Claim of Privilege

Claim of Privilege

A Mysterious Plane Crash, A Landmark Supreme Court Case and the Rise of State Secrets

Book - 2008
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In 1948, three civilian engineers were killed in an Air Force plane crash while testing secret navigational equipment. The widows filed suit, but the Air Force, at the dawn of the Cold War, refused to hand over accident reports and witness statements, claiming the documents contained classified information that would threaten national security. In 1953 the Supreme Court sided with the Air Force in United States v. Reynolds, formally recognizing the "state secrets" privilege, a legal precedent since used to conceal conduct, withhold documents, block troublesome litigation, and, most recently, detain terror suspects without due process. A half century later, the government revealed the "top-secret" information--there were no national security secrets, but rather a shocking chronicle of negligence. This book tells the story of this shameful incident, and the dangerous consequences of this historic cover-up: the violation of civil liberties and the abuse of constitutional protections.--From publisher description.
Published: New York, NY : Harper, 2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780060777029
Branch Call Number: 342.7306 SIE
Characteristics: xi, 384 p. ;,24 cm.


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Jun 25, 2015

This is a great book, explaining the false precedent by which government attorneys obfuscate and misinform to protect the machinations of the upper echelon within the government. Today, with so much data being transferred to the Cloud, such precedents are ever more easier to fabricate, then cite as legal precedents in further cases.


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