NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A new national alert system is set to begin in New York City that will alert the public to emergencies via cell phones.

It’s called the Personal Localized Alert Network or PLAN. Presidential and local emergency messages as well as Amber Alerts would appear on cell phones equipped with special chips and software.

The Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Emergency Management Agency said the system would also warn about terrorist attacks and natural disasters.

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“The lessons that were reinforced on 9/11 is the importance of getting clear and accurate information to the public during a crisis,” New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg said at a news conference on Tuesday.

Verizon and AT&T, the nation’s largest cell phone carriers, are already on board. Consumers would be able to opt out of all but those presidential messages.

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“We believe this new alert system is a welcome addition to our arsenal of readiness,” Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said. “It’s like a police officer’s gun: it’s there for a good reason but we hope that we never have to pull the trigger.”

The announcement of the new emergency alert system came in the wake of Osama bin Laden’s death and an uptick in security and safety concerns around New York City.

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For now, the alerts are capable on certain high-end cell phones but starting next year, all cell phones will be required to have the chip that receives alerts.

By the end of the year, the new system will be in place in New York City and Washington and in cities around the country by the end of 2012.

Bloomberg made the announcement about the new system Tuesday morning with FCC chairman Julius Genashowski and other federal and local officials.

This new emergency alert system is part of the Warning Alert and Response Network Act that was approved by Congress in 2006.

New York City already has an emergency alert in place called Notify NYC.  Bloomberg says it’s the largest opt-in notification alert system in the country.

Comments (883)
  1. Sean says:

    The mark of the beast. . . for your phone. I’m sure it won’t track you even when your phone is off.

    1. RLC says:

      Where is my real government? You know the one that guarantees freedom? When did they become so powerful that they can require me to hear certain messages from them. This may be a good system for those that wnat it, but I do not like the intrusion into my life.

      1. Clint says:

        Your real government? Pre-Obama you mean? As in 2006, when this program was initiated?

        Also, as a service I’ll break this down for you. “Opt” is short for “option” and “Out” means you are not “in” something. So when those are put together we get “opt-out” which is where you can exercise the OPTION to stay OUT of the program. That is exactly what you can do here, except admittedly for the presidential alerts, which contrary to the rantings of people on this article will not be campaign related (that would, in fact, be illegal). It’s almost like you people would like to assert being uninformed and ignorant as a constitutional right. OH NO! The mean government is trying to disseminate vital information to the public in a quick and effective manner!

        As a final note, when you see alot of people running one way screaming and holding their cell phones, make sure you keep heading the other way so you can avoid the intrusion of knowing that there is a catastrophe unfolding ahead of you. To do anything else would just be un-American.

      2. Evil Notifier says:

        Yes, and those tornado alarms! Horrible! How dare the government require me to hear those sirens as the tornadoes form and head for my neighborhood! It should be my “right” to be surprised and die by God’s powerful finger!

      3. Ray Magashazy says:


        You can’t opt out of the presidential message. Looks like I’ll be replacing some chips.

      4. plainolamerican says:

        The government does not guarbtee freedom, that is our job.

        FIGHT back.

      5. jyroflux says:


        I’m glad you are okay with the government intruding into every level/aspect of your life. You go ahead and trust them. They are counting on you. Oh, and keep taking sides. When it comes down to it though, there is really no difference between the parties. Or haven’t you noticed?

        I’ll find a way to make sure Big Brother can’t keep tabs on me via my cell phone when this idiotic program is in place.

      6. Noah Fing-Whey says:

        Clint, you are a pinhead. Do we really need a text message from the president to know to get away from danger? The potential for abuse is so huge especially with the third world mentality in the White House. He’s already used Acorn and SEIU.

      7. Don't tread on me says:

        Clint-you are an excellent global citizen sir. Your FEMA camp is ready for you now.

      8. Don says:

        I guess you don’t realize that this program works buy tracking everyones position and sending the message to people in a given area. Thus by making it mandatory to receive the presidential message they make it mandatory that your position must be tracked by the federal government. If your ok with that you would of enjoyed living under Hitler’s rule.

    2. bob, slc ut says:

      Of course this is all about making money, it isn’t about safety or notification or even propaganda, just simply another way to push a product that isn’t needed on society. If nobody will buy your product then you need government to help you force them to take it – just like healthcare mandates – force the people to buy the product!

    3. Christopher Welch says:

      I can’t believe this is all happening right in front of our faces and still most do nothing. The only thing We need to do is inform everyone and just say no. But if this is really Prophecy well then thier nothing we can do God Bless!

    4. Clint says:

      Yes, because the Bible foretells that a beast with gnashing teeth and 3G coverage will emerge, and people will take its mark. You Bible Thumpers are always inventing something to be terrified of. This is a common sense system that will save lives, and to not support it on the basis of some religious or conspiracy theory is asinine and a prime example of why this country is going down the tubes. You may also opt-out of most of them. Plus, according to some of the thumpers around here the world is going to end May 21, 2011 so you shouldn’t even really be worrying about this to begin with.

      1. moebears says:

        All I’m hearing from Clint is bleating.

    5. Regulas says:

      Agree, Call me old fashioned, I use a home phone, the cell phone does not have my interest, especially the price per month and the government can take any free phone and shove it up in a stinky dark place.
      Leave me a message on my answering machine and I will get back to you, works just fine.

      1. jaline says:

        I live out in the country and cell service is spotty at best, so my cell phone is almost never on. They’ll have to fix that little problem first 🙂 !

    6. tired_of_tech says:

      I spent 37 years of my life without a cell phone. I think i will opt out of their use. I’m tired of everyone being able to reach me anyway. Do you remember work vacations without worrying about phone calls from the boss? I don’t know how we did it but we survived. There are far too many distractions for human beings today.

