Balancing privacy and security
The intentions are admirable –– to ensure criminals are held accountable.To Kline, the ends justify the means. Each of his controversial decisions where controversial when you consider their broad effects, but obvious from the narrow perspective of his short term goals. Either he has no broad vision, or he's incredibly cynical.
But pushing the envelope on the boundaries of DNA data the way Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline suggests is a risky proposition –– for those Americans (including rape victims) who covet their privacy rights as granted them by the Constitution.
In an increasingly dangerous world of terrorist threats and escalating sexual violence, many would sacrifice rights to enhance safety.
But how far can we go before the DNA chalk lines are moved so far to the right and become so blurred that they no longer allow freedom we used to hold so dear?
Neither is the characteristic you want in an Attorney General, Governor, Congressman, Senator, or dog-catcher.