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Article posted Feb 13 2013, 2:06 PM Category: Big Brother/Orwellian Source: Techdirt Print

Do You Live In The Constitution-Free Zone Of The US?

by Mike Masnick

Earlier this week, we wrote about the latest defense by Homeland Security of their laptop search policies that (they claim) give them broad coverage to search laptops within 100 miles of the border. The latest bit of news was that an internal review found that there was minimal benefits to one's civil liberties in not searching their laptops, so it was okay (think about that sentence for a bit).

The 100 mile "buffer zone" part of that story gets most of the attention, but it isn't a new thing. They've been claiming that for a while. It's just that this is yet another attempt by them to give themselves additional support for those kinds of searches. In our comments, someone pointed us to a useful (and horrifying) map that the ACLU put together highlighting just how much of our country is within 100 miles of border/coastline, creating the Constitution-Free Zone Map -- which happens to cover about 2/3 of all American citizens.

Click through for the ACLU's interactive version. This isn't a new map, and, no one is claiming that these regions don't have any Constitutional protections, but it does effectively make the point of just how incredibly ridiculous it is for them to make these claims when it comes to laptop searches, which were already questionable enough at the border, let alone 100 miles into the country.

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Posted: Feb 13 2013, 6:38 PM

173242 The whole U.S. is a Constitution-free zone.

Posted: Feb 14 2013, 10:01 AM

75164 This country is a toilet and we the people seem to be ok with that shit.

Posted: Feb 14 2013, 1:27 PM

65110 Kansas is still in Oz. Dorothy will be happy.

Posted: Feb 22 2013, 12:47 PM

24237 If it is a Constitutional Free zone...don't follow the 16th amendment then

Posted: Feb 22 2013, 5:35 PM

24237, don't worry, this government hasn't much left to tax. plus, they don't have the heart to stand up to their masters.

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