      1. Dee says:

        I agree. I see people who are out and about trying to do their thing with their cell phones ringing every 2 minutes. It makes me think, “Wow, I feel great about not having a cell phone.” I can go out and not be stressed by having to multi task and deal with everyone 24 hours a day. If I’m out having a good time I can relax knowing that if someone needs to reach me, they can call me when I get home. I’ll deal with it then, for now I don’t need to bother. The good old days aren’t that bad. I try to live like that as much as possible.

    7. Mike Henry says:

      I have a prophecy: What about people who cannot afford cell phones? How long will it be before the feds are paying for cell phones and cell phone service for “low income” people. Why not? We paid for TV antennas.

    8. D says:

      Oh my (not your) God! You’re a lunatic! Absolutely raving mad! These posts should be enough to commit you in any court of law. You realize this is nothing more than an emergency broadcast on TV, right? OR ARE THEY TRACKING OUT TV’S, TOO????? Wow.

    9. jman says:


      they already do provide cell phones for free

    10. sueWilson says:

      @Mike Henry. There are already free phones for the low income. Why the hell my tax dollar is being used for this I would like to know. Why don’t we just buy them a yacht while we’re at it!

      1. Jack says:

        The poor are considered a voting block so politicians try to keep them happy. They are buying a vote with your tax dollars or better yet tax debt.

    11. Dan Stiles says:

      There is no need to have any new software or chips on a phone to receive texts. They are attempting to do something else under the cover of “emergency messages”. I guarantee that this special chip and software has some form of location tracking and spyware on it. Perhaps it is special software that instantly analyzes voice patterns, digitizes the voice characteristics into a packet which is sent to a central server to see if it should be taped. Imagine, worry-free wiretapping! If the voice is that of a wanted criminal or just someone on the wrong side of politics, it could then be directed to start broadcasting location. Big brother is here and he will even let you play games on his electronic handcuffs.

    12. RisenFromTheDead says:

      Ha, this is just more sheeple training.

      Soon, they’ll be telling you what to do, and when to do it.

      Did anybody else see 1984?

      Line up, slaves, and do what we say.

      Stop funding these idiots who want to be your slave masters.

      Google excluded income, and smell the coffee.

    13. Jack says:

      This is to Clint. Some of us do not understand the difference between faith and belief. If the bible were to give exacting details as to how things would unfold then there would be no room for faith as knowledge equals belief and faith requires none. But that’s the point. How many of us could actually put on a blindfold and step off of an apparent cliff on God’s word alone?
      The bible should never be so easily discounted because there are many lessons that would benefit most people if they would just give it a chance. I do not believe the bible was written to give perfect predictions. Revelations could be looked at as a broad prediction. No, there will be no specifics as that is not important (please refer to my first statements regarding faith). There are many paths in which the degradation of our society and the eventuality of evil taking power can occur and will occur without checks and balances. It’s one of the reasons the Constitution was written the way it was. Basically, if a power or responsibility that would be intended for the government is not mentioned within the Constitution then the government does not have that power. Our founding fathers understood the potential slippery slope that unbridled power would lead too no matter the intentions of the person or organization wielding those powers. It is also one of the reasons that power must always be decentralized.
      I believe the prime example of why our country is going down the tubes is because of the majority of our representatives. Who in their right mind would ever think that it was ok to not only have a 14.3 trillion dollar deficit but increase the limit on that deficit? For a long time now those in D.C. have repeatedly kick the can down the road for someone else to fix and now we are at a point where we can no longer do that and have the country survive. The idea of having a mandatory requirement to receive alert broadcasts to our personal cellphones from our federal government with no way to option out goes against our freedoms. It’s not their cellphones nor is it their networks. Even if the funds to build or create these phones and networks came from the federal government the true owners are the American people. The country and the government are in fact two separate things. I look at the government as nothing more than a service industry hired by the American people and legally enforced by a contract we call the constitution and nothing more. How would you feel one day if the company that mows your yard informed you that they were going to start cleaning your gutters (something you may already do yourself) whether you like it or not and charge you anything they want too?
      There are two main reasons 9/11 happened. One, the terrorist attacked and the second is those that we hired and entrusted to protect us failed and failed miserably. We believe that increased funding and more overbearing security measures that violate our contract with the service company (federal government) are going to make us safer. How can those that failed to protect us from men with box cutters, abysmal flight training and blind luck ever do it with billions of dollars in additional funding and more oppression of our freedoms? Never mind the fact that we were spending hundreds of billions of dollars a year to already protect us.

      1. moebears says:

        Right on! Clint, you are wearing blinders. Big Bro thanks you.

    14. Thomas J. says:

      Being forced to do anything is wrong, regardless of the institution. This was first seen with health care, TSA sticking their hands down little girls’ pants, now they want to tell me I can’t get out of getting a text from someone I have no longer any hope for? This has got to stop.

    15. NCMarc says:

      Why does the phone need a “special” chip? My phone already gets text messages just fine. What else does this “chip” supposedly do?

      1. Gonzo says:

        Yeah, and the phone company can already send texts out in mass right now, why do we need special chips or software if current technology is already doing it?

      2. Andrew Merts says:

        The reason for the special chip is because these text messages will be electronically signed. It could be done with existing SMS equipment but then there isn’t that extra security in place to prevent someone from forging an emergency message from the president. The idea behind the chip is that only local government, state government, and the president can use these emergency messages.

      3. Vironmentalman says:

        Excellent point. Surely, those who wish can already opt in to a text alert system. Our school has this. No laws were required to set it up. No additional hardware was needed. The phones are already required to allow Big Brother to listen in to your conversations even when the phone is off. We know also that location is tracked (Apple, Google have admitted it after they were caught). The purpose of any additional intrusion is beyond me. What’s left?

