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Obama’s Gattaca

March 14, 2010 Comments off

“The nation’s chief executive extols the virtues of mandatory DNA testing of Americans upon arrest, even absent charges or a conviction. Obama said, “It’s the right thing to do” to “tighten the grip around folks” who commit crime…

(Obama) supported the federal government, as well as the 18 states that have varying laws requiring compulsory DNA sampling of individuals upon an arrest for crimes ranging from misdemeanors to felonies.” – WIRED

Absent charges or a conviction? If proven innocent, how does one get one’s DNA back from the government? And how can we confident that DNA samples won’t be improperly used by overzealous officials with malevolent or politically motivated intentions?

There’s no way the civil rights happy left can logically defend Obama’s frightening position on DNA testing but this is where we are headed; terrorists can get subsidized access to the justice system even though they are foreign combatants and Americans would subjected to invasive, unreasonable search and seizures for even the smallest infraction.

DNA testing is the ultimate slippery slope. If Obama’s threshold is a simple misdemeanor then why stop there? Don’t be surprised if some day if you want to use air travel you have surrender a DNA sample for archiving. Or perhaps your place of work is ordered to maintain a database of their employees’ DNA. Better yet, in order to qualify for a loan you have to pony up some DNA to make sure that you’re free of any medical conditions that would make re-payment unlikely.

The possibilities for civil rights abuse are enormous. Yet Obama causally suggests the issue is the “right thing to do,” ignoring the gargantuan privacy issues surrounding the topic. I’m stunned that he appears to be so cavalier about it all.

“President Obama backs DNA test in arrests” – Politico