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Ythanside BS: DNA Why shield criminals? (92* d) RE: BS: DNA Why shield criminals? 15 Jun 07

KB, the risk referred to is the risk of unscrupulous lawmen 'fitting up' innocent people. If a crooked cop wants to 'ride roughshod over the rights of the people' he doesn't require DNA as a tool, and never has. Bad cops will remain bad cops, regardless of the weapons at their disposal. Their existence, however, cannot justify opposition to innovations that would serve us better were they to be implemented sooner rather than later. Unknown numbers of unneccessary injuries and deaths will occur before this system becomes a legal requirement as, one day, it surely will.

Folkle, the whole point is that DNA & fp evidence frequently IS avilable, but there is no database, other than that of recidivists, to check it against. DNA may well be common to more than one person, but eliminating six or seven suspects to find the perp has to be a safer and quicker route than searching through several million possibles.   

Peace, government intervention isn't the issue here, only improved protection for innocent citizens. The national census, once opposed and regarded as intrusive government intervention, is now recognised as a helpful aid to local and national planning.


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