Pentagon inserts chips in spy insects
• To be used for spying on conversations, detecting explosives or carrying out remote-controlled surveillance operations
BY ROSA MIRIAM ELIZALDE
• WHILE demonizing Venezuela as a country interested in international espionage and mounting a campaign against the Simón Bolívar satellite, the U.S. Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research projects Agency, (DARPA) which created the Internet, has officially announced progress in its efforts to produce hybrid insects to be used in surveillance operations.
The DARPA has managed to develop several types of cyborgs, half-biological, half-technological organisms, through which they can completely control the movement of insects, having inserted ‘recognition’ chips in their larvae.
Once in the adult stage, the insect can be used to spy on conversations, detect explosives or carry out remote controlled surveillance operations
According to a statement released by Amit Lal, general manager of the DARPA HI-MEMS project (Hybrid Insect Micro-Mechanical Systems), the caterpillars and the pupae of insects are used, "Since a majority of the tissue development in insects occurs in the later stages of metamorphosis, the renewed tissue growth around the MEMS will tend to heal, and form a reliable and stable tissue-machine interface. The goal of the MEMS, inside the insects, will be to control locomotion by obtaining motion trajectories either from GPS coordinates, or using RF, optical, ultrasonic signals based remote control."
The cyborgs could carry "a microphone or a gas sensor, to relay back information gathered from the target destination," continues the explanation available at DARPA Home, "HI-MEMS derived technologies will enable many robotic capabilities at low cost, impacting the development of future autonomous defense systems." (Read espionage.)
This type of apparatus has already been used to spy on demonstrators in protests against the war in Iraq, according to a report published in The Washington Post this past October 10, 2007, entitled "Dragonflies or spy insects?" (Cubadebate) •
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