civil liberty

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Synonyms for civil liberty

one's freedom to exercise one's rights as guaranteed under the laws of the country

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fundamental individual right protected by law and expressed as immunity from unwarranted governmental interference

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And civil libertarians warned that the proposal would clearly infringe upon the rights of youths to speak and associate freely.
New Police Chief William Bratton has made his career on assertive police work, a strategy that helped him significantly cut crime - and create enemies among civil libertarians - as chief in Boston and New York.
He concludes by stating, "It is sad but true that civil libertarians are more concerned about the right of a 14-year-old girl to buy a dildo from the corner drugstore than they are in the quality of her religious training.
SINCE 9/11, some civil libertarians have denounced every antiterrorism policy that singles out Arab men as a repetition of the terrible mistake the government made after Pearl Harbor, when it evicted tens of thousands of American citizens of Japanese ancestry from their West Coast homes and banished them to barren camps in the interior.
On November 3, 1993, civil libertarians across Washington state awoke to very bad news.
These examples reinforce the worries of many civil libertarians that law enforcement powers sold to the public as special anti-terror measures would more often be used in ordinary criminal cases.
John Ashcroft, the much loathed, sworn foe of self-proclaimed civil libertarians, said back in September that he was ``against using race as a profiling component,'' even as a method of screening airline passengers.
It's a useful reference book-- one that demolishes the religious right's claim that church,state separation is a recent invention by civil libertarians.
As Huxley remarked in Brave New World Revisited, the civil libertarians and rationalists who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny 'failed to take into account man's almost infinite appetite for distractions.
The law, which places federal regulations on Internet communications judged "indecent," has been heavily criticized by the Internet community, civil libertarians and companies doing business online.
That's good news for civil libertarians across the political spectrum.
Democratic civil libertarians, by contrast, suffer from relevance.
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.
Civil libertarians fear the era of surveillance and circumspection could become permanent.