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Exclusive: Feds confiscate investigative reporterís confidential files during raid
The Daily Caller ^ | October 25, 2013 | Alex Pappas

Posted on 10/25/2013 5:27:47 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012

A veteran Washington D.C. investigative journalist says the Department of Homeland Security confiscated a stack of her confidential files during a raid of her home in August — leading her to fear that a number of her sources inside the federal government have now been exposed.

In an interview with The Daily Caller, journalist Audrey Hudson revealed that the Department of Homeland Security and Maryland State Police were involved in a predawn raid of her Shady Side, Md. home on Aug. 6. Hudson is a former Washington Times reporter and current freelance reporter.

A search warrant obtained by TheDC indicates that the August raid allowed law enforcement to search for firearms inside her home.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailycaller.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; US: Maryland
KEYWORDS: 1stamendment; 2ndamendment; 4thamendment; assaultweapons; atf; audreyhudson; awb; banglist; batfe; coastguard; confiscateguns; dhs; donutwatch; firearms; guncontrol; homelandsecurity; maryland; moronwithbadge; msp; obama; rkba; secondamendment; stupidcoptricks; tsa; uscg; ussa; warriorcops
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1 posted on 10/25/2013 5:27:47 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

Welcome to the USSA Police State Comrade.


2 posted on 10/25/2013 5:29:02 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Any opposition to this regime will be destroyed, zeros mantra. He is mentally unstable and should be removed from office for crimes against the constitution!


3 posted on 10/25/2013 5:30:05 AM PDT by seeker41 (take your country back by whatever means necessary)
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To: seeker41

Pure evil!


4 posted on 10/25/2013 5:30:55 AM PDT by seeker41 (take your country back by whatever means necessary)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Actually, she made the mistake of living in the Peoples Republic of Maryland.


5 posted on 10/25/2013 5:31:04 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Travon... Felony assault and battery hate crime)
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To: ilovesarah2012

This was an August raid and we are just finding out about it now???


6 posted on 10/25/2013 5:32:20 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: ilovesarah2012

but yet the media whorenalists will still put on the kneepads for Obama


7 posted on 10/25/2013 5:32:37 AM PDT by Mr. K (Lies, Damned Lies, Statistics, and then Democrat Talking Points.)
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To: Mr. K

Do the press really think they’re going to have any of their First Amendment rights left when these bozos are done?!??!! How shortsighted can they be???


8 posted on 10/25/2013 5:35:14 AM PDT by Dr. Pritchett
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To: bert

Once we start ceding living in certain areas as “mistakes” all is lost. Because their areas only seem to grow and ours only seem to shrink BECAUSE OF THIS VERY LINE OF THINKING.


9 posted on 10/25/2013 5:35:24 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Hello!!! It’s 2013. Who keeps paper files anymore?

While the police and DHS were wrong to seize them, the should have been kept in an encrypted laptop.


10 posted on 10/25/2013 5:36:23 AM PDT by CarmichaelPatriot
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To: ilovesarah2012

How soon, if ever, with the MSM realize they have hitched their wagon to a team of communist horses?

It is doubtful as it seems the communist indoctrination, started in our public schools, is stronger than being raised a Muslim. You see everyone else as an infidel to your religion of socialism/communism/Marxism/progressive.

I has to be brainwashing as these people are not that stupid yet they actually believe they are not communists but behave exactly like communists. They are clueless.


11 posted on 10/25/2013 5:36:23 AM PDT by Wurlitzer (Nothing says "ignorance" like Islam! 969)
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To: ilovesarah2012

What kind of an investigative reporter leaves notes with her sources in them laying around at her residence?


12 posted on 10/25/2013 5:37:58 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: ilovesarah2012

There aren’t too many more lines to cross. Why does having a gun allow the SWAT team to come into your home and collect data? Things like this are when the nightmare becomes frightening.


13 posted on 10/25/2013 5:38:09 AM PDT by AD from SpringBay (http://jonah2eight.blogspot.com/)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Based on the info presented...not sure if she has a case or not. It would appear on the face of things that the seizure of documents would be inconsistent with a search for firearms. However, back in my LEO days, I never requested or executed a search warrant that did not include some verbiage like “or any other materials or objects evidencing violations of local, State, or Federal ordinances, statutes or laws.”, in the description of what was to be searched or seized.

To that end, this one still seems a bit shaky. Certainly worth a vigorous challenge.


