Monday, November 26, 2012

"[C]ompliant citizenry"

It is a BBC story about a Texas school district that had implemented the student wearing of a chip that monitors the student while on campus. A court - for obvious reasons - has issued a restraining against the school district.
[US school tag tracker project prompts court row].

Part of the lawsuit claimed violation of religious beliefs. The student's father: "Wearing such a barcoded tag can be seen as a mark of the beast as described in Revelation 13 in the Bible." The Rutherford Institute, a liberties campaign group, that filed the legal action sees it this way: "These 'student locator' programmes are ultimately aimed at getting students used to living in a total surveillance state where there will be no privacy, and wherever you go and whatever you text or email will be watched by the government."

From the Rutherford Institute site: “She’s not being treated equally,” said John Whitehead, who is representing Andrea Hernandez in an upcoming trial next week. “If she doesn’t have the chip, she can’t access the library, cafeteria, she was told she couldn’t vote for the homecoming king and queen.

A "compliant citizenry" makes it easier to govern.

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