The protection of civil rights and civil liberties is the most important political value in the United States society. Civil rights are the protection against the institutional and government actions. For example, the Frist Amendment of the Bill of rights and liberties in the United States Constitution guarantees citizens right to practice the religion they please[1]. Therefore the government and other institutions have no mandate to interfere in any person’s freedom of worship. Furthermore, the amendment gives the individual liberty for any actions of the government. On the other hand, civil rights refer to the actions that the government of United States should take to ensure there is an equal condition for all Americans regardless of their origin and race.

            The Congress has played a crucial part in protecting the civil liberties in the history of the United States. Firstly, after the September 11 attack, the Congress passed the patriotic act that did not go too far in the name of national security[2]. The patriotic act was aimed at securing the safety of the citizens of the United States. However, the act has some controversial issues that include privacy and government surveillance[3]. The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution protects the rights of individuals to be secure in their house, parts, persons, and against unreasonable seizure and searches.

            Further, the extradition rendition program between the United States and other foreign governments. The program requires that the United States government's arrest and extradite people who are suspected of committing crimes in other signatory nations. The Congress passed the Act to ensure that there is harmony between other countries in protecting the rights and civil liberties around the world. Primarily, the cat was made to ensure that individuals who infringe the rights and freedoms of the citizens of the Unites States[4]. The program provides that the program protects the American citizens against the terrorists and other acts that may deter their and liberties.

            The civil rights and freedoms are currently better protected today, and there is less infringement of rights. For instance, when a police officers decide to go and searcher in a house of a suspected individual they must first obtain a searcher warranty from a judge or a court order. Further, for persons who are arrested they must be arraigned court within 24 hours[5]. Consequently, they must be notified of the crime they are being charged for and be allowed to have ab attorney to present them in court.

            Further, the United States government has programs that protect the human rights. The government takes the individual path to protect freedoms through universal laws, cultural conventions, and national laws[6]. The United States majorly relies on its able judges and legislation to apply the principles that are developed ta common law. Through such strategies, the government can affirm the legality and the firm supported fundamental freedoms and against the executive powers[7].

            In conclusion, the protection of civil rights and civil liberties is the most important political value in the United States society. Importantly, the government has no mandate to interfere in any person’s freedom of worship. The Congress has played a crucial part in protecting the civil liberties in the history of the United States. The major contributions of the Congress have been through the extradition program and the Patriotic Act [click here]. The civil rights in the United States are currently better protected than ever before as for police to search a house they must have a search warrant.  Consequently, arrested individuals must be arraigned in court within 24 hours and must be notified of their charges. 



[1] Harrison, Brigid C., and Jean Harris. 2011. A more perfect union. New York: McGraw-Hill.

[2] Kurland, Philip B., and Ralph Lerner. 2000. The Founders' Constitution. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund.

[3] Foner, Eric. Give Me Liberty! An American History: Seagull Fourth Edition. Vol. 1. WW Norton & Company, 2013.

 

[4]Foner, Eric. Give Me Liberty! An American History: Seagull Fourth Edition. Vol. 1. WW Norton & Company, 2013.

[5] Kurland, Philip B., and Ralph Lerner. 2000. The Founders' Constitution. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund.

[6] Harrison, Brigid C., and Jean Harris. 2011. A more perfect union. New York: McGraw-Hill.

 

[7] House, Freedom. "Freedom in the World 2013." Democratic breakthroughs in the balance 5 (2013).

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