quotes tagged with 'civilrights'
Author: John Adams, Source: Letter to Mercy Warren, April 16, 1776
Men must be ready, they must pride themselves and be happy to sacrifice their private pleasures, passions and interests, nay, their private friendships and dearest connections, when they stand in competition with the rights of society.
Author: Thomas Jefferson
, Source: Rights of British America, 1774
A free people [claim] their rights as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate.
The Fourth Amendment was designed not merely to protect against official intrusions whose social utility was less as measured by some `balancing test' than its intrusion on individual privacy; it was designed in addition to grant the individual a zone of privacy whose protections could be breached only where the `reasonable' requirements of the probable-cause standard were met. Moved by whatever momentary evil has aroused their fears, officials - perhaps even supported by a majority of citizens - may be tempted to conduct searches that sacrifice the liberty of each citizen to assuage the perceived evil. But the Fourth Amendment rests on the principle that a true balance between the individual and society depends on the recognition of `the right to be let alone - the most comprehensive of rights and the right most valued by civilized men.' Olmstead v. United States, 277 U.S. 438, 478 (1928) (Brandeis, J., dissenting).Author: Supreme Court Justice William Joseph Brennan, Source: New Jersey [496 U.S. 444, 460] v. T. L. O., 469 U.S. 325, 361 -362 (1985) (BRENNAN, J., concurring in part and dissenting in part)