Posted by Steve Chung

If your puppy is missing, the microchip your vet implanted may save Spot from the fate of unwanted pets everywhere. But if it’s a former Bush cabinet member that winds up at the pound….

President Bush’s former Secretary of Health and Human Services, Tommy Thompson, publicly advocated that all U.S. citizens should receive RFID implants, a glass-encapsulated chip that is injected into human flesh for the purpose of instant retrieval of information about a person’s identity, medical history and other important data. “It’s very beneficial and it’s going to be extremely helpful and it’s a giant step forward to getting what we call an electronic medical record for all Americans,” he told CBS MarketWatch in July. Hoping to inspire potential recipients to dream about the implants’ countless benefits, Thomspon speculated that the chips “will prevent babies from being picked up by the wrong people in a maternity ward and make sure people in nursing homes don’t walk away.”

Thompson, who recently joined the board of directors of VeriChip, the manufacturers of RFID chips, is so convinced of the chip’s safety and utility that he had volunteered to be one of the first recipients of the implant. But when VeriChip was recently questioned by Liz McIntyre and Katherine Albrecht, authors of “Spychips: How Major Corporations and Government Plan to Track Your Every Move with RFID,” whether Thompson had received the upgrade, VeriChip responded that Thomspon has been too busy and that he has no made no plans to become bionic in the near future. The VeriChip spokesperson stated that Thompson is still investigating the procedure and that he wants to see it work in the real world first.

Only about 60 living persons in the U.S. have volunteered to receive an RFID implant. Some implants have also been injected into the deceased victims of hurricane Katrina to speed up the process of identifying victims and providing information to their family members.

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