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Monday, March 18, 2013

Creating a Surveillance and DNA Database for Every American . . . From the Cradle to the Grave

Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post

Coming in combination with such recent 

announcements as 

the open desire of agencies like DARPA 

(Defense Advanced 

Research Projects Agency) to create an 

Internet server that 

will house all verbal communications, it can scarcely be 

debated that the U.S. Government, military, and intelligence 

apparatus in concert with its Corporate wing, are attempting 

to develop an all-encompassing database on each and every 

American citizen.

Indeed, as I wrote in my article, “New Report: ‘Recording 

Everything’ Details How Governments Can Shape the 

Dynamics of Dissent,” a 2011 Brookings Institution report 

actually confirmed what many have suspected for some time 

– that the United States government (and virtually every 

other government in the world) has the capability to monitor 

and record nearly every electronic interaction that occurs 

within its national borders.

In fact, the ability to do so is extremely cost-effective - even 

cheap - according to current comparisons of government 

spending thresholds. For instance, as the Brookings report 

noted, “The audio for all of the telephone calls made by a 

single person over the course of one year could be stored 

using roughly 3.3 gigabytes. On a per capita basis, the cost 

to store all phone calls will fall from about 17 cents per 

person per year today to under 2 cents in 2015.” Storing the 

location data for each of the 300 million American citizens 

could actually be accomplished for the price of a low-wage 

job - in the area of $18,000. The cost of creating this 

database of all video, audio, online, and location information 

of every person inside the national borders would pale in 

comparison to spending levels on many other current 

government projects, as the Brookings Institution report 


The growing database, however, is not relegated to mere 

online communications. Video, audio, and location data are 

to be combined with biometric data such as fingerprints, vein 

scans, and iris scans, as well as actual DNA material in 

order to create a truly all-encompassing database of 

information on each and every American citizen.

Of course, the creation of the database of such material is 

not being openly announced in any direct manner, nor are 

the requirements for submission of much of the material 

being mandated as a matter of public policy at this time. Yet, 

regardless, the Total Information Awareness Network is 

moving forward at an ever-increasing rate.

Indeed, it seems the reason that mandates do not exist in 

regards to the submission of DNA material or other 

biometric, video, audio, or location data is the fact that most 

of that data is being submitted voluntarily. Unfortunately, it 

appears that the U.S. government gathers vastly larger 

amounts of data by simply allowing the American people to 

deliver it to them more neatly packaged than it ever could be 

obtained by force.

From social networking sites to all other online 

communications, Americans can be expected to rattle off 

their personal business, connections, and innermost secrets 

in the silent presence of multi-national corporations that are 

themselves just one manifestation of the global intelligence 

and surveillance network. In addition, with various 

smartphone apps such as the Google Wallet or the 

increasing move towards a cashless society, biometric data 

is also becoming shared information on a much more routine 


Easily concealed from a public whose attention span last 

little longer than five minutes and who has been 

brainwashed to believe that Corporations and Governments 

are entirely separate and incapable of sharing information, 

the source of the data is both volunteered by the vast 

majority of Americans via various Corporate technologies 

sold to the consuming masses, data mining operations, 

cleverly worded collection attempts, and, whenever 

necessary, mandates.

The reality, however, is that both 

corporations and many apparently 

charitable organizations are connected at 

the hip with government agencies and 

the Total Information Awareness 

intelligence gathering apparatus.

With the clear evidence of collaboration 

between major corporations like Google

community, it should come as no surprise that any and all 

electronic data processed by these firms goes directly back 

to agencies such as the NSACIA, and other relevant spook 

organizations. Yet, major corporations like Google are eager 

to take the absorption of DNA information to the next level.

For instance, in 2008, Google announced that it had 

invested $4.4 million in 23andMe, a genetic screening 

company which was actually started by Anne Wojcicki, the 

wife of Google co-founder Sergey Brin, along with another 

business partner. Google also invested heavily in another 

DNA –screening company, Navigenics.

As Marjorie Backman of Bloomberg Businessweek writes
For a spit of saliva and $2,500, your genetic test 
results are securely delivered to your computer 
screen with your genetic likelihood for 18 medical 
conditions, from Alzheimer's to rheumatoid arthritis to 
several types of cancer. Navigenics aims to boost 
disease prevention by providing customers reports on 
their DNA that they can share with their doctors. The 
company addresses privacy concerns by encrypting 
customer identities, and screens only for conditions it 
deems to have scientifically sound genetic studies. 
The company also offers genetic counseling.
Interestingly enough, in what might be considered consumer

 preparation for individual biometrics-based software in 

everyday life, Google has also recently unveiled the Mobile 

Personality Test app, where users scan their fingers in order 

to have their “mobile personality type” evaluated and read 

back to them. Although the app actually works by comparing 

the apps currently installed, the operative (and seemingly 

needless, unless the app is indeed consumer prep at work) 

initiation of the technology requires a finger scan for the 

process to begin.

