civil liberty

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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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The Republican Party at least has the decency not to get its civil libertarian supporters' hopes up.
One prominent civil libertarian blames President Barack Obama for expanding the growth of executive power.
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.
In the wake of Barack Obama's decision to support the "compromise" FISA legislation on warrantless wiretapping and telecom immunity, even civil libertarians on the Left may be drawn to Barr, who has made opposition to FISA, the PATRIOT Act, and the Iraq War major issues of his campaign.
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.
To do otherwise might satisfy certain civil libertarians, but they should know that terrorists do not discriminate between those who favor torture and those who oppose it.
Sir - In his latest musings on his political log, Peter Black claims that the Lib-Dems stand for campaigners, enablers, environmentalists, civil libertarians, federalists, and social reformers.
It's almost gotten to the point where it's accepted by teenagers that they should do this if they want to succeed athletically." Civil libertarians argue the policy undercuts the rights of parents.
Whether the Bureau deserves it or not, there are civil libertarians who feel that it is always a good thing for the country to rip the Bureau any chance they get.