Rep.Tom McClintock votes for mandatory DNA database for those arrested but not convicted of crimes
By Martin Hill
May 22, 2010

Rep. Tom McClintock of California, who has sought for years to be portrayed as a defender of 'individual liberty and limited government', has once again shown his true colors via his roll call vote.

The bill, H R 4614, titled Katie Sepich Enhanced DNA Collection Act of 2010, passed on May 18th at 7:10PM by a 357-32 margin, with 32 Republicans voting against it and 41 members of Congress, including Rep. Ron Paul, not voting.

The website states "The bill is named for Katie Sepich, a New Mexico graduate student who was murdered in 2003. Although her killer's DNA was found under her fingernails, he was not convicted until after a state law was passed in 2006 requiring DNA collection for certain crimes. The killer was arrested for burglary and his DNA was collected and ran in the system".

CNET News reported "civil libertarians say DNA samples should be required only from people who have been convicted of crimes, and argue that if there is probable cause to believe that someone is involved in a crime, a judge can sign a warrant allowing a blood sample or cheek swab to be forcibly extracted..."It's wrong to treat someone as guilty before they're convicted," says Jim Harper, director of information policy studies at the Cato Institute. "It inverts the concept of innocent until proven guilty."

The Californian first term Republican was most recently in the news for his response to Mexican President Felipe Calderon. McClintock gave an eloquent speech on sovereignty and rule of law, despite the fact that he has endorsed numerous open border socialists for years. Earlier this year, McClintock voted to extend provisions of the Patriot Act. He has endorsed pro-tax advocate and Al Gore donor Steve Poizner for California governor, while the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association has warned voters about Poizner.

As a State Senator, McClintock voted against a proposed privacy bill that would have required government agencies and business to let consumers know when they are using RFID technology. CNET News reported on SB 1834 at the time: "The bill proposes that businesses and agencies be required to notify people that they're using an RFID system that can track and collect information about them. It would also require consumers to give express consent before businesses or agencies could track and collect information about them via RFID."

McClintock told this writer that he's 'not sure that Ron Paul is presidential timbre', and refused to endorse Paul in 2007, even after his first presidential choice, Council on Foreign Relations member Fred Thompson, dropped out of the race. McClintock did, however, enthusiastically endorse Arnold Schwarzenegger for California governor in 2006, even after Arnold had signed anti-gun bills and called for "a free flow of people" across our nations' borders.

During Arnold's 2006 campaign, McClintock spoke fervently of the need to keep Schwarzenegger in office. McClintock gave a speech insisting on "our party's responsibility to work tirelessly to reelect this Republican governor", adding "I view any effort to attack Governor Schwarzenegger as an attack on my own candidacy and those of every Republican seeking partisan office in 2006."

You can revisit all the gory details of McClintock's bizarre flip-flops in my 2008 article Which Big-Government Socialist Will Tom McClintock Endorse Next?