Monday, February 5, 2007


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U.S. Set to Begin a Vast Expansion of DNA Sampling By JULIA PRESTON New rules will allow the collection of DNA from most people arrested or detained by federal authorities. The new forensic DNA sampling was authorized by Congress in a little-noticed amendment to a January 2006 renewal of the Violence Against Women Act, which provides protections and assistance for victims of sexual crimes. The amendment permits DNA collecting from anyone under criminal arrest by federal authorities, and also from illegal immigrants detained by federal agents.
Over the last year, the Justice Department has been conducting an internal review and consulting with other agencies to prepare regulations to carry out the law.
The goal, justice officials said, is to make the practice of DNA sampling as routine as fingerprinting for anyone detained by federal agents, including illegal immigrants. Until now, federal authorities have taken DNA samples only from convicted felons.
The law has strong support from crime victims’ organizations and some women’s groups, who say it will help law enforcement identify sexual predators and also detect dangerous criminals among illegal immigrants.
"Obviously, the bigger the DNA database, the better," said Lynn Parrish, the spokeswoman for the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, based in Washington. "If this had been implemented years ago, it could have prevented many crimes. Rapists are generalists. They don’t just rape, they also murder."
Peter Neufeld, a lawyer who is a co-director of the Innocence Project, which has exonerated dozens of prison inmates using DNA evidence, said the government was overreaching by seeking to apply DNA sampling as universally as fingerprinting.
"Whereas fingerprints merely identify the person who left them," Mr. Neufeld said, "DNA profiles have the potential to reveal our physical diseases and mental disorders. It becomes intrusive when the government begins to mine our most intimate matters."
Immigration lawyers said they did not learn of the measure when it passed last year and were dismayed by its sweeping scope.
"This has taken us by storm," said Deborah Notkin, a lawyer who was president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association last year. "It’s so broad, it’s scary. It is a terrible thing to do because people are sometimes detained erroneously in the immigration system."
Immigration lawyers noted that most immigration violations, including those committed when people enter the country illegally, are civil, not criminal, offenses. They warned that the new law would make it difficult for immigrants to remove their DNA profiles from the federal database, even if they were never found to have committed any serious violation or crime.
Under the new law, DNA samples would be taken from any illegal immigrants who are detained and would normally be fingerprinted, justice officials said. Last year federal customs, Border Patrol and immigration agents detained more than 1.2 million immigrants, the majority of them at the border with Mexico. About 238,000 of those immigrants were detained in immigration enforcement investigations. A great majority of all immigration detainees were fingerprinted, immigration officials said. About 102,000 people were arrested on federal charges not related to immigration in 2005.
While the proposed rules have not been finished, justice officials said they were certain to bring a huge new workload for the F.B.I. laboratory that logs, analyzes and stores federal DNA samples. Federal Bureau of Investigation officials said they anticipated an increase ranging from 250,000 to as many as 1 million samples a year.
The laboratory currently receives about 96,000 samples a year, said Robert Fram, chief of the agency’s Scientific Analysis Section.
DNA would not be taken from legal immigrants who are stopped briefly by the authorities, justice officials said, or from legal residents who are detained on noncriminal immigration violations.
"What this does is move the DNA collection to the arrest stage," said Erik Ablin, a Justice Department spokesman. "The general approach," he said, "is to bring the collection of DNA samples into alignment with current federal fingerprint collection practices." He said the department was "moving forward aggressively" to issue proposed regulations.
The 2006 amendment was sponsored by two border state Republicans, Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona and Senator John Cornyn of Texas. In an interview, Mr. Kyl said the measure was broadly drawn to encompass illegal immigrants as well as Americans arrested for federal crimes. He said that 13 percent of illegal immigrants detained in Arizona last year had criminal records.
"Some of these are very bad people," Mr. Kyl said. "The number of sexual assaults committed by illegal immigrants is astonishing. Right now there is a fingerprint system in use, but it is not as thorough as it could be."
Ms. Parrish, of the rape victims’ organization, pointed to the case of Angel Resendiz, a Mexican immigrant who was known as the Railroad Killer. Starting in 1997, Mr. Resendiz committed at least 15 murders and numerous rapes in the United States. Over the years of his rampage, Mr. Resendiz was deported 17 times. He was executed in Texas in June.
"That was 17 missed opportunities to collect his DNA," Ms. Parrish said. "If he had been identified as the perpetrator of the first rapes, it would have prevented later ones."
Immigration lawyers said the DNA sampling could tar illegal immigrants with a criminal stigma, even though most of them have never committed any criminal offense.
