Claim of Privilege

Claim of Privilege On October a U S Air Force B Superfortress crashed soon after takeoff killing three civilian engineers and six crew members In June the engineers widows filed suit against the gover

  • Title: Claim of Privilege
  • Author: Barry Siegel
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 172
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • On October 6, 1948, a U.S Air Force B 29 Superfortress crashed soon after takeoff, killing three civilian engineers and six crew members In June 1949, the engineers widows filed suit against the government, determined to find out what exactly had happened to their husbands and why the three civilians had been on board the airplane in the first place But it was the dawnOn October 6, 1948, a U.S Air Force B 29 Superfortress crashed soon after takeoff, killing three civilian engineers and six crew members In June 1949, the engineers widows filed suit against the government, determined to find out what exactly had happened to their husbands and why the three civilians had been on board the airplane in the first place But it was the dawn of the Cold War and the Air Force refused to hand over any documents, claiming they contained classified information The legal battle ultimately reached the Supreme Court, which in 1953 handed down a landmark decision that would, in later years, enable the government to conceal gross negligence and misconduct, block troublesome litigation, and detain criminal suspects without due process protections.Claim of Privilege is a mesmerizing true account of a shameful incident and its lasting impact on our nation the gripping story of a courageous fight to right a past wrong and a powerful indictment of governmental abuse in the name of national security.

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    1. Barry Siegel is a former national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times who won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing in 2002 for his piece A Father s Pain, a Judge s Duty, and a Justice Beyond Their Reach He is an expert on literary journalism and was recruited by the University of California, Irvine to chair that school s new English program in Literary Journalism Siegel is the author of the influential true crime novel A Death in White Bear Lake, which is considered by many to be a seminal document regarding child abuse Siegel lives in Sherman Oaks and Irvine, California.

    2. A decent introduction to the initial history of the State Secret Privilege, but little analysis of the actual policy. The book is a history of the relevant case US v. Reynolds, but it is only a history of this case. The author goes into great detail about not only the details of the case and the USAF crash that led to the litigation, he also goes into (often painstaking) detail about the lives of the individuals involved (ie where the widows met their husbands, what their first dates were like, [...]

    3. Really good, actually -- Siegel writes about law in a way that doesn't make me immediately think, "Oh, this guy isn't a laywer," which is rare. How many newspaper stories or books have you read where the writer just doesn't seem to know how to put legal words together in the same way that a lawyer does? Siegel avoids that.More importantly, though, Siegel tells a story that draws clear parallels between the dawning of the Cold War and the post-9/11 era without beating us over the head with it. He [...]

    4. This book does a nice job of discussing the famous United States v. Reynolds and the idea of state secrets. State secrets have become increasingly used after 9/11 by the government to squash all manner of law suits. This book does a particularly nice job of showing how the judges contorted their views to keep Reynolds safe, even while it is plainly obvious that the government perpetrated a fraud on the Court when the case was originally decided. The state secret privilege is used (as was the cas [...]

    5. Siegel unpacks the precedent behind the state secrets privilege and the case US v. Reynolds, a landmark case giving the executive branch great power and privilege. Siegel is meticulous in his evidence and analysis, looking at the case from every possible perspective. This attention to detail helps to give the reader the big picture however, at points the narrative lags and there are entire sections you can skip without missing a thing. Overall a very interesting and informative book, one worth l [...]

    6. Military plane goes down carrying civilian engineers in 1940s. Government refuses to compensate, discuss or reveal anything about flight to families of the deceased, citing national security issues. Fifty years later, children of the deceased sue for info/reparations. Government continues to refuse to comply. Finally, it is shown that there was no reason to withhold all the info. Landmark case, still argued to this day about issues such as "Executive Privilege" and government secrecy.

    7. I am not very interested in legal books. However this one is far from a dry legal recap. The story of the plan that crashed in 1949 along with the coverup the govt perpetuated was an engrossing read. I found myself staying up late to read it. The author laid out the story very well and gave the characters lots of color. Historically very interesting that this case continues to resonate today. Especially considering that the case was not presented truthfully to the Supreme Court.

    8. I loved Siegel's other books. but this one left me flat. I enjoyed the beginning, the story of the crash. I didn't mind the legal complexities which take up much of the book. But I really didn't like the 2nd lawsuit with the children, wives, and assorted others getting together. In addition to overflowing my cup with more legal ins and outs, the people involved wererny. I don't know another way to say it. If I saw them coming I would cross the street.

    9. Great reporting. This reads like a news story for a few reasons: the author is a journalist, the book is drawn together in part from his reporting, and the events are real. That, and the basis of such a controversial doctrine as the State Secrets Privilege deserves as much scrutiny as possible.

    10. I expected more from this book, it wasn't quite as sexy as I'd hoped. It's still an appalling story. Notes and highlights: kindleazon/profile/Eri

    11. Excellent review of the main case that created precedent for extending executive privilege regarding state secrets. Delves into incredible detail.

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