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civil liberty:

see libertyliberty,
term used to describe various types of individual freedom, such as religious liberty, political liberty, freedom of speech, right of self-defense, and others. It is also used as a general term for the sum of specific liberties.
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And civil libertarians, whether or not they agree with Mr.
Klaidman's best sources appear eager to show that White House politicos got the president to give up his civil libertarian convictions too easily.
Jonathan Turley, a professor at George Washington University's law school, called Obama a "nightmare" who betrayed civil libertarians after campaigning against Bush's approach.
While other Americans pooh-pooh the intrusion upon their privacy with the thought that "if I'm not guilty, then I have nothing to worry about," civil libertarians effectively argue that the guilty-until-proven innocent mentality means many Americans do in fact have something to worry about.
The "front-of-the-hand, slide-down technique" amounts to an indecent assault in any other context and shows an alarming disregard for privacy by the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA), said civil libertarians.
Most civil libertarians regard these abuses as torture.
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 was civil libertarians who took care of the dress codes, with a legal strategy the industry never would have dreamed of.
Civil libertarians argue the policy undercuts the rights of parents.