For a while, there was some nonsense floating around about Obamacare and RFID tracking chips being forcibly implanted into people. While this was an unfounded claim, the reality of forced RFID tracking may now be closer than we think.
On December 8th, the House passed H.R. 4919 by a vote of 346-66. The name of the bill is “Kevin and Avonte’s Law of 2016.”
The summary of the bill reads:
“This bill amends the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 to revise and rename the Missing Alzheimer’s Disease Patient Alert Program as the Missing Americans Alert Program and to reauthorize it through FY2021.
It directs the Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) Bureau of Justice Assistance to award grants to state and local law enforcement or public safety agencies and nonprofit organizations to prevent wandering and locate missing individuals with dementia or developmental disabilities.
DOJ must establish and certain grant recipients must comply with standards and best practices related to the use of tracking technology to locate missing individuals with dementia or developmental disabilities.
The bill amends the Missing Children’s Assistance Act to specify that, with respect to training and technical assistance provided by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, cases involving missing and exploited children include cases involving children with developmental disabilities such as autism.”
Now, by no stretch of the imagination am I trying to fearmonger. I am simply stating the facts of this bill.
At face value, who wouldn’t want to ensure the safety of dementia patients and mentally ill that often wonder off and unintentionally put themselves in dangerous situations. Right? On a personal note, my own grandmother, not long before she passed away, had left her house a couple of times and didn’t know where she was at. Lucky for her, her neighbor was a good friend of the family and would call us when it happened. I hate to think what could have happened to her if we had not received those phone calls. So I can sympathize with the need to be able to somehow ensure the safety of the people described in the bill.
However, this bill has the potential to be abused and with the track record of our government prying their way into every aspect of our lives, the possibility of abuse reasonably exists. It is bills like these, where Americans need to stay vigilant and keep an eye on what is happening with it.