"E-Tracking Through Your Cell Phone" (from CNet)
You may already know this, but your cell phone happens to be a miniature tracking device that can be used to monitor your location from afar. [. . .](The government says "Trust us; we'll only do it to bad people. We promise.")
But the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice have seized on the ability to locate a cellular customer and are using it to track Americans' whereabouts surreptitiously--even when there's no evidence of wrongdoing.
Next, we have
"US Group Implants Electronic Tags In Workers": (From the Financial Times)
An Ohio company has embedded silicon chips in two of its employees - the first known case in which US workers have been 'tagged' electronically as a way of identifying them.(The company explains there's nothing wrong with this--why, it's just like an ID card. A permanent, surgically implanted ID card that lets people track you surreptitiously.)
Finally, after both of these is the following story, which may explain why I don't feel an overwhelming sense of trust about the first two stories:
"Mere Mention Of Violent Talk Brings Silence" (From The Albuquerque Tribune)
I would have told Laura Berg that, until she came along, I hadn't heard the word sedition since journalism school. [. . .]That's all I have to say about that for the moment.
I would have asked her if the guys who took possession of her work computer not only peeped all around it, but maybe left a little something inside it. In a memo, her lawyers say, the VA said it suspected her of committing an act of sedition. [...]
I would have said all of that and more, but these days, Berg isn't talking. Not after her employer of 15 years, the Veterans Affairs Hospital, took offense at a letter to the editor in which she sharply criticized the Bush administration.