Residents in a Reading, Pennsylvania are asking questions after a government contractor, with the help of local Pennsylvania law enforcement, corralled drivers into a checkpoint where they pressured into giving DNA samples.
Drivers in Reading, Pennsylvania are claiming they were forced off the road by employees of the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, a contractor hired by the Federal Government to conduct stops across the nation. The government checkpoint used local police officers to intimidate drivers into a parking lot where they were asked to give DNA samples.
Although the program, according to the Reading Police department, was voluntary, a number of residents claim they were never told they had a choice in the matter, and say they were intimidated into giving the samples.
The checkpoints, which have begun popping up throughout the country, are all part of a program funded by the Obama administration to collect medical data for use in combatting drunk driving.
But some see it as something much more sinister….
Earlier this year the Supreme Court cleared the way for the federal government’s new DNA database. In one of the most shocking rulings in quite some time, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that police departments can now collect DNA from anyone they arrest, regardless of guilt or innocence.
Since that ruling, DNA collection checkpoints have popped up throughout the country. In fact, just last month the Police Chief in Fort Worth, Texas had to publicly apologize after his police department allowed federal contractors to take breath, saliva and even blood samples from innocent drivers.
Fort Worth Police Chief Jeffrey Halstead told reporters, “We realize this survey caused many of our citizens frustration and we apologize for our participation.”
Without informing State officials, the federal government set up similar DNA collection checkpoints in Alabama’s St. Clair and Bibb Counties in June. As soon as Alabama Governor Robert Bentley learned about the checkpoints, he voiced his shock and outrage at the program, which he said he was unaware of:
I am instructing my Secretary of Law Enforcement, Spencer Collier, to investigate this issue. Like many people, I have questions about how and why these surveys were carried out along Alabama’s roads. We need to find out from the federal government exactly what is being done with the information that was collected. We’ll do everything we can to get to the bottom of the issue and make sure that the rights of our citizens are protected.
In my opinion, this is just one more example (a very Orwellian example) of how local police departments have become a de facto militarized arm of the federal government.