civil libertarian

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a libertarian who is actively concerned with the protection of civil liberties

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Klaidman's best sources appear eager to show that White House politicos got the president to give up his civil libertarian convictions too easily.
Civil libertarians fear the era of surveillance and circumspection could become permanent.
Freeh essentially internalized the values and outlook of the Bureau's most extreme civil libertarian critics.
What makes a civil libertarian is the capacity to imagine yourself as the accused, not the accuser," she writes.
We asked Doctorow, a devout civil libertarian, to recommend three political books for young adults:
Perhaps the exemplar of this perspective is Alan Dershowitz, the famed Harvard civil libertarian.
A staunch civil libertarian could accept or reject Dershowitz's theory, as could a firm authoritarian; intelligent arguments can be made by both sides over the quantity and quality of rights that should be "invented" within a society.
A civil libertarian has filed a lawsuit against the US government and two major airlines, after they allegedly violated several amendments to the US Constitution.
Rothman argues from a civil libertarian point of view, although his position is not as extreme as that of Thomas Szasz who claims that the existence of an asylum itself is an abuse and has no discernible use except to enforce conformity and control deviance.
He was a liberal Democrat and New Dealer/Fair Dealer, grassroots political activist, civil libertarian, and a Jew.
They pursue this goal partly by exploiting the principled civil libertarian commitments of some, the political squeamishness or naivete of others, and the racial bad faith of still others to shout and bully their way into public respectability.
Catching the opposition napping, one month before the beginning of the legislative session in January, a tight-knit coalition of groups, including gay, civil libertarian, and disability rights advocates, began meeting privately to strategize.
Among the topics he explores are civil libertarian responses to World War II, the emergence of the Co-operative Committee on Japanese Canadians, tensions between communist and non-communist civil libertarians revealed in the Gouzenko affair (a 1945-6 Soviet espionage case), communist and non-communist co-operation in overturning the Padlock Law (used to close "subversive" newspapers), the role of the Jewish Labour Committee in establishing a network of groups committed to the defense of ethnic equality, and the aforementioned passage of the Canadian Bill of Rights.
The establishment of an office to pump federal money into religious charities has brought a uniform reaction from across the spectrum of churches and civil libertarian organizations, left to right.