      4. cbunix23 says:

        I work on a piece of this so I’m very familiar with the technology.

        This is a broadcast text message and will be received by all phones in the alert area. This is different than the usual point-to-point text message you can receive today. In order to receive the broadcast text message your phone needs different hardware. This has nothing to do with digital signatures. Sending thousands of point-to-point text messages for the same emergency is far more time consuming than sending one broadcast message.

        More practical concerns would be reduced battery life, getting duplicate messages, and missing messages you should have gotten. Or what if you’re driving down a busy road and get one of these messages. Is it legal to read the message ?

        And as an extra special bonus we’ll throw in privacy concerns! Even if you opt-out what you’re opting out of is your phone displaying them, not necessarily your phone receiving them and recording them. If the gov’t had access to your phone they could figure out when your phone was where based on the broadcast messages recorded. The broadcast message content has more than just the text to it. It includes the cell tower identification, time stamps, and other data. The devils in the details of how this gets implemented by the phone vendors.

        This is a tool, but since the government will be using this it will be subject to the usual political give and take which is all well and good.

      5. Joy says:

        So Obama can harvest our positioning/location data and sell it to the top bidder when he leaves office. How valuable it would be for a terrorist to know exactly where every person in the country is at any given time…that would make strategic terror so much easier to execute…I’m still thinking Obama’s the anti-christ…

    16. The Mayor says:

      I can’t believe you such a idiot….

    17. The Mayor says:

      and the boogie man lives in your closet

      1. Joy says:

        How’d you know? Did you meet him, too? Pretty cool dude, the Boogie Man. (FYI he prefers his name to be capitalized.)

    18. Al says:

      Only if you take the battery out.

    19. Don says:

      Sean, dont be so sure. To avoid detection you probably will have to remove the battery from the device. As Muhammad Ali once said: “You can run, but you can’t hide” ( indefinitely ) lol

    20. ByteRider says:

      This system was designed to give Obama the ability not to WARN but to RALLY people to his cause. This goes exactly with what he said during his campaign, and I quote:

      “We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.”
      Barack Obama, July 2, 2008, Colorado Springs, CO.

      Welcome to the end. Are you on the side of rightousness or sodomy? Better make up your minds soon.

      1. Gubment Hater says:

        Welcome to the end…. sodomy. 🙂 Whose end, funny guy? lol

      2. CrazyAZ says:

        No sense confusing you with the fact this is a 5-year old plan being implemented by a Republican mayor. Nope you saw right through that.

    21. lynda says:

      I think you are right. Once you are on their list you cannot be removed. Ever!

    22. 1776blues says:

      Sean, they can turn your phone on, plus, they can listen to you even if the phone is off. They busted two people in a drug deal a few years back by doing this. The only way to avoid this is to take your battery out.

      I want to know is do I have to bring my phone in to have this installed. My phone is a year old.

      Because if I am notified to come in, I may have a serious episode with my Alzheimer disease.

  2. feduptoo says:

    First I doubt you even know Drudge…

    Second…he only publishes headlines…that link to the stories others have written!

    Grow up!

  3. Mutzter says:

    I’ll be glad to receive these alerts. Oh, my phone bill is for 4 phones and costs $100 a month. Adding text messages will be another $40 a month. When the government I don’t have Smart phones, that could be another $600-$800 dollard up front. When the government sends me the money to cover the cost of upgrading my phone plan and regular monthly payments for mandating cell phone service for my family, I’ll gladly comply.

    1. RON PAUL says:

      They got to get their fear propaganda to you some how. Guess the television “programing” is not getting to enough people.
      If only people had critical thinking skills. guess the CHEMTRAILS AND FLUORIDE are working…


      1. Gary W Geiser says:


      2. Wendy Weinbaum says:

        As a Jewess in the US, I predict that soon, the will be sending out insipid messages reminding you to VOTE on election day! Probably for DEMOCRATS only, however.

      3. trthrising says:

        PUBLIC ALERT!!!, Reading the comments of this and countless other articles people are not as clueless as they once were, we are awaking from a slumber of ignorance. But please be forewarned I believe they are gearing up for a false flag to force us back into their mind control and further Dominance!! we have to stand strong now more than ever and spread truth,,, The Truth is Rising….
        If you don’t believe are Government of being capable, Wiki-Operation Northwoods, Gulf of tonkin… RONPAUL2012!!!

      4. D says:

        These are the people who comment off articles linked on Drudge. God help this country.

      5. Jack says:

        Hay Trthrising, You get a gold star on the false flag mention. Notice how the MSM seem to be creating a rather large back story on Pakistan and their connections to Al-Queda? There’s even been a few remarks about the potential of Pakistan’s nukes and not all being accounted for. When the file on them gets big enough and believable enough “stop, drop and cover” will be the new dance move. I believe the powers that be are getting ready to pull the trigger of the nuke card and put most Americans back into the blind patriotism mode. Keep the tank full and the B.O.B. preped to go.

      6. Andrew Merts says:

        Please don’t post under Ron Paul’s name, he is a much better person than you lead people to believe.

      7. Don't tread on me says:

        @ D – God help this country is right. Don’t worry, us commenters from Drudge will all be detained as terrorists soon for believing in that pesky old constitution…Then you can go on with your little Utopian fantasy. Oh wait, you’ll be in a FEMA camp, too…never mind then…God help this country…

      8. 1776blues says:

        Wendy Weinbaum, why does it matter if you are a Jewess and why announce something like that considering the fact that Israel runs our foreign policy.

        The message I get from your post is you are not an American but just a Jew who lives here.

      9. FCC4U+ME says:

        @1776blues you comment to Wendy Weinbaum is dangerously close to antisemitism. Please make amends or, at the very least, seek some help.

