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Thread #62901   Message #1571075
Posted By: Amos
26-Sep-05 - 06:46 PM
Thread Name: BS: Popular Views of the Bush Administration
Subject: RE: BS: Popular Views of the Bush Administration
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/09/23/AR2005092301665.html

Bill Would Permit DNA Collection From All Those Arrested

By Jonathan Krim
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, September 24, 2005; Page A03

Suspects arrested or detained by federal authorities could be forced to
provide samples of their DNA that would be recorded in a central
database under a provision of a Senate bill to expand government
collection of personal data.

The controversial measure was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee
last week and is supported by the White House, but has not gone to the
floor for a vote. It goes beyond current law, which allows federal
authorities to collect and record samples of DNA only from those
convicted of crimes. The data are stored in an FBI-maintained national
registry that law enforcement officials use to aid investigations, by
comparing DNA from criminals with evidence found at crime scenes.

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It is easy to say "it's just like fingerprints" and let it go, because criminals deserve whatever they get, right?

On the other hand when you combine it with the authority to label anyone a criminal at will, recently defended by the Bush court, AND the trend against civil liberties in this nation not seen since the heyday of McCarthy, AND the gross dereliction of intelligence as regards the use and nature of science that this administration has moved to unprecedented depths, it smells a bit more like something else -- eugenics. The fine art of using vasectomies and hysterectomies on people without their informed consent in order to make sure that they do not reproduce because they don't meet certain standards of citizenship and right-thinking. Back in the ra from 1900 to 1930 a largew movement in favor of eugenics to purify the pooulation grew up in the United States and a number of states passed acts into law. With two tame doctors anyone could have their family tree cut short. The idea faded out here -- the idea that nurture and environment were more responsible for criminality and sloth than genes gradually supplanted the eugenic idea. But another reason it faded out here is because the American groundbreaking poapers and organizations inspired a European movement which took the subject to new heights, under the flag of the Aryan culture and the Third Recih. They based their arguments on the American model, according to historical research done by Jodi Picoult in support of her novel, "Second Glance", where she provides a bibliography of supporting references.

The invasion of person represented by this proposal is unthinkably crass and ignorant of the better principles of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. It is typical of the Bush administrations bulldozer-brainlessness that they believe this to be a tenable position in terms of civil rights. Involuntary surrender of DNA samples as a matter of law is comparable to involuntary surrender of property while under suspicion only, a status more and more popular with the thugs that run Washington and its organs.

"...And when they came for the folksingers, I said nothing...".

For some history see www.uvm.edu/~eugenics, or do a Google on Henry Perkins and the Voluntary Sterilzation laws he promoted.

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