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5 September, 2007

Well, he can't have it

Judge wants everyone in UK on DNA database.
I know narrative imperative demands that judges are out-of-touch with the modern world, but the complacent assertion that 'putting everybody's DNA on file should be "for the absolutely rigorously restricted purpose of crime detection and prevention"' betrays startling trust in state benevolence, even naïvity.

Last night, I watched 'Touch of Evil', the 1958 film about a well-regarded but corrupt police officer responsible for framing murder suspects, leading to numerous wrongful executions. One line jumped out at me:

A policeman's job is only easy in a police state.

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