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Raw footage of TSA agents searching select passengers before they boarded Amtrak Trains at Chicago’s Union Station.

Chicago is in what is known as the Constitution Free Zone. It’s an area within 100 miles of a American border where the Constitution is suspended and you have no rights.

This isn’t the first time, TSA agents have been at Chicago’s Union Station.

It’s also happening in southern states.

These Constitution Free Zones have regularly been used since at least 2008 by Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) in cities across the nation.

The courts have ruled that your fourth amendment rights are not being violated at the border or within the “Constitution Free Zone.”

This 100 mile limit includes two-thirds of the American population as well as major cities, such as Detroit, where any electronics can be seized simply because a law enforcement officer wants to look at it. They don’t need a warrant and don’t need a reason other than a desire to snoop on ordinary citizens.

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Four men claim they were approached by the FBI to become informants. when they declined, they say they were put on the no-fly list.

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San Jose International Airport is surrounded by fences. Some sections are not barbed and can be scaled. The boy also managed to slip past massive video surveillance, German shepherds and Segway-riding police officers.

Employees who monitor security video feeds never saw the boy enter the airport or walk up to Hawaiian Airlines Flight 45.

The boy, who lives in Santa Clara, Calif., hopped out of the left rear wheel well of a Boeing 767 on the Maui airport tarmac Sunday, according to the FBI. Authorities found the high school student wandering the airport grounds with no identification. He was questioned by the FBI and taken by ambulance to a hospital, where he was found to be unharmed.

FBI spokesman Tom Simon in Honolulu said the teen climbed into the left rear wheel well of the first plane he saw in San Jose.

He passed out in the air and didn’t regain consciousness until an hour after the plane landed in Hawaii, Simon said. When he came to, he climbed out of the wheel well and was immediately seen by airport personnel who escorted him inside where he was interviewed by the FBI, Simon said.

Authorities are now looking at their security system and why he was never seen.

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The United States Transportation Security Administration has reached a tentative settlement in the highly publicized lawsuit filed by a mother who was allegedly harassed by TSA officers when she requested her breast milk not be x-rayed, authorities announced Tuesday.

The TSA again apologizes to Stacey Armato for the incident that took place at the Phoenix Airport on Jan. 25, 2010 and also agreed to clarify its internal procedures for screening breast milk in the tentative deal.

“We brought this lawsuit for one reason — to bring clarity and policy change for breastfeeding mothers traveling with breast milk,” Armato said. “Hopefully what I experienced at the Phoenix Airport in 2010 will never happen to another mother traveling with her breast milk.”

TSA is expected to update its public website to better guide breastfeeding mothers traveling with breast milk and train its screening officers on the new policies if the agreement is finalized.

Armato says she’ll see very little of the money, which will go towards attorney fees. She also plans to donate a portion to BreastfeedLA, a not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation dedicated to improving the health and well being of infants and families through education, outreach, and advocacy to promote and support breastfeeding.

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The Transportation Safety Administration recently opened a new security model to the public. The agency says it wants to move away from a screening process that’s “one-size-fits-all.” Their answer: The Pre-check program. But what, exactly, are TSA officials checking?

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