Arrested? Open Wide and Say DNA

Our Department of Homeland Security will begin swabbing the mouths of Americans arrested by the Feds, especially foreigners.  Privacy concerns will be raised, ignored, and run rough-shod over (AP/Yahoo):

The government plans to begin collecting DNA samples from anyone arrested by a federal law enforcement agency — a move intended to prevent violent crime but which also is raising concerns about the privacy of innocent people.


The proposed rule is being published in the Federal Register. That will be followed by a 30-day comment period.

Federal Crimes:

In the United States, a federal crime or federal offense is a crime that is either made illegal by U.S. federal legislation or a crime that occurs on U.S. federal property.

That’s quite the list.  Also, its “anyone arrested by a federal law enforcement agency”.  Would broadcasters convicted of violating obscenity laws be subject?  How about protesters on federal property?  Since this would apply to people arrested yet not convicted, will it be easy for them to remove their DNA?


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