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Wake up, America… please??

July 8th, 2008

Department of Homeland Security is looking into a bracelet made to stun the wearer in the event of an emergency. Who would be wearing these bracelets, you ask? You. Any time you board a plane.

The bracelet, dubbed “The Electronic ID Bracelet” by officials, will replace boarding passes and contain a GPS tracking device that will allow the government to track where the wearer and his or her luggage is at all times until they disembark at their destination. It will also hold personal information about the wearer and the government will be able to stun any passenger at any time of its choosing with an electric shock equal to that of a taser completely immobilizing them.

According to a letter from Paul S. Ruwaldt of the Science and Technology Directorate, office of Research and Development, to the inventor of the bracelet, the government is genuinely interested in this bracelet. According to Mr. Ruwaldt, the bracelet could easily be used as a restraining device as well as interrogation.

I know what you’re thinking. This will prevent terrorists from bringing planes down. It will prevent another event like 9/11. And I can hear the sentiments my patriotic, republican father gives when discussing the discomfort of new American policy. Don’t do anything wrong and you don’t have anything to worry about.

But that’s not always the case, is it? Innocent until proven guilty rarely applies anymore. Sometimes people who don’t do anything wrong get treated like criminals until they can prove that they aren’t. Are we, as Americans, really willing to give up our right to not be treated inhumanely, our right to not be punished by cruel and unusual tactics, for a little more security? Haven’t we given up enough in the name of “freedom”?





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