14 posted on 10/25/2013 5:38:52 AM PDT by PubliusMM (RKBA; a matter of fact, not opinion. 01-20-2016; I pray we make it that long.)
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To: ilovesarah2012
......“This guy basically came in here and took my anonymous sources and turned them over — took my whistleblowers — and turned it over to the agency they were blowing the whistle on,” Hudson said. “And these guys still work there.”.......
15 posted on 10/25/2013 5:41:04 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: seeker41

“Any opposition to this regime will be destroyed, zeros mantra. He is mentally unstable and should be removed from office for crimes against the constitution!”

That won’t stop this. He’s only the visible face.


16 posted on 10/25/2013 5:42:57 AM PDT by OpusatFR
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To: ilovesarah2012

Why not?

Issa gave the “green light” for all corruption in the USA
from Fast&Furious, to the BC coverup,
to the Benghazi coverup, to the IRS coverup,
to the NSA coverup.

In charge of the coverup? Issa.


17 posted on 10/25/2013 5:44:50 AM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: CarmichaelPatriot

And keep digital backup media in a separate place. I don’t think the Feds were after depriving her of the info. Instead, they wanted to know what she knew and from whom. Then they track down the sources and silence them. They also deliver a rather pointed message to the jouralist.

It’s how things work in the beginning. In the next step, people simply disappear.


18 posted on 10/25/2013 5:45:51 AM PDT by henkster (Communists never negotiate.)
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To: Uncle Chip

http://dailycaller.com/2013/10/25/exclusive-feds-confiscate-investigative-reporters-confidential-files-during-raid/?print=1

Easy to read one page.


19 posted on 10/25/2013 5:46:01 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: ilovesarah2012

Ok... They went in to her home in search of firearms and came out with confidential paperwork?

Anyone else see something wrong here?


20 posted on 10/25/2013 5:47:00 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: Mr. K

Most of the media are already too afraid to speak out against the regime. They are afraid of a police raid at their homes and the IRS showing up. NSA is already tracking all their emails and phone calls, so they are on pins and needles now and watching what they say.


21 posted on 10/25/2013 5:48:14 AM PDT by ImNotLying (The MSM bears a close resemblance to the world's oldest profession!)
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To: Dr. Pritchett
Do the press really think they’re going to have any of their First Amendment rights left when these bozos are done?!??!! How shortsighted can they be???

As long as they report the party line they keep their cushy, high paying jobs and get to remain on TV. They know exactly what they are doing. You are assuming they have some journalistic ethics and an interest in the truth. They do not. They are the mouthpieces of evil; tools of the regime. Cogs in the machine.
22 posted on 10/25/2013 5:48:50 AM PDT by 762X51
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To: PubliusMM
"I never requested or executed a search warrant that did not include some verbiage like “or any other materials or objects evidencing violations of local, State, or Federal ordinances, statutes or laws.”, in the description of what was to be searched or seized."

WHICH IS IN VIOLATION OF THE 4TH AMENDMENT WHICH STATES ALL WARRANTS MUST BE SPECIFIC AS TO WHAT IS BEING SEARCHED FOR.

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Particulary describing is important. You can't just say "whatever we find we might think is illegal".

23 posted on 10/25/2013 5:49:07 AM PDT by SolidRedState (I used to think bizarro world was a fiction.)
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To: All

Putin is laughing at us right now.


24 posted on 10/25/2013 5:49:56 AM PDT by newnhdad (Our new motto: USA, it was fun while it lasted.)
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To: OpusatFR

Agreed, he was placed there for a diabolical reason.


25 posted on 10/25/2013 5:50:31 AM PDT by seeker41 (take your country back by whatever means necessary)
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To: ilovesarah2012

I wonder how many national socialist, true believers were surprised to find their sons sent to Stalingrad and their daughters worked to exhaustion in state run factories.

When you dream of an all powerful state it might take a bit of wisdom to realize it’s a nightmare.


26 posted on 10/25/2013 5:50:42 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Is “resisting arrest” a felony now?

“The document notes that her husband, Paul Flanagan, pleaded guilty in 1986 to resisting arrest in Prince George’s County. The warrant called for police to search the residence they share and seize all weapons and ammunition because he is prohibited under the law from possessing firearms.”

This is why a number of us feel that this unnecessary loophole create in the CGA of ‘68 was a bad idea. No one likes the idea of violent felons having easy access to firearms, but this is the alternative.

