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civil liberty

the right of an individual to certain freedoms of speech and action. Now often mediated through HUMAN RIGHTS law.
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A growing number of journalists and civil libertarians argue that the legal protections first created by Sullivan are too weak.
So, for example, the major role played by the civil libertarians in reproductive-freedom issues is mentioned much less than the fact that some feminists would like to use the law to attack pornography, and all civil libertarians think that's an infringement on the First Amendment.
Central to this tradition was the view that "that government governs best that governs least' " We can see the descendants of classical liberalism today in two disparate groups: free-traders and private-property-rightist like George Bush and Dan Quayle, columnist George Will, and Ron Arnold of the Wise Use Movement on the one hand; and civil libertarians, pro-pornography advocates, and sexual liberals like Madonna, Camille Paglia, Hugh Hefner, Bob Gucccione, and the American Civil Liberties Union on the other.
And civil libertarians, whether or not they agree with Mr.
Civil libertarians have denounced the idea and even health experts question the wisdom of such a drastic step.
Civil libertarians say the fundamental problem with iris scans is the same as with many other high-tech "solutions" to the terrorist problem: They presume all people are guilty until proven innocent, making it one of the most costly and ineffective efforts directed at thwarting crimes.
Civil libertarians have criticized ACTA for its potential to infringe on personal freedoms.
Bush's administration for employing harsh interrogation techniques on detainees captured in the "global war on terror," many of the world's most respected civil libertarians are calling for the establishment of an independent commission to investigate the alleged abuses.
As with the government's proposed national identity cards, many civil libertarians will resent what they see as another invasion of privacy.
That will give an existing commission on the problem lime to find a compromise between retailers and civil libertarians.
ON OCTOBER 17, the House of Representatives passed the RESTORE Act--an amendment to the surveillance law that civil libertarians have been assailing since August, when, in the hours before summer recess, House Democrats caved to White House demands and handed the president a six-month reign to spy on American citizens.
Mr Brown and Home Secretary Jacqui Smith risk a humiliating defeat from Labour's civil libertarians.