Sunday, September 25, 2005

Brave New Database

This from WaPo and other places:
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.

They won't even have to arrest you and charge you with anything. They just have to detain you. The feds will be able to pick you up for whatever reason they want and put your DNA in a national database.

J. Edgar Hoover would have loved it.

I hear the sound of one Republic crumbling.


  1. There's a financial side to DNA testing: health and disability insurance.

    Health insurance companies can deny claims for pre-existing conditions if you haven't had insurance for the past 2 years. Disability insurance doesn't even have the 2 year limit.

    Given the government corruption we're facing, I would not be surprised to see attempts to revise medical insurance laws, i.e., no 2-year limit on pre-existing conditions, mandatory screening for genetic markers for breast and colon cancers, Huntington's disease, Alzheimer's, etc.

    In the long term, there's trillions of dollars at stake here for insurance companies if they can weasel their way out of covering genetically based conditions. If the feds try to get universal DNA sampling and testing mandated by pretending this is counterterrorism, insurance companies have a huge motive to support the effort.

    It's a huge invasion of privacy and I think it is too unpopular to make it into law, but I always seem to underestimate the Bush admin's capacity to screw up the country.

  2. Wow... whatever happened to "unreasonable search and seizure"?

    You're right, Jeff... Hoover would have loved it.

    Mark me down with Ben Franklin... those who would trade liberty for security deserve neither.

  3. Anonymous10:33 PM

    If your DNA isn't guilty of anything what do you have to fear?