Daniel S. Smith
Daniel S. Smith

The surveillance state is growing

We are going from a world of relatively free movement to a world of tight centralized control. Soon the days of going to a store without swiping a QR code will be gone. Yet there has been surprisingly little discussion on the way this system is being implemented, and more importantly, why. Discussion is important for oversight.

If an institution mandates the COVID-19 vaccine, it has to find a way to constantly verify that community members are vaccinated. A group of multinational actors are leveraging this to speedily implement a certificate of vaccination identification system. The surveillance state will expand under this system. 

First, the private and public sectors mandated the vaccine. Next, a system will be created which can constantly verify that patrons are vaccinated. Paper will not work. Conveniently, actors who already had solutions ready – such as IBM and the Rockefeller Foundation have products – started in 2018 & 2019 respectively – to fix the problem. A universal digital ID has been in the offing for quite some time, and now groups are leveraging the need for vaccine credentials to accelerate implementation.  

This results in the creation of a system of broad surveillance that may not dismantle when the pandemic ends. The QR codes will likely be here to stay. Society must ask basic questions about the system before implemented.

On college campuses, students have to swipe a QR attached to their vaccination status every time they enter a building. If they do not get the latest immunization required, they cannot generate the QR code necessary to scan to enter buildings. This is being rolled out to the rest of society, from restaurants to border security.

Some decry this as a conspiracy, which is true. People are meeting, whether in rooms or on Zoom calls, and conspiring a plan for a universal digital id. Auto Workers organize. Farmers organize. The owners of the US and world organize, too. 

The Commons Project, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation and World Economic Forum, is an example.  CommonHealth launched on September 5, 2019.  Also started collaborating with Android at this time. The project is creating a universal certificate of vaccination, which can be used across platforms. 

In his 2002 memoir, David Rockefeller admitted: 

“For more than a century ideological extremists at either end of the political spectrum have seized upon well-publicized incidents such as my encounter with Castro to attack the Rockefeller family for the inordinate influence they claim we wield over American political and economic institutions. Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as “internationalists” and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure–one world, if you will. If that’s the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it.”

The CommonPass is a great way to achieve this goal. So are the Vaccine Credential Initiative and MITRE. Foreign countries, like India, have Aadhar, a biometric id system, already in place.

Could it be that these organizations create the framework, and then reality magically folds into it? Or is it that the framework is created in order to execute a predetermined plan? In other words, did a set of actors create the need for universal vaccination, so a way of constantly verifying vaccination status would be needed, creating the synthesis of universal credentials? 

Information gathering is a form of social control. Nobody knows what will come next after we this domino falls. Will the QR code system, once in place, extend beyond vaccinations and into other features of our identity? It seems likely. 

For example, social media companies are talking about the need to attach ID to each account. If someone can be banned from Facebook, could the same happen at Starbucks?

We should have mre questions than answers.

The biometric market is booming, and inconvenient QR codes could turn into fingerprints,  facial recognition, or iris scans.(6) “Biometrics proliferation is definitely around the corner,” TSA Chief Innovation Officer Dan McCoy told Travel Weekly. “Biometrics and mobile devices will make carrying traditional IDs optional, McCoy says, as airports and officials work towards “screening at speed.” 

Global corporations and segments of the state apparatus want to quietly implement this system, with no debate. For too long, they have divided us amongst party lines to push through their agenda. This new system should concern Democrats, Republicans and Independents alike. We must come together and oppose it before it is too late

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