Few new technologies get conspiracy theorists going quite like the VeriChip--an implantable electronic identification device for humans.
A new book about "the disturbing satanic influences in America" dedicates two whole chapters to VeriChip and a related technology known as radio frequency identification, or RFID. The book, titled "The Resistance Manifesto," equates VeriChip with "the mark of the beast," which the Bible's book of Revelation describes as a demonic numbering system for people.
Some CNET News.com readers have made the same connection.
The author, John Conner, plans to self-publish the book this spring and sell it online through Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com and his own Web site. Conner, who is 27 and lives in California, is hoping to strike a big publishing deal for the book, which also discusses satanic symbols in satellite images of Washington D.C., secret prison camps in the United States and the coming of the anti-Christ.
Few people have actually been injected with VeriChip devices, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved the technology for medical purposes. In addition, an elementary school near Yuba City, Calif., has begun requiring students to wear ID badges containing RFID chips around their necks. And the Department of State is planning to embed RFID devices in U.S. passports.