October 19, 2012
In an alleged effort to speed up lunch lines, biometric finger-scan technology is being tested at a few public schools in South Carolina and is being met with harsh criticism by at least one parent who says that the program should have required parents’ permission.
According to FoxCarolina.com, a few schools in the Anderson District 5 region are undergoing a pilot program for finger-scanners that get “an entire grade through the lunch line in just 10 minutes.”
The report eerily goes on to say that the system “reads the finger like a barcode and turns it into a number,” but says that no fingerprints will be stored in a database.
The technology’s implementation has angered at least one parent, Gabrielle Murdock, who believes the new system is a “breach of her son’s rights.” Reportedly, her son was sick the day the notes were sent out informing parents of the privacy-intruding scanners.
Murdock told the Fox affiliate that she’s “upset there was no permission needed for the students to begin participation.” “Murdock said this is the kind of program that should be opt-in versus opt-out,” reported Fox Carolina.
Increasingly, we are seeing a growing number of biometric identification programs being subtly rolled out in several public schools across America.
Recently, we reported on a group of San Antonio students who revolted against a program forcing them to wear RFID tags that would track them both on and off campus, under the guise of curbing tardiness and truancy. If successfully implemented, the school would receive $2 million dollars in state funding.
The protest was led by high school sophomore Andrea Hernandez, who reportedly had been told, “there will be consequences for refusal to wear an ID card.” A few days ago, Rutherford Institute president John Whitehead reported that school officials had quietly offered to remove the tracking chip from Hernandez’s card “if the sophomore would agree to wear the new ID, stop criticizing the program and publicly support the initiative. Hernandez refused the offer.”
Also, earlier this month we covered a report on Maryland schools forcing children to scan their palms as a substitute for paying with cash. According to the Baltimore Sun, about 20 percent of parents declined to participate in the program.
Aside from the obvious link to the Mark of the Beast prophesied in the Bible, the finger scan technology has another sinister agenda behind its stated goal of speeding up lunch lines.
It’s evident that Big Brother is prowling on the most defenseless of Americans; public schoolchildren. And while a seemingly minor thing like allowing the scanning of a finger or a palm may not seem like a big deal to some, it is a form of prisoner training incrementally teaching subservience and acquiescence to the surveillance state.
It also serves as a precursor to what may lie down the road, a cashless society with a one-world currency where we’ll all be forced to scan either our eyes, face or hands to conduct various transactions.
If we all had it in us to revolt against these systems, as Andrea Hernandez, her supporters and her family did, privacy-invading biometric technologies would stop dead in their tracks.