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The IBM 2020 Neural Implant Chip. A hoax? Or the scariest damn thing ever?

The IBM 2020 Neural Chip Implant


A Security Division of IBM
1200 Progress Way
Armonk, New York 11204
October 20, 1995


The control of crime will be a paramount concern in the 21st
century. We must be ready with our security products when the
demand for them becomes popular. Our Research and Development
Division has been in contact with the Federal Bureau of Prisons,
the California Department of Corrections, the Texas Department of
Public Safety, and the Massachusetts Department of Correction to
run limited trials of the 2020 neural chip implant. We have
established representatives of our interests in both management and
institutional level positions within these departments.

Federal regulations do not yet permit testing of implants on
prisoners, but we have entered into contractual agreements with
privatized health care professionals and specified correctional
personnal to do limited testing of our products. We have also had
major successes with privately owned sanitariums with implant
technology. We need, however, to expand our testing to research
how effective the 2020 neural chip implant performs in those
identified as the most aggressive in our society. Limited testing has
produced a number of results.

In California, several prisoners were identified as members of the
security threat group EME, or Mexican Mafia. They were brought
to the health services unit at Pelican Bay and tranquilized with
advanced sedatives developed by our Cambridge, Massachusetts
laboratories. The implant procedure takes 60-90 minutes,
depending upon the experience of the technician. We are working
on a device which will reduce that time by as much as 60% [30

The results of implants on eight prisoners yielded the following 

 Implants served as surveillance devices to monitor threat group activity.

 Implants disabled two subjects during an assault on correctional staff.

 Universal side effects in all eight subjects revealed that when the
 implant was set to 116 Mhz, all subjects became lethagic and slept on an
 average of 18-22 hours per day.

 All subjects refused recreation periods for 14 days during the 166 
 Mhz test evaluation.

 Seven out of eight subjects did not exercise, in the cell or out of the
 cell, and five out of eight of the subjects refused showers up to three
 days at a time.

 Each subject was monitored for aggressive activity during the test period
 and the findings are conclusive that seven out of eight subjects exhibited
 no aggression, even when provoked.

 Each subject experienced only minor bleeding from the nose and ears 48
 hours after the implant due to initial adjustment.

 Each subject had no knowledge of the implant for the test period and each
 implant was retrieved under the guise of medical treatment.

It should be noted that the test period was for less than two months.
However, during the period substantial data was gathered by our
research and development team, which suggests that the implants
exceeds expected results. One of the major concerns of Security
and the R&D team was that the test subject would discover the
chemical imbalance during the initial adjustment period and the test
would have to be scrubbed. However, due to advanced
technological development in the sedatives administered, the 48-
hour adjustment period can be attributed to prescription medication
given to the test subjects after the implant procedure.

One of the concerns raised by R&D was the cause of the bleeding
and how to eliminate that problem. Unexplained bleeding might
cause the subject to inquire further about his "routine" visit to the
infirmary or other health care facility.

The security windfall from the brief test period was enormous.
Security officials now know several strategies employed by the
EME that facilitate the transmission of illegal drugs and weapons
into correctional facilities. One intelligence officer remarked that
while they cannot use the information they have in a court of law,
they now know who to watch and what outside "connections" they
have. The prison at Solidad is now considering transferring three
subjects to Vacaville where we have our ongoing implant research.
Our technicians have promised that they can do three 2020 neural
chip implants in less than an hour. Solidad officials hope to collect
information from the trio to bring a 14-month investigation into
drug trafficking by correctional officers to a close.

Essentially the implants make the unsuspecting prisoner a walking-
talking recorder of everyone he comes into contact with. There are
only five intelligence officers and the commissioner of Corrections
who actually know the full scope of the implant testing.

In Massachusetts, the Department of Correction has already entered
into high-level discussions about releasing certain offenders into
the community with the 2020 neural chip implants. Our people are
not altogether against the idea, however, attorneys for Intelli-
Connection have advised against implant technology outside strict
control settings. Under the present governmental structure, our
liability would be enormous. While we have a strong lobby in
Congress and in various state legislatures favoring our product, we
must proceed with the utmost caution on uncontrolled use of the
2020 neural chip. If the chip were discovered in use not authorized
by law and the procedure tracted to us we could not endure for long
the resulting publicity and liability payments.

Massachusetts' officials have developed an intelligence branch from
their Fugitive Task Force Squad that would do limited test runs
under tight controls with pre-release subjects. Corrections officials
have dubbed these potential test subjects "the insurance group" (the
name derives from the concept that the 2020 implant insure
compliance with the law and allows officials to detect misconduct
or violations without question).

A retired police detective from Charlestown, Massachusetts, now
with the intelligence unit, has asked us to consider using the 2020
neural chip on hard core felons suspected of bank and armored car
robbery. He stated, "Charlestown would never be the same; we'd
finally know what was happening before they knew what was

We will continue to explore community uses of the 2020 chip, but
our company rep will be attached to all law enforcement operations
with an extraction crew that can be on-site in two hours from
anywhere, at anytime.

We have an Intell-Connection discussion group who is meeting
with the Director of Security at Florence, Colorado's federal super
maximum security unit. The initial discussions with the Director
have been promising and we hope to have an R&D unit at this
important facility within the next six months. Florence, Colorado
has replaced Marion, Illinois as the federal prison system's ultra
maximum security unit. Legislative and executive branch efforts
continue to legalize the implant technology. (See Intelli-
Connection Internal Memorandum No.15).

End communication ... 10/20/95

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