ACLU: Constitution-free zone covers 2/3 of America

American Civil Liberties Union

10/22/08

The extraordinary powers of customs and border agents to invade the privacy of individuals at the U.S. border are spreading inland and creating what amounts to a ‘Constitution-free Zone’ that covers fully two-thirds of the American population, the American Civil Liberties Union said today in a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. ‘The authorities can do things at the border that they could never do to citizens and residents inside our country under the Constitution,’ said Caroline Fredrickson, director of the ACLU Washington Legislative Office. ‘Yet the government is asserting that some of these powers extend as far as 100 miles inside the actual border. It is a classic example of law enforcement powers expanding far beyond their proper boundaries — in this case, literally’...

//www.aclu.org/privacy/gen/37306prs20081022.html


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