    2. bambam says:

      Why can one opt out of all alerts except presidential messages ?

    3. O2BNTEXAS says:

      “Say No To The “O” In 2012″

      1. TERRI TERESE says:

        i say no to O in 2012….the socialist unconstituional illegal tryng to be president but has failed by Gods plan to end his PREZ. A natural born Kenyan national tries to collapse the system and USA constituion. GOD IS WITH US ALWAYS NOT OBAMA

      2. Don't tread on me says:

        Say No to the O and whatever corporate shill the Republicans put forward. Ron Paul 2012!!!

      3. Corey Wilson says:

        Ron Paul in 2012 INDEED!

    4. O2BNTEXAS says:

      Mutzter is on to something here…when they implement this program they will also subsidize the phone so you can receive the messages. Another trillion dollar boondoggle!

      1. Sean says:

        You can already get a free cell phone from your Federal Gov’t with 250 minutes a month…

    5. oregon says:

      i am concerned that so many folk make light of the antichrist and the bible’s prophecy of tracking. The g’ment tracks fones, tracks recipients, and e’thing. this is not a good thing folk

      1. D says:

        You are a caveman with an internet connection.

    6. umustbkidding says:

      So are we going to do anything about it or are we just complainers?

      If there is anyone out there that has a clue what the step is to stop this then please speak up. Let us know.

    7. J. Lorraine says:

      It’s funny that no matter which side of things you stand on, the opposition believes you are being duped.

    8. CC says:

      to: umustbkidding
      I’d honestly start with your cell phone service provider. If enough people threaten to change carriers, they’ll pay attention. I currently have Verizon, but I’d drop it in a heartbeat if this came to pass. The pay-as-you go plans are convenient, cheap, and you pay cash up front so they can’t track based on SSN.

    9. Scott Muller says:

      So all existing phones could simply receive a mass text message gov-spam and you could call the system a success BUT…… “starting next year, all cell phones will be required to have the chip that receives alerts.”????? Why is some special gov-chip required to be in my phone? For the stated purpose of being able to receive “special government text messages” that apparently are incompatible with ordinary text messages and require a special chip? Big brother, intrusive, oppressive government is what it sounds like to me.

      1. Liberty4Am says:

        Sounds right to me, just an even better tracking device than it is now.

    10. kaye says:

      heck I have trouble remembering to recharge the battery let alone turning the darn thing on.

    11. jim says:

      I agree with you 100%, lets go sheep!!!!

    12. ontheclock says:

      But you cannot be required to purchase a service that you don’t choose (commerce clause…Obamacare!). Yeah…this is next!

      1. BlancoBuster says:

        Ahh but they can take your tax money, purchase the service and “give” it to you! If they actually did that with Obamacare, it would have been legal, totally socialist, but legal. Its only illegal for them to force you to buy directly from a private business, but they can do it for you

    13. chic says:

      So are we going to do anything about it or are we just complainers?
      If there is anyone out there that has a clue what the step is to stop this then please speak up. Let us know.

      I heartily recommend, torches and pitchforks, surrounding EVERY gov’t building in the states, including DC.

    14. Clint says:

      Cool your jets. I bet this won’t cost you a cent on your phone bill. The article mentions nothing about compulsory upgrades or anything of the sort. Maybe wait to get the facts before working yourself into a frenzy?

      1. Tom says:

        Since when does the government ever implement anything that “won’t cost you a cent”? Wake up. Things have to be paid for. New things have to be paid for with money not already being spent on other things. The government gets its money from us, so just how would this NOT cost us anything?

    15. Stephen says:


    16. Mutzter says:

      After having my morning coffee so I could keep my thoughts together (Hence the confused email earlier), I called the offices of my congressman and two senators and told them that this should not go forward. If it does go forward and becomes a nation-wide, mandatory system, I want the government to fund it. I then want them to submit a bill that everyone MUST have a house and a car and it should be paid for by the government. I need gas to run it also, so I’ll need my gas coupons too. Oh, food is more essential than this alert system, so I expect the government to provide me and my family with food each week. Please don’t leave out my cable or satellite systems either because these are essential for following what is going on in real time. If the government is going to start mandating all this stuff, then they need to pay for it. If we’re going to be socialists, then let’s go all out!! Is this considered constitutional under the General Welfare clause? Just wondering. I thought I just heard the founders rolling over in their graves!!

    17. J. Goebbells says:

      You vill comply. You vill be a good citizen. You vill obey Comrade Obama.

    18. ByteRider says:

      As a cell phone protocol expert, John, they can already do that. Duh. If you have GPS in your cell phone, your location can be had even with your cell phone turned off.

      If you don’t have GPS in your cell, they can triangulate you based on the nearby BSTs [base station towers.. those big ugly cell phone towers you see]. Although more difficult, they can track you to within 30 yards of your location that way.

    19. Andrew Merts says:

      These “texts” won’t cost you a cent if you don’t have texting on your phone and people without a texting plan are another reason why there has to be a hardware chip in new phones.

  4. Cogito Ergo Sum says:

    Matt Drudge didn’t write the article, he just linked it.

    1. Mad Max says:

      @ Ted
      President obama never held a job or ran a business.

      So why did you vote for him to be leader of the United States?

  5. Djoser says:

    Bunch of nannyism BS! This country is turning into a bunch of sissies. The sad part though. . . Many want this big brother garbage.

    1. jeb says:

      9/11 a conjob? YOU are moron.

  6. LoonsToTheLeftOfMe says:

    No, thank you. I’d prefer to opt out of ALL messages from the Dear Leader.

    1. TheRukh says:


      1. lathonbaud says:

        Unfortunately you won’t be able to opt out of the presidential messages. “Vote for me, Barry!”

