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  Civil liberties - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Civil liberties are protections from the power of governments.
Examples include due process (the right that the government not take an individual's life, liberty, or property without a fair trial or other appropriate procedure); the right to self defense; the right to privacy; freedom of speech; freedom of religion; and freedom of assembly.
Furthermore, even civil liberties that are legally protected have sometimes been abrogated, especially in time of war.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Civil_liberties   (679 words)

 Human Rights and Civil Liberties - MSN Encarta
Human Rights and Civil Liberties, the liberty and justice that a citizen or person expects, or is entitled to expect, in the content and operation of the law.
Examples of civil liberties include the prohibition of torture, while perhaps the most basic of commonly recognized rights is the right to life.
Although civil liberties are now considered an integral part of democratic government, it would be a mistake to see this period as a democratic one in a modern sense.
uk.encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_761555666/Human_Rights_and_Civil_Liberties.html   (1166 words)

 UUA: Civil Liberties: 2004 UUA General Resolution
Those civil liberties guaranteed by the Bill of Rights, Amendments I through X to the Constitution of the United States of America, are as fundamental to our practice of democracy as freedom of conscience is to our actions of faith.
Civil liberties carry a history of conflict and struggle between rights for all and privilege for some, between individual liberty and general security, between personal need and the common good, between the aspiration to reason and tolerance and the inclination to scapegoat and punish.
Civil liberties are also essential to the free expression and practice of our faith tradition and to the diversity of faith traditions in America.
www.uua.org /actions/civil-liberties/04civil-liberties.html   (1373 words)

 Civil Liberties in a Time of Crisis - Human Rights Magazine, Winter 2002
Third, trading off civil liberties for real or perceived improvements in national security is the wrong place to start when there are so many things to be done to improve security that do not implicate civil liberties at all.
Civil libertarians engaged in the debate over the new terrorism laws do not argue that the government should be denied the tools it needs to monitor terrorists’ communications.
To better understand the disconnect between the danger facing America and some of the measures that have been adopted that curtail civil liberties, it is worth examining, in depth, several of the provisions in the USA Patriot Act, the anti-terrorism law adopted in October 2001.
www.abanet.org /irr/hr/winter02/dempsey.html   (2436 words)

 American Civil Liberties Union - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The ACLU provides lawyers and legal expertise in cases in which it considers civil liberties to be at risk.
The September 11, 2001 attacks, and the ensuing debate regarding the proper balance of civil liberties and security including the passage of the USA PATRIOT Act, led to a 20% increase in membership between August 2001 and December 2002, when its total enrollment reached 330,000 [9].
Critics also argue that the ACLU has not been consistent in defending all civil liberties, pointing out that it is not active in protecting gun rights.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/American_Civil_Liberties_Union   (4433 words)

 NOW with Bill Moyers. Politics & Economy. Civil Liberties after 9/11: Timeline | PBS
The history of liberty is a history of limitations of government power, not the increase of it.
Civil War scholars generally point to the large pockets of anti-war sentiment in the Union states as a justification for his wartime suspension of civil liberties.
With the The Civil Liberties Act of 1988: Redress for Japanese Americans the U.S. apologized to Japanese Americans for this grave injustice and this Act was signed into law, authorizing the payments of $20,000 to each person who had been evacuated in the 1940s.
www.pbs.org /now/politics/timeline.html   (1312 words)

 AlterNet: Civil Liberties: The 2004 Forecast
Effectively closing the books on this case should be seen not only as a civil liberties violation for those involved and their families, many of whom are legal U.S. residents, but for the general public.
Perhaps the first big civil liberties- surveillance related measure to be rolled out in 2003 was the U.S.-VISIT program, in which foreign visitors and immigrants are fingerprinted and photographed upon entry to the U.S. Citizens of 27 European and other U.S.-allied countries are exempt, however.
If you consider it a civil liberty to have access to accurate information about what your tax dollars are being used for and what decisions are being made in your name, this continuing deception as we move toward the election could be seen as one of the biggest civil liberties violations of all.
www.alternet.org /story.html?StoryID=17599   (1461 words)

 Civil Rights and Civil Liberties - Hutchinson encyclopedia article about Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
In many countries they are specified (as in the Bill of Rights of the US constitution) and guaranteed by law to ensure equal treatment for all citizens.
In the USA, the struggle to obtain civil rights for former slaves and their descendants, both through legislation and in practice, has been a major theme since the Civil War.
This information should not be considered complete, up to date, and is not intended to be used in place of a visit, consultation, or advice of a legal, medical, or any other professional.
encyclopedia.farlex.com /Civil+Rights+and+Civil+Liberties   (167 words)

