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Privacy Advocates Hope To Force VeriChip Corporation Into Bankruptcy
Stock drops from $9.00 to fifty cents a share
Delray Beach, FL - VeriChip Corporation, the company known as the creator of the first implantable microchip identification device which people have implanted in their hands or arms in order to identify them wherever they go, has been targeted by a national privacy watchdog organization with hopes of putting them out of business.
"VeriChip's stock is down to less than fifty cents a share. A year ago it was over nine dollars, and hopefully in a few months it will be worth less than toilet paper," explains Mark Dice, spokesperson for The Resistance, a privacy watchdog group based in San Diego.
Dice is hoping to push the company into bankruptcy by exposing the dangers and invasions of privacy that using such technology entails. He is calling for a nation-wide boycott of the device that consists of a tiny computer chip, which is implanted into people's bodies. The VeriChip is currently being used at bars and businesses to identify customers and employees, and many fear they will become mandatory in many sectors of society.
"These chips were first used for identifying pets and livestock, and now they're being pushed onto the public as a safety device in this age of terrorism and fear," says Dice. "We are human beings, not animals or pieces of inventory, and we urge everyone to resist such technology."
Banks and businesses are planning for the VeriChip to substitute credit and debit cards, as well as traditional forms of identification around the world. Many privacy advocates are uncomfortable with these plans, and some Christians are especially disturbed citing a verse in the Bible which explains that the Antichrist will force people to use such a device as the only accepted form of currency.
The Bible's Book of Revelation warns about such a device saying, "And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six." Revelation 13:16.
Dice believes the VeriChip is, "the Pandora's box of the mark of the Beast, and the beginning of cashless society with privacy being a thing of the past, similar to George Orwell's description of the world in his book 1984."
Aside from privacy concerns, there are also health concerns about such devices. Last year a study was released that showed RFID tags similar to VeriChip can cause cancer in mice, a study that The Resistance wants everyone to know about.