Civil liberties of the citizens must be protected at all cost. The government in power has the foremost duty of safeguarding its citizens, even in times of crisis and it must not be compromised at the cost of civil liberties. Every responsible citizen knows the limits of civil liberties and will do everything to safeguard them. So, the government cannot, will not and should not take measures that will cost the civil liberties of its citizens.
Civil liberties are common to all and do not take sides. If there is discrimination, the word becomes meaningless. “Enslave the liberty of but one human being and the liberties of the world are put in peril” said William Lloyd Garrison. Hence the people at the altar of power should realize the importance of civil rights and frame laws, accordingly. Here is a compilation of quotes on civil rights given by political leaders and philosophers and read them to get a clear idea on civil rights.