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1 Civil Liberties What are they? Where are they found?

2 Civil Liberties Are protections given to individuals against action of the government. Are protections given to individuals against action of the government. Usually the protections are written in a Constitution. Usually the protections are written in a Constitution.

3 Civil Liberties American civil liberties are set down in the Bill of Rights, as the first ten amendments are known. American civil liberties are set down in the Bill of Rights, as the first ten amendments are known.

4 Civil Liberties They include freedoms of: They include freedoms of:  religion  speech & press  assembly

5 Civil Liberties They also include protections: They also include protections:  against arbitrary searches  unfair trials  cruel punishments

6 Civil Liberties Interpreting what these rights mean is not easy. Interpreting what these rights mean is not easy. The job of doing that in the U.S. falls to the Supreme Court. The job of doing that in the U.S. falls to the Supreme Court.

7 Civil Liberties For example, the court has decided that one’s right to free speech does not include the right to yell “fire” in a crowded theater. For example, the court has decided that one’s right to free speech does not include the right to yell “fire” in a crowded theater.

8 Civil Liberties In the end, interpreting the meaning of American civil liberties is a complicated balancing act between the needs of society and that of the individual. In the end, interpreting the meaning of American civil liberties is a complicated balancing act between the needs of society and that of the individual.


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