"To equate somebody with a possible immigration violation in the same category as a suspected sex offender is an outrage," said David Leopold, an immigration lawyer who practices in Cleveland.
Forensic DNA is culled either from a tiny blood sample taken from a fingertip (the F.B.I.’s preferred method) or from a swab of the inside of the mouth. Federal samples are logged into the F.B.I.’s laboratory, analyzed and transformed into profiles that can be read by computer. The profiles are loaded into a database called the National DNA Index System.
The F.B.I. also loads DNA profiles from local and state police into the federal database and runs searches. Only seven states now collect DNA from suspects when they are arrested; of those, only two states are authorized by their laws to send those samples to the federal database.
Mr. Neufeld, of the Innocence Project, said his group supported broad DNA collection from convicted criminals. But, he said, "There is no demonstrable nexus between being detained for an immigration matter and the likelihood you are going to commit some serious violent crime."
The DNA amendment has divided women’s groups that are usually unified supporters of the Violence Against Women Act, which was adopted in 1994.
"We were stunned by the extraordinary, broad sweep of this amendment," said Lisalyn Jacobs, vice president for government relations at Legal Momentum, a law group founded by the National Organization for Women. Ms. Jacobs recalled that the amendment had been adopted by a voice vote with little debate. She said many lawmakers eager to renew the act, which enjoys solid bipartisan support, appeared unaware of the scope of the DNA amendment.
"The pervasive problems of profiling in the United States will only be exacerbated by such a system," Ms. Jacobs said, because Latino and other immigrants will be greatly over-represented in the database. She noted that the law required a court order to remove a profile from the system.
Many groups warned that the measure would compound already severe backlogs in the F.B.I.’s DNA processing. Mr. Fram of the F.B.I. said there had been an enormous increase in the samples coming to the databank since it started to operate in 1998, but no new resources for the bureau’s laboratory. Currently about 150,000 DNA samples from convicted criminals are waiting to be processed and loaded into the national database, Mr. Fram said.
He said the laboratory had added robot technology to speed the processing. But in the "worst case scenario," where the laboratory receives one million new samples a year, Mr. Fram said, "there is going to be a bottleneck."


The stark reality is that if we really want to alter the warming trajectory of the planet significantly, we have to cut emissions by an extremely large amount, and - a truth that everyone must know - we simply do not have the technology to do so. We would fritter away billions in precious investment capital in a futile attempt to curtail warming.
Consequently, the best policy is to live with some modest climate change now and encourage economic development, which will generate the capital necessary for investment in the more efficient technologies of the future.
Fortunately, we have more time than the alarmists suggest. The warming path of the planet falls at the lowest end of today's U.N. projections. In aggregate, our computer models tell us that once warming is established, it tends to take place at a constant, not an increasing, rate. Reassuringly, the rate has been remarkably constant, at 0.324EF per decade, since warming began around 1975. The notion that we must do "something in 10 years," repeated by a small but vocal band of extremists, enjoys virtually no support in the truly peer reviewed scientific literature.
Rather than burning our capital now for no environmental gain (did someone say "ethanol?"), let's encourage economic development so people can invest and profit in our more efficient future.
People who invested in automobile companies that developed hybrid technology have been rewarded handsomely in the past few years, and there's no reason to think environmental speculators won't be rewarded in the future, too.;_ylt=AuurLks3DMaQgEd0ap9DcXXMWM0F;_ylu=X3oDMTA3YWFzYnA2BHNlYwM3NDI-
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Canadian waste increased more than 38 percent in Genesee County during fiscal year 2006, according to the annual landfill report from the Department of Environmental Quality.
Genesee County now ranks fourth in the state for the amount of imported waste.

By comparison, the statewide increase in imported waste from Canada and other states was 3 percent, from about 18.5 million cubic yards to about 19 million cubic yards. Canada was, by far, the largest contributor, at 12.1 million cubic yards - up 545,212 cubic yards from the previous year.
More than 88 percent of Canada's increase was hauled to Genesee County - raising the local total to almost 1.8 million cubic yards of Canadian waste shipped to Montrose, Richfield and Mundy townships.
Most of it ended up at Brent Run Landfill, which took in 1.46 million cubic yards of Canadian waste. Citizens Disposal took in 192,059 cubic yards, while Richfield Landfill took in 97,341.
"The tonnage is going up, more and more being shipped every year. So there's much more urgency about getting something done and getting it done now," said state Rep. Ted Hammon, D-Burton, one of those behind an anti-trash bill, pushed by House Democrats, that proposes higher dumping charges and other measures to stem the tide of imported trash.
