Libertarian Alliance: Wipe All DNA Records
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"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
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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
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available from Hampden Press at http://www.hampdenpress.co.uk.
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