From CNET News:
Millions of Americans arrested for but not convicted of crimes will likely have their DNA forcibly extracted and added to a national database, according to a bill approved by the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday.
By a 357 to 32 vote, the House approved legislation that will pay state governments to require DNA samples, which could mean drawing blood with a needle, from adults “arrested for” certain serious crimes. Not one Democrat voted against the database measure, which would hand out about $75 million to states that agree to make such testing mandatory.
“We should allow law enforcement to use all the technology available to them…to reduce expensive and unjust false convictions, bring closure to victims by solving cold cases, better identify criminals, and keep those who commit violent crime from walking the streets,” said Rep. Harry Teague, the New Mexico Democrat who sponsored the bill.
But civil libertarians say DNA samples should be required only from people who have been convicted of crimes, and argue that if there is probable cause to believe that someone is involved in a crime, a judge can sign a warrant allowing a blood sample or cheek swab to be forcibly extracted.
“It’s wrong to treat someone as guilty before they’re convicted,” says Jim Harper, director of information policy studies at the Cato Institute. “It inverts the concept of innocent until proven guilty.”
“Suspension of the rules is supposed to be for praising the winner of the NCAA championship or renaming Post Offices,” Harper says. “Things like collecting Americans’ DNA are supposed to be fully debated in Congress.”
In a surprise move, as the U.S. Congress was expanding the FBI’s DNA database, the U.K.’s new coalition government was pledging sharp curbs on its own databases.
Read the rest of the article here.
Why has this not been reported in the news media? Currently, the feds can violate your rights under the 4th and 5th amendment with DNA collection through the Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005 signed by President Bush. This new legislation creates an incentive for state and local governments to follow suit, cash bribes in the way of grant program money will be available for the agencies that sign up for the collection. If your local or state government chooses not to be party to this legalization, the feds will taking names. For the moment there seems to be no penalty, but the future is always unclear with this administration. This legislation morphs “innocent till proven guilty” to “guilty till proven innocent and we now have your DNA.”
Where did your Congress critter stand on the issue, check here. For those in Indiana’s 1st Congressional District, no fear our fascist non-representative Pete (I haven’t seen a pay-for-pay deal I didn’t like) Visclosky voted in favor of the legislation; as did all the lockstep Democrats.
If you don’t think this will affect you, think again. As we have seen, the federal government takes small steps toward tyranny, in the name of creating an utopia society; the next step will be collection from those detained for non-serious crimes, then with driver license renewal, all in the name of keeping the nation safe. That is how they operate, we have only a slightly thug government, more accurately described as a nanny state. The ends justify the means and that tenet means trampling on your rights as a citizen is inconsequential as long as they get what they want; because they know whats best for you, your state and our society. Make no mistake this is solely the first baby-step towards a national DNA data base, in the future they will point to cases which will validate this intrusion in to your life.
Why the use of some parliamentary move to swiftly move this to the floor for a vote? Was Congress afraid that IF the people knew about this legislation, a firestorm of letters and calls would ensue?
And a nagging question begs to asked… If the Republicans believe in the Constitution and the principles of freedom it embodies, why were they not screaming and having their voices heard?
This legislation has yet to come before the Senate, hopefully constitutional voices will finally be heard.
Those that give up essential liberty to obtain temporary safety deserve neither liberty or safety. ~ Benjamin Franklin