    2. Fanny Forbes Franklen says:

      Deleting this message is punishable by one year in prison. Have a great day!

      Your morning message from Big Sis so you’ll have a safe day.

      Time to turn off your phone.

      1. ML says:

        AMEN to this! Ditch the cell phones and go back to land lines that don’t provide texting. It is the end of our liberty if we allow this ridiculous measure!

    3. Andrew Merts says:

      Then get something like an android based phone where you can root the phone and ignore all of the messages to your hearts content.

      1. DrP says:

        I’m pretty sure it will be a hardware modification. They mention a ‘chip that receives alerts’.
        Sure you could probably write an app that filters them… but you’d still receive them.

        But in the same line of thought, I wouldn’t hesitate physically removing the chip. So, you’re right in one sense.

  7. Rosemary Smith says:

    Isn’t that the truth!

    1. orangemtl says:

      No; it’s not the truth.
      We’ve managed to figure things out with our ancient 20th Century technology quite well. We’ll continue to do so.
      I will have nothing to do with Big Brother tracking me and issuing alerts through my phone.
      “ALERT: The One is all knowing! Resist the Conservative traitors!”
      Yes, I’m sure they’ll be nothing but responsible and objective in their alerts. As. If.

    2. No1uKnow says:

      Apparently New Yorkers can’t function without government assistance…besides, why do we ned this service, there’s no terror threat anyway…right?

  8. cf123 says:

    Ron Paul is looking better and better all the time. Remember that a pendulim always swings back the other way.

    1. KellyO says:

      I am one of the many who was duped into voting for President Obama in 2008, and I am with you. There is no chance in heck I would ever vote for this man again. Never in my life have I felt more betrayed than by this administration. At this point, I would give anyone else a chance. Ron Paul, from what I have heard, is a great choice.

      1. Kay says:

        I’m with you Kelly. I naively voted for that wolf in sheep’s clothing too. I’ll only vote for Ron Paul this time around. I realize now that the 2 party system is a “divide and conquer” scam. I can’t believe I fell for that BS before, I was very ignorant. I was asleep in 2008, but I’m awake now!

      2. Robert DeBeaux says:

        Kelly, I give you many kudos on having opened your eyes to the deception of 2008. Critical thinking was available back then, just as it is now. No relapse now, please do not let yourself be beguiled by another despot. Well done.

      3. kellyn says:

        I’m a Kelly who was duped into voting for McCain whom I perceived as the lesser of two evils. i really wish I had voted for Dr. Paul last time and I definitely will this time.

    2. GrimFandango says:

      Unfortunately, the physics behind the actions of the pendulum have been overridden by technology. Technology in the hands of a government is a force multiplier of infinitely increasing magnitude.

      Technology truly is the “Beast” that will enslave us beyond recovery. Maybe, on the most basic level, Ted Kaczynski was correct.

    3. Countrygirl1362 says:

      I would have to say that Herman Cain and Allen West would make a better team, business and military exerience. They also would have the best chance of winning the election

  9. feduptoo says:

    YOU will have the NEW, more expensive, PHONE WITH A CHIP!

    Obama already has a program where he gives out cell phones to some…..we pay for that too!

    Seriously, this guy is going too far, with everything!


    1. Stand Your Ground says:

      Right on! Welcome to 1984!!!

      Actually I think the path we are on is destined to make Orwell’s description of a totalitarian society tame in comparison.

    2. kyle says:

      You mean the free cell phone program started under BUSH? Facts are so nice, aren’t they?

      1. TAS says:

        Yes of course….blame everything on BUSH….If that’s the case….Thank you President Bush for the DEATH of BL! After all the administration used the information gathered while Bush was President to end the life the BL.

      2. Gail says:

        Ok Kyle, where are your FACTS, don’t just sit there and blabber!

      3. BDarwin says:

        Your information has been collected and the PLA will contact you in the middle of the night for collection. Our Ford (BHO) himself did a great deal to shift the emphasise from truth and beauty to comfort and hapiness. Things are much better now under our Ford BHO since we transformed into the welfare-tyranny of Utopia. Allah, ah bahr.

      4. henry says:

        Bush and Obama are only puppets. The decisions are made by those that control their strings. The controllers ensure that all meaningfull policies are the same between the parties. The fluff is what you are arguing over. The only viable politician that I see that has integrity is Ron Paul.

      5. janice says:

        As I understand this is a program that actually started under Bill Clinton then through Bush and now Obama. But, it is funded by multiple telecom companies and no taxes are used to provide the service. I think the telecom companies probably get a subsidy to provide this service but I could be wrong. It seems that the telecom companies would cover the cost of these phones through their paid customer rates.

      6. UNHstudent says:

        Why do you guys care so much about Bush vs. Obama? It’s not like anything is going to change. Remember this for the election of 2012: No matter who wins, we all lose.

      7. alexmom says:

        Wrong kyle – started back in the 90’s so please stop with your sides Bush bashing which is so stupid and OLD!!! However, if you’re going to refer to facts let’s go ahead and give BUSH credit for UBL’s death. It was the continuation of HIS policies and the “horrible waterboarding” that provided intel which lead us to him or are you going to deny that??

        Expanding on this theme, let’s take it further. The ONLY successes obama has had have been based on the continuation of BUSH’S policies. Um, why isn’t Gitmo closed as promised? Because Bush was correct in using that place to house TERRORISTS. Barry wanted to bring them to NYC!!! Fool!!! Why are we still in Iraq? Afghanistan? And what the he** is Libya all about. and save the “humanitarian” BS for your bleeding heart brothers and sisters. Lies, lies, lies.

      8. Gary W Geiser says:

        Bush was bad, yes. Increasing the speed towards total government control under these people is what Obuggar has done.

        ANYONE BUT OBAMA 2012!

