Thursday, March 29, 2007

In The UK - Authorities Will be Checking The Prams For Criminals - Beware, This Can Happen Here Too!

It's bad enough that the UK has a national curriculum for babies, now there is a news item, Children could be monitored for signs of criminal behaviour, which is even more disturbing. The government wants to monitor kids all along their developmental path and check them for emerging signs of criminality. The kids could face compulsory checks to discover if they are at risk of turning into criminals.

This controversial proposal came as part of a wide-ranging review of crime and security policy published by 10 Downing Street. What are these people thinking?

This is what England's brand of Democratic Socialism is spawning, and it is clear that the United States has also been marching toward this path with state legislatures proposing and adopting all kinds of crazy laws. One only has to look at the proposed legislation in Illinois and New Jersey requiring mandatory mental health screenings and all kinds of other government intrusions, as well as states setting up DNA databases and requiring DNA samples of newborns. Ohio has even instituted guidelines for newborns and toddlers through their "Help Me Grow" initiatives . Why, we even have programs like KidTrax already here. Kidtrax website is here. And Here's more.

Other proposals set out in the UK policy review included:

• Extending the police's ability to seize non-cash assets from criminals, such as plasma screen televisions, jewellery and laptop computers;
• Encouraging businesses to make their products "crime proof", such as introducing fingerprint activation on MP3 players such as iPods, because the devices are partly behind a rise in street crime;
• Placing restrictions on prolific criminals after they are released from prison, which would lead to up to three years in jail if breached;
• Developing technology could also lead to the introduction of "crowd scanners" able to detect bombs, and the use of "automatic facial recognition" to spot criminals on CCTV images.

The UK review also appeared to advocate further expansion of the DNA database when it suggested including "all suspected offenders who come into contact with the police".
Currently anyone arrested for a recordable offense in England and Wales must give a DNA sample - which remains on record even if they are not charged, or are acquitted.

One person who commented on the article in the Daily mail said:
"Under a socialist system, even children are suspects and potential enemies of the state. No doubt they'll be arresting babies in their prams for having a criminal look about them."
So what does a kid who may some day turn into a criminal look like? I'll bet some of the most heinous criminals in history were normal looking/acting kids.
This whole screening and tracking mentality that is emerging is absolutely ridiculous and entirely dangerous. One only has to wonder what young lives will be ruined by this and perhaps may even make kids angry enough to turn to a life of criminality.

A wonderful site to keep up on UK news and government control shenanigans is Blogdial.. give them a visit or two.


Susan said...

Judy, did you see the article Many teachers see failure in students' future in USA Today? It's linked on my blog.

Our government (US/us) seems to be intent on raising children who are considered failures.

As proponents talk out of one side of the well funded mouth about 'helping the needy' with these measures, they are slicing and dicing the children up for 13 years and more with their judgments.

I saw this happen in our little school district as I watched my kids' classmates grow up. I watched happy, excited little faces at 5 years of age turn into sullen, bored teens who dropped out and fit many of the school staff's mold exactly. Lots of dropouts here.

It was like watching a mask being formed.

Mimi Rothschild said...

The first step is instituting this system. The next (and scariest) step is deciding what constitutes criminal, dysfunctional, abnormal, or insane behavior.

Who clarifies these terms? Who has the right to do so? Germany already has this policy in place and look what happened to Melissa Busekros.

I can understand the collective paranoia that Britain must feel right now, but at some point they must realize the freedoms they are sacrificing for safety.

Dana said...

Have you read much about the brain scanning technology? It is already used in courts...predominantly in sentencing hearings to try to lessen sentences (and where evidence has a lower threshold to be accepted). But it won't be long before it is used in other areas...and perhaps even in profiling. I believe the DOD recently signed a contract with one provider of this technology.

I think the main problem is that in our society, it is increasingly unacceptable to imprison criminals. So long as we continue to view people as solely a product of their environment, we will continue to have difficulty holding people accountable.

But we still want to be safe. So rather than imprison the guilty, we imprison the innocent. After a man with a history of child molestation walked into an elementary school and molested a five year old, our community was in a bit of an outrage. A multi-million dollar redesign plan was proposed which included officers in all our schools (including elementary!). And turning the schools into buildings that looked like prisons.

No one ever questioned why this person was allowed to live in a group home with no supervision on his activities even though he had a history of this kind of behavior.

Judy Aron said...

Oh yeah - brain scanning - that is what they are using to justify universal preschool.
This is your brain on preschool
This is your brain not on preschool

egads... Dana
and yes I find it terribly unsettling that we always make the victims into the criminals.. lock up the regular people and do not question why the nuts were allowed to run around without supervision.

And Mimi - that is what comes next .. who exactly decides what or who is "normal"

The whole thing is very disturbing.. Susan I'll have to run off now and read your posts (which I always enjoy.. by the way)