Clearly, no rethinking was done. All these articles are woefully out-of-date, because here I am with an RFID-embedded passport. I can find no article that claims any of the security vulnerabilities were ever fixed. So now I'm interested in knowing more about how to protect myself from the terrorists which are so obviously trying to kill us right now (note the terrorist alert level: YELLOW!).
So I did more basic research. There's a 10-minute talk on how to disable gov't-issued RFID objects. If you can hear a single word being said in that video, you've got better ears than me. There's some guy who, as far as I can tell, is on drugs who almost shows you where the RFID chip is and hints at how you could disable it. No-one talks about how to shield the chip from evesdroppers.
Quite simply, I can find no information post-2006 that says anything about RFID chips in our government-issued identification documents. Did we just roll over and let this happen? Where are the myriad pages of information showing a passport dissected, or showing how you can protect yourself from the terrorists that are literally EVERYHWERE at ALL TIMES?! I'm afraid. My government isn't protecting me. How do I protect myself?"