Chipping Criminals

The UK is the next government to put RFID chips to use

Satellite technology will be used to track 5,000 career criminals who are responsible for one in every 10 crimes in Britain, the Home Secretary David Blunkett will announce tomorrow.

The radical new technology, which has been developed in the US, will enable law enforcement officers to pinpoint the exact location of criminals who have been released early from prison and fitted with electronic tags.

This is like something from a science fiction novel. While I empathize with the desire for safer streets, it seems that this is step one toward chipping everyone in the interest of security. The ultimate question is, security for who? Us from the criminals, or the government from us?

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