laddiebuck writes: "The British Home Office today rejected calls for a universal DNA database covering England & Wales to be established. Calls for establishing one have come in the wake of two killers being convicted due to the existing database, containing some 4.5 million entries, which covers people who have recently committed a criminal offence. A Home Office spokesman said that introducing such a database, whether compulsory or voluntary, "would raise significant practical and ethical issues.""
laddiebuck writes: The U.S. announced its right in a British court to kidnap foreign citizens wanted for offences in America, even if the offences were not committed in America. The U.S. position was affirmed by their representative in the Court of Appeals, Alun Jones QC. He stated that "The United States does have a view about procuring people to its own shores which is not shared... If you kidnap a person outside the United States and you bring him there, the court has no jurisdiction to refuse". When asked by a judge to be "honest about [his] position", he reaffirmed the position. This demonstrates that the U.S. position on "extraordinary rendition" applies to more than just terrorist suspects, but foreign suspects for any offence. The U.S. government has previously used "rendition" to abduct Humberto Alvarez Machain, a Mexican citizen, from Mexico in 1990, and attempted to abduct Gavin Tollman, a British citizen, from Canada in 2005, despite extradition treaties having been in place with both countries. The latter attempt failed after a Canadian judge ruled that "the US Justice Department had set a 'sinister trap' and wrongly bypassed extradition rules". The U.S. Justice Department has not commented.