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“Some people giving orders and others obeying them: this is the essence of servitude. Of course, as Hospers smugly observes, “one can at least change jobs,” but you can’t avoid having a job — just as under statism one can at least change nationalities but you can’t avoid subjection to one nation-state or another. But freedom means more than the right to change masters.”
- Bob Black, Source: The Libertarian As Conservative, 1984

“Civilization is the progress toward a society of privacy. The savage's whole existence is public, ruled by the laws of his tribe. Civilization is the process of setting man free from men.”
- Ayn Rand, [The Fountainhead]


PALM BEACH, FL -- December 19, 2001 - - Applied Digital Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADSX),
Emergency or Security-related Identification
Personal identity verification technology has gained considerable interest recently. A great deal of focus has been trained on so-called “biometric” technologies – which identify individuals by their unique biological or physical characteristics, such as fingerprints, voiceprints, retina characteristics, and face recognition points. VeriChip, by contrast, relies on imbedded, tamper-proof, microchip technology, which allows for non-invasive access to identification, medical and other critical data. Use of advanced VeriChip technology means that the threat of theft, loss, duplication or counterfeiting of data is substantially diminished or eliminated. Specific application areas include: enhancement of present forms of identification, search and rescue, and various law enforcement and defense uses.

Oracle boss urges national ID cards, offers free software
Posted at 11:14 p.m. PDT Saturday, Sept. 22, 2001
“Broaching a controversial subject that has gained visibility since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Oracle Chairman and CEO Larry Ellison is calling for the United States to create a national identification card system -- and offering to donate the software to make it possible.”

``We're quite willing to provide the software for this absolutely free,'' he said.

“Oracle has a longstanding relationship with the federal government. Indeed, the CIA was Ellison's first customer, and the company's name stems from a CIA-funded project launched in the mid-1970s that sought better ways of storing and retrieving digital data.”

"...experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms [of government] those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny;..."
- Thomas Jefferson,  Fall 1778 Papers 2:526--27

Critical Issues of the Holocaust
Chapter 7 THE CAMPS
Copyright © 1997, The Simon Wiesenthal Center
“Seventy-six Jews escaped from Auschwitz; all but a dozen were caught and returned to the camp.
34 Almost all were hanged or shot, their corpses displayed publicly as a warning to others. One young Belgian Jewess who tried to escape and failed was Mala Zimetbaum. Together with a Polish inmate, she fled to Slovakia in order to alert the world to the murder of Hungarian Jewry. To document her charges, she brought papers from the camp. But at the Slovakian border, she and the Polish inmate were arrested after the guards discovered the Auschwitz tatoo on Mala's arm. Both prisoners were returned to the camp and killed.35

Applied Digital Solutions Invites Andy Rooney From 60 Minutes to ''Get Chipped'' With New VeriChip Identification Device
``I wouldn't mind having something planted permanently in my arm that would identify me.''
-- Andy Rooney, 60 Minutes, February 10, 2002

PALM BEACH, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 11, 2002-- Applied Digital Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADSX - news), an advanced technology development company, today formally invited 60 Minutes commentator Andy Rooney to be among the first people in the world to ``get chipped(TM)'' - the term the company uses for having a VeriChip(TM) identification microchip implanted.

On the February 10, 2002, 60 Minutes broadcast, Mr. Rooney said:

``We need some system for permanently identifying safe people. Most of us are never going to blow anything up and there's got to be something better than one of these photo Ids ... I wouldn't mind having something planted permanently in my arm that would identify me.''

Richard J. Sullivan, Chairman and CEO of Applied Digital Solutions, commented: ``Mr. Rooney is absolutely correct -- there's got to be something better. And there is. It's VeriChip. And we'd be delighted to include Mr. Rooney in our very first group of VeriChip subscribers once we have approval from the FDA to 'chip' people.''

