Washington Times Creates Story Based on RFID Industry Press Release
March 25, 2004
I interviewed Burt Moore, the consultant for AIM Global, the company that has "debunked the RFIDs in the 20s." Moore said that they didn't have one of their engineers do the test. he just stuck a 20 in a microwave. That doesn't prove that there is not some type of Federal pilot project testing RFID in the new 20 dollar bills.
We don't know if there is RFID in the money, but we do know that the European Union says they are going to put RFID into their currency next year. Our own government has been publicly discussing it as well.
This Washington Times article, overall, is a fair piece. Unfortunately, they have blindly accepted as truth and industry Press Release issued without any scientific backing. Below is the washington Times article and our own PrisonPlanet.com analysis.
By Audrey Hudson
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Published March 25, 2004
The new $20 bills may char when microwaved, but that doesn't mean tiny tracking chips are embedded in Andrew Jackson's right eye, as an urban myth circulating on the Internet maintains.
Reports of Americans microwaving $20 bills to destroy the chip prompted AIM North America, a trade association for radio frequency identification chip (RFID) manufacturers, to test the notion and declare it a fallacy.
It also said that wrapping bills in aluminum foil "to foil" the technology, as some metal detector operators have noticed people doing, is unnecessary.
The Internet myth exemplifies a public mistrust of RFID chips and other surveillance technology. Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, Vermont Democrat and ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, says these fears have merit.
Mr. Leahy, in a keynote address this week at the "Video Surveillance: Legal and Technological Challenges" conference at the Georgetown University Law Center, called RFID chips "bar codes on steroids."
Use of the technology raises "exciting possibilities, but they also raise potentially troubling tangents," Mr. Leahy said.
"While it may be a good idea for a retailer to use RFID chips to manage its inventory, we would not want a retailer to put those tags on goods for sale without consumers' knowledge, without knowing how to deactivate them, and without knowing what information will be collected and how it will be used," Mr. Leahy said.
Wal-Mart conducted "clandestine tests" that allowed researchers 750 miles away "to watch consumers in action" when lipstick packages tagged with the chips triggered nearby surveillance cameras, Mr. Leahy said.
The inexpensive chips contain an antenna that signals identification or location information to a nearby reader and are being used to track merchandise and inventory. The Defense Department last week announced that IBM will help prepare its 43,000 suppliers to tag everything from weapons to food by January.
The European Central Bank has plans to tag paper money with the RFIDs beginning next year to stop counterfeiters.
Mr. Leahy said the U.S. government abused the public trust by secretly using commercial passenger data to test new screening technology.
"I want to make sure that mistakes like those are not repeated, especially with RFID technology," said Mr. Leahy, who called for public discussions on how the technology will be used in the marketplace and by the government.
"While we might want the Pentagon to be able to manage its supplies with RFID tags, we would not want an al Qaeda operative to find out about our resources by simply using a hidden RFID scanner in a war situation," he said.
The Utah House of Representatives last month passed the Radio Frequency Identification Right to Know Act to require labeling on all products that carry the chips. In California, lawmakers are considering legislation to put a fire wall between private information and data collected by the chips to prevent mass-marketing schemes.
Debunkers Attempt To Discredit Prison Planet/Infowars Over Exploding $20 Bills Story
Steve Watson | 18th March 2004
A few weeks ago we were emailed a short story and some photos of scorched $20 bills. The originators of this story claimed that the new $20 bills had triggered anti-theft systems in shops, a sign that they may contain Radio Frequency Identification tags. After placing the bills in the microwave they popped and burned close to Andrew Jackson's right eye, seemingly signifying that the chips were in the bills.
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Is the story about the amazing exploding $20 true or false?
march 18, 2004
Is the story about the amazing exploding $20 true or false? Declan McCullagh is a great guy who writes for some major technology publications and I've interviewed him frequently over recent years. McCullagh has posted an AIM Global (RFID industry mouthpiece) press release titled, "the Myth of the Amazing Exploding $20 Bill." to his popular technology web site.
Let's get one thing straight. In some microwaves, the new $20 do indeed catch on fire in the center of Andrew Jackson's face. They only brown and then blacken after 30 seconds in my home microwave, but in my office microwave they catch on fire.
The story all started about 3 weeks ago when Henry Makow emailed us a photo and accompanying article concerning the exploding $20 bills. My webmaster in England for PrisonPlanet.com didn't have any dollars, but his brother did have Euros. They put them in the microwave, and within 3 seconds there was a pop in the center of the bill. A small hole was burned in the center. They turned the microwave of so as not to lose themoney. I then tested the new $20s and the the aforementioned results.
