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Federal agents' pre-dawn raid on reporter's home raises questions
FOX News ^ | October 28, 2013 | Todd Starnes

Posted on 10/28/2013 8:52:02 AM PDT by BulletBobCo

Audrey Hudson’s husband had just left for work on August 6 when suddenly, her dog began barking. The nationally-known journalist walked over to the curtains and peeked outside to discover her Chesapeake Bay home was surrounded by law enforcement officers wearing full body armor.

The phone rang. It was her husband.

“I’m in the driveway,” he said. “The police are here. Open the door.”

And so began Hudson’s nightmare – held captive by armed agents of the U.S. Coast Guard, Maryland State Police and the Department of Homeland Security as they staged a pre-dawn raid in search of unregistered firearms and a “potato gun.”

“I think they found a great way to get into my house and get a hold of my confidential notes and go through every other file in my office." But instead of taking the potato gun, agents seized unrelated government documents and notes from the former Washington Times journalist.

Agents took Hudson’s records during a search for guns and related items owned by her husband, a civilian Coast Guard employee. They also confiscated her legally registered firearms, according to court documents obtained by The Associated Press.

The armed agents held Hudson and her husband in the kitchen as they searched their home. At some point, one of the agents asked if she was the same person who had written a series of stories critical of the Federal Air Marshal program in the mid-2000s.

Hudson did indeed author those stories for The Washington Times.

“Those stories were embarrassing to the agency,” she told me.

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1 posted on 10/28/2013 8:52:02 AM PDT by BulletBobCo
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To: BulletBobCo

But but but “the police are on our side” according to the FR jackboot licking society.


2 posted on 10/28/2013 8:54:32 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: BulletBobCo

No man or woman is safe and secure in their home .. any insinuation or false charge can take it all away in an instant.

Tyranny breeds absolute tyranny.

Neither party stands to stop this.


3 posted on 10/28/2013 8:54:39 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: BulletBobCo
Some day they'll break in and ask, “Have you ever been to freerepublic.com?”.
4 posted on 10/28/2013 8:56:13 AM PDT by ryan71 (The Partisans)
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To: BulletBobCo

If she had all that info in her computer they would not have had to go into her house in order to grab them, right?


5 posted on 10/28/2013 8:57:23 AM PDT by Slyfox (Satan's goal is to rub out the image of God he sees in the face of every human.)
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To: BulletBobCo

We now know what its like to live in the Soviet Union. Bare shelves and long lines coming soon.


6 posted on 10/28/2013 8:57:29 AM PDT by Count of Monte Fisto (The foundation of modern society is the denial of reality.)
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To: BulletBobCo

It’s amazing how quickly “law enforcement” switched allegiance to who ever is in power. They go from fighting criminals to becoming their muscle.


7 posted on 10/28/2013 8:58:32 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: BulletBobCo

Well now, I really want to read the story that she wrote.


8 posted on 10/28/2013 8:59:26 AM PDT by Marie (When are they going to take back Obama's peace prize?)
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To: BulletBobCo

This might be it.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2004/aug/16/20040816-011237-9757r/?page=all


9 posted on 10/28/2013 9:01:38 AM PDT by Marie (When are they going to take back Obama's peace prize?)
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To: Marie

Here’s another one by her from Dec ‘04

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2004/dec/8/20041208-122555-6114r/


10 posted on 10/28/2013 9:03:25 AM PDT by Marie (When are they going to take back Obama's peace prize?)
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To: BulletBobCo
...He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance. He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures. He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power. He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation: For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us: For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States: For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world: For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent: For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury: For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences....

It was enough then. Is it enough now?

11 posted on 10/28/2013 9:04:55 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: Marie

And another:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2004/dec/8/20041208-122555-6114r/

(She did zing ‘em hard.)


12 posted on 10/28/2013 9:05:03 AM PDT by Marie (When are they going to take back Obama's peace prize?)
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To: BulletBobCo

One from 2007.

In this one

http://patterico.com/2007/05/29/audrey-hudson-provides-further-details-on-current-and-former-air-marshals-opining-that-flight-327-was-a-terrorist-dry-run/

Whistle-blower:

“Audrey Hudson reports further on the newly released inspector general report that confirms several key concerns expressed by Annie Jacobsen about the infamous Flight 327, otherwise known as “Terror in the Skies”:

The report comes three years after the incident, which was not officially acknowledged until a month later, after The Washington Times reported passenger and marshal complaints that the incident resembled a dry run for a terrorist attack. After reviewing the report, air marshals say it confirms their earlier suspicions.

Many people, including at least one current air marshal, are going on the record and putting names to their complaints:

An air marshal who told The Washington Times that he has been involved personally in terror probes that were ignored by federal security managers, called such behavior typical.

“Agency management was not only covering up numerous probes and dry-run encounters from Congress and other federal law-enforcement agencies, it was also hiding these incidents from their own flying air marshals,” said P. Jeffrey Black, an air marshal stationed in Las Vegas.

