Shockingly, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled yesterday that police can take DNA from people they arrest and enter it into a national database. They can do this even if the person is wrongfully arrested.
“Taking and analyzing a cheek swab of the arrestee DNA is, like fingerprinting and photographing, a legitimate police booking procedure that is reasonable under the Fourth Amendment,” Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the court’s five-justice majority.
In a scathing dissent, Justice Scalia said, “Make no mistake about it: because of today’s decision, your DNA can be taken and entered into a national database if you are ever arrested, rightly or wrongly, and for whatever reason."
"So bad," Glenn said. "So bad, so bad, so bad."
Ted Cruz has denounced the decision. He said in a statement, “Today’s unfortunate U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Maryland v. King, by a vote of 5-4, expands government power, invades our liberty, and undermines our constitutional rights."