      9. Lester Minortay says:

        The program was started under Reagan—The federal “Lifeline” program was created during the Reagan Administration. Lifeline is a federal program created by the Reagan era Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in 1984. The program was enhanced under Telecommunications Act of 1996, which was supported on a broadly bipartisan basis in Congress. The FCC’s Low Income Program of the Universal Service Fund, which is administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), is designed to ensure that quality telecommunications services are available to low-income customers at just, reasonable, and affordable rates. Lifeline support reduces eligible low-income consumers’ monthly charges for basic telephone service.
        Thanks to SafeLink, Lifeline support is now available for wireless phones. Traditionally, the Lifeline program was only available as a discount on a consumer’s landline telephone bill. SafeLink Wireless was created by TracFone Wireless, Inc. when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently approved the company to offer Lifeline — a public assistance program that ensures telephone service is available and affordable for low-income subscribers. SafeLink Wireless applies the Universal Service Fund subsidy to an allotment of free airtime minutes and TracFone provides the wireless handset at the company’s expense. Instead of receiving a subsidized monthly telephone bill for Lifeline service, SafeLink converts the total amount of discounted service into minutes each month for one year. The cell phone offers in-demand features: voicemail, text, three-way calling, call waiting, caller ID and access to 911.
        SafeLink phones are not paid for by taxpayers or the federal government. TracFone Wireless pays for the phones and also the cost of promoting its SafeLink program to make sure that eligible consumers know about the program.

      10. Erik Olson says:

        I own a telecom. We file FCC form 499 which declares our revenue, like a tax form. USAC then distributes this information to 50 different agencies, programs, individuals, animals, plants, etc. They all send us “bills” for their share of our property. In total, this amounts to about ***30%*** of our revenue (in additional to corporate taxes). We pass this on to our customers. Look at your phone bill. YOU PAY FOR THIS. Your phone bill is 30% higher than it otherwise would be.

  10. Big John says:

    Then they came for me
    and there was no one left to speak out for me.

    1. The Freeist says:

      There was no one to speak, but I did get a nice text from Central Services saying “have a wonderful day!”

  11. John A says:


  12. smokehouse56 says:

    And we should trust someone as dumb as yourself?

  13. j says:

    well he sets the agenda for the news cycle and 40 million people a day look at his site, what did you do with your life, and whats your net worth?

  14. K Paer says:

    What else is in this chip? Bet they can track you.

    1. Mr. Nobody says:

      Yep, sure enough, they can track you, but that’s been a capability for some time now. All phones in recent years have GPS receivers, and ostensibly the owner of said phone is able to disable the GPS via the interface. Law enforcement does indeed have a back door to enable the GPS receiver.

      Hear of all the crimes where the perps get caught because they have a victim’s phone with them?

      Now you know.

    2. Dan says:

      Um, sorry to break the news to you , but all phones that are E911 capable can be tracked. They have all been trackable since the the E911 system came out years ago.

      1. KeepUp says:

        The E911 may be traceable, but it certainly is not required to be able to make a 911 call in an emergency. I even wrote a letter to Verizon about how I will hold them to a wrongful death suit if my husband dies, because the 911 does not work all the time on outgoing calls. It took over 20 minutes and multiple tries just to get the address to the emergency dispatcher, while my husband was on the floor having a heart attack. I wished I had not disconnected my land line, but Verizon guaranteed that the 911 call feature works. They lied, so everyone be ware.

  15. Bob says:

    The answer is in the book Nudge.

  16. Daystrom says:

    A chip in the phone? Why not put a chip in the right hand or forehead instead. You can’t lose those, unless of course you live in a muslim country.

    1. Kaylynn says:

      Yes well, that’s coming

  17. Bilbo says:

    Cuz all the TVs and cable channels and word of mouth wouldn’t get the alert out in time…who are they kidding? This is tracking technology.

  18. kevintheelder says:

    This is delicious. I honestly don’t have a phone. Shouldn’t big brother have to provide one for me??? Stop the world and let me off, where does all this insanity end?

    1. Martin Hale says:

      So many people today are more than happy to carry around their little electronic tethers. Me? Not so much. Maybe I’m just cantankerous or something, but I really don’t have that much to say to other people that I feel deprived if I don’t have a mobile device all the time.

  19. Limp Wrist says:

    I hope this new chip is in the iPad 3 also. Another good reason why Apple should never have fixed the location data ” bug”. We won’t be able to find out where the terrorists have been now.

  20. justin says:

    I know Ron Paul will not do this as president…time to vote Ron Paul in 2012!!!

  21. GrandPa says:

    first came the warnings – ‘the sky is falling…’

    then came the medications – ‘I’m Paranoid…’

  22. Kevin Provance says:

    I don’t own a cell phone…and refuse to do so for so many reasons…this being one of them.

    1. steve says:

      I’m with you!!!

      1. D Frankin says:

        Yep – it’s time to kill your cell phone.

    2. byebyebarry says:

      They know where you just typed that comment from.

      1. Martin Hale says:

        Slight correction – they know the IP addy of the proxy site I’m logged into at the moment. Which is two other proxy addys down the line from my real IP. Not saying that I couldn’t be found, but it would take a fairly expensive search to match up all the IP addys in a number of different logs to find me and someone would really have to want to find me to go to that effort.

        Your mileage may vary.

  23. J Anderson says:

    The Brown Shirts are fulling implementing their plan of taking over the US.

    1. V says:

      J Anderson – Done & Done!

  24. Gerry says:

    So Incsoc arrives….. announcements from Big Brother/Great Leader will soon start.

  25. vern says:

    Remember the words, “Fundamentally transform America?”

  26. JuanValdez says:

    It will all start with seemingly innocuous measure like this.

