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The Spychips Threat: Why Christians Should Resist RFID and Electronic Surveillance Paperback – January 31, 2006

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (January 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595550216
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595550217
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,284,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Joe P. Schlabach on February 10, 2006
Format: Paperback
It is a new day for commerce in America and if you thought those annoying marketing calls to your home are bad, wait to you hear what's in "store" for you. The corporate giants are not satisfied with making millions of dollars, they want more, much more. Imagine the next time you enter a supermarket for a loaf of bread your identity, financial standing and buying habits enter as well. That is the vision many corporations see in implementing Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) microchips into their products. The slogan "to hawk you're wares" used to mean the peddling of one's goods. Now it is more apt to describe a bird of prey hunting your every purchase when RFID technology enters the fold.

As a freelance journalist whose work has been fortunate enough to appear on websites such as WorldNetDaily.com I have been absolutely amazed at the scope, detail and evidence Katherine Albrecht and Liz McIntyre have unveiled in their book, "The Spychips Threat". Imagine a world where all products, goods and possibly yourself have been injected with a tiny Radio Frequnecy Identification (RFID) tag? Think that scenario is impossible? Not only is it possible but as Albrecht and McIntyre explain in their book, it is heading towards reality unless people stand up and make their voices heard!

The reason why RFID use is especially important for Christians to understand is best summed up in the authors own words:

""We believe it is essential for Christians to consider the implications of the industry plans we have uncovered and share in this book. These plans include tracking people around stores, following their movements in public places, and even spying on them in their own homes.
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I mention that I am a non-Christian only because I think this is a book everyone should read, and not because of the biblical end-time parallels the authors make (likening implanted RFID to the 666 'Mark of the Beast'). I think everyone--Christians and non-Christians--should read this book because this is a frightening technology.

Like a gun, the technology itself is not "evil". But as the authors point out, just imagine if an evil man, such as Hitler, had lived in a time when every item manufactured on the planet was tagged with its own RFID chip & number--a time we are fast approaching*. How would anyone have ever escaped Nazi Germany? Imagine if a new megalomaniac decides that some segment of the population is a threat--how would that population evade extermination? If you didn't live through WWI or II, don't be fooled into thinking 'it can't happen here'. As Joe Conason pointed out, "It CAN Happen Here". The point is, it is irresponsible for us to stick our heads in the sand and allow a technology like this to germinate unchecked until one day a new Hitler does arise, seizes power, and uses this technology to wipe out his "enemies".

A note concerning the two negative reviews on the site. The first, written by Rafael A. Collantes Bellido, states that the author doesn't have a clue as to what she is writing. RFID is real, it is already out there, and those "databases" he mentions will take on a new life entirely when they are capable of tracking the full lifespan of a product even after it is purchased and taken home by the user. So to say that the authors do not have a clue as to what they are writing is nonsense.

The fact is, this technology is real.
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I found this book by chance, while doing research on invasive corporate marketing schemes. RFID, radio frequency identification, is a present reality, found throughout many large supermarkets and computer stores. Its benefits are many, ranging from stocking and recall control to anti-theft issues, but the possibilities for privacy abuse are alarming.

"The SpyChips Threat" is a bit dated, and I'd love to hear some of the newer research, technology, and applications, but this is an important subject, and I'm glad someone has tackled the governmental and corporate abuses of this technology. I'm no conspiracy theorist, and I believe money is the main thing pushing these agendas, but it's no mistake that the lowest ethics scores in universities show up among students with marketing majors. When humans become nothing but numbers and dollar signs, there is always room for abuse and trouble. Violations of privacy do exist, as seen with some of the recent revelations about iPhones and the information they gather on owners. A previous reviewer of this book called it "fictional," but apparently hasn't read the recent newspaper articles that not only verify this stuff but show it has been used in even wider spread ways than detailed by the authors.

If you care about consumer privacy and want to educate yourself regarding these issues, "The SpyChips Threat" is an eyeopening and important addition to your research. While the focus toward the end has to do with Christian and biblical concerns, it's really an issue for all peoples who value personal freedom.
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