posted on Sep, 5 2007 @ 02:55 AM
Originally posted by Chorlton
I think this judge has been set up by the Government to break the story and make it public so the Government can then continue the debate
...and is that a bad thing? Surely the open discussion of significant topics such as this is a hallmark of a free democracy and to be applauded,
after all we've been discussing the issue here for a long time.
What Lord Sedley has said is that the present situation where anyone arrested for a reportable offence will have a DNA sample taken, whether or not
they are charged of convicted, is unacceptable due to its inconsistency, which is an opinion I would agree with and so the question becomes should we
move towards 100% coverage of the population with all the benefits that would bring in terms of the ability to identify criminals or should we revert
to a situation where only those found guilty of offences have DNA samples retained at the risk of losing the ability to identify criminals who will go
free as a result.
His view, based on his experience of resolving a number of old very serious crimes including serial rape is that a full coverage database would be a
good thing provided that it was used only for the purposes of crime detection and prevention and provided that it could be administered in an secure
and appropriate manner.
You know I really do not grasp the reason for such resistance to this proposal if proper use and security can be guaranteed, (and yes, that is an
awfully big "if"). What is the difference between this and a photograph other than the fact that the DNA sample provides far more effective
identification? I have never been arrested or interviewed by the police but I know for sure that I have been photographed and videoed many times
because I am subversive enough to go to football matches. Should I actually be concerned if I have DNA samples taken as well or should I actually be
pleased that if anyone does try to use identification evidence they stand much less chance of picking me in error?
[edit on 5-9-2007 by timeless test]