Claim of Privilege: A Mysterious Plane Crash, a Landmark Supreme Court Case, and the Rise of State Secrets

Claim of Privilege: A Mysterious Plane Crash, a Landmark Supreme Court Case, and the Rise of State Secrets

Barry Siegel


On October 6, 1948, a U.S. Air strength B-29 Superfortress crashed quickly after takeoff, killing 3 civilian engineers and 6 team participants. In June 1949, the engineers' widows filed swimsuit opposed to the govt., decided to determine what precisely had occurred to their husbands and why the 3 civilians have been on board the aircraft within the first position. however it was once the sunrise of the chilly battle and the Air strength refused at hand over any records, claiming they contained labeled details. The felony conflict eventually reached the splendid court docket, which in 1953 passed down a landmark choice that might, in later years, permit the govt. to hide gross negligence and misconduct, block problematical litigation, and detain felony suspects with no due-process protections.

Claim of Privilege is a enchanting actual account of a shameful incident and its lasting impression on our nation—the gripping tale of a brave struggle to correct a previous mistaken and a strong indictment of governmental abuse within the identify of nationwide security.

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