Memphis City Schools Implement NAIS for Humans

Health freedom and farming freedom advocates are well aware by now of the USDA's National Animal Identification System (NAIS), which could very well spell the beginning of the end of the right to farm independently in America.

Memphis City Schools have now joined those of Houston, Chicago, and Miami-Dade in requiring students to wear "behavior-tracking ID cards" at all times, which allow the identification of students and their behavior or misbehavior to be quickly scanned into a digital database. Parents and students like the new measure, designed to reduce tardiness and misbehavior, according to one article:

"I know a lot of kids that do that [lie about who they are when they get in trouble]," says East High School senior Mark Guyton. "I think this is a good idea. No more goofing around, just strictly business as far as education."

"As a parent, I think it's a great idea. A lot of parents intend on dropping their kids off at school and then kids dodge class. This would let us parents know more where they are," says parent Trenica Fitzgerald.

Sounds good so far. But according to another article, school officials say they plan to expand the use of the operation in the future:

While initially being used to track truancy and attendance problems with students, [Memphis City Schools] view the mobile device as an opportunity to implement other tracking programs in the future such as inventory tracking in the library, and monitoring transportation and nutrition services.

According to the company's description, its cards can be used for "cashless vending, mobile access control, and time & attendance tracking."

The creation of a cashless digital economy will be essential to the plans for a national sales database that the Pentagon revealed in November, 2002. As Fox News reported:

A massive database that the government will use to monitor every purchase made by every American citizen is a necessary tool in the war on terror, the Pentagon said Wednesday.

A more recent article on the Pentagon's 2005 "Strategy for Homeland Defense and Support suggested that the "Total Information Awareness" database suggested in 2002 and killed in Congress in 2003 because of concerns for civil liberties is currently being planned in more subtle and secretive ways:

Critics say they believe much of TIA lives on in some form through smaller, undisclosed military contracts. This latest plan, they say, is one way of jump-starting TIA's initial goals.

"This is TIA back with a vengeance," said Barr. "What they have come up with here is a much vaguer and much broader concept that sounds more innocuous. [The Pentagon] is getting much smarter in how to sell these things."

The recent housing bailout bill, passed by the House and Senate and signed into law by the president, requires virtually all electronic transactions to be reported directly to the IRS.

In order to create a national database of all sales transactions, however, the government would have to create a cashless society. Naturally, many Americans consider this too disturbing and too extreme an encroachment on traditional American liberties - thus the crushing of the national database plan in 2003.

If the Pentagon is really using undisclosed contracts to construct its "Total Information Awareness" database in bits and pieces off the radar of the American public, however, could the requirements for these new "behavior-tracking ID cards" capable of "cashless vending" be part of that plan?

If nothing else, it would help raise a new generation who consider it a normal facet of every-day life to have their every move tracked in a centralized digital database — a culture that is the very antithesis of a free and vibrant society.

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