    Later, if you refuse to carry a phone, they will embed a GPS chip in your spine.

  27. madgrma says:

    Another way for Obama to ask for money for his 2012 election, snoop on us and control our lives even more. NO THANKS

  28. you're correct says:

    Not enough of us are visiting Obaloney’s facebook page, so…

    You WILL be getting Onograms from His Flagelantcy via cellphone!

  29. John Pemberton says:

    Make it stop! The federal government believes that we are all too stupid to take care of ourselves – so it will ‘mother’ us.

  30. Bilbo says:

    This is BS…this is nothing more than another tracking method. Leave your cell phone home.

  31. w says:

    FBO! and FBS! Get the hell out of my wallet and pockets!

  32. John A says:

    Shouldn’t those who adore big brother “opt in” rather than “opt out”?

    This is NOT what our Founding Fathers envisioned in a free Republic.

    “The tree of liberty grows from the blood of Patriots and tyrants”
    –Thomas Jefferson

  33. G_volans says:

    This oppressive administration marches on…

  34. Gene says:

    If they touch my junk, I’m going to have them arrested.

  35. Greggers says:

    “Starting next year, all new cell phones will be required to have a chip that receives the alerts.” And when did this become “law”?

    1. Todd Decker says:

      Caesar doesn’t need laws; he rules by decree (aka: executive orders and regulations).

  36. CaesarTheSalad says:

    “Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual — uninvolved, uninformed.” – Michelle Obama

    Can’t say we didn’t know what we were getting into.

  37. Zorro says:

    Chipping and picking away at mass population control. Bits and pieces that will add up to government intrusion at it’s finest. All hail the future as it’s just around the corner. Like a jig saw puzzle, the pieces continue to fit, at first slowly, then with maddening speed, until we see the future, but by then, there’s no escape.

  38. Joe says:

    Any wagers on how long before it’s used for political fundraising and other nefarious partisan purposes?

    1. Kristy says:

      That was my thought exactly.

  39. Cogito Ergo Sum says:

    They’re kidding, right? This government has gone COMPLETELY insane. I will NOT buy this technology. The federal government has no business doing the majority of the things they do. Everyone needs to boycott this.

  40. beenaroundyaknow says:

    Perhaps the technology has improved but when my company tried to install a cell phone call system for it’s 10,000 employees the response time for the message to get out was hours because the3 system had to dial phone numbers. A text message went out very quickly in comparison. That aside, the program is ridiculous, what’s next, the government sending out paid commercials on the phones. More intrusion on my personal freedom and at what inefficient cost?

  41. infowarrior says:

    Just another way to spy on US and create the police state. Don’t tread on me.

    1. Dan says:

      Haha. You are funny. You realize that the E911 chip ALREADY embedded in your phone provided triangulation tracking data for emergency responders – thus making you trackable, right? Obviously not.

      1. Steve says:

        People need to know about location tracking, but that doesn’t mean this couldn’t provide far more information than location alone.

  42. dj ruden says:

    I do not want Big Brother in my pocket. No thank you…

  43. ajbj456 says:

    ….now I’ll do research to opt out of this stupid thing.

  44. Archy Cary says:

    Next it’ll be all cell phones to receive Obama for Reelection ads.

  45. calirangt says:

    One can’t help but wonder how long it is before the WH figures out how to IM every cell-phone carryin’ American.

  46. Thomas says:

    Just another good reason to not own a cell phone!

  47. Lola says:

    Please no more false terror attacks!
    Bin Laden death a fake, to push more government control

    1. Cogito Ergo Sum says:

      I’m with you Lola. Unfortunately, many people don’t realize it, because in doing so you have to admit that our government was behind 9-11 and most people aren’t ready to. More and more people are waking up though. I hope that the awakening continues. I’m tired of people calling me an idiot because I don’t believe in the government anymore. The fake 2 party system is a cancer that is destroying our country. We need to unite, not divide.

      1. D Franklin says:

        Exactly! People need to forget the Democrat/Republican BS – we are all Americans first and we need to act like it.

    2. Cogito Ergo Sum says:

      See what I mean? The response is almost Pavlovian. (BTW: I’m 25, not really old lol)

  48. Hank Warren says:

    Fake terror to ramp up the police state, yet another violation of our rights. Add it to the list of gov’t violations of our right:
    They violate the 1st Amendment by placing protesters in cages, banning books like “America Deceived II” and censoring the internet.
    They violate the 2nd Amendment by confiscating guns.
    They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by molesting airline passengers.
    They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars for foreign countries.
    Impeach Obama and sweep out the Congress.
    (Last link of Banned Book):

    1. stank says:

      Go to hell, Hank.

      1. smokehouse56 says:

        Go to hell Stank

      2. moebears says:

        With a name like stank, he’s already in hell.

    2. CC says:

      It’s not a violation of any amendment to be “molested” when flying commercially. You are not obligated under any facet of the imagination to fly. You choose to fly. As an airline owner, there should be more investigation in what steps the government has to be involved in flying, but again…you do not have to fly.

      1. Sister Grace says:

        Ever hear of bomb & drug sniffing dogs. dogs can detect explosive vapors at 500 parts per TRILLION. Dogs are used to find ting cancerous tumors that scans miss. Dogs warn persons with epilepsy, diabetes & narcolepsy of oncoming attacks. dogs are excellent observers/decoders of human/behavior intent – literally smell fear, aggression & many other emotions. Dogs isolate on or several scents simultaneously. Dogs are non intrusive, cost effective, and would significantly reduce waiting times. Dogs p/u scents from several feet away & simply sit to alert. Dogs can smell rectal bombs. R ppl suppose to swim to Hawaii? Some ppl’s jobs require them to fly. How about if your afraid of a terrorist attack on a plane, YOU don’t fly.

