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Wisconsin Police To Begin Forcibly Taking DNA For ALL Misdemeanor Convictions

 James Lawler

This article was written by Jay Syrmopoulos and originally published at The Free Thought Project

Starting April 1st, felons will no longer be the only ones in the state of Wisconsin to have their DNA forcibly taken. The state is expanding its DNA collection regime to include ALL criminal misdemeanor convictions.

The new law being implemented is expected to exponentially increase the number of samples being analyzed in Madison. The current number of DNA profiles created, from the felons’ samples, ranges from 10,000-12,000 per year.

Of those cases, 550 positive hits were made on unsolved cases, according to Fox 6.

The number of samples is expected to potentially increase to an estimated 60,000 samples being collected per year. Police make the case that perhaps thousands of unsolved crimes could be solved.

“We will save lives. We will save people from becoming sexual assault victims, shooting victims because of the evidence that is collected and out there,” said Brian O’Keefe, with the Department of Justice.

But the infringement upon individual liberties didn’t go unnoticed.

Currently, every time a new felon is convicted, a DNA sample is taken. The sample is tested at the State Crime Lab, creating a DNA profile. Police then input this data into a database and attempt to see if that DNA was found at the scene of any unsolved crimes.

Rep. David Craig (R-Big Bend) made the very important point that for the first time in Wisconsin’s history, DNA would be taken from suspects who have not been convicted, but are accused of a violent crime.

“I think there is a strong contingent of us that say before they have their due process exhausted in the court system, they should maintain something as personal as DNA. We have a job to balance security, and safety versus individual liberty for those who have not had their day in court,” Rep. Craig said.

The idea of taking a person’s DNA without a conviction was first brought forth by Governer Scott Walker in 2013, but it did not sit well with many conservative Republicans. As a compromise, a list of offenses for which DNA could be collected upon arrest was reduced to “just” the most violent crimes on the book.

Rightly the ACLU claimed the compromise did not nearly go far enough.

“One’s personal autonomy, one’s privacy can get eroded by a thousand cuts,” ACLU of Wisconsin Executive Director Chris Ahmuty said.
The ACLU says they have a number of serious problems with the new law. The most pressing issue being privacy concerns — specifically for those whose DNA is collected, but a conviction never happens.

“The state of Wisconsin is not ready for this,” Ahmuty said.

The state claims that samples collected upon arrest will only be tested after establishing probable cause and that if a suspect is never convicted, after a year, the sample would be removed.

“Frankly, I wonder if the criminal justice system is up to the task,” Ahmuty said.

In a controversial Supreme Court ruling in 2013, the precedent was set that says the state can take a citizen’s DNA upon arrest.

It seems the state falsely looks upon DNA much the same as a simple, unique identifier such as a fingerprint. The problem with this line of thinking is the that vast amounts of the most private data contained in DNA must also be relinquished to the state.

There seems something inherently wrong with having to give up the actual code that makes us, as it is the most private thing that can exist. It has the power potentially to recreate you. Obviously DNA is so much more than just a simple and unique identifier.

Should something as precious as our individual code of life ever be allowed to be taken by the state?


Brandon Smith



  1. I can’t believe Scott Walker calls himself a conservative, and yet supports this. Please do what I did, call and tell them how you feel. I’ll post the number for the governor’s office. I was going to move to Wisconsin and start my farm, not anymore. I won’t even visit now. If they won’t listen via ballot box, then I’ll vote with my wallet. Come back to REAL liberty, then I’ll come back
    Governor’s Walker’s office 608-266-1212

  2. We own Ourselves, if they want Our DNA, images,iris, and finger prints then they Will have to ask or pay Us, If not they are Stealing. We own the copyrights to ourselves! Can you say Identity theft!

  3. With Genes and DNA now being approved for Patent, really do you think one owns ones self? Think again…

    Date: 11/28/04

    Still think you’re free ? Still think all you have to do is vote the incumbent out of office and everything will automatically return to ‘normal’ ? It’s too late ! Protesting, voting, or – laughably – letters to the editor won’t change anything! Look at the corporate info I found at the Delaware Secretary of State website at:

    Here is just a short listing, and there are probably many more in other states that we have not yet found:

    INTERNAL REVENUE TAX AND AUDIT SERVICE (IRS) FOR-PROFIT General Delaware Corporation Incorporation date 7/12/33 File No. 0325720
    FEDERAL RESERVE ASSOCIATION (Federal Reserve) NON-PROFIT Delaware Corporation Incorporation date 9/13/14 File No. 0042817
    CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AUTHORITY INC. (CIA) FOR-PROFIT General Delaware Corporation Incorporation Date 3/9/83 File No. 2004409

    background info:
    Transfers: With the National Security Council to the Executive Office of the President by Reorganization Plan No. 4 of 1949, effective August 20, 1949; to independent agency status by EO 12333, December 4, 1981.

