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7603LA News Release - Shut Down the DNA Database

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  • Dr Sean Gabb
    Aug 2, 2007
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      NEWS RELEASE FROM THE LIBERTARIAN ALLIANCE
      In Association with the Libertarian International

      Release Date: Thursday 2nd August 2007
      Release Time: Immediate

      Contact Details:
      Dr Sean Gabb (Director), 07956 472 199,
      sean@...

      For other contact and link details, see the foot of this
      message
      Release url: http://www.libertarian.co.uk/news/nr055.htm

      DNA DATABASE "ABHORRENT" SAYS FREE MARKET AND CIVIL
      LIBERTIES THINKTANK

      The Libertarian Alliance, the radical free market and
      civil liberties policy institute, today denounces the call
      by police chiefs for people suspected of speeding or
      dropping litter to have samples of their DNA taken and
      stored on a British Government computer.

      Libertarian Alliance Director, Dr Sean Gabb, says:

      "These debates are always set up to look like arguments
      between those who want to do something about crime and
      those who want to do nothing. However, we do not need a
      DNA database to fight crime. What we need is a reduction
      in the number of criminal offences - possession of
      recreational drugs, for instance - plus harsh punishments
      for crimes against life and property, plus a restored
      right of self-defence. Do this, and crime will fall back
      to the levels of the 1950s.

      "Nor is it certain that harvesting DNA samples from the
      whole British population would only be used for fighting
      crime. It gives tyrannical powers to the STate.

      "You may insist you have nothing to fear because you have
      noting to hide. That is your choice. But if you consent to
      this extension, you are not choosing only for yourself.

      "Do you want your children on that database? Can you be
      sure that some demented government scientist two decades
      from now will not decide that the surest way to heaven on
      earth is to stop certain people from breeding? Can you be
      sure that your children will not show up negative on a DNA
      database that will have enabled an old authoritarian
      fantasy to be made into bureaucratic reality?

      "Are there no criminal tendencies somewhere in your family
      background? No racial or sexual characteristics that may
      one day be again be as unfashionable as they have been in
      other times and places? No bad eyes or flat feet? No
      predisposition to obesity or illnesses that it will for
      the foreseeable future be expensive to treat on the
      National Health Service?

      "Do you want grandchildren? Or do you want to risk seeing
      your genes scientifically combed from the general pool?

      "Or do you want your DNA samples handed over to foreign
      governments? I imagine data will soon be shared between
      the various governments of the European Union, which means
      Rumania and Bulgaria and possibly soon Turkey as well.

      "Or do you want your DNA samples at risk of theft from
      thieves?

      "The whole idea of a DNA database is abhorrent. The
      Libertarian Alliance believes it should be shut down and
      all the data on it wiped. We certainly oppose any
      extension."

      END OF STATEMENT

      Note(s) to Editors

      Dr Sean Gabb is the Director of the Libertarian Alliance.
      His new book, Cultural Revolution, Culture War: How
      Conservatives Lost England, and How to Get It Back, was
      published on the 25th July 2007 and may be downloaded for
      free from http://tinyurl.com/34e2o3. His other books are
      available from Hampden Press at
      http://www.hampdenpress.co.uk.

      He can be contacted for further comment on 07956 472 199
      or by email at sean@...

      Extended Contact Details:

      The Libertarian Alliance is Britain's most radical free
      market and civil liberties policy institute. It has
      published over 700 articles, pamphlets and books in
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