 American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky
The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky sought the order on behalf of a Russell County senior who believes that the planned prayers would have been an unconstitutional endorsement of religion and of specific religious views by the school.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky is pleased to announce the publication of a Kentucky youth rights handbook, written especially for young people to help them understand their constitutional rights and freedoms.
The American Civil Liberties Union entered the case when a national conservative legal organization filed a lawsuit seeking to exempt students from an anti-harassment training implemented in response to an earlier ACLU case.
www.aclu-ky.org   (1310 words)

Civil liberties, R.I.P. How George Bush and John Ashcroft used the Sept. 11 tragedy to shred the Bill of Rights and begin the greatest period of political repression since the McCarthy era.
Along the way, they decided it was perfectly acceptable to arrest, detain, and deport people entirely on the basis of their race, religion, or national origin – and that was just the start.
The assault on the basic civil liberties that people in this country have taken for granted has been unprecedented in the modern era.
www.sfbg.com /36/50/cover_civil_liberties.html   (2020 words)

 People's Union for Civil Liberties
In the absence of due priority to rehabilitation of the affected people by the states concerned, political parties at the States and Centre these issues have embroiled themselves into futile political conflict and have entered into competitive showpiece populism and one-upmanship in trying to show that they are "patriots" of Gujarat.
People's Union for Civil Liberties, Gujarat appeal for an amicable solution to the ongoing Narmada Dam debate We the citizens of Gujarat appeal for a peaceful and democratic solution to the recent Narmada Dam controversy.
Not only girls but minor boys have also been abducted and brought here from different parts of the country and their sale-purchase (trading) business is also flourishing, this area has been developed by agents, brokers, middlemen, traffickers, as a big market of human trafficking and flesh trade right under the nose of police and administration.
www.pucl.org   (563 words)

 Technorati Tag: civil liberties   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-20)
Create and Defend Civil Liberty We are striving to equip progressive people of faith to be champions for peace and justice.
Research Civil Liberties at Questia Research and discover over 1,000,000 books, journals and articles covering over 6,000 research topics, continuously updated - a complete academic library.
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www.technorati.com /tag/civil+liberties   (550 words)

 IWFR: Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
Civil Rights and Liberties: Respect the civil rights and civil liberties of all so that immigrants are treated equally under the law, the federal government remains subject to checks and balances, and civil rights laws are meaningfully enforced.
In recent years, the federal government has begun to create what is, in effect, a two-tier justice system: one for citizens, and one for immigrants.
Protecting the civil rights of racial minorities, religious minorities, and ethnic minorities requires a strong commitment to equal justice.
www.iwfr.org /civil.asp   (439 words)

 Civil Liberties   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-20)
Citing evidence that the FBI and local police are illegally spying on political, environmental and faith-based groups, the American Civil Liberties Union and its affiliates today filed multiple Freedom of Information Act requests around the country to uncover who is being investigated and why.
has announced that they are enhancing their activities around civil liberties and immigrants rights issues.
One of their current areas of focus is civil liberties and the Patriot Act.
home.earthlink.net /~alvgc/justice/id7.html   (1103 words)

 civil_liberties : Melbourne Indymedia
Liberty Victoria's Brian Walters pointed out that, "once you have people being held in custody not because they're accused of any crime, but at the whim of some official, you're living not in a democracy, not under the rule of law, but in tyranny".
In a parody on the increasing power of police and security to deny basic civil liberties, a phalanx of “secret agents” delivered a written briefing to Premier Steve Bracks at Parliament House on Thursday to tip him off to potential “seditious activities” at a planned demonstration for civil liberties on Saturday.
Many civil rights and activist groups are planning a Demonstration for Civil Liberties on Saturday 22 October.
melbourne.indymedia.org /features/civil_liberties   (3437 words)

 Civil Liberties, Library Records and The Freedom to Read Act   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-20)
Representative Bernie Sanders is leading the charge in Congress to protect the civil liberties and rights of all Americans.
The war on terrorism must not be used as an excuse to trample on our civil liberties and rights.
The right to privacy, free expression, legal representation, and not being subjected to unwarranted searches and seizures are just a few of the liberties which are being threatened and abused by the Bush Administration.
bernie.house.gov /civil_liberties/index.asp   (352 words)

 Reference.com/Encyclopedia/Civil liberties
Examples include the right to life, freedom from torture, freedom from slavery and forced labour, the right to privacy, the right to a fair trial, freedom of speech and freedom of assembly, and the right to marry and have a family.
These are usually guaranteed and protected by a constitution or by adherence to an international treaty.
While the United Kingdom has no formal written constitution, it is a signatory to the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) which covers both human rights and civil liberties, and has passed the Human Rights Act, which forces compliance between the treaty and UK law.
www.reference.com /browse/wiki/Civil_liberty   (366 words)

