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Libertarian Alliance: Wipe All DNA Records

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  • Dr Sean Gabb
    NEWS RELEASE FROM THE LIBERTARIAN ALLIANCE In Association with the Libertarian International Release Date: Saturday 23rd February 2008 Release Time: Immediate
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 23, 2008
      In Association with the Libertarian International

      Release Date: Saturday 23rd February 2008
      Release Time: Immediate

      Contact Details:
      Dr Sean Gabb on 07956 472 199 or via sean@...

      For other contact and link details, see the foot of this message
      Release url: http://www.libertarian.co.uk/news/nr063.htm

      "Close Down the DNA Database" Says Libertarian Alliance

      The Libertarian Alliance, the radical free market and civil liberties
      pressure group, today calls on the British Government to close down its
      DNA database and wipe the records.

      The murder convictions of Steve Wright and Mark Dixie within the past few
      days - both allegedly as a result of DNA evidence - have led to calls for
      all British adults to be forcibly included in the DNA database.

      Libertarian Alliance Director, Sean Gabb, says:

      "These calls are not prompted by the recent convictions. The convictions
      are being made an excuse for rolling out plans that have long existed in
      the Home Office.

      "We do not need a database state to fight crime. That needs real
      punishments for real crimes and efficient policing. These things alone
      could take crime back to the levels of the 1950s.

      "We are told these two murders were only solved by using DNA matching.
      This may be true - though the police are notorious liars. Even so,
      catching two murderers, though important, is not worth a database state.

      "Give the Government samples of our DNA and it will have potentially
      tyrannical powers over us. You may insist you have nothing to fear from a
      database of your DNA. After all, the authorities keep promising how much
      safer it will make you. But do you want your children to go 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?

      "Bear in mind that, with a certainty not known since the 1940s, the
      relevant scientists are proclaiming that your destiny is in your genes.
      This may be true. Whatever the case, it is and will remain the consensus.
      Can you believe it will never be attractive to politicians ignorant of
      the science, but struggling with the problems of crime control and
      ballooning health budgets?

      "Do you want grandchildren? Or do you want to risk seeing your genes
      scientifically combed from the general pool?"
      The Libertarian Alliance calls on the British Government to reject all
      proposals to expand the existing DNA database, and to wipe all records so
      far gathered.


      Note(s) to Editors

      Dr Sean Gabb is the Director of the Libertarian Alliance. His latest
      book, Cultural Revolution, Culture War: How Conservatives Lost England,
      and How to Get It Back, may be downloaded for free from
      http://tinyurl.com/34e2o3. It may also be bought. 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

      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 support of freedom and against statism in all its forms.
      These are freely available at http://www.libertarian.co.uk

      Our postal address is

      The Libertarian Alliance
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      The Libertarian International - http://www.libertarian.to - is a sister
      organisation to the Libertarian Alliance. Its mission is to coordinate
      various initiatives in the defence of individual liberty throughout the

      Sean Gabb's personal website - http://www.seangabb.co.uk - contains about
      a million words of writings on themes interesting to libertarians and

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      member Christian Michel, Liberalia publishes in-depth papers in French
      and English on libertarianism and free enterprise. It is a prime source
      of documentation on these issues for students and scholars.

      Sean Gabb
      Director, The Libertarian Alliance
      Tel: 07956 472 199

      sean@... http://www.seangabb.co.uk
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