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President endorses National Crime DNA database

President Obama was asked if a DNA database should be created upon arrest of an individual. President Obama agrees such as database needs to be created and needs funding.
Written by Doug Hanchard, Contributor on

In a recent interview, President Barack Obama was recently asked by John Walsh, an anti-crime activist since his son Adam was murdered in 1981, if a DNA database should be created upon arrest of an individual. President Obama agrees such as database needs to be created and needs funding. It's not clear if Mr. Walsh is suggesting that DNA samples would be mandatory for all. Walsh continues to host the show he started America's Most Wanted. In July 2006, the Adam Walsh Act came into law.

Highlights include:

  • Funding of the Adam Walsh Act is being held up in Congress
  • Walsh highlights that many states are not in compliance of Adam Walsh Act.
  • FBI back log remains problem in populating existing DNA records into a National Database

Additional resources:

FBI's past and future use of biometric technology

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