Sins of a distant relative

Tracing a crime suspect through a relative – Los Angeles Times:

Police have determined through DNA and other evidence that the killings were the work of a single person. But the DNA does not match any of the millions of genetic profiles of convicted criminals in law enforcement databases, and detectives have few other clues.

Now Los Angeles Police Department investigators want to search the state’s DNA database again — not for exact matches but for any profiles similar enough to belong to a parent or sibling.

The hope is that one of those family members might lead detectives to the killer.

This strategy, pioneered in Britain, is poised to become an important crime-fighting tool in the United States. The Los Angeles case will mark the first major use of California’s newly approved familial searching policy, the most far-reaching in the nation.

But the idea of scrutinizing families based exclusively on their possible genetic relationship to an unknown suspect makes privacy advocates and legal experts nervous. They argue that it effectively expands criminal databases to include every offender’s relatives, a potentially unconstitutional intrusion.

“There is kind of a queasiness about having the sins of your father come back to haunt you,” said Stanford University law professor Hank Greely, who supports familial searching despite those concerns. “It feels like we’re holding people responsible for the crimes of their family.”

Because the technology isn’t perfect, families with no connection to the perpetrator inevitably will be investigated, some scientists and legal experts say.

If you have done nothing wrong, you have nothing to fear.

This is their mantra.

Meanwhile, they do everything in their power to prevent us from exercising our most fundamental right in order to defend ourselves from the rapists and murderers.

But fear not, the “authorities” will be coming right along to wipe up the mess and follow trails of incomplete DNA until they wreck several innocent lives before they (might) find the real perpetrator.  Not that it will do you any good.  You’ll still be dead.  Or raped.

Ask this:  How have they accumulated a database of DNA profiles for those who have never committed a crime?  Such information must already exist, if they are pursuing leads through relatives via partial DNA matches.  This is an inescapable conclusion.

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