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White House supports forcible DNA extraction from Americans by cops

We discussed this here weeks ago:
http://www.politechbot.com/2005/09/13/more-on-dna/
http://www.politechbot.com/2005/09/10/federal-dna-database/

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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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Posted by Declan McCullagh on Sep 26, 2005 in category privacy


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