Friday, 15 November, 2013 on Beach Street in North Fort Worth; the Fort Worth Police Traffic Division in conjunction with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration set up a traffic stop in order to intimidate citizens to give up DNA samples for “Government Research”. This story coming from NBC5DFW. A citizen Driver; Kim Cope while on lunch break was pulled over and asked for DNA samples and at a minimum a Blood Alcohol Content Test. Ms. Cope claims that she was offered ten dollars for cheek swabs, 50 dollars for blood samples; and at the very least they wanted a blood alcohol test administered. The testing was presented as “100 percent voluntary”; but since one is being tested for blood alcohol which could incriminate them; the tests are also considered unconstitutional by some.The people who were stopped were given a form with fine print which explains that they had been tested for blood alcohol prior to their consent with “passive blood alcohol sensors”. This is a clear violation of the fourth and fifth amendments.
The Fort Worth Police Department initially claimed to have no knowledge of any officer involvement. In all fairness NBC 5 in Dallas Fort Worth researched the matter and it was the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration who oversaw the event and it was federal contractors who actually collected samples. Channel five was, however able to uncover some information about this very suspicious government activity. The NHTSA, is spending nearly eight million over a three year period to cover thirty cities across the US. The purpose… to find out how many people drive with alcohol in their blood. Regardless of the reason, the government claims to do the test; one should be reminded that once you submit to the government, you have freely given your genetic information over to an overgrown, over bearing and highly incompetent bureaucracy. The fear is how else may these incompetent bureaucrats use your information against you to further erode your liberty.
The answer is simple folks just say NO. As an Op Ed writer, I am at liberty to give my opinion and free advice. If you should find yourself stopped and asked to relinquish your precious DNA, refuse and make the process as painful as possible for the federal government to gain such information. The reality is the government already has a majority of DNA on file if that is what they truly want. If you live in one of these cities do not cave to intimidation or pressure. Stand up for your liberty.