â€œSolving unsolved crimes is a noble objective, but it occupies a lower place in the American pantheon of noble objectives than the protection of our people from suspicionless law-enforcement searches. The Fourth Amendment must prevailâ€ – Justice Antonin Scalia, dissent in Maryland v. King (2013).
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Pleased to hear that Justice Scalia feels that way: obviously the NSA, our Senate Intelligence committee and Sen Dianne Feinstein do not.
The shadow keeps getting longer somehow.
What ever happened to the ‘transparency’ Obama tantalized us with?
Just more empty words?
did you catch what Mr Obama said about this NSA listening brouhaha? He said “it’s an issue worthy of debate…”
Gosh, that sounds familiar. What it means: ‘it might be worthy of debate, but we won’t. So suck it up.’
The case hangs on negligible intrusion from the standpoint of the state, not the individual. A cotton swabbing may not be painful or troublesome to obtain, but once the state has DNA information on file, it also has a duty to protect the information, something the average citizen expects, often assumes, but which may not be the case.
Privacy issues exist because information exists in the hands of others, and because its caretakers can get greedy. All it takes in this country to get information on someone is money. A good private detective can source material from inside the system by approaching certain paid informants and other useful contacts. The old adage that three people can keep a secret if two are dead applies.
The DNA sampling is being used in a fishing expedition, as Scalia says. When one considers how little priority gets assigned to the timely processing of rape kits in some municipalities, itâ€™s interesting that anyone would focus on universal DNA testing of drug arrestees, except to add to an already intrusive database on citizens.
Servetus,,it is probably another testing industry trying to get on the government tit,,if checked closely enough it is probably owned mostly by the same people that own the majority of the stock in the urine analysis ind. Those guy’s find something that works and all they think they have to do is branch out and get another hook in this fish.
Fact: More money is spent on Viagra and boob jobs than Alzheimer’s research which means when Americans reach 80 they will have perky boobs and stiff willys and no idea what for.
Hey Scalia, you got one right. Congrats. Now, here’s some suggested language for a future opinion holding that drug prohibition is unconstitutional:
So this morning I saw on the TV that the Muppets did a show about kids dealing with incarcerated parents because 1 out of 28 children in America have at least one. Hey wait a second, didn’t someone ask “what about the children?”
My wife and I were married at the end of 1996. That was the Christmas when there was a nationwide shortage of Tickle Me Elmo dolls. There were idiots paying as much as $1000 so they could give a stupid muppet doll to their kids on Christmas morning. A couple of my in-laws were even more thick because they had bought one for their kid before the shortage, but refused to sell. As a result that particular Elmo was at our wedding and featured in a lot of our wedding pictures.
If it had been me I would have sold the darn thing and the kid would have gotten an “IOU 1 Tickle Me Elmo” and told that there was a delay in the R&D lab because of problems with Elmo’s test tickles.
Can someone explain to me the difference between mandatory fingerprint and taking a DNA swab? From my direct experience I can say that getting that goddamn ink off of your hands is much more of a pain in the ass than an oral swab would be. Because the DNA might help the police solve another case? Law Enforcement has been using fingerprints taken at the time of arrest to solve unrelated cases for well over a century. The only part that bothers me is familial matching. I can live with the arrested person getting beefed for an unrelated crime that the donor committed but when it moves to an unrelated event committed by a different person then its a different story.
For those who inquire as to how DNA is different from fingerprints, Ashley Kowalczyk has the answer:
“Fingerprints, like pictures, are an impression. DNA is your private property. That’s the difference.”
DNA fingerprints contain far more information than a standard sets of fingerprints, palmprints, iris scans, or any other kind of IDing system.
Itâ€™s possible for genetic testing to determine if someone is addicted to coke or morphine, or is predisposed to some disease that might affect their employability, especially if employed in government, or in certain leadership positions.
The movie Gattaca does a good take on this kind of ID profiling. Petty tyrants can use DNA testing for their own purposes, not based on any ephemeral standard of race or skin color as itâ€™s done now by law enforcement, but more specifically in targeting gene types within the population.
What it means for standards of privacy is that future national leaders may have their genomes on file somewhere such that the information can be hacked and used to predict that leaderâ€™s genetic weaknesses in ways useful to competing foreign governments.
Similar problems are likely to emerge involving individual citizens and any attempts to retain their fragile place in society when faced with genetic discrimination and predation.
The game doesnâ€™t change. It just gets more sophisticated.
Well thanks for trying anyway. It just sounds like a bunch of rationalizations to me. 100 years from now DNA profiles will be taken and filed at birth and lame excuses aren’t going to stop it.