      2. CC says:

        I never said I agreed with the TSA or the manner in which we’re searching. I’m saying that it’s not unconstitutional. As much as I appreciate your somewhat incoherent message….you’re missing my point.
        Plus…there was this thing that was around long before airplanes. It’s called a boat. If you’re that opposed to current security measures look into it. And if you have a job that requires you to frequently violate your personal beliefs…get a new one. No law forcing it.

      3. DH says:

        Glad to hear you don’t agree with the TSA. However, it seems like you are missing the point in all this. You are correct that “you are not obligated to fly” but seriously, a boat. If the government would just remove themselves from this and let the airlines take care of security as they see fit, then you would have the REAL FREEDOM of choice in the matter, as you would be able to pick and choose which airline you feel most comfortable with. That would be true freedom of choice. But when there is a government official at every gate prepared to conduct an illegal search without probable cause (other than the fact you want to fly somewhere) then that is 100% violating YOUR 4th amendment. Kind of confusing when you say, do something else there is no law enforcing it. When the exact opposite is what is happening,

      4. J. Lorraine says:

        How about the fourth amendment CC? No matter where I am, no matter what I do, my person has the “RIGHT” to be secure from unnecessary searches. “On a plane, in a house, with a mouse.”
        Implementing the TSA’s tactics is not a necessity. We all need not stand in line and be frisked because Saudi’s in 2001 overtook planes and crashed them. There hasn’t been any successful attack in a decade and that is due to people on planes having the information that Muslims are out to get us. All middle eastern males and females need to be searched until they get the message that they are being watched.

      5. D Franklin says:

        I think it is if the governement is doing it – and they are. It’s not like the airlines decided this was needed – the governement forced the airlines to comply.

      6. CC says:

        But again…this is an issue for the airlines, not the people. And it’s your decision to fly, regardless of the inconveniences (seriously…a boat).

      7. DH says:

        You are absolutly right when you say that you don’t have to fly. AND you are absolutly right that this is an issue for the airlines. SO, when the government enters and says to ALL of the airlines, you are going to to do x y and z or you will be fined to the point of bankruptcy, no other option. You can’t agree that is unconstitutional, forget the 4th amendment stuff. The airlines didn’t go to the government and say, ok its time for you to tell us how to run things, we don’t know what to do. Ask any business owner if he/she would like the government to write their policies for them. They were forced to do it .

      8. CC says:

        Which is a different issue of constitutionality. The government has no place in the market. I agree with that completely. I am as right wing as can be (and living in the borderline communist state of MA…so I’m sure we won’t be far behind with this text message alert system and will find a way to tax it, too…) and am actively involved in the tea party. I just struggle with people pitching a fit about something that you don’t have to do.
        I think the government should be completely uninvolved in my daily life (including schools).

      9. Sister Grace says:

        Government Motors (GM) is also making Onstar standard equipment on all new vehicles, and is now available for all makes and models of vehicles. Facebook has saved the Department of Homeland Security and the CIA millions. Government already knows who all your friends & family are – your genealogy is also available online. It’s not about keeping you safe, it’s about control. I don’t need a surrogate parent. It’s about time the WH be added to the “Do Not Call ” list!

        BTW – Explosive & drug sniffing dogs are non-intrusive, cost effective, highly effective alternative to “pat downs” and “scans” note CC insulted instead of coming up with a viable argument against using dogs because there is none. Dogs could be placed at airport entrances so bombs would not even make it inside. The fact dogs are not being used is proof that it is not about safety but about control.

      10. CC says:

        I didn’t insult the dogs…just the coherency of your post. And I’m not opposed to dogs. I think it brings forth some cost issues and some other problems that need to be well thought out, but I’m certainly not opposed. I’m truly game for any solution that makes sense.

      11. DH says:

        But an unconstitutional issue none the less. Because eventually Those policies infringe on the liberties of us all. Which is exactly what this government should be protecting and are not.They would instead turn their head and hide behind the patriot act. Look, I think we are close in beliefs here I just believe that you should not turn the other way and find a new way to do things as the government grows and grows. Eventually, maybe fifty years from now, but eventually the Transportation Security Administration (not the airline security administration) could possibly be involved directly with all modes of transportation. Then what do you do, ya know. I heard a clip of Bruce Fein saying in opposition of the patriot act that “The default position of the constitution is that liberty is more important than the convienience of law enforcement.” How convienient for them to be able to search everyone that chooses to fly. Take care. Don’t get cornered.

        Ron PAul 2012

      12. KeepUp says:

        Fourth Amendment – Protection from unreasonable search and seizure.

        The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

        CC you need to reread the Bill of Rights. To be searched means they must have probable cause to believe you are a terrorist or swore off your allegiance to the United States of America and gave some other heinous type of oath or affirmation. I can see why they must search you, it appears that you are of the Nazi regime.

      13. moebears says:

        CC, you’re right, flying is a choice. But it IS against the law to touch someone’s private parts – I believe it’s what’s known as sexual felony assault. Even police officers arresting someone on the street are not allowed, by law, to touch your private parts in a pat-down. After you are booked is another matter, but not in the initial arrest. And it is a violation of at least the 4th ammendment.

    3. ANTIliberal says:

      You too. Idiot.

  49. Dave says:

    What else does this new chip do?

    1. eilspaul says:

      remember the swirl around the recent Google story, where your every move is tracked and recorded in a file on your iPhone??? Since healthcare was mandated by the government, I’m sure cell phones could be mandated, too. Another freebie– taxpayers will be funding the purchase of cell phones for everyone. It wouldn’t be fair that poor people don’t get the same terror alerts as those evil bankers.

    2. Bilbo says:


  50. Fanny Forbes Franklen says:

    Just say no to ØmeriKa.


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