Yet, for whatever information rendered to the consumer by 

virtue of the companies mentioned above, if the acquisition 

of DNA material is in any way involved, one need not only 

assume but rest assured that the information taken in by the 

corporation will be vastly higher and more important than 

any interesting or entertaining information given out.

Of course, Google and the aforementioned DNA screening 

companies are not the only institutions attempting to gain 

access to DNA material. In fact, one of the most disturbing 

groups (outside government itself) that have embarked on a 

mission to acquire DNA samples is the Grand Lodge of 


Known as MasoniChip, the program is openly administered 

by the Grand Lodge and is operated with the support of 

governments in both the United States and Canada. Indeed, 

MasoniChip has received so much support from the 

government sector that many have been duped into 

believing that it is merely a government program being 

supported by the Masons even though the reality is actually 

the opposite.

MasoniChip promoters set up fairs, advertise the program 

through local school districts and enter into partnerships 

with local law enforcement. In typical form, the mainstream 

media also promotes the program and the organization, 

which apparently has possession of its own police dog, 


For those who may be in the dark as to what MasoniChip is, 

program is this manner:
It begins on the surface as a child identification 
project, in case your loved ones are ever to be 
horrendously abducted. Parents are familiar with at- 
home kits to record their kids' vital information, for 
protection against the greatest of all fears to be 
inflicted on a family. Normally height, weight, hair 
and eye colour are recorded, along with a set of 
fingerprints and hopefully a current photograph. It's 
just the good folks at your local Masonic Lodge saw 
fit to take things further.
With advances in technology, they began to offer digital 

fingerprints, digital imaging, digital video, dental impressions 

and DNA mouth swabs. This data processing is managed by 

their proprietary software that's designed to be compatible 

with local and national law enforcement. This is after all, a 

campaign created by police in the brotherhood regardless of 

its private funding.

Yet, for all the conflation between the 

Masonic program with government 

involvement, the truth is that the program is 

entirely private – meaning it belongs to the 

website clearly states that this is the case 

by writing,
We the Freemasons are the sole 
"sponsor" of the Masonic Safety Identification 
initiatives as developed in our various Masonic Grand  
Lodge Jurisdictions. As such we schedule the Events  
and coordinate the equipment, materials and 
volunteers necessary to conduct events. All groups 
and individuals are welcome to work alongside, but 
they are not referred as sponsors but listed and 
involved as "supporters", "supporting partners", 
"corporate partners", "in collaboration with", or "in 
cooperation with."
MasoniChip states that, in addition to recording the 

children’s data themselves, it will provide its own “health 

care professionals” to collect the DNA samples at whatever 

event the DNA gathering is scheduled to occur.

As MacPherson writes,
There is no way to guarantee what happens behind 
closed doors and although they claim to delete 
sensitive information (the Canadian website states 
 "No information is ever stored by the MasoniChIP  
program"), any computer savvy person knows that
 clicking an "x" isn't permanent unless you format the entire 

Parents are asked to trust an intriguing, private 
fraternity; to ensure that quality standards are met 
and family privacy is legally respected without any 
kind of oversight. Because Freemasons fund 100 per 
cent of the initiative, there is no opportunity to 
discuss issues regarding data ownership or how they 
feel about those technicalities in the privacy of their 
( . . . ) 
With somber scrutiny and if further tragedy struck, 
authorities would match remains with parental 
samples for definitive confirmation. It is the parents' 
DNA that could aid in matching the unnamed, but 
only accredited laboratories are permitted to conduct

the process. Whether a parent or child, collecting 
DNA cannot occur at an open park event, run by 
stranger volunteers and become admissible to the 
national database. The FBI continually quotes the 
DNA Identification Act of 1994 in establishing these 
requirements to be included within CODIS. 
It is with great sadness for grieving families that we 
must note the Freemason project is not supported by  
government DNA databases.
Overall, MacPherson accurately concludes that “the most

 controversial component of the MasoniChip undertaking is 

not recognized for the purpose they advertise and state to 

parents.” Of course, regardless of the stated reasons for 

acquiring the DNA samples, a massive DNA database is 

being created. The MasoniChip program itself has registered 

over 1.5 million children by the end of 2012 and is 

apparently going to be extended to seniors and the disabled 

in the near future.

