Thursday, May 15, 2008

Shouldn't we be outraged??

Do you want the government to own your DNA?

Cause they will.

Bush signed a bill earlier this month that allows the DNA of all newborns to be taken and databased by the government.


And people think he's conservative............

"President Bush last week signed into law a bill which will see the federal government begin to screen the DNA of all newborn babies in the U.S. within six months, a move critics have described as the first step towards the establishment of a national DNA database.

Described as a "national contingency plan" the justification for the new law S. 1858, known as The Newborn Screening Saves Lives Act of 2007, is that it represents preparation for any sort of "public health emergency."

The bill states that the federal government should "continue to carry out, coordinate, and expand research in newborn screening" and "maintain a central clearinghouse of current information on newborn screening... ensuring that the clearinghouse is available on the Internet and is updated at least quarterly"."


"Soon, under this bill, the DNA of all citizens will be housed in government genomic biobanks and considered governmental property for government research," Brase writes. "The DNA taken at birth from every citizen is essentially owned by the government, and every citizen becomes a potential subject of government-sponsored genetic research."

"The public is clueless. S. 1858 imposes a federal agenda of DNA databanking and population-wide genetic research. It does not require consent and there are no requirements to fully inform parents about the warehousing of their child's DNA for the purpose of genetic research."

This requires no consent. They will just take it. How insanely scary is that? You think you live in a free country?? Think again.

I don't know what if anything can be done about this since it has already been signed into law. It's just so disheartening. I don't understand why. Why do our government officials insist on pushing legislation that CLEARLY violates the Constitution? Oh I know........$$$$$. I can only imagine how much money is involved in this, how many contracts are out for the storage and maintenance of this database. I can only imagine how much of that money was given by lobbies to campaigns and elected officials. I can only imagine how much money is involved in the "research" that will be done our this DNA without consent of the person it came from.

My questions to our government are these: Why on earth do we need this? What possible public health crisis would require the DNA of an entire country? How does this benefit our nation? Why can't we opt out? Better yet why can't we opt in?

My question to you is this: How long will you sit idely by and allow our government to erode your freedoms? How long will you let 9/11 and the terror that occurred be your motivation for handing over what should be your rights? Do you realize how many rights we have surrendered since that day? When will it stop? When will we act, as a people, out of strength, not fear?

I hope, for our children's sake, that day is soon.

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