Chairman reflects on “astounding” media coverage about VeriChip since original announcement on December 19, 2001
Since it was first announced on December 19, 2001, VeriChip has been covered by a range of major newspapers, television news programs, and wire services, including NBC’s Today Show, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, Reuters, Associated Press, CNN-Financial News, CBS Radio, National Public Radio, BBC radio, Tech TV, the Toronto Star, among many others. In addition, a number of major media outlets are expected to carry stories about VeriChip in the near future, including CBS Weekend Evening News, the New York Times and National Geographic Magazine.

“The amount and quality of media coverage about VeriChip has been astounding,” commented Applied Digital Solutions’ Chairman and CEO, Richard J. Sullivan. “We expected a great deal of interest, but we’ve been pleasantly surprised with the overwhelming excitement on the part of the media and general public. The key thing for us to do – and we’re in the process of doing it right now – is to translate the enormous interest we’ve generated into solid business opportunities and revenue. We are in final negotiations with several potential distribution partners for VeriChip both in the United States and Latin America.

''the Wave of the Future!''
Tuesday February 5, 10:30 am Eastern Time
“Mr. O'Reilly opened the segment about VeriChip by suggesting this technology could be ``the wave of the future.''

“Two guests appeared on the program representing Applied Digital Solutions: Dr. Keith Bolton, Chief Technology Officer; and Dr. Richard Seelig, Director of VeriChip's Medical Application's project. Dr. Seelig is the only person in the world with two VeriChips implanted in him - one in his arm and one in his hip. “

“The VeriChip story on The O'Reilly Factor follows a number of high-profile interviews and events that have put VeriChip increasingly in the media spotlight. For example, on January 29, 2002, Dr. Keith Bolton gave a ``guest lecture'' at Harvard Business School focusing on Applied Digital Solutions' advanced technologies, including VeriChip. Dr. Bolton said afterwards that faculty members assured him that these technologies would become the subject of an ongoing case study in the coming years designed to understand their evolution and impact on the global marketplace.”

VeriChip's National Rollout Begins in Palm Beach County, Florida
Jacobs Family to ``Get Chipped'' May 10, 2002
Local hospitals and physicians to participate in initial rollout of VeriChip(TM) and the GVS Registry
Monday April 22, 8:27 am Eastern Time
Applied Digital Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADSX - news), an advanced technology development company, announced today that the Jacobs family will be the first in the world to ``get chipped''(TM) with VeriChip's personal verification microchip.

The historic ``chipping'' procedure will take place in the first Authorized VeriChip Center in Palm Beach County, Florida, on May 10, 2002.

VeriChip is a miniaturized, implantable, radio frequency identification device (RFID) that can be used in a variety of security, emergency and healthcare applications. On April 4, 2002, the company announced that it had received written guidance that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not consider VeriChip's personal verification device to be a regulated medical device, enabling the company to begin sales, marketing and distribution of VeriChip in the United States. The company believes its first-mover advantage will enable it to gain significant market share in the emergency information and verification market that is estimated to exceed $15 billion.

Each VeriChip is composed of FDA-accepted materials and contains a unique verification number that can seamlessly integrate to the Global VeriChip Subscriber (GVS) Registry. This Registry program will enable VeriChip subscribers to store pertinent personal verification and healthcare information in the company's secure database. The GVS Registry is hosted and maintained by Digital Angel Corporation's (Amex: DOC - news) state-of-the-art, FDA-compliant operations center in Owings, Maryland.


"It is beneath human dignity to lose one's individuality and become a mere cog in the machine."
- Mohandas K. Ghandi

Borg: Star Trek
The Borg have a singular goal, namely the consumption of technology, rather than wealth or political expansion as most species seek. According to their spokesman, in the form of an assimilated Captain Jean-Luc Picard, the Borg only want to "raise the quality of life" of the species they "assimilate." Androids, for example, they view as primitive and obsolete. Born humanoid, they are almost immediately implanted with bio-chips that link their brains to a collective consciousness via a unique subspace frequency emitted by each drone. This collective consciousness is experienced by the Borg as "thousands" of voices — they are collectively aware, but not aware of themselves as separate individuals.

FDA Approves Human Brain Implant Devices
Thu, Apr 14, 2004
BOSTON - For years, futurists have dreamed of machines that can read minds, then act on instructions as they are thought. Now, human trials are
set to begin on a brain-computer interface involving implants.

