Brits show they’re still ahead of the Colonies   2 comments

… in the pursuit of defending the public from thoughtcrime. Next step: get them indexed while they’re still children…

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.

Where “the debate” (at least in Mr. Pugh’s mind) seems to be centered on whether or not to screen kids as young as five. Book ’em, Dano. Put them on a list now, just in case. After all, we can keep that list a secret, right?

[edited to add: More commentary over at Bruce’s blog]

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Posted March 16, 2008 by padraic2112 in politics, security, social

2 responses to “Brits show they’re still ahead of the Colonies

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  1. What a great idea. Less visionary minds might think that if we can identify possible offenders as young as five that interventions to reduce their risk of criminal behavior would be the way to go. But that would be expensive. Much better to catalog them so that punishing them is cheaper and easier when they do fulfill their destiny. Of course they’ve missed the obvious (and cheap) solution of just waiting till the kids are about 9 to identify them and throw them into sweatshops. Cheap labor + crime prevention, now that’s progressive.

    Ugh.

  2. I’m gonna go watch Minority Report now…

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