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Thursday, 10 December 2009 11:39
IN FASCINATING BOOK WELL-KNOWN PRIEST SPELLS OUT DANGERS WITH MICROCHIPS, HUMAN MONITORING, AND OTHER TECHNOLOGY A well-known priest from the Detroit area has penned a powerful, gutsy, and in some cases daring new book that spells out various "spiritual dangers" of our times. Microchips. Government monitoring. The New Age. Influences on our young. A possible future persecution. And attacks by spirits in our own households. These are some of the issues tackled by Father Joseph M. Esper, who obtained his bishop's "rescript" -- ecclesiastic approval -- for publication of Spiritual Dangers of the 21st Century. It is an unusual approval in that the book raises issues long thought to be in the "fringe" category and parts of the book rely on controversial private revelations. "The year 2010 will be a milestone in human history," writes Father Esper. "By that point in time, there will be one billion transistors per every person on earth, each costing only one ten-millionth of a cent. "The unimaginably massive use of radio-frequency identification (RFID) chips, most of them networked together (in automobiles, roadways, appliances, cell phones, drivers' licenses, credit cards, SMART cards, pipelines, doorways of public buildings and private homes, items of clothing, pharmaceuticals, livestock and pets, and -- sooner or later -- human beings) will allow an unprecedented degree of ongoing and virtually inescapable surveillance. "In addition, high-speed cameras are now used at red lights, railroad crossings, pedestrian crosswalks, shopping malls and convenience stores, and in too many other locations to mention, with many of them available for the use of facial-recognition technology. "It's becoming extremely difficult for people to hide themselves or keep a low profile. Today the average American is listed in at least a dozen government databases, which contain his or her tax, financial, medical, police, educational, and military records. These can easily be used to assemble accurate profiles, including -- by means of banking and personal checking records -- that person's religious and political preferences." We will have two articles on the book. In this installment, let's take a glance at what else the priest -- who has written for prominent journals such as the Homiletic and Pastoral Review -- has to say about the possibility of future government control that threatens Catholics and other Christians. "The FBI is creating a national database of the DNA samples of millions of U.S. citizens, and -- combined with the above-mentioned technological surveillance grid -- the last remaining shreds of privacy will disappear for much of the world's population," frets Father Esper. "Religious believers could easily become victims of hostile government action." It is a well-written book. It is also full of fact. Is some of it debatable? Much is. Does Father Esper go too far? Time will tell. For certain, he makes a number of excellent points. When government agencies charged with fighting crime also have the power to define a crime -- "and America is rapidly heading toward this frightening state of affairs," he suggests -- there can be big trouble -- "big-brother" trouble. More than two thousand new laws are enacted each year in the country, he points out -- with obscure clauses and sub-clauses -- and no one can be sure which may be used against Christians. Already, points out the author, a report issued by Homeland Security has included "right-wing extremists" and "groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as abortion," as potential agents of civil unrest -- and thus worth watching. Father Esper says that new cell phones carry a global-positioning (GPS) device that could be monitored -- and that the FBI has techniques to activate a cell phone's microphone and listen in to conversations (a capability disabled only when the battery is removed). The momentum for surveillance gained tremendous force after September 11 and continues to increase. "Credit cards, shopper loyalty or store-discount cards, and SMART cards are all capable of containing embedded microchips that allow a person's movements to be tracked by satellite," he writes in the fascinating if speculative book. "Indeed, SMART is said to stand for 'satellite monitoring and remote tracking.' "The technology for creating and implanting such microchips already exists. U.S. passports issued over the last few years, for instance, specifically state: 'This document contains sensitive electronics.'" Already, RFID microchips can be made smaller than a grain of sand; soon, we might add, they will be tinier yet -- in the realm of nano-technology. And they can be implanted, points out the priest, under human skin. This, he says, raises a warning flag that can be related to Revelation 13:16, which foresaw a "mark of the beast" on the right hands or foreheads of everyone. The hand or arm is where a chip used for scanning at the supermarket would probably be placed -- and in experiments already has been. That's no new idea -- and neither are many of the priest's other concerns -- but Father Esper has marshaled them into an easy-to-read and detailed format that will raise eyebrows and wariness of what Future Tech may bring. Has the government been conducting tests with electronic devices like HAARP that send out powerful electromagnetism? Might they be used to control the populace? And what are "chem-trails"? Could the government really be attempting to control the weather, or cause illnesses in order to reduce population? Or -- again -- is this in the realm of the paranoid? How far out do things get? Which concerns merit serious consideration? "Conspiracy theories -- especially those on the internet -- must always be taken with a grain of salt," acknowledges the priest, "but in this particular instance, several investigations by the mainstream media have uncovered disturbing information." The U.S. military and National Guard units have both received training in crowd control, he points out. And for the first time, the military is deploying an active duty army combat unit inside the U.S. to deal with emergencies -- "including potential civil unrest." Such facts are readily verifiable in even mainstream media. In some cases, troops have practiced entering and securing small towns or cities in the South and Midwest. "As if all that weren't bad enough, a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) symposium given to firefighters and other emergency personnel in Kansas City admitted that in times of national emergency, Christians and home-schoolers should be considered terrorists and treated with the 'utmost suspicion and brutality,'" says Father Esper, who adds that "if such a large-scale round-up were to occur -- whether as a result of martial law, or an actual religious persecution -- where would these people be taken? According to one report, 'there [are] over eight hundred prison camps in the United States, all fully operational and ready to receive prisoners. They are all staffed and even surrounded by full-time guards, but they are empty. These camps are to be operated by FEMA should martial law be implemented." Here we get into very controversial material. Those are hotly disputed claims -- with some pointing out that alleged "prison camps" have proven to be nothing of the sort. One can likewise take issue with some of the private revelations, especially those that have not been accepted by the Church. But his bishop has approved this presentation and so we are carrying it. How many of the worries are legitimate? How prepared should we be in a world that -- one must admit -- is rapidly changing? We pray to discern -- without jumping the gun. At the same time, we recall the saying the price of liberty is eternal vigilance. This is a gripping read. If nothing else, we are being inundated, for sure, by many forms of electronic technology, which certainly can prove to be dangerous, and confusing, in many ways. As Father Esper quotes Pope Benedict XVI as saying, "Put simply, we are no longer able to hear God -- there are too many different frequencies filling our ears." [resources: Spiritual Dangers of the 21st Century and Michael Brown retreat, Texas] [See: Clubbers microchipped for drinks, VeriChip's merger with credit firm raises concerns, Council of Europe secretary says push accelerates toward 'new world order', Lights cause UFO buzz, and Hoax? Experiment? What is this light?,] [Notes: some say strange spiraling lights over Norway are the result of a botched missile test (videos seem to show smoke); others, perhaps, the result of electronic experiments; others could point to them as resembling the "tunnel" in near-death experiences; still others wonder if it is a preternatural "sign," perhaps even occult, for the definition of spiral in one dictionary: "Linked to the circle. Ancient symbol of the goddess, the womb, fertility, feminine serpent force, continual change, and the evolution of the universe."] Return to home page

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