4 Ways the Fourth Amendment's Already Being Pummeled in a Non-Top Secret Way

The government will always insist it's acting within the law.

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3. The police can collect your DNA when they detain you.

reasonable?West Midlands Police/Foter.comEarlier this month, in the case of Maryland v. King, the Supreme Court ruled that police could extract DNA samples from arrestees. Such a move, the Court decided, was analogous to snapping a mug shot or taking fingerprints. That comparison, Justice Antonin Scalia wrote in a scathing dissent, “can seem apt only to those who know no more than today’s opinion has chosen to tell them about how those DNA searches actually work.”

Your DNA could remain in government records whether or not you are convicted of a crime. And the authorities seem eager to find new ways to collect it. Just this weekend, off-duty cops in Florida were performing traffic stops to offer drivers money for a DNA or blood sample, to be used in federal research on driving under the influence.

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  • AlgerHiss||

    This piece is quite dead on: The fourth amendment is barely alive. US civilian peace keeping hopes and prays the sheeple remain ignorant of a few simple words:

    Am I being detained?

    Am I free to go?

    No, I do not consent to any search of any kind.

  • Almanian!||


    Best pic in a long time. Alt Text to match. #WINNING

  • John Galt||

    Seizing our liberties isn't something the despots who rule over us could ever pull off in a day, they do it a piece here and a bit there. The end result is the same.

  • Bucky||

    and byte by byte...

  • MoMark||

    When listening to Obama & Clapper today, I suddenly had this feeling this entire country has fallen down a rabbit hole… and I might be having an acid flashback!

  • GroundTruth||

    With the greater part of the population ignorant of history and the basis of their own government, and more interested in the latest winner of "the Voice", and preoccupied with their own comfort, we who see the problem must be ever more clear, outspoken and forceful.

  • Bucky||

    ask a teen near you who were the
    brown shirts,(tell them first they're
    not a new band)...

  • LexLibertatis||

    They don't collect DNA when they detain you. Even in Maryland, DNA was only collected for serious offenders and after arraignment. The Court suggested it might be a problem to collect for all arrestees. It is still concerning, of course, but the tagline misleads.


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