I wrote recently concerning the collection of newborn DNA that has been going on virtually under the radar for the last ten years.  The article produced a major response from parents from all over the country who had no idea that they had signed anything agreeing to the testing.  The research for that article produced some other information that should be of interest.  Marti

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The Military Lawyer

Headquarters: Department of the Army

Excerpted page 1:

 

As of December 2002, the Repository, now known as the “Armed Forces Repository of Specimen Samples for the Identification of Remains,”6 contained the DNA of approximately 3.2 million service members.7   According to a recent DOD directive, the “provision of specimen samples by military members shall be mandatory.”8 The direction to a soldier, sailor, airman, or marine to contribute a DNA sample is a lawful order which, if disobeyed, subjects the service member to prosecution under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).9 If convicted at court-martial for the offense of violating a lawful general order, the service member carries the lifelong stigma of a federal felony conviction, and faces a maximum punishment of a dishonorable discharge, confinement for two years, total forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and reduction to the lowest enlisted grade.1

http://www.loc.gov/rr/frd/Military_Law/pdf/07-08-2003.pdf

 

I can understand the concept that this database could be used for battlefield identification, but knowing our history of leaving our dead and prisoners of war behind to facilitate the appeasement of other interests I do wonder why the Pentagon is keeping the DNA stored in a database for 75 years.  As the excerpt above shows, the DNA samples are not voluntary and there is no right to have the samples destroyed when military service ends.    

 

This database of 3.2 million military members is routinely accessed and shared with law enforcement among other entities.  This is the CODIS database that is the result of linking unrelated databases.  Military DNA data is merged with criminal data, medical data, genealogical data, newborn DNA data, insurance data, and multiple other applications crossing state and international lines.  And yes, Virginia, this information is shared with foreign governments.

 

The DNA of individuals arrested is now collected routinely, even on misdemeanor cases and merged with collected databases from the military and then merged with international databases.

 

Ownership of the military DNA repository contents resides with the government.  This means they can use it for whatever purpose they deem appropriate.  The combination of surveillance, biometrics, and video camera’s along with facial recognition are now combined with DNA databases to form an identifiable file on almost anyone and everyone. The representative of the repository sites the new found ability to implement routine mass surveillance of large segments of the population without the need for warrants or formal investigations.   

 

 

It would seem that since so many of us are repelled by the idea of being forced to comply with invasive RFID chips, or other biometric identifiers, the government has found some really innovative ways to ID and spy on us at will, and at the same time to collect body tissues and samples that identify not only who we are, but whom we came from.  Entire families can now be identified going forward and backward for generations. Why would our government, or any government for that matter find this necessary?

 

As it turns out, the same government that has denounced stem cell research and refuses to fund it, is at the same time allowing and funding fetal tissue research through the Department of Defense.   It is the same government that is conducting bio-weapons development with an eye on targeting specific DNA traits that include ethnicity.  It is the same government that has established bio labs across the country including in many of our universities, engaging in the development of ever more lethal strains of weaponized diseases including pandemic producing viruses.    

 

The newborn database is only part of a larger scheme to assemble a multi-national DNA database that will encompass every individual, not only in our country, but in every country in the world. 

 

One has to wonder what the end objective is.  DNA is so specific to the individual, that this information should not be shared or contributed unless specifically looking for disease markers, or in other specific instances.  The idea that it is being actively collected, with no real explanation being given for the true purpose, is at best, unsettling. 

 

If anyone out there has any conclusive evidence that would indicate that there is a legitimate objective in this collection of DNA, other than identifying dead military personnel, I would like to see it.  As it is, I can’t find anything other than what relates to government sponsored surveillance and spying.

 

Anyone??

 

© 2008 Marti Oakley