How insane can the Republican fear of health care reform go? Pretty far. The Georgia state legislature has been debating legislation that will prevent anyone from being implanted with a microchip against their will. Seriously.
The testimony of one witness, who spoke before the Georgia House Judiciary Committee on the subject, was intriguing. She stated that implanting microchips in humans would “infringe on issues that are fundamental to our very existence. Our rights to privacy, our rights to bodily integrity, the right to say no to foreign objects being put in our body.”
That seems fair.
She added that Americans have the “right to work without being tortured by co-workers who are activating these microchips by using their cell phones and other electronic devices.” Uh, wait? Co-worker activation?
Then things went downhill. Check out this exchange between the witness and Rep. Tom Weldon:
“Microchips are like little beepers. Just imagine, if you will, having a beeper in your rectum or genital area, the most sensitive area of your body. And your beeper numbers displayed on billboards throughout the city. All done without your permission,” she said. . . .
“Ma’am, did you say you have a microchip?” asked state Rep. Tom Weldon (R-Ringgold).
“Yes, I do. This microchip was put in my vaginal-rectum area,” she replied. Setzler, the sponsoring lawmaker, sat next to the witness – his head bowed.
“You’re saying this was involuntary?” Weldon continued.
The woman said she had been pushing a court case through the system for the last eight years to have the device removed.
Wendell Willard (R-Atlanta), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, picked up the questioning.
“Who implanted this in you?” he asked.
“Researchers with the federal government,” she said.
“And who in the federal government implanted it?” Willard asked.
“The Department of Defense.”
“Thank you, ma’am.”
I think I saw that on an X-Files show. Despite this performance from their expert witnesses, the legislation passed through the committee. Thank God we have honorable men somewhere in the country who will take a stand for liberty and say NO! to the forced implantation of transmitters in peoples’ cooters.