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Armed agents seize records of reporter, Washington Times prepares legal action
The Washington Times ^ | October 25, 2013 | Guy Taylor

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 Department’s Federal Air Marshal Service.

Reporter Audrey Hudson said the investigators, who included an agent for Homeland’s 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 enforcement’s 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 reporter’s work.

“Homeland’s 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.

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


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Seems they didn't follow specific instructions on search warrant and took reporter Audrey Hudson's confidential notes.
1 posted on 10/25/2013 3:53:11 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo
Seems they didn't follow specific instructions on search warrant and took reporter Audrey Hudson's confidential notes.

Maybe Obama gave them a waiver.

2 posted on 10/25/2013 3:55:30 PM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: jazusamo

It is a brave new world, AH.


3 posted on 10/25/2013 3:57:36 PM PDT by deadrock (I am someone else.)
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To: Steely Tom

No doubt and it looks like her notes were really what they were after.


4 posted on 10/25/2013 3:58:03 PM PDT by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: jazusamo

The damage is done. There will be no accountability.


5 posted on 10/25/2013 3:58:31 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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To: jazusamo

TACTICAL POTATO GUN


6 posted on 10/25/2013 4:03:14 PM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: jazusamo

Tyranny is in the air...


7 posted on 10/25/2013 4:07:01 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: jazusamo

Armed agents were searching for a “potato gun” belonging to her husband? Talk about a flimsy pretext. Not to mention ridiculous.


8 posted on 10/25/2013 4:07:21 PM PDT by livius
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To: jazusamo

ok, Im entertaining arguments now that the US government has not become a functional equivalent of the Soviets or Nazis during their early phases.
Any takers???


9 posted on 10/25/2013 4:07:42 PM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
The damage is done. There will be no accountability.

Has there even been? Will there ever be?

NOPE

10 posted on 10/25/2013 4:08:02 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal the 16th Amendment)
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To: DesertRhino

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.


11 posted on 10/25/2013 4:10:47 PM PDT by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: jazusamo

How is this a 1st amendment issue? It’s a violation of the 4th amendment!


12 posted on 10/25/2013 4:11:24 PM PDT by Rightwing Conspiratr1
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13 posted on 10/25/2013 4:12:30 PM PDT by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: unixfox

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 it’s 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.


14 posted on 10/25/2013 4:13:47 PM PDT by BilLies ("Will none rid me of this lying bastard ?")
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To: JoeProBono
"..“potato gun” .."

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 !

15 posted on 10/25/2013 4:13:55 PM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: Rightwing Conspiratr1
From article:

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.

16 posted on 10/25/2013 4:17:00 PM PDT by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: jazusamo

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.


17 posted on 10/25/2013 4:19:53 PM PDT by CIB-173RDABN (I do not doubt that our climate changes. I only doubt that anything man does has any effect.)
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To: CIB-173RDABN

The Washington Times leans right, this is why they are being targeted. Expect no media outcry.


18 posted on 10/25/2013 4:20:48 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: jazusamo

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.

Oh, wait...


19 posted on 10/25/2013 4:21:39 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: jazusamo

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.


20 posted on 10/25/2013 4:24:00 PM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: jazusamo
ABC, NYT and AP aren't worried.

Obama promised to eat them last.

21 posted on 10/25/2013 4:24:05 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: GeronL; CIB-173RDABN
The Washington Times leans right, this is why they are being targeted.

Exactly...0bummer and Co. take a lot of heat from the WT.

22 posted on 10/25/2013 4:25:45 PM PDT by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: jazusamo

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.....


23 posted on 10/25/2013 4:28:52 PM PDT by supremedoctrine
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To: jazusamo

What will it take for the media to refute this administration.


24 posted on 10/25/2013 4:30:56 PM PDT by jyro (French-like Democrats wave the white flag of surrender while we are winning)
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To: jazusamo

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.


25 posted on 10/25/2013 4:32:35 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: jazusamo

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.


26 posted on 10/25/2013 4:35:51 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: jazusamo

She should also contact the NRA, as an illegal search involving firearms took place.