We have seen dozens of mainstream news articles talking about RFID chips being imbedded in the new Euro notes as well as plans to put them in other currencies of the world. Since 1998 a magnetic strip, a primitive form of RFID that can be scanned from a distance, has been in all denominations from $5 up. In McCullagh's story, he talks about a scientific lab at AIM North
testing an RFID chip. They describe the chip popping like a tiny firecracker.
More research needs to be done on this before it is declared that there are no RFIDs in the money, when the government is publicly stating that they are planning on putting it in the money.
I have had a lot of feedback from listeners on this. About half say it pops, while the other half say it doesn't. We got the email from Henry Makow, checked it out here and in the UK and it worked for us.
RFID Tags in New US Notes Explode When You Try to Microwave Them
Adapted from a letter sent to Henry Makow Ph.D.
Want to share an event with you, that we experienced this evening.. Dave had over $1000 dollars in his back pocket (in his wallet). New twenties were the lion share of the bills in his wallet. We walked into a truck stop/travel plaza and they have those new electronic monitors that are supposed to say if you are stealing something. But through every monitor, Dave set it off. He did not have anything to purchase in his hands or pockets. After numerous times of setting off these monitors, a person approached Dave with a 'wand' to swipe why he was setting off the monitors.
Believe it or not, it was his 'wallet'. That is according to the minimum wage employees working at the truck stop! We then walked across the street to a store and purchased aluminum foil. We then wrapped our cash in foil and went thru the same monitors. No monitor went off.
We could have left it at that, but we have also paid attention to the European Union and the 'rfid' tracking devices placed in their money, and the blatant bragging of Walmart and many corporations of using 'rfid' electronics on every marketable item by the year 2005.
Dave and I have brainstormed the fact that most items can be 'microwaved' to fry the 'rfid' chip, thus elimination of tracking by our government.
So we chose to 'microwave' our cash, over $1000 in twenties in a stack, not spread out on a carasoul. Do you know what exploded on American money?? The right eye of Andrew Jackson on the new twenty, every bill was uniform in it's burning... Isnt that interesting?
Now we have to take all of our bills to the bank and have them replaced, cause they are now 'burnt'.
We will now be wrapping all of our larger bills in foil on a regular basis.
What we resent is the fact that the government or a corporation can track our 'cash'. Credit purchases and check purchases have been tracked for years, but cash was not traceble until now...
Dave and Denise
RFID Tags Already in Euro Notes
They told us they were going to do it by 2005 and now they have. Euro bank notes have RFID radio tags in them.
If you were listening to the Alex Jones show on Monday 1st March you will have heard Paul Watson report the story that RFID tags have been found in the new US $20 bills. A letter sent to Henry Makow Ph.D. described how two citizens found alarms in shops being triggered by their wallets, curious and wise to the RFID proposals they chose to 'microwave' over $1000 in twenties in a stack. The right eye of Andrew Jackson on the new twenty was uniform in its burning.
I remembered I had a couple of Euros in my wallet from my last visit to France and decided what the heck, I'll microwave them. After just three seconds the first note exploded into flame and fearing for my microwave's safety I quickly pressed the stop button. A fluke? Maybe, I tried with the second note, a five, again after precisely three seconds the same bright flash of flame.
It was obvious to see where the tags had been as two perfectly round holes could be seen in my notes. I noticed that the holes lay precisely over the metal strip within the notes. I thought to myself that maybe it was just the metal in the strip that was reacting, so i tried again. Ten, twenty, thirty seconds went by and... nothing. The strip was completely unharmed.
The fact is that my bank notes were tagged. Should I be suprised, well no, they said they were going to do this by 2005
Of course, the official line is that these tags are there "to protect us", they stop counterfeiting and enable security agencies to track illegal money. Why would illegal money come in five or ten Euro notes? Surely your classic suitcase with wads of cash consists of 200s or 500s not fives and tens, you would need a whole truck to transport large amounts.
The truth is where ever we go are being tracked by our governments. RFID is the latest technology to be used in the ever-growing control grid that dictates the way we live our lives. Walmart has recently carried out RFID trials, even though they claim it is only to monitor possible theft of razors!
We live in a society that is now ten times worse than Orwell's 1984, everything is surveilled. Our clothes are being tagged, our money, where ever we go we are caught on CCTV numerous times a day, cameras are going up in the streets, the schools, in bathrooms. Many will say "I have nothing to hide, why should I worry?" Yes, that's the way the New World Order is training you to think, give up your liberty, know you are losing your rights and don't even care! Then when you have given everything up, when you have nothing left to give the agenda is complete and you have ever so slowly consented to be a slave to your elite masters.
Want to do something now? Go and microwave your money - it's a start.
Steve Watson is an independent contributor to www.propagandamatrix.com.