Microchips For Mentally Ill Planned In Goverment S

  zimzala 20:30 17 Jan 2007


Excerpt from the story link below..

The most controversial paper dealing with law and order acknowledges that there will have to be "trade-offs" between liberty and security as technology and profiling are used to reduce crime.

The policy paper confirmed the Government's objective of creating a surveillance society despite Mr Blair's denials of a "Big Brother" state. It said new anti-crime measures include face and voice recognition, a DNA database, identity cards, microchip monitoring and satellite surveillance — and confirmed that Britain has the most public CCTV systems in Europe.

America is said to be "favourably disposed" towards preventing drug addiction through heroin and cocaine vaccination.

It is also considering "more sophisticated" monitoring techniques, including a trial of "radio frequency identification chips" for the mentally ill.

I am not giving only one side of the story, before anyone comes on and says it, the whole story is there for you to read.. I thought I would just put this up, because I belive in another post someone put....the microchip wouldn't happen in his lifetime

click here;jsessionid=I4VMVYL1KGVJBQFIQMFCFGGAVCBQYIV0?xml=/news/2007/01/17/ncrime17.xml

  Kate B 20:52 17 Jan 2007

Policy reviews are blue-sky thinking - and in this case extremely unlikely to result in any legislation, not least because so much of what's being mooted is unworkable.

For a start, the American enthusiasm for a "cocaine vaccine" is just that - American. The science is dodgy because it doesn't tackle one of the root problems of addiction: the social contexts and compulsions. You can dose someone so that they don't get the rush of cocaine, but you'd have to change the factors in their lives that lead them to do the drug in the first place, and that's much, much harder. Also, who is going to pay for the vaccines? It's a pretty new therapy and therefore presumably a) patented and b) expensive.

Another dodgy line in George Jones' piece says that "two thirds of the public believe crime is rising" - in fact crime rates are generally down. Perception isn't the same as fact.

He also talks of "the government's objective of creating a surveillance society" - we already have one. CCTV cameras are everywhere; as has been discussed elsewhere, personal data is recorded all the time.

I've got a lot of time for George Jones as a person - I review the papers with him - but he's the political editor of a paper not kindly disposed to the government and so by definition the tone of the piece is going to be negative.

Quote newspaper pieces by all means but remember that they have a political intent and the Telegraph reflects the attitudes of its owners, the Barclay twins, who are pretty rightwing and ill-disposed to the government.

  The Brigadier 20:57 17 Jan 2007

It's just a pity the Goverment dont spend more on Mental Health Care which is the poor relation in the NHS.

  Kate B 21:00 17 Jan 2007

Brigadier, I absolutely agree.

  Totally-braindead 21:03 17 Jan 2007

Couldn't get a look at it, came up with error processing this page. Anyway, if the article you refer to is as Kate B says a policy review then its pie in the sky. It might possibly, perhaps, maybe sometime happen but thats all.
I think I recall the person who said that microchipping wouldn't happen in his lifetime and I agreed when he said it and still agree.
Just because you read a policy review that mentions something is no indication that it will ever happen.
I seem to remember one a few years back dealing with UFOs and that sank without a trace as well.

  Kate B 21:07 17 Jan 2007

click here - this is the story.

  Mr Mistoffelees 21:18 17 Jan 2007

This would seem to be one of the most important paragraphs in the story linked to by Kate B.

"The options explored in the four documents dealing with public services, the role of the State, energy and the environment, and crime, justice and cohesion, are not Government policy but are intended to "facilitate discussion"."

  Kate B 21:33 17 Jan 2007

*chuckle* You can work for the Telegraph without agreeing with its stance - I do!

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