They Take Your DNA
The 5-4 Supreme Court ruling in Maryland v. King means that it is easier than ever for the U.S. government to obtain a sample of your DNA. Until recently, convicted felons had to submit to a cheek swab that placed a sample of their DNA in a nationwide database that could then link them to other crimes, past and future. Now, one only needs to be arrested before the police can take a sample. The conservative majority ruled that it was legal for authorities to take your DNA after arrest because it was no more intrusive than fingerprinting or taking a mugshot. Justice Scalia, writing the dissent, said that the new ruling established a "terrifying principle," especially for those who are innocent.