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Monday, March 15, 2010

Not a comforting comment, Mr. President

DNA on demand? Open wide and say "ahhh" for the nice Police officer...
President Obama backs DNA test in arrests reports Politico's Josh Gerstein.
Talking to John Walsh of America's Most Wanted President Obama praised the idea of "DNA on Demand."
“It’s the right thing to do,” Obama replied. “This is where the national registry becomes so important, because what you have is individual states — they may have a database, but if they’re not sharing it with the state next door, you’ve got a guy from Illinois driving over into Indiana, and they’re not talking to each other.”
So the President, a Professor of Constitutional Law thinks it's fine for the Police to collect DNA as identifying material from anyone ARRESTED - not CONVICTED - for a felony.

Now, do the existing State laws that allow this extremely intrusive behavior by police call for the removal of DNA from data banks if an individual is released without charge or acquitted?

Before you think the President is sounding too Republican, read what Bob Barr has to say about a proposal in the Georgia Legislature.

And here is an Op Ed,To Stop Crime, Share Your Genes from the New York Times on the same subject, and discussion over at Slashdot.

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