Government signs up for EU DNA sharing
In light of the fact that even in the UK we can’t guarantee DNA test results and laboratory mistakes result in appalling miscarriages of justice, what hope are we now obliged to have in the Greeks, Hungarians, Croats...
It beggars belief that a Conservative Prime Minister and Home Secretary are prepared to accede to this level of 'justice cooperation', not least because a person's DNA belongs to the person; not to the state. We have seen in recent years, under the provisions of the European Arrest Warrant, British citizens whisked away to languish in foreign jails and be subject to the judgements of foreign courts.
While Magna Carta and the Bill of Rights 1689 have (apparently) been (impliedly) repealed, the English system of Common Law is explicitly subsumed to the Napoleonic system. It is now possible to be extradited to another EU country, incarcerated in a foreign prison, refused an early appearance in court and required to prove that you have not committed the offence of which you stand accused (just ask Ben Herdman).
Corpus Juris has clearly brought an end to the presumption of innocence and the ancient rights of Trial by Jury and Habeas Corpus: unlike the UK, other EU countries are not obliged to charge you or bring you to court within 48 hours of arrest: indeed, you may now apparently be detained indefinitely at the foreign prince’s pleasure. And now some Greek laboratory may erroneously find you complicit in an alleged crime, even though your toe has never touched the dust of the Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport, and when the Greek authorities demand your extradition by invoking the European Arrest Warrant, HM Government will be powerless to resist.
The God-given rights revealed in the Judaeo-Christian scriptures and developed under the Anglo-American Enlightenment tradition of Natural Law have been usurped by a European Union Napoleonic system in which the state has become the ultimate arbiter of what privileges (‘rights’) are permitted and what liberties are protected. The state has been made omnipotent and has become both judge and jury, responsible for prosecution and punishment. And anyone who presumes to oppose any of this is labeled ‘extremist’ or ‘xenophobic’, and may now be subject to ‘limitations’ which meet the ‘objectives...recognised by the Union’.
As the British Prime Minister once again lauds the 'special relationship' with the US President, it is worth remembering that the United Kingdom bequeathed to the United States a supreme constitution which seeks to restrict governments rather than pretended they can create rights that only God can endow. The United Kingdom has abandoned that heritage, leaving the United States alone to articulate and manifest what we once meant by ‘liberty’ and ‘justice’. You wouldn't catch an American president passing over the DNA samples of US citizens in order that 'justice' might be done under a foreign jurisdiction. Shame on David Cameron for subjecting us all to the perpetual fear of arbitrary extradition at the behest of a foreign laboratory.