Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The Jack-Booted Thug(s) of the Week, International Edition...

...are the police in Great Britain, collectively, as a "genetics watchdog" organization in that nation is accusing the bobbies of arresting large numbers of peasants for no other reason than to obtain samples of their DNA for the government's intrusive database of such information, and of targeting young men of a darker hue in particular for such treatment, if you catch our drift:

"The Human Genetics Commission, which advises the government on the social, legal and ethical aspects of genetics, called for a review of the database and said new laws must be passed to govern its use.

In a damning report, the commission said "function creep" had transformed the system from a DNA store for offenders into a database of suspects.

More than three-quarters of young black men aged between 18 and 35 are on the system, the report said."

The group's argument is that no constraints were ever placed on the government once the technology became available, and that the process has become a de facto way to permanently obtain and store genetic information on everyone who has contact with the criminal justice system over there, whether or not they're ultimately convicted of a crime.

"The report quoted an unidentified retired senior police officer as saying that 'it is now the norm to arrest offenders for everything' in order to obtain a DNA sample."

Another cowardly former administrator who loves to complain about a legitimate issue, but who is unwilling to put the power of their name behind his or her words, even though they are retired and presumably safe from possible retaliation. Don't hurt yourself agitating over this, sir or ma'am. Just sit back and anonymously carp from the sidelines, instead of actually publicly doing something about the problem. How useless of you.

"Opposition politicians and human rights groups said the report provided further evidence that Britain is becoming a 'surveillance society,' where people's personal details are stored and their movements constantly monitored."

"Becoming"? Hah. England's actually been there for quite some time, and it's only going to get worse for the poor subjects over there, at least until they finally wake up and take back control of their nation from the martinets who continue to impose more and more of these types of freedom-taking and privacy-sapping schemes on them.

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