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March 19, 2007

Tommy Thompson Leaves Board of VeriChip Corporation


Former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson has left the board of VeriChip Corporation, marketer of glass encapsulated RFID tags for humans. The company quietly made the disclosure in its mandatory Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission a few days ago:

"Effective March 8, 2007, Tommy G. Thompson, an independent member of the Board of Directors of VeriChip Corporation (the “Company”), submitted a letter to the Company expressing his interest in taking a leave of absence from the Board of Directors in order to devote his full time and efforts to running for President of the United States. As a leave of absence would have left the Company without a full board to address matters of corporate governance, Mr. Thompson resigned as a Director effective as of that date."

See: http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1347022/000136231007000256/c70266e8vk.htm

Did Thompson really just want a leave of absence? Did VeriChip cut Thompson loose because he has wisely avoided getting chipped despite a promise to do so nearly two years ago? The carefully crafted statement for public consumption begs many questions.

What do you think?

- Liz McIntyre

Posted by liz at March 19, 2007 3:51 PM


I think Tommy did it because he has too much on his plate right now and could not devout the required time to Verichip that is needed. I believe Tommy is still very much an advocate of Verichip as well as the Police Officer whose life was saved last year in New Jersey because he had the Verichip implant!

Posted by: Steve at March 20, 2007 3:27 PM

I think you're nuts if they cut him loose. He was the only thing that gave them any credibility.

Posted by: Butler07 at March 23, 2007 7:41 PM

Tommy will indorse the chip This technogy will catch on and save lots of lives.

Posted by: Tom at April 1, 2007 9:18 PM

If the republicans have their way we will all get chipped.

Posted by: closets at May 9, 2007 4:17 PM

The widespread application of this technology is about as "Big Brother" as technology gets. With the backlash from this administration's domestic spying scandal, his leave of absence is good politics.

Posted by: mr. closet organizers at May 13, 2007 2:18 PM

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