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On the Obama reference to Reagan -- typical political knee-jerk reaction. Its almost as if no democrat is allowed to utter the word "Reagan" no matter what words surround it. Did anybody bother to listen what he said about Reagan? Its not particularly controversial. Its sickening what american politics has come to.
On DNA collection:
As your guest said, fingerprints are rare, and the emphasis is still on interrogation and eyewitness testimony. Given the potential abuses of interrogation, and the notoriously unreliable nature of eyewitness identification, why wouldn't we want a more objective way to identify lawbreakers? I think I don't understand the risks of abuse that are implied in these discussions. Why shouldn't we employ every method to properly identify those who have committed a crime? It almost seems as if there is an unspoken suggestion that it would somehow not be cricket for law enforcement to regularly use this type of identification. Wouldn't it be more likely to result in fewer wrongful arrests and prosecutions?
Another issue here is that there is still racial discrimination in who is stopped, questioned and arrested. This leads to an unfair number of minorities having their DNA on record than their white counterparts (who may have committed a crime but were never pursued).
It also may lead to less traditional police investigation - which is a necessary compliment to DNA information. It leads to a slippery slope...
Discrimination/fraud utilizing DNA will become a crime of the future. I do not feel comfortable with the government holding my DNA sample. Credit information is lost by organizations on a regular basis and no security system is perfect.
If the financial industry is in such a mess, how come 07 year-end bonuses were so great? Is that just a continuation of the fraud that the financial industry perpetrated on the citizens of the U.S.? What legal actions is the governor directing be taken regarding the subprime debacle, including the derivative instruments?
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