Obama Wants DNA on Arrest, Even if Not Convicted

March 12, 2010 at 12:44 (Constitution/Constitutional Issues, General Stupidity, News)

Arrested, but innocent? The government wants you in the DB anyway. They don’t care you are innocent, or that as a citizen with a clean record you have some right to privacy. Oh, but it’s all openness and transparency, right? Suuuuure.

Gerstein posts a televised interview of Obama and John Walsh of America’s Most Wanted. 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.

When it comes to civil liberties, the Obama administration has come under fire for often mirroring his predecessor’s practices surrounding state secrets, the Patriot Act and domestic spying. There’s also Gitmo, Jay Bybee and John Yoo.

Now there’s DNA sampling. Obama told Walsh he 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. The data is lodged in state and federal databases, and has fostered as many as 200 arrests nationwide, Walsh said.

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