From my view, this is a great danger/evil than the violent felon. At least against the felon, I would have some defense options.


27 posted on 10/25/2013 5:52:21 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

I would imagine someone who doesn’t believe we live in a police state. If she is really an “investigative reporter”, she should have known better. How much more will Americans put up with before we go Egyptian?


28 posted on 10/25/2013 5:52:45 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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Extra backups for work at at my home.

Extra backups for home are at my place of work.

Portable 2 TB drive with both are in an undisclosed location for tertiary backup.

All this and I have absolutely nothing anyone would be interested in but me.


29 posted on 10/25/2013 5:53:32 AM PDT by USCG SimTech (Honored to serve since '71)
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To: Dead Corpse
....During the raid, the officers also went after Hudson’s three pistols and three long guns, which she obtained legally.

“I’m a Kentucky girl,” she said. “I come kitchen trained, and firearm ready. I grew up with guns and I’ve always been around guns.”

Hudson has been a reporter in Washington, D.C. for nearly 15 years and was nominated twice by The Washington Times for the Pulitzer Prize. She is a freelancer for Newsmax and the Colorado Observer. While at the Times, Hudson reported extensively on the air marshal program — specifically about whether Homeland Security officials had lied to Congress and reported protecting more flights than they really were. Using her sources inside the government, Hudson has also reported for years about possible terrorist “dry-runs” on airplanes.....

30 posted on 10/25/2013 5:54:16 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: ilovesarah2012

I am not saying hell will be frozen over, but ice several inches will have been formed there.


31 posted on 10/25/2013 5:54:50 AM PDT by sport
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To: ilovesarah2012

It seems it’s the beginning of disposing the useful idiots.


32 posted on 10/25/2013 5:56:45 AM PDT by RetSignman (As Goes America, So Goes the World. A Communist America, A Communist World.)
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To: PubliusMM

If I remember correctly and anyone who reads this please feel free to correct me if I’m wrong, when Eric Holder was working for Clinton and Reno, this tactic was used to raid Waco. A judge from a neighboring County issued a warrant citing child welfare that was used for BATFE to raid the compound for weapons.


33 posted on 10/25/2013 5:57:18 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (The only difference between flash mob 'urban yutes' and U.S. politicians is the hoodies.)
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To: ilovesarah2012

All investigative reporters need to keep long lists of individuals in the administration, with their names, addresses, and phone numbers, and they need to make sure they call those numbers. Maybe even meet with some of them. They also need to put their names down in appointment books on specific dates and times that they know or suspect certain individuals may potentially be available. The reporters need to lay a whole bunch of false trails to potentially incriminate administration hacks that they actually have never even met. Clog up the investigative resources. The investigators will never be able to figure out which one or two out of twenty false leads are actually whistleblowers. And if the administration ends up firing some of their own loyalists, well, that’s only good, isn’t it?


34 posted on 10/25/2013 5:59:41 AM PDT by Real Cynic No More (Border Fence Obamacare!)
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To: PubliusMM

I never requested or executed a search warrant that did not include some verbiage like “or any other materials or objects evidencing violations of local, State, or Federal ordinances, statutes or laws.”, in the description of what was to be searched or seized.


Fishing trip!


35 posted on 10/25/2013 6:03:56 AM PDT by S.O.S121.500 (Case back hoe for sale or trade for diesel wood chipper....Enforce the Bill of Rights. It's the Law!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
After the search began, Hudson said she was asked by an investigator with the Coast Guard Investigative Service if she was the same Audrey Hudson who had written a series of critical stories about air marshals for The Washington Times over the last decade.

Just making sure they had the right Audrey Hudson house -- unbelievable.

I hope she wasn't wearing a skirt during the raid or she should be asking for those pictures back as well.

36 posted on 10/25/2013 6:05:08 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: ilovesarah2012

I would imagine someone who doesn’t believe we live in a police state. If she is really an “investigative reporter”, she should have known better. How much more will Americans put up with before we go Egyptian?


The frogs in the pot are starting to notice the water
is getting warmer. Perhaps 2014 “change will come”.


37 posted on 10/25/2013 6:09:48 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: ilovesarah2012

The reporter was an idiot.

If you have sources inside the regime, you keep a thousand different copies of your material hidden in different locations around the globe... not a single copy located in your own home.


