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News :: Human Rights
DNA dragnet in Truro
06 Jan 2005
Modified: 04:09:21 PM
The Truro police- along with the FBI- want every man in Truro to "voluntarily" give a DNA sample to help solve a three year old murder. If they don't the DA says they will come in for increased scrutiny. In other words, they will become suspects, since they currently have no suspects.
There was also a report about this on Channel 7 this evening. The police have no suspects, so they are going to harrass evey man in Truro to give a DNA sample. This will do something for the FBI, something for the Truro police, and something for the local DA. The Truro police will have some suspects to fool around with, however flimsy the suspicion may be. The FBI will be able to identify the people in the local community who are still vaguely informed on subjects like the Constitution, probable cause, etc., etc. I am sure that in spite of the DA's statements they will most likely also get the DNA samples "just in case" they need them again the future. And the DA will get to go out and say "look I have done everything you can possibly do to solve this crime. I am working for YOU the people of Cape Cod." Even though he is really trampling our rights and helping to turn this country into a half-baked third world dictatorship.

Why is this a bad idea?
1. This is an unreasonable search.
2. It violates the Constitutional protection against self-incrimination.
3. It fails to take into account that people in the US, and especially on the Cape, move around and do not necessarily stay in the same town 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
4. It fails to take into account the fact that people may have moved into or out of Truro over the past three years before the FBI brought in this idea.
5. It fails to take into account that a lot of people come to the Cape, and especially Truro and Provincetown in the summer, and they could easily have knowledge of the are and its people that ould still be useful, even in the middle of winter.
6. The people down there could "suddenly" realize the above things and decide they "need" to expand the dragnet to the entire Cape, or to all of Southeastern Massachusetts, or to SE Mass and RI (with FBI co-operation), etc. etc.

There is another article on here right now "Americans ceding too much freedom"
http://boston.indymedia.org/newswire/display/32731/index.php

Here it is. We are ceding it right now.

Police asked men to use the kit and voluntarily give saliva samples at a number of locations.
...
District Attorney Michael O'Keefe said that officials will look more closely at those who do not cooperate.
http://www.thebostonchannel.com/news/4051663/detail.html

A month ago, investigators from the office of Cape & Islands District Attorney Michael O'Keefe met with FBI behavioral assessment experts at FBI headquarters in Quantico, Va.

"It's another way to gain a fresh perspective on the case," said O'Keefe, who characterized the six-hour meeting as a "brainstorming session."
http://www.capecodonline.com/cctimes/truromystery5.htm

Cape & Islands
District Attorney Michael O'Keefe
OFFICE ADDRESS: P.O.Box 455
3231 Main Street
Barnstable, MA 02630

PHONE: (508) 362-8113
FAX: (508) 362-8221
http://www.mass.gov/da/cape/CONTACT.HTM

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Re: DNA dragnet in Truro
06 Jan 2005
This is the author. I just looked and saw 51 houses for sale in Truro in the midle of winter.
http://realestate.yahoo.com/display/realestate?ct_hft=table&re_cat=top&c

Probably virtually every one of these houses has a man in it on the average [say 2 in one, and zero in another, etc.]. If people are moving out of 50 houses a year, and the murder was three years ago, that is a bare minimum of 150 men they are not going to get samples on from this ill-advised dragnet operation.
Illegal And Immoral
06 Jan 2005
This is worse than 1984! And mindblowing that it's happening in Massachusetts! (Liberals don't put up with invasion of privacy.)
The gestapo tactics of harassment reminds me of the 50's...when McCarthy pulled the same crap.
Anyone who reads this? Should call your State Reps and State Senators!
Re: DNA dragnet in Truro
07 Jan 2005
Not be a nay-sayer, but the article you posted has nothing to do DNA dragnets. It'd be nice if you could post some sources for this.
UPDATE: DNA dragnet in Truro
10 Jan 2005
Stopping in the Highland Grill in Truro on a frigid Friday, Jeff Evans plunked down $2 for a brownie almost as big as a paperback. Then, at the prompting of a state police detective and a Truro police officer parked at the grill's counter, Mr. Evans, 46, a pest exterminator, wiped the inside of his cheek with a lollipop-like cotton swab, capturing a smidgen of genetic evidence to give to the government men. Sam Scherer, 18, another Highland Grill patron, had already done the same thing. So had Jerrid Bearse, 20.

While many residents have cooperated, some have complained that the DNA sweep is coercive.

"I think it's outrageous," said Dick Seed, 44, a Truro sign painter who called the American Civil Liberties Union to complain.

What's next?
Re: DNA dragnet in Truro
14 Jan 2005
for keith, there are two links right in the posting. one to a channel 5 story and one to a cape cod online story, both on the subject of the dna dragnet.