On Tuesday, Robert Romano, senior editor for the conservative group Americans for Limited Government, issued a statement warning that H.R. 4919, a bill that would allow the Attorney General to determine “which types of tracking devices can be used” on humans, could lead to the authorization of involuntary “chipping.” The bill, he said, citing the Daily Caller, is now reported to be coming up under suspension of the rules.
“While the human tracking device law is well-intentioned to help locate those with Alzheimer’s or who are autistic who become lost, it creates a power for the Attorney General to determine what types of devices can be used to track humans, creating the possibility that surgically implanted chips could become authorized in the future on an involuntary basis,” he said.
“This is not only unnecessary, but affordable, non-invasive devices are already available via the private sector, like Angel Sense, which is fully developed and even works on your smart phone. This was done without any federal legislation or any need for the Attorney General to approve a darned thing, proving that this legislation, which has already passed the Senate is unnecessary overreach. The House postponed a hearing on this bill due to concerns, and now House leadership wants to push it through under suspension of the rules. What’s the rush to get this done during the lame duck session?”
According to the Daily Caller:
House Republican leadership plans to bring an autism bill directly to the House floor this week from the Judiciary Committee that directs the federal government to assist state and local agencies to use “tracking technology” to find dementia patients and developmentally-disabled children.
The source added that there will be no regular order with the process of the bill.
The bill, H.R. 4919, was previously brought to committee for a markup last week but the markup was delayed as a result of members who became skittish over the contents of the bill relating to privacy protections.
At the time, ALG President Rick Manning said the bill, “is almost too absurd to believe that it is true, but the House Judiciary Committee is considering H.R. 4919 that would allow for the Attorney General to authorize tracking chips to be inserted involuntarily into people who are incapacitated with Alzheimer’s and other fatal dementias.”
“That is not the least restrictive means of tracking patients, of course, when a simple GPS tracking bracelet for example might do the trick, if a doctor thought one would be helpful for a specific patient,” he added.
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