By DONLYN TURNBULL
On Monday, Senator Ted Cruz released a statement concerning the Supreme Court decision over Maryland vs. King, which allows authorities to forcibly take DNA samples from anyone that has been arrested but has not been formally charged with a crime, or tried and convicted.
“Today’s unfortunate U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Maryland v. King, by a vote of 5-4, expands government power, invades our liberty, and undermines our constitutional rights,” he said in his statement. “So now the government can capture, without a search warrant, the most personal information about an individual, and use it to search vast databases for unrelated offenses.”-Justice Antonin Scalia
Cruz stood by Justice Scalia’s “scathing” dissent as he argued if DNA was being collected to solve crimes, why then could the same not be applied to schools or when flying?
Cruz warned of the massive shove further toward a “big brother” style of Government seizing control of the most personal aspects of our lives. He claimed this is a direct attack on the Constitution, particularly the Fourth Amendment, which he explains was adopted to specifically “prohibit the British practice of “general warrants” targeting individuals absent specific evidence of wrongdoing.”
In his conclusion he stressed the danger in this decision as well as using the IRS scandal as an example for the misuse of power, “…we cannot allow that government function to run roughshod over the Bill of Rights. And, as recent events involving the IRS have demonstrated, unchecked government power—and intrusive personal databases maintained on the citizenry—poses real risks to our liberty.”