Feds Finally Admit They are Saving Blood From Baby Health Screenings to Track Their DNA for Life
The mass collection of people's DNA is becoming more popular in today's
society and is being used for monitoring, tracking, studying and
micromanaging people throughout their lives. Some people are noticing
this controlling trend of DNA collection and are rejecting these genetic
breaches of privacy.
DNA collection has been used on military men and women since the first Gulf War and has been proposed in immigration reform bills and National ID cards. The tactic can be found at the local level, at Independence Day events or even at church-sponsored gatherings. Some churches like this one [PDF] collect children's fingerprints and store them in a database called Fellowship One, which is a subsidiary of the Active Network, which services corporations and government bodies.
Police may even participate in the DNA collection brigade by setting up roadblocks that coerce law-abiding citizens to give up blood samples.
Mandating the collection of newborn's blood DNA by heel prickNow state and federal governments admit that blood taken from newborns is used to track those children throughout their school years and possibly for life. Of course, officials and those in charge say that DNA collection is about security and safety.
That's exactly what the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Act of 2007 implies -- that by giving up a child's DNA, lives are saved and people are protected. Recently, on June 26, 2014, this law was reauthorized by the US House of Representatives by a voice vote, mandating the collection of blood from every hospital newborn by heel prick.
Since 2007, newborns' blood was collected and screened for disease. Most hospitals discarded the DNA after the disease screening, but the new re-authorization of the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Act now mandates that the DNA be kept in a federal database for ongoing medical research.
In one state, Rhode Island, the DNA sample can now be used for tracking children's education progress for life, and that may only be the beginning, as genetic privacy is torn away from parents and children who do not know what's going on.
Race to the Top grant application reveals how states plan to track newborns' DNA for lifeThe state and federal government are now coming clean about using DNA of children for life. This can be found in Race to the Top grant applications filled out by states that accepted millions of dollars in federal bribe money. In Rhode Island's grant application, the Rhode Island Department of Education confessed that their state's newborn DNA database called KIDSNET is to be linked to the state's K-12 database, connecting DNA and education data of children for years. Talk about treating children as subjects of the state.
The 2011 grant application reads, "Another key asset is that Rhode Island provides universal newborn screening to all infants and enters the data into KIDSNET, a public health data system that is used by primary care providers to identify the need for follow-up on areas of concern. This database will be linked to Rhode Island's PK-20 database as we develop the Rhode Island Early Learning Data System using a unique child identifier so that there is the ability to track progress and child outcomes over time."
Even more disturbing -- parents are not being informed at the hospital of this breach of privacy. Medical professionals just do their jobs, handing over the DNA to the state databases. No parental consent is required. Parents are given no choice to opt out.
Under the 2007 law, both Nebraska and West Virginia mandated the blood screening, not allowing parents to opt out whatsoever, not even for religious reasons.
"It's not appropriate for the government to know that much about any human being, much less a young innocent citizen whose parents don't know it's being collected," said Jane Robbins, a senior fellow of the American Principles Project.
"There is no reason for them to have [DNA] information, certainly when parents are not required to consent," she said.
What do you think?Is DNA collection, monitoring, and tracking necessary for security and public health?
Why are parents not informed of DNA collection and not allowed to opt out?
How important is your privacy?
Are you a subject of institutions and government or are you a conscious individual with inalienable rights?
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