 Liberty in the Balance - Security collides with civil liberties - sacbee.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-20)
For countless American citizens and immigrant residents, the echoes of Sept. 11, 2001, continue to resound in what a growing number of critics contend is a loss of basic civil liberties stemming from the federal government's anti-terrorism campaign.
But the very definition of liberty is being challenged in the way some cases are being handled.
That proposal has further outraged critics who say the country is on a dangerous new course, one that eventually could diminish civil liberties for all Americans.
www.sacbee.com /content/news/projects/liberty/story/7457444p-8400138c.html   (3673 words)

 ICCL Irish Council For Civil Liberties Refugees Asylum Seekers Declaration Human Rights National Disabilities Traveller ...
The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) today expressed concern that the proposed amendments in the Criminal Justice Bill were vague and cosmetic and wholly unjustified in light of the most up to date research in the area.
The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) is organising a seminar on the implications of Protocol 12 for Ireland.
The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) is calling on the Taoiseach to instigate a thorough and independent inquiry into the actions of the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Michael McDowell, regarding use of Garda intelligence to make criminal allegations about Frank Connolly and seek the closure of the Centre for Public Inquiry.
www.iccl.ie   (730 words)

 Civil Liberties
In 2005, the major news stories involving gross violations of civil liberties have involved the treatment of suspected terrorists by military personnel in Iraq and in Guantanamo, Cuba.
Managing this tension among privacy, disclosure, and surveillance in a way that preserves civility and democracy, and copes successfully with changing social values, technologies, and economic conditions, is the central challenge of contemporary privacy protection.
Ultimately, the problem is not so much that one's behavior is observed, but the trust that the individual has that society will respect the right to engage in behaviors that are not unduly harmful to the social order.
www.newsbatch.com /civlib.htm   (2605 words)

In contrast, Kerry positions himself as a civil libertarian—or at least as a proponent of a reasonable balance between liberty and security.
Eventually, the strength of the business and civil liberties opposition—plus the sheer impossibility of keeping up with encryption technology—led the Clinton administration and Kerry to accept relaxed encryption controls.
And while Kerry is in some respects singing a different tune today on civil liberties, he has never walked away from his statements in The New War.
www.reason.com /hod/jb072604.shtml   (2237 words)

 An overview of Civil Liberties legislation since 1900 - magnacartaplus
However, maintaining civil liberties is, in my opinion, the responsibility of all citizens, and should not be, must not be, left to technicians (like so much else).
Nonetheless, in important ways, civil liberties and the supporting democratic infrastructure of the UK have been gradually undermined over the course of the last century.
Despite recent headline-grabbing advances in civil liberties (for example, incorporation of European Human Rights legislation), these attacks have accelerated.
www.magnacartaplus.org /civil-liberties/index.htm   (681 words)

 Civil Liberties - Empire? - Global Policy Forum   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-20)
Civil rights organizations, already arguing about the constitutionality of these new rules, call the changes “another crackdown gesture” on the US legal system.
A lawsuit filed by a coalition of civil rights, animal rights and environmental groups has brought these documents to light, alleging that the Bush administration has ordered they be scrutinized by the same unit that monitors terrorist cells.
In a “rare victory for civil liberties,” US House Republicans and Democrats joined together to pass an amendment to the Patriot Act that will prevent the FBI from prying into people’s library and bookstore records without a warrant.
www.globalpolicy.org /empire/terrorwar/liberties/libertindex.htm   (3113 words)

 Don't index this page
About the ACLU-IA Founded in 1935, the AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION OF IOWA is the nation's fifth oldest state affiliate of the AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION.
Rather, it relies solely upon the force of its moral arguments and the voices of its members to promote civil liberties in the state and federal legislatures.
The ACLU-IA's work is focused on defending the rights to freedom of speech and association, the right to freedom of religion, the right to due process, the right to privacy, and the right to equal protection under the law.
www.iowaclu.org   (302 words)

 Civil Liberties Crisis
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) offers you a chance to quickly and easily send personalized faxes or email to your Congressmen on key civil liberties issues, including privacy, free speech, immigration, criminal justice issues, and more.
In the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks, many politicians are using the crisis as an excuse to push for severe restrictions on basic American civil liberties.
The result: many voices from across the political spectrum are saying we are facing the worst civil liberties crisis in decades.
www.theadvocates.org /civilliberties.html   (3820 words)

 Civil liberties trio says theirs were denied - October 20, 2004
Civil liberties trio says theirs were denied - October 20, 2004
Medford teachers Tania Tong, left, and her sister, Candice Julian, have found themselves in the national spotlight after being ejected from the Bush rally Thursday for wearing T- shirts like this one.
Since then, the three women have appeared on television, their stories have been retold in newspapers throughout the country, and they have been the subject of talk radio discussions.
www.mailtribune.com /archive/2004/1020/local/stories/05local.htm   (643 words)

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