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The House recently voted to encourage and fund forcible extraction of DNA samples from millions of people who are arrested but not convicted:


Big brother, here we come.

If you're interested in how your representative voted, here's the vote:


To my disappointment but not to my surprise, my representative, Capuano, voted in favor.


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On May 23rd, 2010 12:37 am (UTC), twe commented:
So, basically, if you're ever arrested for anything (on the list of crimes) your DNA goes into the federal convicted offender databases? There's no provision for have DNA of people deemed innocent by trial removed?
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On May 23rd, 2010 04:54 pm (UTC), psychohist replied:
It sounds to me like that is it. It already happens with federal arrests, but there are only a few thousand of those per year, versus millions here.

Obviously the database is misnamed.
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On May 24th, 2010 12:11 am (UTC), treptoplax commented:
Didn't the UK have something very like this, which the new government is making noises about dismantling?

It's entirely possibly I'm misremembering the specifics. I suppose in any event it's too much to ask that we make new mistakes, rather than repeating somebody else's...
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