In the conclusion to her article, 

MacPherson asked the question, “And 

why is the face of government through 

public schools or police through public 

events, being placed on an effort from 

private organizations to mislead 


The answer, of course, is clear so long as one is not 

concerned with being labeled a conspiracy theorist. Parents 

are being mislead by the tacit cooperation of the government 

because there is an agenda afoot – namely, the massive 

absorption of all available information (in this particular 

instance, DNA), for the creation of a Total Information 

Awareness Network.

In keeping with the upsweep in genetic information, consider 

the fact that programs such as MasoniChip are perhaps 

more effective at grabbing a few of the stragglers left out of 

the initial DNA database efforts than acting as the main 

method of acquisition.

For instance, as Council For Responsible Genetics points 

out in its 43-page report, “Newborn Screening In America: 

Problems and Policies,” “ninety-eight percent of the 4.3 

million babies born annually in the United States have a 

small sample of blood taken from their heels.”

Council For Responsible Genetics continues by stating, 

“These newborn bloodspots (NBS) are then screened by 

state agencies for a variety of inherited conditions and may 

later be stored in state-operated databases with access 

permitted to researchers.” It also says,
Newborn screening is one of the few forms of genetic  
testing to which almost everyone is exposed. Yet
 parental knowledge of newborn screening is almost non-

existent. Indeed many parents are unaware that their 

children have even undergone such testing, let alone that 

their child’s DNA has been collected and stored by the state.

Thus, a program which began in the 1960s under the 

auspices of screening newborns for phenylketonuria (PKU) 

in the state of Massachusetts has now grown to encompass 

virtually every single newborn in the United States. Aside 

from the fact that genetic causes for diseases is by no 

means an exact science and that there is little evidence that 

there is any “genetic treatment” that is actually effective, the 

idea of testing children for potential health issues is not, in 

and of itself, a frightening prospect. What is at issue is that 

the DNA material of virtually every American newborn is now 

being collected at birth, placed in a database operated by 

the government which parents are even largely unaware, 

and that material is subsequently provided to “researchers.”

As Jon Rappoport writes
Reliable and trustworthy assurances of citizen- 
privacy from the government have gone the way of 
the dinosaur and other extinct species. 
Let’s see…DNA samples of nearly every newborn 
baby in America: surveillance and tracking, anyone? 
We have here the makings of a universal DNA 
database for “crime prevention.” 
( . . . )
What about technocrats obsessed with re- 
engineering humans? What about other researchers 
who want to run comparative DNA studies to 
thousands of different ways, for any purpose under 
the sun—who for example are intensely interested in 
making (or inventing) genetic distinctions between 
various socioeconomic sectors of society? This 
newborn database is irresistible. 
You can be sure social, medical, and genetic 
engineers are looking at all this raw data like wild 
animals look at prey on the plains.
Thus, it is important to note that, while many may fear a top-

down decree requiring all adult American citizens to turn 

over their DNA material to the federal or state governments, 

the fact is that such a decree is only necessary to acquire 

material from those individuals whose genetic information 

was not obtained at birth.

Soon enough, however, as the population ages, there will be 

very few members of the population whose information has 

not been extracted at birth. For those few who have 

managed to avoid the DNA database, there will always be 

the requirement to submit DNA upon arrest as the result of 

such programs as those unveiled in Maryland and at least 

Although there have been numerous challenges to such 

laws and programs, with the Supreme Court evaluating a 

decision by the Maryland Court of Appeals that the 

individuals arrested have a “weighty and reasonable 

expectation of privacy against warrantless, suspicionless 

searches” and that this expectation is not superseded by the 

state’s “purported interest in assuring proper identification.”

In what would only further the abuse of perceived legal 

authority in the acquirement of DNA from arrestees and 

codify the practice by virtue of legal precedent, Chief Justice 

John Roberts has already stayed the Maryland court 

decision and has actually indicated that there was a “fair 

prospect” that the Supreme Court would reverse the 

decision. Such a ruling, of course, would not be surprising 

considering the fact that the US courts have not only been 

derelict in their responsibility to protect the rights of the 

American people but that they have been outright hostile to 

them, particularly in recent years.

Any court that rules it constitutional to force individuals to 

with impunity and no probable cause is one that holds very 

little hope for the survival of privacy, the Constitution, or 

human rights.

In the end, in a police state such as the United States, it has 

become almost inevitable that any individual, whether 

engaged in criminal activity or not, will have some contact 

with the agents of the ever-increasing totalitarian system. 

The “DNA upon arrest” requirements will then nab up the 

occasional straggler that managed to escape the initial 

program at birth.
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