A Big Brother landmark has been passed with ten per cent of the population now stored on the Government’s DNA database.
In total, there are now an astonishing 5,532,847 individual profiles logged on the giant computer system – out of a population of 54million in England and Wales.
Around one million of those included on the system have never been convicted of any crime.
It will fuel the public backlash against the march towards a surveillance state, with polling released today showing eight out of ten voters are now fed-up with the increased use of surveillance powers.
Shadow Home Office Minister James Brokenshire said: ‘The Government has been obsessed with growing the DNA database for the sake of it regardless of guilt or innocence.
‘Despite being told that their approach is unlawful they have been dragging their feet about doing anything about it.
The polling, carried out for the civil liberties pressure group Big Brother Watch by PoliticsHome, found 45 per cent of respondents answered ‘strongly agree’ and 34 per cent ‘somewhat agree’ with the statement: ‘Our freedoms are being eroded by a Big Brother state’.
Only 16 per cent of those asked supported the use of CCTV cameras capable of recording conversations, and 82 per cent disagreed that placing microchips in refuse bins to monitor the waste thrown away by households was an acceptable measure to encourage recycling .
I have a song about this I wrote years ago. It is called, “I’m growing your clone.”
A person should own his/her DNA, thus making this act by the British government a crime of copy write infringement. A citizen can not copy a SONG, but the Government can pirate your DNA? Think about it… Your DNA! Surely a person’s DNA is the closest physical manifestation we currently have of the soul. (Once they learn how to copy the brain, that will be next, of course.)
If you ask me, people over there should be revolting. Well, some of them are.
There are currently 61 million British citizens (July 2009 estimate) compared to 305 million US citizens (Jan 2009 estimate). The US may (secretly?) have more actual DNA samples. (Remember when they had plenty of blood but kept asking people to donate after 9/11?)
… U.S. officials said that when the measure is fully implemented, roughly 1.2 million people a year could be added to the national database. – http://www.washingtonpost.com/
A little more research shows that my hunch was correct, and it’s no secret. The US has more samples. This according to the New York Times:
“The F.B.I., with a DNA database of 6.7 million profiles, expects to accelerate its rate of growth from 80,000 new entries a year to 1.2 million by 2012 — a 17-fold increase.
Score: US: 6.7 million DNA profiles. British: 5.5 million DNA profiles. Biggest Big Brother… the USA! “We’re number one! We’re number one!”