American Untouchables Part 2 - A Federal "No-insure" List
The goal, justice officials said, is to make the practice of DNA sampling as routine as fingerprinting for anyone detained by federal agents, including illegal immigrants. Until now, federal authorities have taken DNA samples only from convicted felons.Damn this scares the cr*p out of me! As with my speculation on The Federal 'No-work' List, this plan is ripe for abuse. Consider: We already know that Bu$hCo is willing to destroy the lives of career government employees who disagree with them. Don't believe me? Take a gander at the revelations coming out of the Scooter Libby obstruction of justice trial. So what's to stop overzealous DoJ officials from drawing up lists of 'enemies' and them forcing the out of the country by abusing the confidentiality of DNA data? Here's how it might work...
Let's say DoJ decides that it wants to put the kibosh on any further protests at WTO meetings in the US. They forward to local law enforcement bogus warrants listing the people they want detained for questioning. If the police object, DoJ responds that the warrants are the result of a FISA Court authorization in an ongoing terrorist investigation--thus no cause needs to be demonstrated nor charges enumerated. Local law enforcement caves, sweeps up the hapless protesters, and--per federal guidelines--forces them to give DNA samples. The DoJ then takes the samples, screens them, and then quietly forwards any adverse health-related information to the major insurance companies. And...BANG! Your protester, released without charges, suddenly finds him or herself without insurance. In fact, they'll probably never get health insurance in the US again.
Are we frightened yet?
If I bought a ticket and won the lotto, the screen door wouldn't have time to hit me.
Of course, this whole thing could just be my paranoia getting the best of me. When you have a brain as small as mine--and spend all day dealing with alligators--you get a little paranoid.
The pesky Bill of Rights needs to be reserved for less trying times.
I think my biggest concern, as Mr_Blog points out is that, if this database is treated with the same lax standards as other sweeping data initiatives, we'll see this information being misused by all sorts of people within the government.
Where's Veee when we need him?
By the way, I loved the fake Punxsutawney Phil post. Now that SW Pennsylvania is experiencing subzero weather, I wonder if Phil wants to reconsider his prediction?
Kathy, glad you enjoyed the Punxsutawney Phil post.
Re: his reconsidering his retirement... I spoke to Phil and he says deciding not to retire just because PA got 'a little frost' would be akin to those GOP pukes who point to 20 degree temperatures one weekend in Hoboken and claim that global-frickin'-warming is a myth!
You have good reason to be scared, and are far from alone. The last of complete control will be the implantation of micro chips, reporting where you are, and what you are doing - including in your bedroom - at any given time!
I think back just six short years to the thriving Democracy we used to have, and it awes me, how far we've slid....all in the name of "Freedom from terror." The irony of that quote is overwhelming.
TFWY... I think I did a post about low-jacking everyone. Though some states are actually passing laws against this.
Sewmouse...yup, but that doesn't say anything about whether or not they'll be fair.
Dave... Thanks for the reminder. I think that I did put Wisconsin's law in my post. The article where I read it involved a company that required all employees who had access to their datacenter to have an RDID implant.