Well I do!
As a perfectly law abiding citizen of this country I have every right to walk past a policeman with him/her having absolutely no idea of who I am.
DNA testing is all very well but I believe that those who have reason to would find some way to get around it (hacking or whatever), and like ID cards there is NO evidence to show that crime rates would fall.
As for targeting children - sounds like Minority Report to me - this would be presuming that people are 'bad' for ever.
Many many people do silly things when they are young and grow up to be law abiding citizens.
This is just governments making it look as if they are doing something when they need to tackle the actual crimes and the reasons for them happening
I also have to agree with the ID cards situation. If they do introduce it i bet people who work in schools will be one of the first to have them.
Law abiding people will still be able to carry on as normal.
although you maybe law abiding how can others tell that you are?
This does happen, and has happened to me.
An example of country-wide hassle against law abiding citizens is animal rights. Sure, there are some who break laws, but those who don't still get hassle due to their beliefs. People who hold a stall and hand out information are arrested for fake reasons, people who hold a protest outside a shop get abused by the police or arrested. Having ways of tracking people easier will simply make the abuse easier.
Personally, I'd like to see the police do actual policework rather than relying on DNA for things - as it can and does get mixed up.
But all this happens now! DNA won't suddenly increase that.
It's just another scientific tool - would you not want them using fingerprints, CCTV images, other chemical testing eg. firearms residue? All of these can and have been mixed up in the past!
Another point with ID cards it is a common ID everyone will have. When you withdraw money from the bank they will know exactly who you are, this can prevent crime. When buying alcohol you know that the buyer is not underage.
Putting aside the personal freedom issues what are the proven benefits of ID cards. Has it proven to combat terrorism ? No. It's costly, it's unneeded and it's quite sinister the way it's being phased in. By the end of the year airport workers and foreign nationals outside the EU will have to carry one. If that's not stigmatising non-EU nationals and downright unfair on these groups then what is ?
And guess what...ID cards and the dna database will have little or no impact on the personal freedoms you want protected that you've listed. Those things you talk about can and will continue to happen irrespective of the introduction of these huge databases and bits of plastic.
As witch has already said it's nice to be able to walk down the street and for an official of some sort or copper NOT to know who you are. With the prevalence of cctv, the moves toward biometrics and new wireless technologies such as RFID it's going to be more difficult in the future not to become a tagged and bagged human parcel where all sorts of people know who you are or where you're going 24/7.
As I said previously having them doesn't make a difference to you walking down the street. I don't think having them will equip the police with psychic powers so they'll be none the wiser!
And it's never been known for a person genuinely over the age of 18 to buy booze for 14 year olds has it ? :rolleyes: