Welcome to Nazi USA: Mandatory DNA Testing For ALL 1 Step CLOSER To Reality
Posted May 9, 2011on:
Mandatory DNA sampling threatens constitutional liberties.
In 2007 a Tennessee law was passed, as many bad laws are, in response to a horrific crime.
Johnia Berry was murdered in 2004. Her parents asked then state Sen. Ron Ramsey to consider working with a national DNA database to assist in a stalled investigation. He introduced a bill mandating collection of DNA samples from those arrested for violent felonies. In addition to Tennessee, 23 states have adopted similar legislation.
This year, Ramsey, now Tennessee’s lieutenant governor, wants to expand mandatory collection to persons arrested for any felony via TN SB 257. Supporters contend this collection is no different from the photographing and fingerprinting to which felony arrestees are currently subject.
Detractors appeal to the Fourth and Fifth amendments to the U.S. Constitution and question requiring citizens to surrender a part of “their person” for a criminal case which might “[compel him] … to be a witness against himself” as well as being deprived of his “property” without “due process.”
If charges are dropped or the accused is not convicted, the sample is destroyed. Detractors see this as an acknowledgment of the bill’s weakness. If the criteria for sample retention is a conviction, why not delay collection until then?
Additionally, there is significant distrust that samples are safe in the custody of government. Ramsey notes as many as 15 percent of the samples may be subject to destruction. Will these merely be stored until the donor’s case is decided or might they be compared against other databases in the meantime for potential matches to other crimes?
Who collects, processes, stores and destroys them? Ramsey is confident the law’s criminal penalties for mishandling samples are a sufficient safeguard against misuse. Others remain suspicious of government’s record as a watchdog for individual rights.
Such suspicions may be downplayed until one learns of the development of a portable, high-speed DNA scanner and plans by the federal government to hand the technology over to the Transportation Security Administration. Controversies surrounding TSA’s use of technology and clashes with the liberties of citizens are well publicized.
Handing over portable, high-speed DNA testing devices to TSA can only lead to an exponential increase in the potential for the disregard of individual liberties.