LA News Release - Shut Down the DNA Database
- NEWS RELEASE FROM THE LIBERTARIAN ALLIANCE
In Association with the Libertarian International
Release Date: Thursday 2nd August 2007
Release Time: Immediate
Dr Sean Gabb (Director), 07956 472 199,
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Release url: http://www.libertarian.co.uk/news/nr055.htm
DNA DATABASE "ABHORRENT" SAYS FREE MARKET AND CIVIL
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
"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
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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
He can be contacted for further comment on 07956 472 199
or by email at sean@...
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