Showing posts with label DNA. Show all posts
Showing posts with label DNA. Show all posts

Law Enforcement Now Snoops Private DNA Databases

by Jessica Chia.    A filmmaker in New Orleans became a suspect in the 1996 murder of an Idaho Falls teenager after his father donated his own DNA to a nonprofit organization conducting a hereditary study backed by the Mormon church. Idaho Falls Police Department had a warrant to seize the genetic information later sold to Ancestry.com in an attempt  ... MORE

John W. Whitehead: Playing The Government's Game

When it comes to violence, we all lose.      Yes, the government is corrupt. Yes, the system is broken. By broken, I mean it’s “dysfunctional, gridlocked, and, in general, incapable of doing what needs to be done.” Yes, the government is out of control and overreaching on almost every front. Yes, the government’s excesses—pork barrel spending,   ... MORE

What If Jesus Had Been Born In The American Police State?

by John W. Whitehead.    The Christmas narrative of a baby born in a manger is a familiar one. The Roman Empire, a police state in its own right, had ordered that a census be conducted. Joseph and his pregnant wife Mary traveled to the little town of Bethlehem so that they could be counted. There being no room for the couple at any of the inns, ... MORE

Conservatives Should Oppose Massive Collection Of DNA

by Bob Barr.   We all know that many citizens have become accustomed to surrendering all manner of personal information to whoever asks for it. Many have seen television ads with actors depicting individuals who gleefully send DNA samples to some corporation that will tell them whether their ancestors wore lederhosen, or kilts. In this        ... MORE

Cynthia M. Cale: Forensic DNA Evidence Is Not Infallible

Some new techniques have higher probability of error. Earlier this month, the Texas Forensic Science Commission raised concerns about the accuracy of the statistical interpretation of DNA evidence, and it is now checking whether convictions going back more than a decade are safe. Despite how it is often portrayed, in the media and in courts,    ... MORE

The Tyranny Of The Criminal Justice System

by John W. Whitehead.   The American nightmare. Justice in America is not all it’s cracked up to be. Just ask Jeffrey Deskovic, who spent 16 years in prison for a rape and murder he did not commit. James Bain spent 35 years in prison for the kidnapping and rape of a 9-year-old boy, but he too was innocent of the crime. He was finally freed after DNA  ... MORE

Ancestry.Com Is Now Sharing Your DNA With The Police

by Joshua Krause.    The police state just took a very dark turn. We all know that private corporations tend to side with the government on privacy issues, and they’re more than willing to hand over our information when the government asks for it. Google and Facebook are pretty well-known examples of that, and they’ve been doing it for so long   ... MORE

How DNA Is Turning Us Into A Nation Of Suspects

by John W. Whitehead.    Every dystopian sci-fi film we’ve ever seen is suddenly converging into this present moment in a dangerous trifecta between science, technology and a government that wants to be all-seeing, all-knowing and all-powerful. By tapping into your phone lines and cell phone communications, the government knows what you    ... MORE

Thomas Sowell: The 'Disparate Impact' Racket

Group disparities are common.     The U.S. Department of Justice issued two reports last week, both growing out of the Ferguson, Missouri shooting of Michael Brown. The first report, about "the shooting death of Michael Brown by Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson" ought to be read by every American. It says in plain English what facts  ... MORE

Forced Blood Draws, DNA Collection and Biometric Scans

by John W. Whitehead.    What country is this? Our freedoms—especially the Fourth Amendment—are being choked out by a prevailing view among government bureaucrats that they have the right to search, seize, strip, scan, spy on, probe, pat down, taser, and arrest any individual at any time and for the slightest provocation. Forced cavity    ... MORE

Appeals Court Rips California DNA-Collection Law

by William Dotinga.      An arrest is not a conviction. For the second time in three years, a state appeals court in San Francisco found that a voter-approved mandate authorizing police to collect DNA from arrestees is unconstitutional. The 3-0 ruling by a panel of the First Appellate District stems from the arson conviction of Mark Buza, whom a jury     ... MORE

Feds Want To Track Your DNA Like A License Plate

by Steve Peacock.     More evidence the government is not us. The federal government doesn’t just want the ability to track down your car; it wants to be able to track down your body as well. Just as details are emerging about a controversial, nationwide vehicle-surveillance database, WND has learned the federal government is planning an even   ... MORE

Radley Balko: This Week In Innocence

Bad cop costs men 17 years in prison.      Two Washington state men will get $10.5 million after spending 17 years in prison for a rape they didn't commit. It's easy to dismiss these exoneration stories as the product of an imperfect system that sometimes makes mistakes. But read past the headline, and you'll see that they're often less the      ... MORE

Andrew Napolitano: A Not-So-Happy Fourth Of July

How can we celebrate the degradation of liberty?      Do you have more personal liberty today than on the Fourth of July 2012? When Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, he used language that has become iconic. He wrote that we are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights, and among them are    ... MORE

Juan Cole: Ten American Steps Toward A Police State

How politicians are making your world into a prison.    The police state, a term first coined in the mid-19th century in German (Polizeistaat), is characterized by a standing political police, by intense domestic surveillance and by restrictions on the movements of citizens. Police states are on a spectrum, and unfortunately in the past   ... MORE

Rand Paul: Big Brother Says, 'Open Your Mouth!'

Overreaching government wants your DNA.  The Bill of Rights is and should be popular. It is something most Americans overwhelmingly support. Conservatives love the Second Amendment and honest progressives defend the First Amendment. But it is sometimes harder for the public to embrace and champion the due process of the    ... MORE

Half The Facts You Know Are Probably Wrong

by Ronald Bailey.     Dinosaurs were cold-blooded. Increased K-12 spending and lower pupil/teacher ratios boost public school student outcomes. Most of the DNA in the human genome is junk. Saccharin causes cancer and a high fiber diet prevents it. Stars cannot be bigger than 150 solar masses. In the past half-century, all of the foregoing facts     ... MORE

NY Times Editorial: California And The Fourth Amendment

State takes to seizing DNA without a warrant.  On Wednesday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit is scheduled to reconsider whether California violates the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition against searches and seizures by requiring police to take DNA samples from people arrested but not yet convicted of felonies.  ... MORE