NY Gov Spitzer Plans to Expand DNA Database

Following on from the story about terror classifications, it seems America
is on a crash course to catch up with the UK
in its collection of DNA. It seems that the
dream of Adml. Poindexter to have the whole world tagged and flagged with
his Total Information Awareness programme
is moving a step closer.

New York governor Eliot
Spitzer wants to broaden the state's DNA
database to include DNA taken from people
found guilty of any misdemeanor. The NYT has
more on the idea here.

Let's take a look at NY penal law to see who might get cheek swabbed from NY
State under the proposed new rules:

–a person who “makes unreasonable noise or disturbance while at a
lawfully assembled religious service or within one hundred feet thereof.”

–a person who “engages in sexual intercourse with another person at a
time when he has a living spouse, or the other person has a living

–a person who “knowingly permits a child less than eighteen years old
to enter or remain in or upon a place, premises or establishment
where…activity…involving marihuana…is maintained or conducted.”

–a person who “gives or sells or causes to be given or sold any alcoholic
beverage…to a person less than twenty-one years old.”

–a person who “marks the body of a child less than eighteen years old
with indelible ink or pigments by means of tattooing.”

–a person who “possesses any firearm, electronic dart gun, electronic
stun gun, gravity knife, switchblade knife, pilum ballistic knife, metal
knuckle knife, cane sword, billy, blackjack, bludgeon, metal knuckles, chuka
stick, sand bag, sandclub, wrist-brace type slingshot or slungshot, shirken or
'Kung Fu star'.”

–a person who “shall offer or expose for sale, sell or furnish, any
fireworks or dangerous fireworks.”

–a person who discards “in any place where it might attract children,
a container which has a compartment of more than one and one-half cubic feet
capacity and a door or lid which locks or fastens automatically when closed and
which cannot easily be opened from the inside, he fails to remove the door,
lid, locking or fastening device.”

New York State
has historically collected DNA samples from
people convicted of serious crimes. The samples get plugged into a “DNA
Identification Index,” which, despite what the NYT
reports, has been around since 1996. In 1999, the state legislature expanded
the database to include DNA profiles from
people convicted of violent felonies. The database was expanded again in 2004
to house info on people convicted of hate crimes, terrorism and sex offenses.

The latest expansion would add 50,000 more samples to the existing 250,000,
according to the NYT. That seems like a smallish number, considering last year
there were 109,661 felony convictions in New York
State compared
to 210,781 misdemeanor convictions.

Throughout the country, the collection of DNA
evidence into data warehouses has increased dramatically in recent years.
Creating an effective system for states to share DNA
was one of the first efforts advanced by former U.S. Attorney General John
Ashcroft. Federal
passed in 2004 helped further that goal. All 50 states
participate in the FBI's CODIS
database, which contains 4,510,617 DNA
profiles as of March 2007. For more details on state DNA
collection efforts check out this map.



Whatever they tell you today, you can be sure it
will be used for something different tomorrow.


About IanPJ

Ian Parker-Joseph, former Leader of the Libertarian Party UK, who currently heads PDPS Internet Hosting and the Personal Deed Poll Services company, has been an IT industry professional for over 20 years, providing Business Consulting, Programme and Project Management, specialising in the recovery of Projects that have failed in a process driven world. Ian’s experience is not limited to the UK, and he has successfully delivered projects in the Middle East, Africa, US, Russia, Poland, France and Germany. Working within different cultures, Ian has occupied high profile roles within multi-nationals such as Nortel and Cable & Wireless. These experiences have given Ian an excellent insight into world events, and the way that they can shape our own national future. His extensive overseas experiences have made him all too aware of how the UK interacts with its near neighbours, its place in the Commonwealth, and how our nation fits into the wider world. He is determined to rebuild many of the friendships and commercial relationships with other nations that have been sadly neglected over the years, and would like to see greater energy and food security in these countries, for the benefit of all. Ian is a vocal advocate of small government, individual freedom, low taxation and a minimum of regulation. Ian believes deeply and passionately in freedom and independence in all areas of life, and is now bringing his professional experiences to bear in the world of politics.
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