Sunday, April 27, 2008

Department of PreCrime?

Last month we found out that Scotland Yard is at the bleeding edge where science meets fiction - in wanting to establish it's own social darwinian version of Pre-Crime law enforcement capability.
Primary school children should be eligible for the DNA database if they exhibit behaviour indicating they may become criminals in later life, according to Britain's most senior police forensics expert.

Gary Pugh, director of forensic sciences at Scotland Yard and the new DNA spokesman for the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo), said a debate was needed on how far Britain should go in identifying potential offenders, given that some experts believe it is possible to identify future offending traits in children as young as five.

'If we have a primary means of identifying people before they offend, then in the long-term the benefits of targeting younger people are extremely large,' said Pugh. 'You could argue the younger the better. Criminologists say some people will grow out of crime; others won't. We have to find who are possibly going to be the biggest threat to society.'
Comes now my man Big Don with real news you can use on exactly how the 8th largest nation (California) might actually go about implementing yet another intriguing part of this paradigm;
California will adopt the most aggressive approach in the nation to a controversial crime-fighting technique that uses DNA to try to identify elusive criminals through their relatives, state Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown announced Friday.

Employing what is known as familial or "partial match" searching, the policy is aimed at identifying a suspect through DNA collected at a crime scene by looking for potential relatives in the state's genetic database of about a million felons. Once a relative is identified, police can use that person as a lead to trace the suspect.
Knowing (or believing as some of us do) that not only intelligence, but entire ranges of behavioral traits and proclivities can be ascertained from the genome, can't you already begin to see shape of things to come as genetic precogs scry the DNA runes to determine if you or your relatives have "tendencies", and, whether you or your relatives comprise "valid" investigative leads? Protect and serve indeed......,