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Supreme Court Approves Massive Government DNA Scans

DNA is not just a brief marker of identity. It is a powerful tool that belongs to the person it has encoded. It is therefore not at all a reasonable thing for the police, or any other government agency, to seize, to hold and to use in perpetuity. [...]

Pagan Gods all over the One Dollar Bill … Take a Look for Yourself

Today at noon, Occupy San Francisco heads to the Monte Rio to stand in protest against the annual exclusive Bohemian Grove forest gathering of captains of industry, military and government.

One of the accusations leveled at the Bohemian Grove encampment by Occupy San Francisco is oddly religious in nature:

Occupy Bohemian Grove came to OccupySF’s [...]

Does Collecting Arrestees’ DNA Cut Crime? Preliminary Data Suggest Not

In the Spring of 2009, the FBI started warehousing DNA samples of Americans who had been arrested — but not necessarily convicted — of a crime. People declared not guilty of a crime, or who were never even charged with a crime, can have their DNA records expunged from the FBI database if they go [...]

Civil Liberties Board Nominee Elisebeth Collins Cook Pushed for Broad DNA Sampling

Elisebeth Collins Cook is one of only two people nominated to sit on the nation’s empty Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, the body charged with protecting Americans’ civil liberties and tracking abuses from within the executive branch. The quorum required for the board to meet is three members, and the first two nominees (Cook [...]

Is the FBI Interested in Using Your Family’s DNA Against You?

Imagine a scenario in which the United States government is interested in tracking you down and has obtained a DNA sample through some means: a used coffee cup, perhaps, or a clump of hair. Imagine that the U.S. government doesn’t have a record of your DNA to match it against, but has DNA samples of [...]

Which States Are Most Heavily Warehousing Your DNA? Why?

This spring, the FBI expanded its practice of warehousing DNA sample data, expanding from samples of criminal convicts to samples from people who have been arrested but not convicted of a crime. As a result, the FBI has been adding new samples to its database (which goes by the names of CODIS and NDIS) at [...]

Police Make Arrests in Britain to Shovel DNA into Database. See also “USA.”

The UK Human Genetics Commission reports on DNA database sweeps by the British police:

It is now the norm to arrest offenders for everything if there is a power to do so … It is apparently understood by serving police officers that one of the reasons, if not the reason, for the change in practice [...]

Human Hunting Super Eagle Lived in New Zealand

Scientific analysis of the remains of what is known as Haast’s eagle show that it would have been easily capable of attacking, killing and carrying off human children. [...]

It's In Their DNA: Environmentalist Borg Salesmen from Maine

While trying to find conference reports, presentations or minutes from this week’s Energy Ocean 2009 Conference on renewable tidal, wind and wave energies, I came across this piece of copy advocating for Maine coastal energy initiatives. “It’s In Our DNA?” State funding for technology research is in the DNA of the residents and politicians of [...]

John McCain Complains About Grizzly Bear DNA Research… That HE VOTED FOR

John McCain, recycling an old campaign line, just complained about earmarks to fund research on the DNA of Grizzly Bears.

John McCain voted in favor of funding that research.

McCain against McCain.

John McCain Ridicules Earmarks for DNA Research. Sarah Palin Championed It. Whoopsie Doodle. Um, Hey, Great Steak! Pass the Salt, John.

“My friends, we spent $3 million of your money to study the DNA of bears in Montana! Now, I don’t know if that was a paternity issue or a criminal issue, but the point is it was 3 million of your money. It was your money. And you know, we laugh about it, but we [...]