A national DNA database is coming. Barack Obama has already said that he wants one. A major Supreme Court decision last month paved the way for one. The DNA of those that commit “serious crimes” is already being routinely collected all over the nation. Some states (such as New Jersey) are now passing laws that will require DNA collection from those charged with committing “low level crimes”. And a law that was passed under George W. Bush allows the federal government to screen the DNA of all newborn babies in the United States. So how long will it be before we are all required to give DNA samples to the authorities? How long will it be before DNA collection is routinely done when we take a trip to the DMV? This may sound like science fiction to some people, but “security experts” and law enforcement personnel all over the country are now pushing for a national DNA database to be established. Unfortunately, there is nothing really standing in the way of that. The Supreme Court has already spoken. Justice Scalia understood very clearly what the Supreme Court was doing last month. In his dissent, he made the following statement: “Make no mistake about it: because of today’s decision, your DNA can be taken and entered into a national database if you are ever arrested, rightly or wrongly, and for whatever reason.”

Those that are promoting a national DNA database claim that collecting the DNA of criminals is just like fingerprinting them, and that we should all be willing to submit to a slight intrusion to our privacy in order to make society a safer place.

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