According to a report from the Jerusalem Post, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was criticized by cyber experts for his proposal to “microchip” children who are going back to schools and kindergartens as the Wuhan virus lockdown is relaxed.
During a press conference on May 4, Netanyahu suggested that the Health Ministry use novel technology to help Israel transition towards a post-Wuhan virus order.
“That is, technology that has not been used before and is allowed under the legislation we shall enact,” Netanyahu made clear.
“I spoke with our heads of technology in order to find measures Israel is good at, such as sensors. For instance, every person, every kid – I want it on kids first – would have a sensor that would sound an alarm when you get too close, like the ones on cars,” the prime minister commented.
“It will be hard to do it to more than a million schoolchildren who return to their educational institutions in order to ensure one student sits at the distance of two meters from another. It is fictional and dangerous,” cyber expert Einat Meron said to Israeli news outlet Ynet.
“Theoretically, I get the idea behind it,” she remarked. “But although such distance-sensitive microchips exist in vehicles, it is different in humans.” In Meron’s view, “a beeping sound telling me I got close to someone is not enough. Who says it will change anything? I would have gotten closer either way.”
The expert also pointed out that “the actual issue is the enforcement, and here everything changes.” Meron told Ynet that “microchipping children will not pass any test – both practically and legally.” In addition to Meron’s assertion that informing citizens on their distance will not have an impact of their actions, many Israelis believe that the state would take advantage of the information available from the sensors and possibly use it in ways that violate privacy rights.
“If the information with the kids’ location is uploaded to the internet, a pedophile with some cyber knowledge may invade the system and stalk them outside their schools, follow them and distribute the information on other platforms,” Meron stated. “Can the state take responsibility for that?”
The Prime Minister’s Office replied to the report, telling Ynet that Netanyahu’s suggestion “is not to be implemented through databases, but through simple technology notifying [the citizens] about their distance. It is a voluntary option that is designed to help children keep their distance, like Mobileye with vehicles.”
The office also noted that Netanyahu’s suggestion is “an idea that may help maintain social distancing, and there will not be any violation of privacy.”
On May 6, the news outlet Walla reported that police tracked the movements of all vehicles in Israel and the data is now stored in an unregulated database named Eagle Eye. The media site cited a source which revealed that the information “may be kept for years on end.”
The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) filed a request under the Freedom of Information Act that police make public how extensive the Eagle Eye operations are, in addition to the time the information on Israeli citizens’ movements that is constantly being gathered in the system.
Israel Police responded to ACRI’s concerns, declaring that the system’s activity was not subject to internal standards despite being in operation for several years. “Either way, once finalized, the procedure will not be disclosed to the public,” police highlighted.
All over the world, the Wuhan virus is bringing up similar dilemmas.
Although public safety is necessary, there needs to be a balance between keeping the population safe while respecting traditional freedoms.
Israel like the U.S., would be wise to exercise prudence when trying to handle the Wuhan virus.
The Department of Homeland Security Has Plans to Undermine Immigration Enforcement
The Biden administration is working towards a de facto abolition of ICE.
Are Democrats going to appease their radical base by abolishing ICE?
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is now putting forward a plan to restructure the federal deportation agency in a way that effectively guts its traditional role of arresting and deporting criminal aliens in the country.
According to a Washington Times report by Stephen Dinan, Mayorkas revealed the idea last week in a telephone meeting with ICE personnel in Texas. In this call, Mayorkas proposed taking 4,000 members of ICE off the streets and transitioning them into roles of criminal investigators.
As a result of this proposed change, ICE agents would no longer be working to enforce laws against aliens illegally residing in the U.S. This entails reducing arrests and deportations.
A number of deportation officers said this move was similar to a major city police department shifting its beat cops into detective roles. As a result of this change, no one would be left to patrol the streets for lesser crimes.
“This is an administrative abolishment of ICE as we currently know it,” an ICE source told The Washington Times.
After the phone call, there were still many questions regarding Mayorkas’ intentions with ICE. Questions about what new training ICE agents would have to go through and the pay structure they would be subject to were not addressed.
According to The Washington Times, Mayorkas was of the opinion that ICE officers were in the wrong pay system. Mayorkas allegedly said that deportation officers are in the wrong pay scale but did suggest the idea of a pay raise.
Under the current federal government job system, deportation officers are categorized as GS-1801 jobs and usually fall under GS-12 pay scale. Criminal investigators hold GS-1811 jobs and fall under the GS-13 pay scale.
Mayorkas’ ploy is to use the promotion offers as a way to get ICE agents on board with his plan to gut deportation enforcement plans.
However, one source revealed that many officers feared that they were being forced out of their original jobs.
“It’s all spin,” the source declared. “We’re not going to abolish ICE, but we really are going to abolish ICE as you know it.”
The abolition of ICE is one of the chief slogans for the multicultural Left in recent years, which is committed to importing destabilization levels of migrants.
How ICE’s abolition would look is “tougher to pin down” as Dinan outlined.
They usually aren’t talking about investigating smugglers, street gangs or child pornographers. Homeland Security Investigations, with its 7,000-strong force of GS-1811 criminal investigators, perform those duties.
So far, the “Abolish ICE” crowd is in opposition to the Enforcement and Removal Operations, which is generally tasked with arrests, detention, and deportation of people illegally in the country.
Dinan listed off where the majority of these arrests came from:
Most of those arrests come from deportation officers picking up people who end up in local prisons or jails. But some fraction are at-large arrests in the community — particularly in areas where state and local sanctuary policies block access to prisons or jails.
The administrative tweaks Mayorkas is implementing are indeed a way to defang ICE in a subtle manner. A traditional legislative effort would likely cause massive backlash from voters who would likely take their anger out on politicians at the polls in 2022.
Border security is crucial in maintaining a stable polity. Republicans who have any iota of nationalism in their bones would take this issue and run with it.
Immigration still remains an issue that resonates well with the grassroots.
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