Monday, March 17, 2008

England's top cop: "Put children on DNA list"

From The Observer.
Primary school children should be eligible for the DNA database if they exhibit behaviour indicating they may become criminals in later life, according to Britain's most senior police forensics expert.

Gary Pugh, director of forensic sciences at Scotland Yard and the new DNA spokesman for the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo), said a debate was needed on how far Britain should go in identifying potential offenders, given that some experts believe it is possible to identify future offending traits in children as young as five.

'If we have a primary means of identifying people before they offend, then in the long-term the benefits of targeting younger people are extremely large,' said Pugh. 'You could argue the younger the better. Criminologists say some people will grow out of crime; others won't. We have to find who are possibly going to be the biggest threat to society.'

Someone once said that those who would give up freedom for security neither deserve nor recieve either. How much freedoms can a nation give up before they realize they've become the same as what they claim to fight against?

In related news...
Daytona Beach, FL: "Police Swabbing Mouths During Traffic Stops In Serial Killer Hunt."
From CNN/Time: "Do Americans Care About Big Brother?"

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