trackpick points out a recent ACLU initiative to publicize a recent expansion of authority claimed by the Border Patrol
to stop and search individuals up to 100 miles from any US border. They have created a map of what they call the US Constitution-Free Zone
. "Using data provided by the US 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.'"