Saturday, September 19, 2009

The Police State DNA Database

Trial programs are underway to promote the use of mandatory blood tests on suspected drunken drivers. Of course, any form of poor driving can create the 'probable cause' to test for intoxication.

With blood tests come the ability to record DNA. And police departments have long been pushing for a nationwide DNA database to make it easier to solve open criminal cases.

There is a more ominous side to this, in that it gives the centralized state more surveillance power. Traces of DNA can be used to identify and monitor individuals, for whatever reason - criminal justice, political, or personal. As the ability to analyze DNA improves, the state will be able to obtain damaging personal and health information. Forget about the right to privacy or anonymity.

As for the courts: "Officers can't hold down a suspect and force them to breath into a tube ... but they can forcefully take blood — a practice that's been upheld by Idaho's Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court."

So we should prepare to have the state forcefully take our blood, with the possibility it will be in a national DNA database ?

American economic inequality has surged to historic levels over the last 30 years. It's impossible to have a healthy Republic under these conditions - and even the current sclerotic form has a questionable future. The potential for political disruptions are too many, and the state is forced into the position of finding measure after measure to control the population.


1 "Police say syringes will help stop drunk driving" - AP
2 "Identity Chips and State Power" - purple

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