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Secrecy Wars - National Security, Privacy and the Public's Right to Know (Paperback, New edition): Philip H. Melanson Secrecy Wars - National Security, Privacy and the Public's Right to Know (Paperback, New edition)
Philip H. Melanson
R365 R296 Discovery Miles 2 960 Save R69 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

The public and the media are fascinated by U.S. government secrets, real and imagined, yet very few people know how the process of obtaining formerly secret documents works. "Secrecy Wars" is a look inside the American secrecy system as it is accessed through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Privacy Act. With its perspective that of a political legal drama, this important new book will not only entertain and inform but also influence the legal, journalism, and political communities.

Secrecy Wars - National Security, Privacy, and the Public's Right to Know (Hardcover, 1st ed): Philip H. Melanson Secrecy Wars - National Security, Privacy, and the Public's Right to Know (Hardcover, 1st ed)
Philip H. Melanson
R532 R420 Discovery Miles 4 200 Save R112 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

The public and the media are fascinated by U.S. government secrets, real and imagined, yet very few people know how the process of obtaining formerly secret documents works. "Secrecy Wars" is a look inside the American secrecy system as it is accessed through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Privacy Act. With its perspective that of a political legal drama, this important new book will not only entertain and inform but also influence the legal, journalism, and political communities.

The Secret Service - The Hidden History of an Enigmatic Agency (Paperback, 2nd edition): Philip H. Melanson The Secret Service - The Hidden History of an Enigmatic Agency (Paperback, 2nd edition)
Philip H. Melanson
R551 Discovery Miles 5 510 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

This new edition of the definitive history of the Secret Service lays bare the 2004 Bush campaign's political uses of the agency and the new challenges it faces as a branch of the Homeland Security Department, in a post-9/11 world. Acclaimed scholar of political violence and governmental secrecy Philip Melanson explores the long-hidden workings of the Secret Service since its inception in 1865 and through rigorous research and extensive interviews with former White House staffers and retired agents, uncovers startling facts about the Agency's role in such traumatic national events as the assassination of JFK and the shooting of President Reagan. Included, too, are revelations about presidential demands on the agency the problems of alcoholism, divorce, and burnout among agents and the Service's inexplicable failure to develop profiles of potential assassins. Up-to-date and explosive, this book assails the public image of the Secret Service as a highly professional apolitical organization, exposing the often-detrimental influence that politics exerts on the Agency.

The Murkin Conspiracy - An Investigation into the Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Hardcover): Philip H. Melanson The Murkin Conspiracy - An Investigation into the Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Hardcover)
Philip H. Melanson
R1,448 Discovery Miles 14 480 Out of stock

Murkin was the code name chosen by the FBI for their investigation into the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in 1968. Today, 20 years after the fatal shooting of the civil rights leader, Philip H. Melanson, a renowned authority on American political assassinations, unveils his own investigation into the murder. Melanson . . . has done an exhaustively thorough job on the still-mysterious King assassination. After following Melanson's meticulous pursuit of seemingly every lead in the case--including interviews with the men whose names were used as aliases for alleged killer James Earl Ray--there can be little doubt in the reader's mind that neither of the two official versions of what happened could have been the whole truth. The first was the ever-popular notion of the lone killer: Ray. The second, propounded by a clearly inept congressional investigation a decade after the 1969 shooting, was that an ill-defined racist conspiracy was behind the assassination. What seems unarguable is that Ray, a petty criminal, could not have killed King unaided. There are too many improbabilities--the source of his carefully chosen Canadian aliases, the identity of the fat man' who brought him a letter' in Toronto during his escape, the odd setup at the rooming house from which the shot was fired. It is Melanson's thesis that there was high-level intelligence involvement, probably by the CIA, which was violently alarmed by King's anti-Vietnam stance. "Publisher's Weekly"

Murkin was the code name chosen by the FBI for the investigation into the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in 1968. Today, twenty years after the fatal shooting of the civil rights leader, Philip H. Melanson, a renowned authority on American political assassinations, unveils his own investigation into the murder. Through extensive interviews, research, and Freedom of Information Act requests, Melanson analyzes the official investigations, the evidence, the performance of law enforcement officials, the role of James Earl Ray, and the questions of conspiracy. Much of the data presented has never before been published. Based on his detailed investigation, Melanson offers a revisionist interpretation of the King case, demonstrating that it remains unsolved.

Melanson argues persuasively that both the FBI's conclusion that Ray acted alone and the later 1978 House Select Committee on Assassinations decision that Ray was backed by a conspiracy of St. Louis-based white supremacists are not supported by the evidence. Although Melanson concludes that Ray did not, in fact, act alone, he contends that the official investigations were so flawed that the conspirators behind him are still unidentified. His own conclusions regarding the probable source of the conspiracy offer a sobering indictment of the ways in which powerful interests, left unchecked, can wreak havoc on American democratic processes.

Shadow Play (Paperback): William Klaber, Philip H. Melanson Shadow Play (Paperback)
William Klaber, Philip H. Melanson
R93 R80 Discovery Miles 800 Save R13 (14%) Out of stock

-- The book that will change your mind about a case you thought was open-and-shut.
-- Published to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the RFK assassination.
-- A recent trial involving a lawsuit by an RFK assassination photographer against the LAPD reopened the case, and made national news.
-- Authors were the first members of the print media granted an interview with Sirhan in prison in 10 years.

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