“Law enforcement can now force suspects arrested for serious crimes to give samples of their DNA without a warrant, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on Monday.
This is surely going to be a controversial decision, as their ruling siding with Monsanto over patents on “self-replicating technology” in May was.
Both law enforcement officials and privacy groups were keeping a close eye on the Court’s decision in this case because at least 27 states, along with the federal government, currently have regulations requiring suspects to give DNA samples when arrested for allegedly committing certain crimes, regardless of conviction.
In the states that have these laws, the DNA samples harvested from suspects are then cataloged in state and federal databases, again without conviction.
While DNA evidence is obviously a good thing, especially when it exonerates the innocent, the problem is some states have refused to allow DNA tests when they could prove men sentenced to death to be innocent.”
Via Activist Post
“There is no such thing as privacy in America anymore, as evidenced by the fact that our own government violates the Constitution’s Fourth Amendment on a daily basis – for our own good, of course.
In an inadvertent admission that likely made his former bosses cringe, retired FBI counterterrorism agent Tim Clemente, in a May 1 interview with CNN’s Erin Burnett regarding the Boston Marathon terrorist bombings, clearly insisted that the nation’s primary law enforcement agency was clearly capable of recording all private telephone calls.
From Glenn Greenwald, of Britain’s The Guardian newspaper:
The real capabilities and behavior of the U.S. surveillance state are almost entirely unknown to the American public because, like most things of significance done by the U.S. government, it operates behind an impenetrable wall of secrecy. But a seemingly spontaneous admission this week by a former FBI counterterrorism agent provides a rather startling acknowledgment of just how vast and invasive these surveillance activities are.”
Via Natural News