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    Bush Administration: Dismiss RFID ‘Mark of the Beast’ Lawsuit
    David Kravets – November 14, 2008

    The Bush administration on Thursday urged a federal judge to dismiss a
    lawsuit brought by a group of Amish farmers in Michigan claiming RFID
    chips required on cattle "are a mark of the beast."

    The Amish farmers claim (.pdf) Michigan regulations requiring them to
    use radio frequency identification devices on their cattle
    "constitutes some form of a 'mark of the beast' and/or represents an
    infringement of their 'dominion over cattle and all living things' in
    violation of their fundamental religious beliefs," according to the
    farmers' lawsuit filed in September in U.S. District Court for the
    District of Columbia.

    In response to the charges, the United States Department of
    Agriculture wrote (.pdf) Thursday that its RFID tagging program is a
    voluntary measure to help agricultural officials track bovine and
    other livestock diseases. The USDA said the lawsuit should be directed
    at Michigan, which adopted RFID requirements last year.

    The case should be dismissed, the administration wrote, "because
    plaintiffs cannot establish that any rule issued or action taken by
    the USDA either mandates the use of RFID tags on livestock located
    within Michigan, or, conversely, prevents the Michigan Department of
    Agriculture from granting appropriate religious exemptions imposed by
    that department."

    The farmers, however, contend the program is a USDA mandate because
    the Michigan law was adapted last year as part of a multi-million
    dollar, federally backed grant program to help eradicate livestock

    As radio frequency identification devices become a daily part of the
    electronic age, RFID technology is increasingly coming under fire for
    allegedly being the mark of Satan. The technology is fast becoming a
    part of passports, payment cards, locking devices and is widely
    expected to replace bar-code labels on consumer goods.

    The Virginia-based Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, a 1,400-member
    group, brought the case. Some of its members so staunchly oppose the
    program that "they may have to quit farming," according to the
    lawsuit. Last
    updated 24/11/2008 &
    Hank Kroll, Nov 26, 2008
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