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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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Having helped found the new organization yet staying active in the older one, Emerson was among the few civil libertarians of stature on speaking terms with both.
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.
That's good news for civil libertarians across the political spectrum.
A group of civil libertarians led by a University of Texas law student wants to teach people how to use 3-D printing technologies to make their own guns at home.
The first surveys the synergy between liberals and the broader left, showing alliances with radical socialists and civil libertarians, but also the eventual gap between traditions of social reform and whether it can be closed.
For civil libertarians, Barack Obama has proven to be a nightmare.
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.
Melbourne, Aug 31 (ANI): Civil libertarians have raised their voices against US officials using "invasive and aggressive" searches for those who refuse to go through their controversial full body "naked" X-ray scanners.
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.