27 posted on 10/25/2013 4:38:21 PM PDT by Thunder90 (All posts soley represent my own opinion.)
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To: Lancey Howard

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.


28 posted on 10/25/2013 4:38:37 PM PDT by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: Lancey Howard

There’s gotta be a justified RICO charge somewhere in here, something like Watergate.


29 posted on 10/25/2013 4:38:43 PM PDT by txhurl ('The DOG ate my homework. That homework, too. ALL my homework. OK?' - POSHITUS)
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To: jazusamo

Audrey is a guy?


30 posted on 10/25/2013 4:40:20 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: GeronL

She’s very female:)


31 posted on 10/25/2013 4:41:55 PM PDT by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: livius

Like they needed a pretext

It’s not like the MSM will give a crap


32 posted on 10/25/2013 4:42:41 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: DesertRhino
ok, Im entertaining arguments now that the US government has not become a functional equivalent of the Soviets or Nazis during their early phases. Any takers???

Pass on that one....

33 posted on 10/25/2013 4:44:01 PM PDT by SCalGal (Friends don't let friends donate to H$U$, A$PCA, or PETA.)
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To: jazusamo

The police state takes one more step forward.


34 posted on 10/25/2013 4:46:40 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: jazusamo

*shakes head*

I shouldn’t have skipped a few lines.


35 posted on 10/25/2013 4:47:03 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: jazusamo

Since when is a potato gun illegal?


36 posted on 10/25/2013 4:49:47 PM PDT by freeandfreezing
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To: freeandfreezing
Live and learn, apparently some varieties are considered firearms in Texas, so follow all laws regarding open carry, etc.

Wikipedia article on Spud Gun Legality

37 posted on 10/25/2013 4:53:15 PM PDT by freeandfreezing
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To: jazusamo
ALL REPORTERS.

YOU ARE HEREBY ON NOTICE.

ALL NOTES SHOULD BE BACKED UP AND ENCRYPTED, STORED IN MULTIPLE LOCATIONS.

CARRY ON.

38 posted on 10/25/2013 4:54:25 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: jazusamo

We are living in a POLICE STATE.....man the TORPEDOES!!


39 posted on 10/25/2013 4:55:47 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Lazamataz

Good advice, especially with an administration like this one.


40 posted on 10/25/2013 4:57:51 PM PDT by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: Ann Archy

Amen!


41 posted on 10/25/2013 4:58:37 PM PDT by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: jyro
What will it take for the media to refute this administration.

What will it take for the media PR deptartment of the DNC to refute this administration?

Just have to ask the right question:)

42 posted on 10/25/2013 5:13:02 PM PDT by Ken H (First rule of gun safety - have a gun)
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To: freeandfreezing

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?


43 posted on 10/25/2013 5:31:34 PM PDT by slapshot
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To: slapshot

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!


44 posted on 10/25/2013 5:39:01 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: slapshot

Egggggzactly!


45 posted on 10/25/2013 5:42:06 PM PDT by sport
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

or hash brown shrapnel


46 posted on 10/25/2013 5:48:39 PM PDT by slapshot
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To: jazusamo
I hope they sue their traitorous Nazi asses off.

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 !

47 posted on 10/25/2013 6:45:28 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: jazusamo

Reporters and editors need to start carrying handguns. Stand their ground, protect their first amendment rights and shoot the pigs dead.


48 posted on 10/25/2013 6:46:05 PM PDT by lafarge
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To: tomkat

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.


49 posted on 10/25/2013 7:26:32 PM PDT by old curmudgeon
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To: jazusamo; 3D-JOY; abner; Abundy; AGreatPer; Albion Wilde; AliVeritas; alisasny; ...
Another take on the seizure of Ms. Hudson' files.

Chairman ObaMAO says

Well done, good and faithless servants!

Combined General and Maryland "Freak State" PING!

50 posted on 10/25/2013 7:41:17 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Major brain damage at UMES, but no property damage!)
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