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    briefing papers/trumped

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    The CIA chief who had been killed, had been reading briefing papers and the CIA had collected them from the crime scene. National security trumped even homicide.

    I'm not sure what briefing papers are?

    Does "national security" mean National Security Council, and what does it mean that they "trumped homicide"?

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    Re: briefing papers/trumped

    'Briefing papers' are sensitive confidential documents.

    'National security' is the safety of the nation.

    'National security trumped even homicide' means that the CIA considered documents relating to the safety of the nation to be more important than the murder of their chief.

    Rover

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    Re: briefing papers/trumped

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    'National security trumped even homicide' means that the CIA considered documents relating to the safety of the nation to be more important than the murder of their chief.

    Rover
    Does it not rather suggest: ' The CIA considered documents relating to the safety of the nation to be more important than the legal requirements (i.e. the non-removal of possible evidence) concerning any homicide case.' ?

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    Re: briefing papers/trumped

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Does it not rather suggest: ' The CIA considered documents relating to the safety of the nation to be more important than the legal requirements (i.e. the non-removal of possible evidence) concerning any homicide case.' ?
    Yes. "Don't tamper with the crime scene" is a cardinal rule, but national security concerns are more important.

    (A "trump" card or suit in various games played with playing cards beats any other card that may be played.)

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