38 posted on 10/25/2013 6:11:35 AM PDT by snowrip (Liberal? You are a socialist idiot with no rational argument.)
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To: Diogenesis

Unfortunately I believe that you’re right.


39 posted on 10/25/2013 6:11:43 AM PDT by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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To: ilovesarah2012

MIKE HASTINGS IS WATCHING FROM ABOVE.

Still a crazy story...?


40 posted on 10/25/2013 6:15:07 AM PDT by gaijin
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To: ilovesarah2012
And so it begins...Oh wait...It started 1-21-2009.
41 posted on 10/25/2013 6:16:57 AM PDT by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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To: gaijin

When Hastings died, he was researching intimidation of reporters by by John Brennan at the CIA.


42 posted on 10/25/2013 6:18:00 AM PDT by gaijin
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To: liberalh8ter

Yep. Even though they were a FFL 7/SOT 2 armorer and had just had an inspection in the months leading up to the raid.


43 posted on 10/25/2013 6:25:02 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: ilovesarah2012

While the IRS becomes the KGB, Homeland Security becomes the Gestapo. For most Americans, if the well-groomed people on the evening news aren’t talking about it, it’s not happening.


44 posted on 10/25/2013 6:28:18 AM PDT by Spok ("What're you going to believe-me or your own eyes?" -Groucho Marx)
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To: S.O.S121.500
Fishing trip!

BINGO!!!!

45 posted on 10/25/2013 6:32:02 AM PDT by A_Tradition_Continues (formerly known as Politicalwit ...05/28/98 Class of '98)
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To: CarmichaelPatriot

Back in the late 1990s...I worked in an Air Force shop, and came to work early one morning around 6AM, and OSI had some guy at the door and trying to prevent me from entering our work area. I responded that I was the facility custodian and asked where was their paperwork for this ‘search’. They got hyper, but calmed down enough to ask me....where are the file cabinets. That was their big thing...they had some authorized base search paperwork and wanted out file cabinets to clean out completely. This had something to do with several contractors and the officer running their contract.

I looked at the guy and just started laughing. I responded...every single document that we generated...was digital and sitting on the base server. We had actually gotten rid of all paper documents and the cabinets. They were in disbelief and ran off to the base communications center, with the aim of confiscating the server and it’s RAIDS. The comm officer only noted they could have a back-up copy....but no one was walking out of the center with hardware or hard drives.

Based on cops and their present knowledge level...they all believe that people are still in some paper age and massive records will be gleaned. It’s just not happening.


46 posted on 10/25/2013 6:32:14 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: Spok

Eventually they will go after the well-groomed as well.


47 posted on 10/25/2013 6:34:11 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: Hotlanta Mike

All of them!

Where do you think they would keep them?

Do you believe they should operate from some secret hideaway?


48 posted on 10/25/2013 6:37:25 AM PDT by G Larry (Let his days be few; and let another take his office. Psalms 109:8)
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To: SolidRedState
"Particulary describing is important. You can't just say "whatever we find we might think is illegal".

Searching for the "elephant in a breadbox." Very true. And, nobody said they were interested in making their case in court. So, the evidence gets tossed, and you lose the case. Big deal. They still busted you up, and that's all they wanted in the first place. We had a particular state trooper back in Virginia, who was a living legend on the I-95 corridor. During one year, he seized more dope than the DEA. He did it by "profiling" a subject, and ignoring 4th amendment strictures on search and seizure. He'd make his bust, seize the dope, and get his case tossed out, in short order. Then, on to the next. Lather, rinse, repeat; all day long on I-95. Saw him one morning myself, up to his hips in bundles of cocaine on the roadside, digging through a stopped vehicle. The perp handcuffed on the guardrail.
49 posted on 10/25/2013 6:40:03 AM PDT by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: S.O.S121.500
I never requested or executed a search warrant that did not include some verbiage like “or any other materials or objects evidencing violations of local, State, or Federal ordinances, statutes or laws.”, in the description of what was to be searched or seized.

I agree, this is a fishing trip. It's a circular argument. "We have a lawfully signed search warrant, describing particularly the things to be seized, including any materials evidencing violations of law, which we need to comb through in order to discover, that will provide evidence which will give us reasonable suspicion upon which to issue the original search warrant."

There oughta be a law against this sort of thing. Oh, that's right, there is - it's the Fourth Amendment. Never enforced, though.

50 posted on 10/25/2013 6:42:30 AM PDT by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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