State Secrets' Secret

Friday, January 30, 2004

When the U.S. government withholds information for national security reasons, it often invokes what's known as the "State Secrets Privilege." The legal precedent was established in 1948, when the Supreme Court ruled that the military didn't have to release documents relating to an Air Force plane crash in Georgia. Now, children of the crash victims have been able to review those documents, and what they've found suggests that the "State Secrets Privilege" was predicated on a fraud. Brooke discusses the case with George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley.

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