Dawn of Patriot Act

'Twould seem the greatest court in the land got duped – and we're paying the price.

How the Death of Judy's Father Made America More Secretive
Sun Apr 18, 7:55 AM ET
By Barry Siegel Times Staff Writer

"In a box delivered by rolling handcart on the morning of Feb. 26, 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court received 40 copies of a petition so unusual a clerk decided he couldn't accept it for filing. First, though, he turned through its pages."

"In a preliminary statement, he read these words: Three widows stood before this court in 1952. Their husbands had died in the crash of an Air Force plane. The lower courts had awarded them compensation. But the United States was bent on overturning their judgments, and — to accomplish this — it committed a fraud not only upon the widows but upon this Court."

A Daughter Discovers What Really Happened

"[…]To this day, U.S. vs. Reynolds represents the Supreme Court's only substantive examination of the state secrets privilege. Law professors consider Reynolds the judicial foundation of national security law."

Update 09/28/06: The most recent action taken in this case seems to be a petition to the US Supreme Court for a writ of certiorari made on December 21, 2005.