ACLU: 197 Million American Citizens Living in "Constitution Free Zone"

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The free Republic of the United States of America, as of 2pm ET today ,was home to 305 million 482 thousand plus, and counting, citizens. All of them endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights etc.,subject to and protected by the US constitution. Unfortunately, for those living within 100 miles of any US border, a full two-thirds of the population, constitutional protections such as the right to be free from random searches do not apply, or rather apply at the discretion of Border Patrol and may be suspended at will.

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Using data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau, the ACLU has determined that nearly 2/3 of the entire US population (197.4 million people) live within 100 miles of the US land and coastal borders.

The government is assuming extraordinary powers to stop and search individuals within this zone. This is not just about the border: This " Constitution-Free Zone" includes most of the nation's largest metropolitan areas.

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