But county residents are skeptical that anything done in Lansing will have an impact here.
"It seems like the more effort they say they're putting into stopping it, the worse it gets," said Burton resident Earl Davis. "Raising the dumping price just penalizes us. If they raise it, then that's what we'll be paying too."
"It's disgusting. This issue always comes up around election time, and then dies right down until the next election. The reality is they'll continue to dump as long as there's room to dump," said Charles Verostick of Grand Blanc Township.
An agreement signed in August 2006 by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment promises to end shipment of all municipally managed solid waste to Michigan by 2010. That would eliminate about 37 percent of the solid waste Canada currently sends here.
"It's not just the amount of waste that's a problem. It's what's in it," said Verostick. "Every load needs to be inspected at the border, with Canada paying the cost. And if it costs too much to do that, maybe they'll stop bringing it."
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RESPECT FREEDOM OF SPEECH: It is simply malarkey to be labeled unpatriotic for expressing an opposing opinion to the war in Iraq. It is extremely patriotic to openly exercise freedom of speech, one of the few remaining privileges we have left as Americans, even if it contradicts the action of the White House.
- Mundy Township
SHOW RESPECT: When grown people are always bad-mouthing everyone in authority, we show our youth that they do not have to respect anyone. No wonder our youth are disrespectful and angry. They are imitating adults such as Journal columnist Andrew Heller who thinks it is cute to call our president all sorts of names.
- Flushing
RADICALS EVERYWHERE: The radical Islam movement is not just in Iraq. It is in France, Spain, London, the Philippines and many other places. The U.S. cannot rid the entire world of terrorists. Journal columnist Andrew Heller is a smart guy and we love him.
- Flushing
Model for Michigan: Eight ways to
restructure how the state does the public's business
By Phil Power and John BebowJOURNAL READER
We need fundamental reforms in how Michigan both spends and collects our taxes.
This isn't some obscure argument best left to academics and bureaucrats. It's at the core of such living room issues as the rising costs of college, the dependability of your local cops and firefighters, and the security of your job.
What to do? We have a choice. We can keep staggering along, patching the state budget year after year the way we patch potholes. Or we can truly transform the way our state works. A durable solution requires finding common ground, far away from the normal partisan, transactional Lansing politics.

Here are eight thorny ideas to jumpstart the discussion:
1. Reduce prison spending. The state spends $1.9 billion a year to warehouse some 125,000 prisoners, parolees and probationers. The state spends another $1.9 billion a year on community colleges and universities educating around 300,000 students. Which is the better investment? Michigan's incarceration rate is 40 percent higher than neighboring states.
2. Keep better score. Michigan automatically sends billions in sales taxes straight to school districts and local governments. Instead, we need a statewide scorecard to spur local efficiencies in budgets, staffing, pay and benefits. Money should follow concrete results.
3. Erase borders. Michigan has 83 counties, more than 1,200 townships, nearly 500 cities and villages with fewer than 10,000 residents, more than 550 public school districts, more than 200 charter schools, and 57 intermediate school districts. Despite cooperative talk, much duplicated bureaucracy remains. School leaders keep calling for large-scale consolidation of business operations. Such ideas could gain traction if state aid were tied to proven efficiencies.
4. Critically examine public sector pay and benefits. Michigan taxpayers are on the hook for $35 billion in unfunded public sector pension and health care costs. Local government costs in Michigan are hundreds of millions of dollars above those in states without binding arbitration in contract disputes.
5. Sales tax: Lower the rate and broaden the base. All but 11 states impose sales taxes on more types of services than Michigan. Significant sums could be raised by taxing more items while lowering the rate.
6. Business tax: Lower the rate and broaden the base. Fewer than 500 Michigan businesses pay more than a third of the entire Single Business Tax, which is the state's main levy on companies. More than 80,000 businesses pay no SBT.
7. Graduate the income tax. Michigan could raise the state tax rate for those with the highest incomes. They, in turn, would likely see little or no actual tax increase because state taxes can be written off federal returns. Thirty-seven states do this now.
8. Consider beverage taxes. Some states tax beer at five times Michigan's rate of two cents per bottle. Others raise significant cash through sales taxes on soda pop. It's hard to imagine businesses leaving or avoiding Michigan because our taxes on unhealthy beverages are too high.
Phil Power and John Bebow are the founder and executive director, respectively, of the Center for Michigan, which describes itself as a moderate "think-and-do" tank aimed at revitalizing the state's economy. Power is a former owner of a group of suburban Detroit newspapers and a former Democratic member of the University of Michigan Board of Regents. A paper containing full discussion of these ideas is online at
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