- Reporter's Notebook: The FBI's Growing DNA Database
The FBI's DNA database on 3 million Americans is growing at 80,000 names monthly. The original rules for inclusion restricted sampling to those convicted of violent crimes. Now, many states now take samples from those convicted of misdemeanors and from juvenile offenders. Others allow sampling of people who aren't even suspects. As long as proper procedures are followed, the DNA ends up in the FBI database. Could it be a threat to the privacy of innocent citizens? We hear from the FBI, civil rights advocate and a former member of a Justice Department oversight committee.
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Photographs, scars, tattoos and fingerprints appear to reveal that Iraq's most wanted insurgent is dead. Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi reportedly was killed when two 500-pound bombs delivered by American F-16 aircraft destroyed a safe-house where he was holding a meeting. America's Ambassador to Iraq today called Zarqawi the "godfather" of the sectarian killing that has killed thousands of civilians in Iraq and abroad. President Bush says the Zarqawi's death could "turn the tide" against the Iraqi insurgency. Just as Iraq's new cabinet is finally complete with ministers of interior and defense, we explore the consequences of Zarqawi's death with journalists in Iraq and Jordan, and experts on defense, counter-terrorism and the Middle East.