Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Micro-Chipping Humans

Papua is a mostly Christian province/colony/territory of Indonesia. There's some controversy over what its status is. See the link. The government there is considering putting microchips in HIV positive people. From the story:
(Jakarta, Indonesia) Papua, Indonesia reportedly may become the first area in the world to mandate people with HIV/AIDS have microchips implanted in their bodies so that their behavior can be monitored in a bid to keep them from passing on the virus to others.

The Agence France Presse reports that legislation is being prepared for the state government.

"Some of the infected people experience a change of behavior and can turn more aggressive and would not think twice of infecting others," Dr. John Manangsang who is helping prepare the bill told the AFP.

Manangsang said the microchip would be used only on people deemed likely to transmit the AIDS virus.

AIDS activists called the move shocking.

"People with HIV/AIDS are not like sharks under observation so that they have to be implanted with microchips to monitor their movements," said a spokesperson for the Papua chapter of the National AIDS Commission.

"Any form of identification of people with HIV/AIDS violates human rights."

The state health department says the area has about 3,000 living with HIV/AIDS out of a total population of 2.5 million people.

Note that the government would be determining who gets micro-chipped with the criterion of "people deemed likely to transmit the AIDS virus."

I don't know where to start with this. The statement from the "doctor" is shocking. Writing the words "micro-chipping people" is shocking.

I couldn't find much about John Manangsang in the Google. He's a medical doctor and has written some book on public health that I can't translate. I can't help wondering if he's a doctor trained by the old world system where students go directly from high-school to medical school. It's a system that leaves plenty of room for ignorance. Whatever the case, his reasoning is absurd. Find me the studies linking aggression and the HIV virus.