Civil Liberties Photos on Townhall

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    Posted: 12/22/2011 6:00:45 PM EST
    FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2011 file photo, Occupy Oakland protesters run from tear gas deployed by police at 14th Street and Broadway in Oakland, Calif. The National Lawyers Guild and the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California sued the Oakland Police Department in federal court in November, saying police and other agencies violated demonstrators? Fourth Amendment rights by using excessive force _ including ?flash-bang? grenades _ against demonstrators who posed no safety threat. The suit says officials also violated their First Amendment rights to assemble and demonstrate. (AP Photo/Darryl Bush, File)
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    Posted: 10/13/2011 8:15:48 PM EST
    A prayer banner, center, is seen on the wall of an auditorium at Cranston High School West, in Cranston, R.I., Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011. High school student Jessica Ahlquist, 16, who is an atheist, and is being represented by the Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, wants Cranston High School West officials to remove the prayer banner, arguing that it is offensive to non-Christians. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
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    Posted: 10/13/2011 8:15:48 PM EST
    Cranston High School West administrator Kim Magnelli points to where a dedication plaque once stood under a prayer banner in an auditorium at the school, in Cranston, R.I. on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011. High school student Jessica Ahlquist, 16, who is an atheist, and is being represented by the Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, wants Cranston High School West officials to remove the prayer banner, arguing that it is offensive to non-Christians. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
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    Posted: 10/13/2011 8:15:48 PM EST
    Jessica Ahlquist, 16, left, arrives at U.S. District Court, in Providence, R.I., Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011, with her attorney Lynette Labinger, right. Ahlquist, who is an atheist, and is being represented by the Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, wants Cranston High School West officials to remove a Christian prayer banner, arguing that it is offensive to non-Christians. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
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    Posted: 10/13/2011 3:45:46 AM EST
    This Sept. 28, 2011 photo shows Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca commenting on a report released by the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California. Baca has been dubbed LA?s new-age lawman, he talks about damaged psyches and second chances, and he shies away from the tough-on-crime cliches favored by many of America?s top cops. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, file)
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    Posted: 10/12/2011 11:15:56 AM EST
    This Sept. 28, 2011 photo shows Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca commenting on a report released by the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California. Baca has been dubbed LA?s new-age lawman, he talks about damaged psyches and second chances, and he shies away from the tough-on-crime cliches favored by many of America?s top cops. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, file)
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    Posted: 10/4/2011 3:10:48 AM EST
    FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2011, file photo, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, the ranking Republican on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, right, accompanied by committee Chairman Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Civil rights lawyers on Monday, Oct. 3, 2011, raised the first opposition to New York Police Department efforts to spy on Muslims, an operation that politicians have been reluctant to even discuss. "These reports raise questions that don?t lend themselves to easy answers," said Collins. "We want our police departments _ especially those in New York, which has been repeatedly targeted by terrorists _ to identify emerging threats before they develop into full-fledged attacks. At the same time, law enforcement must build trust with the communities they serve by scrupulously respecting civil liberties and constitutional rights." (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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    Posted: 9/29/2011 9:55:47 PM EST
    Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca,at podium, takes questions about a report released by the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU, outside Sheriff's headquarters Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011, in Los Angeles. The ACLU demanded earlier Wednesday that federal authorities investigate allegations of brutality by deputies at Los Angeles County jails. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
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    Posted: 9/29/2011 9:55:47 PM EST
    Margaret Winter, associate director of the American Civil Liberties Union National Prison Project comments on the release of a report alleging brutal beatings of Los Angeles County Jail inmates by sheriffís deputies during a news conference at the ACLU Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011, in Los Angeles. The ACLU demanded that federal authorities investigate allegations of brutality by deputies at Los Angeles County jails.(AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
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    Posted: 9/29/2011 9:55:47 PM EST
    Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, at podium, comments on a report released by the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU, in which several eyewitnesses document the alleged brutal beatings of Los Angeles County Jail inmates by sheriffs deputies, during a news conference Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
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    Posted: 9/29/2011 9:55:47 PM EST
    Former inmate Gordon Grbavac recounts a beating he alleges he suffered under Sheriff's deputies that sent him to the jail's clinic, during a news conference at the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011, in Los Angeles. The American Civil Liberties Union demanded that federal authorities investigate allegations of brutality by deputies at Los Angeles County jails. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
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    Posted: 9/29/2011 1:27:07 PM EST
    A sign at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles is shown in this June 9, 2007 file photo. Deputies in the Los Angeles County jail system have committed acts of violence against prisoners so grave that they constituted human rights abuses, the American Civil Liberties Union said in a report filed in federal court on September 28, 2011. To match story LOSANGELES-JAILS/ REUTERS/Phil McCarten/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW)
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    Posted: 9/29/2011 1:25:49 PM EST
    The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles is shown in this June 9, 2007 file photo. Deputies in the Los Angeles County jail system commit acts of violence against prisoners so grave that they constituted human rights abuses, the American Civil Liberties Union said in a report filed in federal court on September 28, 2011. To match story LOSANGELES-JAILS/ REUTERS/Phil McCarten/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW)
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    Posted: 9/29/2011 1:24:48 PM EST
    The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles is shown in this June 9, 2007 file photo. Deputies in the Los Angeles County jail system commit violence against prisoners so grave that it constitutes human rights abuses, the American Civil Liberties Union said in a report filed in federal court on September 28, 2011. To match story LOSANGELES-JAILS/ REUTERS/Phil McCarten/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW)
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    Posted: 9/19/2011 9:30:58 PM EST
    In this Aug. 3, 2010 file photo, Julie Schmidt, left, Gayle Schuh , middle, and Jeffrey Mittman with the American Civil Liberties Union speak at a news conference in Anchorage, Alaska. An Anchorage judge on Monday ruled same Alaska same-sex couples are entitled to the same senior citizen and disabled veteran property tax exemptions as married couples. The ACLU filed the lawsuit against the state of Alaska and the Municipality of Anchorage on behalf of Schmidt and Schuh and two other same sex couples, claiming the state of Alaska's tax assessment rules providing exemptions for senior citizens and disabled veterans discriminate against same sex couples. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
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    Posted: 9/8/2011 7:20:49 AM EST
    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg addresses the Association for a Better New York about the rebirth of lower Manhattan ten years after the attacks of 9/11, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, in New York. While some advocates have questioned whether the New York Police Department has stepped on civil liberties in its quest to root out terrorists, Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the city's Muslim population is supportive of the presence of police. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)
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    Posted: 9/8/2011 7:20:48 AM EST
    FILE - In this July 6, 2010 photo, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, right, and New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, take a question after ceremonies swearing in new police recruits in New York. While some advocates have questioned whether the New York Police Department has stepped on civil liberties in its quest to root out terrorists, Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the city's Muslim population is supportive of the presence of police. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
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    Posted: 9/6/2011 1:45:47 PM EST
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    Posted: 8/25/2011 3:05:47 AM EST
    Pedestrians start their morning under the watchful eyes of surveillance cameras in Times Square in New York, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2011. Since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the NYPD has become one of the country's most aggressive domestic intelligence agencies, targets ethnic communities in ways that would run afoul of civil liberties rules if practiced by the federal government. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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    Posted: 8/24/2011 7:20:55 PM EST
    American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) attorney Michael Risher speaks to the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) agency board of directors at BART headquarters in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011, during a public meeting about a possible policy allowing police to turn off wireless communications on train platforms. BART ignited a global debate over free speech when it cut cellphone and wireless data service in San Francisco subway stations earlier this month to disrupt plans for a protest. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)