civil libertarian

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civil liberties

Fundamental individual rights, such as freedom of speech and religion, especially as protected from excessive governmental intrusion by constitutional guarantees.

civil libertarian n.
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Noun1.civil libertarian - a libertarian who is actively concerned with the protection of civil liberties
libertarian - an advocate of libertarianism
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The Republican Party at least has the decency not to get its civil libertarian supporters' hopes up.
Recommended Guidelines for the Use of Unmanned Aircraft, compiled by the IACP's Aviation Committee, addresses civil libertarian concerns that drones' high-profile overseas role as robotic assassins will be imported for domestic use.
One prominent civil libertarian blames President Barack Obama for expanding the growth of executive power.
Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold, reviled by many on the Right for championing campaign-finance restrictions, was nonetheless a staunch civil libertarian and fierce critic of the liberal hawks in his own party.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), will talk about national security, immigration law, law enforcement, and civil libertarian issues, at a National Press Club Newsmaker press conference, at 9 a.
There was the botched investigation of atomic scientist Wen Ho Lee, in which FBI mistakes mined a suspect widely believed to be guilty into a hem in some Asian and civil libertarian circles.
That is what worries me most--not only from a civil libertarian perspective but with respect to the quality of our cultural life.
Any one who believes that free exercise ought to be protected in this country, regardless of whether they are a religious person or civil libertarian or both, should be rooting for the UDV in this case.
Entrepreneur and civil libertarian John Gilmore was wearing a one-inch pin which displayed the words "Suspect Terrorist".
As of 2006, the civil libertarian writer and attorney Harvey Silverglate noted at the time, bin Mahfouz "has sued or threatened suit in England 33 times.
Perhaps the exemplar of this perspective is Alan Dershowitz, the famed Harvard civil libertarian.
As a civil libertarian I also oppose the creation of a national database by stealth with the photographing of so many people innocent of any crime and suspected only of a minor offence.