As a follow-up to an earlier post in June about DNA profiling (the case
of Maryland v. King), we wanted to point out the Global Research organization’s
piece on the dangers of DNA databases and the risk posed to liberty by
forcing suspects to submit to cheek swabs in the name of fighting crime.
In the DNA profiling case, Justice Scalia wrote: “Solving unsolved
crimes is a noble objective, but it occupies a lower place in the American
pantheon of noble objectives than the protection of our people from suspicionless
law-enforcement searches. The Fourth Amendment must prevail.”
This was Scalia’s dissent, meaning that he disagreed with the majority’s
ruling. The majority found that DNA cheek swabs are common police procedure,
like fingerprinting. But the Fourth Amendment, as Scalia so ably referenced,
guards against a police officer’s search and seizure without a warrant.
Troubling is the fact that, as Global Research points out, DNA cheek swabbing
used to be limited to serious crimes like
rape, not a catch-all for any citizen, even those accused of lower-level crimes
like shoplifting and simple drug possession. But it’s not so limited anymore.