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WEST Australian police want the power to take a DNA sample from anyone arrested, even for minor offences such as trespass.
Police can take samples only from people charged with or suspected of committing a serious offence that carries a minimum jail sentence of 12 months.
Originally posted by Britguy
Of course, the DNA evidence does not prove you committed the crime, just that you were at the crime scene at some point in time, likely before it even became a crime scene.
Originally posted by Andrew E. Wiggin
If you dont want your DNA collected for reasons of identification dont break the law :shk:
In January 5, 2006, a little-noticed piece of legislation entitled the “DNA Fingerprint Act of 2005” was signed into law by President George W. Bush, greatly expanding the government’s authority to collect and permanently retain DNA samples.1 These ninety-nine lines of text, introduced initially by Senator Jon Kyl [R-AZ], slipped virtually unnoticed through the halls of Congress, buried in the back of the broadly popular, 284-page Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization bill. Notwithstanding the lack of public reaction and policy debate, this new law raises extraordinary questions for the future of civil liberties. Among
other provisions, it grants the government authority to obtain and permanently store DNA from anyone who is arrested as well as non-U.S. citizens detained under federal authorities.