An open letter to the U.S. Congress

Vote NO to ARPA-H!

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The citizens of the United States of America and I stand in strong opposition to the agenda of President Biden and Eric Lander’s proposed NIH agency “ARPA-H”. This agency is a resuscitation of the Pentagon’s “Health DARPA” that failed in 2001 over the controversy that this program would be used to profile domestic dissidents and eliminate privacy for all Americans in the US. In a post COVID-19 world, this agency is presented as an experimental solution for other far-fetched illnesses like cancer and Alzheimer’s, but the merging of “national security” and “health security”, of handing over the peoples’ and my own emotional and health data, will only lead to a technocratic surveillance state that dictates and criminalizes illnesses and “wrongthink” of the common people. “ARPA-H”, which already stated as being the resurrection of “Health DARPA”, was originally pitched to President Trump in 2019 under the name “HARPA” by Robert Wright, and had the same foundation and individuals in support that are currently backing Biden’s “ARPA-H”, but not for the main purpose of researching treatments for cancer and Alzheimer’s. It’s original intent was to stop mass shootings before they happen through the monitoring of Americans for “neuropsychiatric” warning signs. The flagship program of “HARPA” pitched by Wright in 2019 involved using mass amounts of private data from Apple Watches, Fitbits, Amazon Echo, Google Home and other consumer electronic devices, as well as information from health-care providers to determine if an individual might be likely to commit a crime. The data would be analyzed by artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms for early diagnosis of neuropsychiatric violence. Currently, the $2.8 million Pentagon-funded BioIntelliSense is rolling out its biometric wearables that will surveil it’s hosts for “COVID-19 symptoms”. Albeit being “encouraged but not mandatory” in schools, work, and home, making wearables the new normal not just for COVID-19 prevention but for monitoring health in general would institutionalize quarantining people who have no symptoms of an illness but only an opaque algorithm’s determination that vital signs indicate “abnormal” activity. Concludingly, the close proximity in theory and practice between “Health DARPA”, “HARPA”, and the proposed “ARPA-H” is extremely concerning. I and the people of the United States demand that as my congressional representative you vote against the implementation of this agency and the very realistic future of biological surveillance that will be implemented within it.

First sent on May 18 by Mia

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