appalachianareanews.com| A shocking claim has come to light in recent days after a Youtube video uploaded by the user Seho Song relayed the stunning experience of a North Carolina homeless man apparently named Elvi Zapata.
Zapata claims that he and his wife, transplants from Massachusetts, were attempting to resolve medicaidissues with their new home state of NC when his wife was violently abducted by police outside of a government building we assume was the Social Security Office for simply admitting to being homeless.
Zapata then claims that homeless associates of his have admitted that groups of homeless people in NC are routinely picked up and taken to the local FEMA camp where officers demand they accept implantableRFID chips in order to be able to receive state benefits like food stamps and Social Security more conveniently.
I would imagine that homeless individuals would have a hard time receiving certain state benefits without having a mailing address they can be sent to. In NC, food stamps are uploaded to Electronic Benefits(EBT) cards so a physical address would not be required to receive them but social security and disabilitypayments usually come by way of mailed checks.
By playing on this inconvenience, apparently many homeless are being talked into accepting implantable Radio Frequency Identification chips placed in their hands according to Zapata, that can give them immediate access to all of their state and federal benefits.
Zapata says that if the homeless refuse to accept the microchips, that their benefits are terminated.
Here is the youtube video:
So can these claims be substantiated?
The short answer is not exactly. Until actual RFID chipped homeless people come forward with X-Ray proof, the claim remains untenable.
The “homeless being chipped” theory can be tracked to a a 2004 United Press International story that claimed:
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has begun testing a new technology designed to help more closely monitor and assist the nation’s homeless population, according to the United Press International.
Under the pilot program, which grew out of a series of policy academies held in the last two years, homeless people in participating cities will be implanted with mandatory Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags that social workers and police can use track their movements.
The RFID technology was developed by HHS’ Health Resources and Services Administration(HRSA) in partnership with five states, including California and New York.
The only problem is that upon closer scrutiny, it appears the UPI report was published on April 1, 2004 as an April Fool’s satire release and points to a government press release by the Department of Health and Human Services entitled “HHS Cites Progress in Fighting Chronic Homelessness” that doesn’t mention anything about RFID chips.
This is not to say that the homeless population aren’t facing substantial challenges from government, and even having similar measures implemented on their behalf.
What Can Be Proved?
Apparently homeless people aren’t very good at keeping appointments. But never fear government has a solution.
A new project, dubbed the “Personal Appointment Ticketing service” (or PAT), hopes to make this easier with a new inexpensive method of printing out personalized appointment cards.
The PAT system consists of an internet-connected base station which is powered by a Raspberry Pi computer and contains a small thermal printer. When presented with a plastic wristband, which is unique to each person and contains an RFID tag, the base station connects to an online database to glean the relevant schedule information, then prints out a personalized reminder.
Wow, I’m sure they just want to get the homeless to their destinations and this has nothing to do with tracking them.
Criminalizing Homelessness: FEMA Camps ARE Being Used
Under the radar from the prying eyes of the public, South Carolina made it legal to get rid of their homeless problem. The people were given a choice, FEMA Camps or jail. Apparently this trend isn’t confined to SC. Cities from Boston to New York are shipping off their homeless as well, and no one seems to care.
In August, 2013 the city of Colombia, South Carolina, had a problem. A festival honoring the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement was coming to town. They couldn’t be seen with all the homeless when guests arrived from all parts of the United States. So the city council held a vote and made homelessness a crime. The irony was obviously lost on the council.
The Columbia City Council unanimously approved the plan, creating special police patrols that would enforce “quality of life” laws involving loitering, public urination and other crimes not necessarily restricted to the homeless population.
Those officers would then offer the homeless a choice: Go to jail for their homelessness or be shuffled to a 240-bed, 24-hour shelter on the outskirts of town, which they wouldn’t be allowed to easily leave.
That second option isn’t jail, mind you, because the homeless are being confined with the help of a local charitable organization. It’s charitable incarceration, you see. The homeless can leave, but they need to set up an appointment and be shuttled by a van.
Despite some news from the Main Stream Media, it looks like the city went out of their way to begin staffing the 240 bed, 24 hour, razor wire topped FEMA camp that was supposed to be used in case of a disaster according to FEMA.
Remember, these areas do not exist according to the news media. However the FEMA site has the plans and the implementations of them. FEMA has even built them for cities such as Galeston, Houston, New York, Boston, New Orleans, and even Colombia. Strange for areas that don’t exist.
South Carolina went through with the plans and they even caught the attention of the ACLU. In order for the homeless to “qualify” for the “temporary shelter” they would have to be one of the first 240 homeless to apply and wouldn’t be able to leave except by shuttle. They even went out of their way to remove some of the benches around the town so the homeless didn’t get comfortable and a hot line to call if you spotted homeless people for the residents.
But this is not the only area making it a crime for being homeless. It turns out that since 2011, the city of Boston is moving its homeless out of the city into what they call HOME Base (since publication, site has been deleted) near Salem away from the city. People in Southern California were getting concerned from homeless disappearing off the streets.
Most of the homeless in places like Sacramento are taken and driven out of town in tent cities of their own. They have made it a crime to be homeless and round them up and move them there. They are guarded and people have hotlines to call if they spot a homeless person.
They ship them out and place them in these camps. They are not permitted to leave and they are not permitted to wander the streets of the bigger cities without a permit. If that is not a determent camp, I don’t know what is. The city of Columbia was quick to recant their law at the end of September, but there are several other cities and states that still have not.