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    Court: Police can take DNA swabs from arrestees

    WASHINGTON (AP) ó A sharply divided Supreme Court on Monday said police can continue to take DNA from people they arrest without getting a warrant. The courtís five-justice majority said DNA testing was a legitimate police arrest procedure, like fingerprinting.

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    not sure i support this one; there's a lot more info to be gleaned from DNA. thoughts on this decision?

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    Re: Court: Police can take DNA swabs from arrestees

    Quote Originally Posted by Helix View Post
    not sure i support this one; there's a lot more info to be gleaned from DNA. thoughts on this decision?
    I have no problem with it. I think people's DNA should be taken at birth.
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    Re: Court: Police can take DNA swabs from arrestees

    Without cause / warrant means we have no privacy rights.

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    Re: Court: Police can take DNA swabs from arrestees

    I support the Court decision and oppose Maggie's proposal.

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    Re: Court: Police can take DNA swabs from arrestees

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    I have no problem with it. I think people's DNA should be taken at birth.

    a couple things to think about :

    1. as tech improves, it will become more feasible to test for predisposition to illnesses. given our current private, for profit insurance system, there would be a major incentive to gain access to that data.

    2. if i want to commit a serious crime, it would be exceptionally difficult for me to leave your fingerprints at the scene to cover my tracks. however, it would be incredibly easy for me to leave your DNA there. it's only a matter of time until something like this actually happens.

    is there an upside to having a DNA database? sure; it will help to solve a lot of crimes. i'd just feel a whole lot more comfortable with it if it required a conviction or at least a warrant.

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    Re: Court: Police can take DNA swabs from arrestees

    I think a warrent should be required.
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    Re: Court: Police can take DNA swabs from arrestees

    I think the court made the right decision. DNA has helped police solve crime for years and needs to be something law enforcement can get as easily as possible.

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    Re: Court: Police can take DNA swabs from arrestees

    I'm not in the US, but this strikes me as having the potential to abrogate your constitution's defense against self-incrimination. I could understand if it applied to those who were convicted in a court of some crime, as part of their sentence, but how many people in the course of any day are arrested and let go without charges? How many people are rounded up in a protest, to disband a crowd, and then let go? Are these people all going to be swabbed and tested just in case you might strike gold and catch someone?
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    Re: Court: Police can take DNA swabs from arrestees

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    I'm not in the US, but this strikes me as having the potential to abrogate your constitution's defense against self-incrimination. I could understand if it applied to those who were convicted in a court of some crime, as part of their sentence, but how many people in the course of any day are arrested and let go without charges? How many people are rounded up in a protest, to disband a crowd, and then let go? Are these people all going to be swabbed and tested just in case you might strike gold and catch someone?
    Given this decision, probably.

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    Re: Court: Police can take DNA swabs from arrestees

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    how many people in the course of any day are arrested and let go without charges? How many people are rounded up in a protest, to disband a crowd, and then let go?
    If I'm reading the decision correctly, it's limited to felony arrests. So unless your hypothetical protestor assaults a cop or shatters a shop window, they won't get swabbed.

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