Since Americans are already abuzz over the NSA’s collection of meta-data, now is as good a time as any to discuss how local law enforcement draws its direction from the Feds. Meaning, if you give up privacy to the Feds, then you may be giving it up to local law enforcement as well, making the area of privacy an extremely slippery slope.
For example, over the weekend two Alabama counties had cops out at roadblocks asking for voluntary samples of blood and sal!va. Drivers who agreed to provide samples, which will reportedly be used in research for a study being conducted by the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, were compensated for their troubles.
“They’ve got big signs up that says ‘paid volunteer survey’ and if they want to participate they pull over there and they ask them questions and if they are willing to give them a mouth swab they give them $10 and if they are willing to give them a blood sample they give them $50. And if they don’t do anything they drive off,” said Freddie Turrentine of the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department.
According to Turrentine, there were five roadblocks from Friday afternoon through the early Sunday morning.
But shouldn’t there have been a better way to implement a voluntary collection of fluid samples? What sort of study uses the cops to collect their study samples anyway? There is also a certain intimidation factor that goes along with being forcibly pulled over by cops requesting anything.
A spokesman said this was the first time the police ever participated in a study of this kind.