posted on Sep, 23 2003 @ 06:56 PM
First it starts with every convicted felon.
Then every convicted misdemeanor.
Then every time you are stopped for a speeding ticket.
Then every newborn.
Gattaca is coming true.
It used to be that only sex offenders and the most dangerous felons -- such as rapists, murderers and child molesters -- were required to submit to
DNA testing in Kansas.
Today, however, the state is amassing a much broader inventory of criminals' genetic information.
All Kansas felons, regardless of whether their crimes were violent, must suffer the needle prick of a DNA blood sample upon conviction. Even people
convicted of some misdemeanors -- including cruelty to animals or patronizing a prostitute -- must submit to testing based on a law passed last year
by the Legislature.
But the state's ever-growing DNA dragnet is raising questions of public policy as well as personal privacy.