“Make no mistake about it: As an entirely predictable consequence of today’s decision, your DNA can be taken and entered into a national DNA database if you are ever arrested, rightly or wrongly, and for whatever reason. Perhaps the construction of such a genetic panopticon is wise. But I doubt that the proud men who wrote the charter of our liberties would have been so eager to open their mouths for royal inspection.”
So opined Justice Antonin Scalia in a dissent from the bench of the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing that DNA sampling violates the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition of unreasonable searches. That was the minority opinion in the court’s 5-to-4 ruling.
What do you think?
Is DNA sampling just a 21st century version of fingerprinting, or a violation of our rights?
Combining years of neurological research and mindfulness techniques, Dr. Heather Berlin helps us better understand how the body’s most complex organ can easily be misled into negative thinking - and how we can stop that from happening.