European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE) on ICT implants

In 2005, The European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE), presented an opinion (nr. 20), on ICT implants to the European Commission. ICT stands for Information and Communication Technologies, meaning that the implants in the human body can be used as a way to send information and communicate with the outside world.

EGEs president was at that time the Swedish philosopher and artist Göran Hermerén, who has made several publications on ethics in medicine, and who lives in the Swedish University town of Lund in the South of Sweden. EGE was also composed of 12 members, and it’s role wans and still is to advise the European Commission on ethical values regarding scientific and technological developments. All members have vast knowledge about the technologies that are emerging, including the risks and problems that can arise.

The publication was written 6 years ago, and now, in february 2011, one can realize that EGE was aware about what was going on, made it’s point, but wasn’t listened to. The European Commission didn’t care about the ethical problems that ICT-implants create for human beings implanted without their consent, not to mention the extreme torture that Targeted Individuals experience.

The ethical problems presented in EGEs publication are summarized by the author of this article below:

  • ICT implants, due to their network capability, can be misused in many ways for all kinds of social surveillance or manipulation.
  • ICT implants can affect the nervous system and in particular the brain, and therefore our identity, subjectivity and autonomy.
  • The implantation of microchips with the potential for individual and social forms of control is already taking place.
  • Implantable chips can be used to locate people and to obtain access to information stored in these devices without the permission of the implanted individual.
  • Non-medical applications of ICT implants are a potential threat to human dignity and to democratic societies.
  • The freedom of research must be restricted by respect for individuals and their autonomy and other ethical values.
  • Data about the individual can be carried by these implants, and the principles of data protection must be applied.
  • Surveillance systems with ICT-implants should not become negation of human rights.
  • The use of ICT implants in order to obtain remote control

over the will of people should be strictly prohibited.

The use of ICT implants in order to obtain remote control over the will of people should be strictly prohibited.

  • ICT implants can be used to enhance people’s intelligence and should not create further stratification.
  • ICT implants should only be used for bringing children or adults into the normal range of the population.
  • ICT implants could also be used to strengthen the immune system in people who suffer from some disease, for example AIDS.
  • Eventual enhancement should be based solely on need, and not socio-economic position.
  • Any surveillance procedures must be approved by an individual court and should only be used as a last resort, when the individual is difficult to trace down otherwise.

There is only one statement that I find difficult to interpret, and I wonder if the EGE didn’t give the European Commission more or less a green light when it comes to experimentation on human beings. I am talking about this statement:

Although the necessity for research can sometimes be questioned, new knowledge is essential for the development of individuals and societies. However, the freedom of research has to be restricted by respect for other important values and ethical principles. Nevertheless, the ethical notion of the inviolability of the human body should not be understood as a barrier against the advancement of science and technology but as a barrier against its possible misuse.

However, this publication gives us important insights in what Implantable microchips can do and that EGE and the European Commission is aware of all facts, including human experimentation and surveillance and the impact it would have on a human being.

Read the original here..

Medical Implants in USA

According to Dave Larson, the same problem is prevailent in the US. Read full story  here

A secret program was conducted under the Bush Administration.

“The program involves the practice of surreptitiously deploying implantable biomedical devices and using FCC regulated wireless radio spectrum to a) place the target under surveillance, b) influence or control the subject, or c) target the subject with executive direct type action. The technology dates back to the 1963 CIA Inspector General report which disclosed that the CIA was using “devices for remote monitoring of physiological signals” and the equipment lists which disclose “National Brand” HAM Radios and “EEG’s” were being used during the notorious, but well documented mkultra program that was uncovered by Senators Kennedy and Inouye during 1977 Senate investigations.”

“An implanted individual becomes a “ghost detainee”, and wherever he roams dynamically becomes a “ghost site”. The act of surreptitious deployment of the wireless medical devices upon the subject falls under the provisions of a “rendition”.”

“Congress abandoned and forfeited their duty to conduct oversight and act as a check and balance when they authorized President Bush to deploy biomedical product upon anyone he chooses,….”

“This program is affecting elected officials and innocent Americans including children.”

“The issue of unchecked, domestic intelligence activities is one that threatens to undermine our democracy and the civil rights of every American Citizen.”

“The misconduct is severe and involves intelligence activities directed at children and elected officials domestically within United States borders.”

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