What Will We Do With Innocent People's DNA?

Tyler Durden camera_lumina at hotmail.com
Tue Mar 22 13:10:05 PST 2005

Easy to see where that's headed:

1. Joe Cypherpunk is doing 54 on Rt 95.
2. "Cops" (or guys in a black car claiming to be local cops) stop Joe, make 
arrest based on "speeding" or what have you.
3. Cops take DNA sample.
4. 2 weeks later Noam Chomsky is murdered.
5. Hey! Joe Cypherpunk's DNA has been found all over the scene of the crime.
6. Joe Cypherpunk is executed...that bastard! Murdering such a valued member 
of society....MIT professor and all that. Papers report that Cypherpunk Joe 
had once tried to become an MIT professor but never got on the tenure track. 
Clearly, he had a vendetta.


>From: Eugen Leitl <eugen at leitl.org>
>To: cypherpunks at al-qaeda.net
>Subject: What Will We Do With Innocent People's DNA? Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2005 
>15:48:19 +0100
>Link: http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=05/03/21/1937206
>Posted by: timothy, on 2005-03-21 23:11:00
>    from the if-you-have-nothing-to-hide dept.
>    [1]NevDull writes "As creepy as it may be to deal with identity theft
>    from corporate databases, [2]imagine being swabbed for DNA samples as
>    a suspect in a crime, being vindicated by that sample, and never even
>    being told why you were suspected. This article discusses a man, Roger
>    Valadez, who's fighting both to have his DNA sample and its profile
>    purged from government records, and to find out why he and his DNA
>    were searched in the BTK case. DA Nola Foulston said, 'I think some
>    people are overwrought about their concerns.' -- convenient as she
>    wasn't the one probed without explanation. The article then mentions
>    that 'In California, police will be able in 2008 to take DNA samples
>    from anyone arrested for a felony, whether the person is convicted or
>    not, under a law approved by voters in November.' What will be the
>    disposition of the DNA of the innocent?"
>    1. http://www.funkytests.com/
>    2.
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