Cyberkinetics Inc. of Foxboro, Mass., has received Food and Drug Administration approval to begin a clinical trial in which four-square-millimeter chips will be placed beneath the skulls of paralyzed patients.

If successful, the chips could allow patients to command a computer to act — merely by thinking about the instructions they wish to send.

No Chip in Arm, No Shot From Gun
Apr. 14, 2004
PALM BEACH, Florida -- A new computer chip promises to keep police guns from firing if they fall into the wrong hands.

The tiny chip would be implanted in a police officer's hand and would match up with a scanning device inside a handgun. If the officer and gun match, a digital signal unlocks the trigger so it can be fired. But if a child or criminal would get hold of the gun, it would be useless.

The technology is the latest attempt to create a so-called "smart gun" and could be marketed to law enforcement agencies within a year, according to Verichip, which has created the microchip.

"We're at an interesting age where all sorts of science fiction is becoming real technology," said Donald Sebastian, NJIT vice president for research and development and director of the project.


"The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern. Every class is unfit to govern...Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."
Lord Acton (1834-1902)

The office already has an emblem that features a variation of the great seal of the United States: An eye looms over a pyramid and appears to scan the world. The motto reads: Scientia Est Potentia, or "knowledge is power."
- U.S. Hopes to Check Computers Globally, Nov. 12, 2002

U.S. Hopes to Check Computers Globally
System Would Be Used to Hunt Terrorists
By Robert O'Harrow Jr.
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, November 12, 2002; Page A04
A new Pentagon research office has started designing a global computer-surveillance system to give U.S. counterterrorism officials access to personal information in government and commercial databases around the world.

The Information Awareness Office, run by former national security adviser John M. Poindexter, aims to develop new technologies to sift through "ultra-large" data warehouses and networked computers in search of threatening patterns among everyday transactions, such as credit card purchases and travel reservations, according to interviews and documents.

"There's an Orwellian concept if I've ever heard one," Hart said when told about the program.

Getting the Defense Department job is something of a comeback for Poindexter. The Reagan administration national security adviser was convicted in 1990 of five felony counts of lying to Congress, destroying official documents and obstructing congressional inquiries into the Iran-contra affair, which involved the secret sale of arms to Iran in the mid-1980s and diversion of profits to help the contra rebels in Nicaragua.

Total Information Awareness (TIA) System (DARPA)
Program Objective:
The Total Information Awareness (TIA) program is a FY03 new-start program. The goal of the Total Information Awareness (TIA) program is to revolutionize the ability of the United States to detect, classify and identify foreign terrorists – and decipher their plans – and thereby enable the U.S. to take timely action to successfully preempt and defeat terrorist acts.

Oracle boss urges national ID cards, offers free software
Posted at 11:14 p.m. PDT Saturday, Sept. 22, 2001
Calls for national ID cards traditionally have been met with fierce resistance from civil liberties groups, who say the cards would intrude on the privacy of Americans and allow the government to track people's movements.

But Ellison said in the electronic age, little privacy is left anyway.

``Well, this privacy you're concerned about is largely an illusion,'' he said. ``All you have to give up is your illusions, not any of your privacy. Right now, you can go onto the Internet and get a credit report about your neighbor and find out where your neighbor works, how much they earn and if they had a late mortgage payment and tons of other information.''

Mass Theft of Identities Alleged
30,000 Victimized; U.S. Charges Computer Worker
By Brooke A. Masters
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, November 26, 2002; Page A01
Federal prosecutors allege that they then sold lists of credit card numbers, checking accounts and other personal information to scam artists, splitting a fee of $60 per name. Authorities said early efforts to track down victims have so far turned up $2.7 million in losses.

"With a few keystrokes, these men essentially picked the pockets of tens of thousands of Americans and in the process took their identities, stole their money and swiped their security," Manhattan U.S. Attorney James B. Comey said at a news conference announcing the arrests.

Credit companies have long relied on big central databases to help lenders decide which applications to approve, and the federal government is now looking at tapping the same information to improve homeland security.

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