    Central Intelligence Group established under the National Intelligence Authority by Presidential directive, January 22, 1946, to plan and coordinate foreign intelligence activities. By National Intelligence Authority Directive 4, April 2, 1946, NIA assumed supervision of the SSU dissolution during spring and summer 1946, assigning some components to Central Intelligence Group at request of Director of Central Intelligence, and effecting incorporation of the remaining units into other War Department organizations. SSU officially abolished by General Order 16, SSU, October 19, 1946. Central Intelligence Group and National Intelligence Authority abolished by National Security Act, which created the CIA, 1947. SEE 263.1.

    FEDERAL LAND ACQUISITION CORP. FOR-PROFIT General Delaware Corporation Incorporation Date 8/22/80 File No. 0897960
    RTC COMMERCIAL ASSETS TRUST 1995-NP3-2 FOR PROFIT Delaware Statutory Trust Incorporation Date 10/24/95 File No. 2554768.
    Trust — a fiduciary relationship in which one party holds legal title to another’s property for the benefit of a party who holds equitable title to the property. Who holds the equitable title? Ever notice property deeds state ‘tenant’ when referring to the supposed owner? We are ruled by fictitious entities — corporations are fictions.

    Uh, ohhh…

    SOCIAL SECURITY CORP, DEPART. OF HEALTH, EDUCATION AND WELFARE FOR PROFIT General Delaware Corporation Incorporation date: 11/13/89 File No. 2213135

    Double, uh, ohhh…

    UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, INC. NON-PROFIT Delaware Corporation Incorporation Date 4/19/89 File No. 2193946

    Keep in mind – these are just the listings I could find. For example, I tracked down the Bureau of Engraving and Printing – in the state of Texas (foreign corp from the District of Columbia).

    This means, as ‘citizens,’ we are assets of the corporation. It doesn’t matter who is in office, the board of directors and the shareholders own and run the country – just as in any other corporation. Roosevelt’s quote has an entirely different meaning now:

    “The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the large centers has owned the government of the U.S. since the days of Andrew Jackson.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt in a letter written Nov. 21, 1933 to Colonel E. Mandell House

    The thing to find out, and I’m hoping the corporate records will show, is who are the shareholders? Who profits – for example – from the ‘private, for-profit, corporate CIA’ or the ‘private, for-profit, corporate IRS’ or the ‘private, for-profit Social Security’ – that those in charge are now telling us is ‘broke.’ Who is on the board of directors of ‘UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, INC.’

    Ask anyone you know if they are aware of this. Call your congressman’s office and ask them. Why doesn’t anyone know? Why isn’t this casually mentioned in the news? ‘The Board of Directors of the United States of America, Inc., today ruled……..’ ‘The Board of Directors of the Social Security……..’ ‘Today, the Central Intelligence Authority filed as a private for-profit corporation.’ Why do those in charge never mention this ? Why, searching on any search engine, doesn’t this information come up ?

    Because we’re being lied to !

    Ever wonder why those who fight the IRS are not allowed to bring up their Constitutional Rights in tax court ? Constitutional Rights do not apply in an equity court. Contract law supersedes individual and Constitutional Rights. Corporate law is a totally different animal from common law. Ask any corporate attorney !

    You’ve inadvertently signed contracts with this bastard entity posing as the ‘free’ United States of America – when you registered to vote, when you applied for a checking account (at a Federal Reserve corp bank – look at your signature card, it states you will comply with all rulings from the Secretary of the Treasury), when you applied for a social security card…..

    Ever look at the trust corporations (such as the RESOLUTION TRUST CORP (RTC) associated with the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, INC.? Trust – a fiduciary relationship in which one party holds legal title to another’s property for the benefit of a party who holds equitable title to the property. Who holds the equitable title? Ever notice property deeds state ‘tenant’ when referring to the supposed owner ?

    We are ruled by fictitious entities – corporations are fictions.

    We have been lied to, our entire lives, that we are free !

    The United States is owned, lock, stock, and barrel, each of us as citizens of the United States is owned. The question to which I want the answer is: Who owns us ?

    “The few who understand the system, will either be so interested in its profits, or so dependent on its favors that there will be no opposition from that class, while on the other hand, the great body of people, mentally incapable of comprehending the tremendous advantages…will bear its burden without complaint, and perhaps without suspecting that the system is inimical to their best interests.” – Rothschild Brothers of London communique to associates in New York June 25, 1863

    Another U.S. Corporation – U.S. Treasury

    If you didn’t follow our contributed piece last week on how major U.S. government agencies are being set up as corporations, you want to be sure to click over to below link and read up. Then, read this from our intrepid researcher:

    I found another one – This is time-consuming ! ! !

    UNITED STATES TREASURY / U.S. TREASURY, INC. Incorporation Date 02/08/1990 File No. 2221617 For profit General Delaware Corporation.”

    Yes, we are planning to write a couple of simple emails. Maybe I’m dumb, but why are all the major government agencies set up as corporations ? ? ? One email will go to the Secretary of State of Delaware asking how and WHY it is that all these agencies are taking out corporate personas – isn’t the beloved Constitution good enough for the dweebs in charge any more? And for the agents (for whom service is permitted) what about a letter asking for a)corporate minutes as a shareholder, and b) a request for notification of the annual shareholders meeting as required by Delaware law ?

    And, they say, Matrix ? Yeah, right !

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