Government Recognizes Rights Based on Geography

As reported on the Advocates for Self-Government‘s last newsletter, the ACLU is spreading the word on what they’ve deemed the “Constitution Free Zone” — an area in which individual rights protected by the U.S. Constitution are being violated.

This zone starts at the (arbitrary) political boundary of the U.S. and extends 100 miles inland. It’s an area in which a full 2/3 of Americans live. And, based on a 30 year-old U.S. Supreme Court ruling which found that law enforcement does not need a warrant or probable cause to conduct a “routine search” here, the good people at Homeland Security are using it as justification to conduct more and more searches of individuals farther and farther away from the border.

So much for the Fourth Amendment.

The ACLU’s Fact Sheet concludes:

If the current generation of Americans does not challenge this creeping (and sometimes galloping) expansion of federal powers over the individual through the rationale of “border protection,” we are not doing our part to keep alive the rights and freedoms that we inherited, and will soon find that we have lost some or all of their right to go about their business, and travel around inside their own country, without interference from the authorities.

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