Skip to comments.Armed agents seize records of reporter, Washington Times prepares legal action
Posted on 10/25/2013 3:53:11 PM PDT by jazusamo
Maryland state police and federal agents used a search warrant in an unrelated criminal investigation to seize the private reporting files of an award-winning former investigative journalist for The Washington Times who had exposed problems in the Homeland Security Departments Federal Air Marshal Service.
Reporter Audrey Hudson said the investigators, who included an agent for Homelands Coast Guard service, took her private notes and government documents that she had obtained under the Freedom of Information Act during a predawn raid of her family home on Aug. 6.
The documents, some which chronicled her sources and her work at the Times about problems inside the Homeland Security Department, were seized under a warrant to search for unregistered firearms and a potato gun suspected of belonging to her husband, Paul Flanagan, a Coast Guard employee. Mr. Flanagan has not been charged with any wrongdoing since the raid.
The warrant, obtained by the Times, offered no specific permission to seize reporting notes or files.
The Washington Times said Friday it is preparing legal action to fight what it called an unwarranted intrusion on the First Amendment.
While we appreciate law enforcements right to investigate legitimate concerns, there is no reason for agents to use an unrelated gun case to seize the First Amendment protected materials of a reporter, Times Editor John Solomon said. This violates the very premise of a free press, and it raises additional concerns when one of the seizing agencies was a frequent target of the reporters work.
Homelands conduct in seizing privileged reporters notes and Freedom of Information Act documents raises serious Fourth Amendment issues, and our lawyers are preparing an appropriate legal response, he said.
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Maybe Obama gave them a waiver.
It is a brave new world, AH.
No doubt and it looks like her notes were really what they were after.
The damage is done. There will be no accountability.
TACTICAL POTATO GUN
Tyranny is in the air...
Armed agents were searching for a “potato gun” belonging to her husband? Talk about a flimsy pretext. Not to mention ridiculous.
ok, Im entertaining arguments now that the US government has not become a functional equivalent of the Soviets or Nazis during their early phases.
Has there even been? Will there ever be?
I’m on your side. Even with 0bama’s administration going through the legal hoops for show they ignore any decision they don’t agree with.
How is this a 1st amendment issue? It’s a violation of the 4th amendment!
The pioneer Grace Murray Hopper was an inventive American computer scientist and a United States Navy officer. She even was a senior consultant until the age of 85, when she died in 1992. Her motto Dare and do is reflected directly into the quote I found:
If its a good idea, go ahead and do it.It is much easier to apologize than it is to get permission.
Worked for Hitler and Stalin.
Call out the ATF !!
Call out the Fed Dept. of Agriculture !!
Such an abuse of our national resouces !!
Arrest any McDonlds that uses a thermal gun to determine temperature , and call PETA for disregard of their French Fries !
The raid could constitute illegal search and seizure under the Fourth Amendment and the fact that the materials were related to her work as a reporter could First Amendment freedom of the press protections.
Her notes contained names of contacts for prior articles, supposedly.
They can give all the notes and papers back anytime since they have already copied them and put the information in their data base.
The main stream media did not care when this administration was going after conservative organization but now that they became a target they protest their rights have been infringed.
I know it is a foreign concept but this nation would be better off today if they really were neutral and fail. Somewhere along the way the main stream media choose sides, and now they are paying the price.
This administration has not been held accountable for anything it has done, why should it care if it ignores laws or the constitution.
The Washington Times leans right, this is why they are being targeted. Expect no media outcry.
After burning down churches and shooting kids in the back and mommies in the head, well gosh, its nice to see the BATF is finding really productive thing to do, right?
Like ridding us of a potato gun.
But this concern is really remarkable, I mean its as if they’re on the verge of blowing up a reporters’s Mercedes.
The USA is now a fascist country. We have the government harassing the press when it doesn’t agree with what it prints. The USA is no better than the soviet union. The difference is that half of Americans have their heads up their anal passageway and don’t realize it.
Obama promised to eat them last.
Exactly...0bummer and Co. take a lot of heat from the WT.
They seized them under Obama’s new Freedom of Disinformation Act.
This probably won’t get reported anywhere but FOX,and won’t get half the attention the. James Rosen story did.....
What will it take for the media to refute this administration.
I hope this reporter has gone to earth, because she still has a lot of information in her head.
The next logical step for Ubama’s Homeland thugs would be to murder her.
These are the kind of people that Obama is populating federal law enforcement with, and they will still be there under civil service protection after he’s gone.
She should also contact the NRA, as an illegal search involving firearms took place.
I used to not consider that a real possibility but I do now after what has taken place in this administration, the corruption and criminal acts have been numerous.
There’s gotta be a justified RICO charge somewhere in here, something like Watergate.
Audrey is a guy?
She’s very female:)
Like they needed a pretext
It’s not like the MSM will give a crap
Pass on that one....
The police state takes one more step forward.
I shouldn’t have skipped a few lines.
Since when is a potato gun illegal?
We are living in a POLICE STATE.....man the TORPEDOES!!
Good advice, especially with an administration like this one.
What will it take for the
media PR deptartment of the DNC to refute this administration?
Just have to ask the right question:)
does that mean the 3” diameter PVC pipe lengths and the 5 lb bag of Yukon gold potatoes I have in the garage be considered a dangerous cache of assault potato weapon(s) ( with high capacity (more than 10 potatoes in the bag)sack?
You could be arrested for making French Fry Potato Flechettes for your 3” pipe mortar or potato launcher.
Tyranny has a big appetite and you are on its menu. Bon appetit!
or hash brown shrapnel
In a country that had some actual respect for the rule of Constitutional law, and a judiciary with a smattering of residual integrity, they might even win !
Reporters and editors need to start carrying handguns. Stand their ground, protect their first amendment rights and shoot the pigs dead.
There is something else here that no one is talking about.
There was no suspicion of any criminal activity that would fall under the duties of Home Security.
Maybe the ATF, but really this was a matter that should have been handles by local law enforcement, if anyone.
Our weenie repub-e is at fault for not cutting the Homeland Security money down to practically zero.
If that department is not broken up, we are going to regret it.
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