A Courageous School Girl Challenges the Personalized Electronic Tracking System
By Hwaa Irfan
Standing up for what one believes in these times is becoming a budding reality for the ordinary man, woman and child in an increasingly oppressive world. The protests around the world have yet to go past the protesting stage, but for one Texan school girl, Andrea Hernandez, she did not wait for others to effect what has been impacting on her immediately.
Andrea a sophomore at the John Jay High School’s Science and Engineering Academy in San Antonio challenged an increasingly policed society via the American schooling system that demands the tagging of students with a radio frequency tracker, RFID.
Andrea is not the first. In August, students and parents challenged the school with a detailed and informed statement on their reasons and the backing of 21 NGOs/organizations at San Antonio’s Northside Independent School District (NISD).
The district has spent U.S$500,000 on a “Student Locator Project,” which would then give students access to school facilities like the library, the cafeteria, and in some cases even toilet breaks. With all the budget cuts, the RFID system encourages schools to increase school attendance, for a grant of nearly U.S$2m from the state government. There is no logic in spending to attract funds, when the funds to be attracted could be given in the first instance to improve the educations system to one that they would not have to make sure every child was in attendance. But, the aim is to use the schools to make sure that a targeted group is tagged, as part of a wider scheme for the rest of society – and not just in the U.S.
As such, Andrea was expelled from school even after being offered the choice of a special lanyard without the RFID. However, Andrea still refused to wear it, as she did not want to be seen as supporting the system. Andrea refused on the basis of religious beliefs, privacy, and freedom of expression. Andrea told InfoWars:
“I feel it’s the implementation of the Mark of the Beast. It’s also an invasion of my privacy and my other rights.”
There are some Christians who believe that the Mark of the Beast is a reference to the Book of Revelation (13:16-18 ) in the Bible that describes the Beast and how the world will end before Jesus returns to earth.
“…receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads…”
Some Christian sects have taken this to mean the RFID chips/identity cards. There are others believe that Prince William is that person, which is not helped by the fact that he was tagged before his military escapades.
As Andrea continued to hand out leaflets to her fellow students regarding the locator project, she was stopped. Talks with her parents led to the withdrawal of Andrea’s position at the science academy to be reassigned to another school not under the pilot scheme. The school even offered to remove the chip from the ID card if they would stop criticizing the program. Steven, Andrea’s father told InfoWars:
“[A]s part of the accommodation my daughter and I would have to agree to stop criticizing the program and publicly support … it. I told [the Deputy Superintendent] that was unacceptable because it would imply an endorsement of the district’s policy and my daughter and I should not have to give up our constitutional rights to speak out against a program that we feel is wrong.”
Effectively Andrea was expelled.
With the help of the civil liberties group, the Rutherford Institute, Andrea’s parents took legal action against the school.
Now a Texan court has halted the expelling of Andrea under a restraining order, which does not fare well for the school district which has spent on the scheme. The school district was aiming for the system to include over 100,000 children, and have already installed 200 CCTV’s to spy on the students that is purported to aim to curb truancy!? What has been spent so far came out of the education budget!
That is the cost of assuming powers that have legal implications, with considering the rights of the students.
“This is about money, plain and simple,” John Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute, told The Register. “School violence is falling and, as Bill Clinton pointed out, a public school is a very safe place for a child to be. It’s all about getting funding from the RFID system.”
“What’s happening now is going to spread across the country,” Whitehead said.
“If you can start early in life getting people accustomed to living in surveillance society then in future it’ll be a lot easier to roll these things out to the larger populace.”
“With tags in so many objects, relaying information to databases that can be linked to credit and bank cards, almost no aspect of life may soon be safe from the prying eyes of corporations and governments”. – Mark Rasch, former head of the computer-crime unit of the U.S. Justice Department (Seattle Times)
The courage of one girl, and the support of her parents, has led to 300 more students speaking out. They refuse to wear an RFID, and 700 more have signed petitions against the scheme.
The question is, will the establishment react out of stubbornness, and refuse to recognize what is in fact illegal?
In addition to Andrea’s and Whitehead’s is a serious health issue. RFID (radio-frequency identification) chip have been phased in over the years through passports, vehicle registration stickers, license plates, on infants and Alzheimer’s patients, to track employees and inventory.
RFID used radio frequencies from electromagnetic fields to transfer data, which can be done using batteries/local power source or can be powered by the electromagnetic fields themselves. They transmit data in the form of a serial number of an object/person that is unique to them.
- Low Frequency RFID systems – 125 kHz with an average read range of 20 inches (508 mm).
- High Frequency RFID systems – 13.56 MHz with an average read range of up to 3 feet(1 meter).
- Ultra-High Frequency RFID systems operate at multiple frequencies, including 868 MHz (in Europe), a band centered at 915 MHz, and 2.45 GHz (microwave). Read range is typically 3 to 10 feet (1 to 3 meters), but systems operating in the 915 MHz band may achieve read ranges of 20 feet (6 meters) or more!
The Smart system using embedded RFIDs uses 13.56 MHz, 860 to 930 MHz, and 2.45 GHz frequency ranges
A study led by Barry W. Wilson found that
“…periodic exposure to pulsed DC or extremely low frequency electric or magnetic fields of sufficient intensity and duration can affect pineal gland function in certain individuals. – (Journal of Pineal Research)
In another study carried out by the University of Berne in Switzerland on magnetic fields of 16.7 Hz, they found that
“The results support the hypothesis that 16.7 Hz magnetic fields alter 6-OHMS excretion in humans exposed to magnetic fields.” – National Center for Biotechnology Information
6-OHMS excretion is a melatonin metabolite. In a study by Stanley and Brown (1988) that suicide victims had significantly lower melatonin levels.
The pineal gland is photosensitive, and sensitive to magnetic fields which can cause mental disorders. Melatonin is a neurotransmitter and a powerful antioxidant. When the sun sets, the pineal gland shifts gear and produces its primary hormone melatonin in larger quantities until it peaks from 2 – 3.00a.m in the morning. High level exposure to ELF (extremely low frequency) magnetic fields affect the function of the pineal gland and reduces production of the hormone, melatonin. Continuous exposure leads to:
- Breast/prostate cancer
- prostate enlargement
- irregular menstrual cycle
- sensitivity to stress
- neurodegerative disorder (MS, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, ALS, etc)
- elevated cholesterol
- high blood pressure
- blood clots
- heart attack
- heart arrhythmias
The pineal gland acts as an electromagnetic sensor that regulates electrical generation in the body. Is that not worth taking care of!
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