Shop food prices have risen, on average, by 37.9 per cent in the past seven years, according to the Office for National Statistics, as the demands of an increasingly affluent and growing world population strain supply. Oils and fats have soared by 63 per cent in the UK during that period, fish prices by 50.9 per cent, bread and cereals by 36.7 per cent, meat 34.5 per cent and vegetables 41.3 per cent. In April, average UK food prices were 4.2 per cent higher than a year earlier.

Oxfam’s private sector adviser, Rob Nash, said:

“The food market is becoming a playground for investors rather than a market place for farmers. The trend of big investors betting on food prices is transforming food into a financial asset while exacerbating the risk of price spikes that hit the poor hardest.”

The World Development Movement report estimates that Barclays made as much as £529m from its “food speculative activities” in 2010 and 2011. Barclays made up to £340m from food speculation in 2010, as the prices of agricultural commodities such as corn, wheat and soya were rising. The following year, the bank made a smaller sum – of up to £189m – as prices fell, WDM said.

The revenues that Barclays and other banks make from trading in everything from wheat and corn to coffee and cocoa, are expected to increase this year, with prices once again on the rise. Corn prices have risen by 45 per cent since the start of June, with wheat jumping by 30 per cent.

Barclays makes most of its “food-speculation” revenues by setting up and managing commodity funds that invest money from pension funds, insurance companies and wealthy individuals in a variety of agricultural products in return for fees and commissions. The bank claims not to invest its own money in such commodities.

Since deregulation allowed the creation of such funds in 2000, institutions such as Barclays have collectively channelled an astonishing $200bn (£126bn) of investment cash into agricultural commodities, according to the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

Barclays’ dominance in commodities trading is thanks to its former chief executive Bob Diamond, who was Britain’s best-paid banking boss until he was forced to resign last month following a £290m fine for attempting to manipulate the Liborinterest rate. As boss of Barclays Capital he boosted trading in agricultural products.

Dealing with the reputational headache associated with high levels of food speculation will be yet another item in the already-bulging in-tray of Antony Jenkins, who was promoted to become Mr Diamond’s replacement on Thursday.

Christine Haigh, policy and campaigns officer at the World Development Movement and one of the analysts behind the research, said:

“No doubt the UK’s biggest player in the commodities markets is hoping it will do better this year by cashing in on rising food prices. “Its behaviour risks fuelling a speculative bubble and contributing to hunger and poverty for millions of the world’s poorest people.”

Banks and hedge funds typically argue that speculation makes little or no difference to food prices and volatility and argue, correctly, that no definitive link has been proved. Barclays declined to comment on the amount of money it makes from trading in agricultural commodities yesterday.

The bank defended its actions, pointing out that trading in so-called futures contracts – an agreement to buy or sell a certain quantity of a product, at a given price on an agreed date – helped parties such as farmers and bakers to hedge against the risk of rising or falling prices. “Our clients include investment companies, food producers and consumers who, among other things, seek our help to manage risks.”

Barclays also declined to comment on whether it thought large amounts of speculation pushed up prices and volatility. A spokesman said:

“We recognise there is a perception held by some stakeholders that participation in agricultural futures markets by some participants can unduly influence the prices of commodities. As a result, we continue to carefully monitor market trends and any research produced on this subject,” a spokesman said.”

Barclays Capital analysts admitted in a note to clients in February that speculation did push up prices. Barclays said: “The second key driver is that commodity investors have begun allocating to commodities again after beginning 2012 heavily underexposed to the sector.” The other drivers were the “health of the global economy” and “weather and geopolitics”.

Source*

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Increasing Food Insecurity for Short Term Gain

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Bankers Arrested In Nine Countries

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You are in the Throes of Being Denied the Right to Good Health!

Remember Iraq -Think of Iran!

Iran Threat Same as Iraq Threat!

 

But you should have known this anyway! Unfortunately this seems to have surpassed certain Middle Eastern countries that are so easily played, which through Syria, will spread to the Middle East if they continue on the current track!  Iraq should know, remembers, and understand fully what is going on in Syria; and have been excluded from the list of countries that are vehemently against toppling the regime. For if one allows others to compromise the sovereignty of one’s neighbour, they will come for you next! This is what Russia and China defends, for whoever turns a blind eye to the atrocities commited by the rebels, will seal their own fate on one level or another, for there is no more room for  the deceptions of the past! The divide and rule tactics of the West will not get them what they set out to achieve for it will turn around and bite them, right where it hurts, economically, and colonially!

If there is any honor in a Nobel Peace Prize for words, it is in refusal!

 

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