Genetic DNA Patdowns Coming

Now, we learn that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), of which TSA is a part, is planning to test portable technology for DNA screening. Which means that the day may not be far off when the TSA starts deploying the technology at airports to scan and inspect individual travelers’ genetic information, effectively documenting and storing copies of individual DNA codes. Not surprisingly, the TSA denies that this would happen, claiming at its blog: “TSA is not testing and has no plans to use any technology capable of testing DNA.” However, the denial is not very comforting, since the same blog entry also states: “DHS S&T expects to receive a prototype DNA analyzer device this summer to conduct a preliminary evaluation of whether this kind of technology could be considered for future use. At this time, there are no DHS customers, nor is there a timeline for deployment, for this kind of technology — this is a simply a preliminary test of how the technology performs.” The DHS is not going to test technology it does not envision ever using, and if the test is “successful” it is hard to imagine the TSA not conducting genetic pat-downs at airports.

via Genetic DNA Patdowns Coming.

For those of you who didn’t really mind the pat downs or full body scan (read: irradiation), the TSA is working on a new method to turn people into cattle that might finally get you at least a little bit irked. How this supposedly would do ANYTHING to prevent someone from getting on a plane with a bomb or other weapon is beyond me, but I don’t doubt for a second they’d do it (after all, it’s been shown that things can still fairly easily make it through the scans and patdowns). And what better excuse to create a national DNA database (which I’m SURE would never be used for something like, idk, eugenics) than to cry “Terrorism!”? War is Peace, after all. We can only be safe by giving up privacy…

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