Reading the cards

Listening to the news recently, I learned that cruise-ship travelers and those American citizens reentering the United States must now have a passport, birth certificate and identification with them.

The possible due date of May 2008 for a national ID card brought to mind my mother’s old trunk from Germany. Rummaging around, I found what I was told by Mother years ago were the “papers” which citizens had to carry to prove that they were German citizens, and [which] had to have a genealogy going back three generations.

With all the talk of national ID cards, chip implants, RFID [radio-frequency] identification and now also genetic testing and biometric identification, I shudder to think if history could possibly be repeating itself. And oh, yes, some sort of FEMA corrals or camps of some kind [and] the seemingly forced vaccinations in both New Jersey and New York, using what appeared to be SWAT teams keeping people in line.

It becomes all the more interesting to discover that remnants of the wartime industry that were related to large chemical and electronic firms seem to have sprung up recently under different names and are engaged in the same business as the chip implants and other ID processes. At least, it seems that way.

— K. Stafford


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