January 2013

Open Up DNA Databases To All

by Diane Dimond on January 28, 2013

Justice For All, Right?

The scene: A criminal courtroom anywhere in America.

The players: A judge, a prosecutor, a defense attorney and the accused.

The assumption: That all parties involved enjoy a level playing toward the twin goals of discovering the truth and finding justice.

The fact: In many criminal cases the prosecution holds the key to what could be the most important evidence of the trial – DNA. Prosecutors in most states have exclusive access to CODIS, the national database of more than 11 million DNA samples, which is considered to be the gold standard in forensic-based investigations. CODIS is used in two ways – to match a known suspect to a crime or to find an unknown suspect who may have been entered into the system years earlier. [click to continue…]

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America’s Immigration Mess – The Next Big Issue?

by Diane Dimond on January 21, 2013

If Not Now – When?

~ In the midst of national debates on fiscal cliffs and gun control could this also be the time to tackle our immigration woes? ~

Let’s be honest and agree that U.S. immigration policy is a complete disaster. For too many decades this country has ignored violations of our immigration laws and now we have a real mess on our hands – an estimated 11 million people who have entered the country illegally and are living and working here under the radar.

Whose fault is it? There is plenty of blame to go around so I suggest we don’t even go there anymore.

Presidents from both parties have declared they would do something to curb the flood of foreigners illegally entering the country. No meaningful changes occurred. Over the years both political parties promised to punch into place an effective immigration policy. Yet Congress has still failed to pass laws that would truly get a grip on the problem.

Time to stop the blame game. Time to start figuring out what to do. Time for the one side to stop bellowing, “No amnesty!” and time for the other side to stop declaring, “No one is illegal.” [click to continue…]

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America Needs a Revolution – Part II

by Diane Dimond on January 14, 2013

Let’s Take Away Congress’s Red Ink Pen

 

Sometimes a columnist touches a raw nerve. I did that last week with my call for a citizen’s “Revolution in Thinking” about how we allow our politicians to operate.

Using lyrics from Les Miserable, the movie about the French Revolution, I wrote about the anger of so many Americans who want better for this country. They want the rivers of red-ink to stop flowing. They want political leaders to lead and to stop throwing up partisan barricades in a political war that does no one any good.

No sooner was the column published than my e-mail box exploded! [click to continue…]

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Wanted: A Revolution in Citizen’s Thinking

by Diane Dimond on January 7, 2013

Modern Day Comparisons

If you haven’t seen the new movie Les Miserables, you must. It is a staggeringly powerful presentation of revolution in 19th Century France and once you see it you will never forget it. The haunting music and lyrics will stay top-of-mind for weeks.

“Do you hear the people sing? Singing the song of angry men….”

Now wait. I haven’t suddenly become a film critic, not at all. But I must say as I watched this monumental movie about peasants seeking justice I was struck by the comparisons one could make to the growing turmoil in modern America. Today, it is all about the percolating economic upheaval in the U.S. that is certain to crush us all in the years ahead if something isn’t done – and fast. [click to continue…]

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