Riots are a tough nut for law enforcement in part because of the sheer number of people involved--it's impossible to stop and arrest every person involved in a skirmish. That's why cops have some pretty high-tech methods for catching suspects, from facial recognition software to debilitating sonic cannons. But none is as bizarre as this new DNA gun from a UK security firm.
The SelectaDNA High Velocity System works like it sounds--it shoots people with pellets containing a unique DNA fingerprint. Unlike rubber-pellet guns, Tasers or tear gas canisters, the technology does not deter or disable the suspect--he or she can get away seemingly unscathed. But later, authorities can track down the suspect and arrest him or her "at a less confrontational time for officers," according to the company. Portable readers equipped with ultraviolet light scanners would be able to verify the synthetic DNA.
The pellets come in rifle or pistol form, containing 14 pellets per container. All pellets in a pack have the same DNA code. That means you could tag a lot of people at one event, but you couldn't necessarily single him or her out in the crowd--so it would still be hard to tell who may have incited a riot, rather than just taken part.
Apparently Selectamark (what a name) also makes DNA grease, gel and spray to tag personal belongings or other items. It could conceivably be used to tag money in a bank heist, for instance--instead of a lot of ink exploding in a bag, the would-be robbers would get DNA all over themselves. If it lands on clothing, it won't do the authorities any good, but if the pellets land on skin, their DNA mark will stay there for up to two weeks, according to the company. The equipment was unveiled at the gun trade show The SHOT Show in Las Vegas.
[via Daily Mail]
The public tagging has begun,......... DOOMmmmmmm! :(
So that means if you get tagged and know you have been tagged then hiding for 2 weeks defeats the purpose. Is this thing really going to work?
Wouldn't it be more useful to hit them with a clearly visible (or even an only UV visible) dye?
"You 300 people may have visited the bank the other day, we need to swab you all over for DNA samples." "You 300 people may have visited the bank the other day, please do a spin."
Then there is a question of transfer and misidentifying people because of transfer (of course only if transfer is possible).
So, how do you go about locating these folks to scan them later? I think that stop and scan roadblocks or whatever would cauyse significant legal challenges.
Plus there is no proof that the mark was actually made at a riot. You could certainly claim that the police marked you at some other time -- possibly when they arrested you.
Or you could use a paintball gun... Is this even progress anymore? Result would be the desired outcome.
Reminds me of the story when a child sees a TV information & picture looking for the criminal and the child asks his mother: 'Why didn't they arrest him when they took the photo?'
ford2go, I was thinking the same thing, how do you locate all those people in order to scan the DNA tag.
Also. So scientists are not allowed to modify DNA in medicine to create better medicine for the fear that the new DNA might cause mutation and create super-bacteria, but it's OK to shoot foreign DNA onto people's skins in an unclean street environment?
Hey, if the tags work on cattle, let see if we can treat people like cattle and tag them as well.
It should also be noted that this technology is used in Britain where the people are treated as subjects and not as citizens.
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Of course it's 'benign' DNA now. How long will it be before it contains some genetic disease or simply sterilizes the "criminal" so that they can't reproduce? It's a slippery slope, friends.
TAG'em and BAG'em.....
A slippery slope indeed. Why DNA?
Why not shoot people with paintballs with special difficult to remove, highly visible and electronically detectable ink?
Something glow-in-the-dark mildly radioactive for example.
Then they will be easily identified by everyone, and will have to turn themselves in.
It should just be an electronic device, very small, but it gets embedded in your body, and stays in your body for 24 hours or something, and it continues to give you small electric shocks until you report to the nearest police station to turn yourself in....like that new tv show continuum. Do the crime, pay the time.
or maybe have it be in that persons body forever until they report to a police station. don't break the law folks.
Why can't I read the comments on the women combatant and men's frailty article. It's been very entertaining and I'd like some more.
I guess the writer of the article,Shaunacy Ferro, did not like the comments, so they were BANNED?
Maybe we have a closed minded writer, perhaps, hmmmm?.
Ken Weinberger is not so sure this is a good idea.
Today's street protester is tomorrows public servant or elected official. What public injustice, leads hundreds or thousands into the streets to protest? Why doesn't science look into the causes behind protest? In America, the right to protest an injustice is protected by law. Why is it impossible to think a person who has every legal right to walk down a public street, is a member or participant in a demonstration? Can't Science calculate the mathematical possibility of an individual being in the wrong place at the wrong time? What about a child finding a small pellet or berry on the sidewalk and in curiosity picking it up? The chances of getting it wrong exceeds the science behind the tagging. Why not just sweep up a few dozen people at random while a protest is going on and send them off to punishment and prisons? It satisfies the public need to feel protected, and the police's need to claim that they are "doing something to address the issue and protect society." Why not spend all that money on good old fashion propaganda, or "Official State Sanctioned lies" in the public interest. Serves the same purpose, at a fraction of the cost. Guilty of protesting injustice and being a criminal, until proven innocent.
This certainly will help with the increasingly common law enforcement problem of pesky people with cameras recording arrests. It's always much more effective to arrest people in the middle of the night in their homes, or at obscure places when they are alone. The "crime deterrent" effect of secret disappearances is always much greater in motivating an unruly populace to cower in their homes rather to than to engage in public protest. Hail Gestapo!
Why not just use a simple UV identifiable ink vs shooting strange DNA into people's skin?
Besides I can see this being abused.
The last thing this world needs is more tools for the powers that be to use in putting down anyone challenging their authority.