Hudson says that both current and former air marshals (that’s marshals, plural) say the men’s activities “detail[] a dry run for a terrorist attack”


13 posted on 10/28/2013 9:06:53 AM PDT by Marie (When are they going to take back Obama's peace prize?)
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To: BulletBobCo

I don’t think anyone buys the idea they were looking for illegal firearms


14 posted on 10/28/2013 9:08:33 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: NormsRevenge

Another reason not to keep all of your items in the same spot.


15 posted on 10/28/2013 9:08:58 AM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: Marie

How did they justify taking her records.


16 posted on 10/28/2013 9:09:31 AM PDT by Richard from IL
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To: Marie

How did they justify taking her records.


17 posted on 10/28/2013 9:09:55 AM PDT by Richard from IL
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To: Richard from IL
How did they justify taking her records.

With guns.

18 posted on 10/28/2013 9:11:56 AM PDT by Trailerpark Badass (There should be a whole lot more going on than throwing bleach, said one woman.)
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To: BulletBobCo

Theoretically, there is a tipping point at which

the Federal or certain state government leaders will exceed their authority, or show such great ineptitude to such a degree

that the MSM will have to drop their support of extreme leftist leaders and begin to engage in investigative journalism.

Let’s see how the MSM responds to this. Frankly, I expect them to remain silent...which sort of scares that crap out of me.


19 posted on 10/28/2013 9:14:08 AM PDT by kidd (No blood for ego)
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To: Richard from IL

According to the original article, I don’t think they did. They returned them to her.

This is sooo hinky.

And stupid. So she wrote a series of articles critical of the FAMP in 2004-2007. It’s now 2013 and nobody gives a crap. I now remember some of these issues from back in the day, but I had totally forgotten about them until now.

Then they pull this stunt. Guess who’s back in the news with her old story? They just gave life support to a dead issue.


20 posted on 10/28/2013 9:15:29 AM PDT by Marie (When are they going to take back Obama's peace prize?)
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To: kidd

I happened to hear Savage interviewing her the other night...so, yes, we will see....


21 posted on 10/28/2013 9:17:13 AM PDT by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: BulletBobCo

What, in the holy hell, is the freaking Coast Guard doing raiding private residences?


22 posted on 10/28/2013 9:22:39 AM PDT by 98ZJ USMC
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To: from occupied ga

The FRJLS is fading away.


23 posted on 10/28/2013 9:25:38 AM PDT by deadrock (I am someone else.)
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To: BulletBobCo
Meanwhile, in California:


24 posted on 10/28/2013 9:32:43 AM PDT by null and void (I'm betting on an Obama Trifecta: A Nobel Peace Prize, an Impeachment, AND a War Crimes Trial...)
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To: 98ZJ USMC
What, in the holy hell, is the freaking Coast Guard doing raiding private residences?

Good question --

25 posted on 10/28/2013 9:32:45 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: BulletBobCo

“This really can’t stand,” Hudson told me. “You cannot come into a journalist’s home under false pretenses with a bogus warrant and just waltz out with confidential files.”

What makes you think propagandists deserve special treatment?

“Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought that state police and federal officers would come into my house at 4:30 in the morning to take my files without a federal subpoena,”

Time to wake up sister.


26 posted on 10/28/2013 9:35:23 AM PDT by Brooklyn Attitude (Things are only going to get worse.)
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To: BulletBobCo

She’s lucky her dog is still alive. Maybe she and a few other journalists will open their eyes to what is going on.


27 posted on 10/28/2013 9:39:05 AM PDT by AD from SpringBay (http://jonah2eight.blogspot.com/)
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To: Uncle Chip

The pretext is that her husband is a Coast Guard employee. The article makes mention of this.


28 posted on 10/28/2013 9:48:47 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: GeronL

No, but I see they confiscated her legal firearms for good measure.


29 posted on 10/28/2013 9:49:55 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (We're At That Awkward Stage: It's too late to vote them out, too early to shoot the bastards.)
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To: BulletBobCo

U.S. Coast Guard,?


30 posted on 10/28/2013 9:53:46 AM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah so shall it be again,")
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To: Cowboy Bob
It’s amazing how quickly “law enforcement” switched allegiance to who ever is in power. They go from fighting criminals to becoming their muscle.

It's all about where their money and toys comes from or should I say is funneled from because we're paying for it but have no say in how it's spent.

31 posted on 10/28/2013 9:57:32 AM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah so shall it be again,")
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To: wideawake

After a raid like this one, where your employer brings in the big guns and heavy handed tactics, I wonder if he still works there.


32 posted on 10/28/2013 9:59:26 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Cyber Liberty

supposedly he was a felon, but somehow he works for the Coast Guard? Somebody is lying, I just don’t know who.


33 posted on 10/28/2013 10:00:05 AM PDT by ClayinVA ("Those who don't remember history are doomed to repeat it")
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To: onedoug

It was enough then. Is it enough now?
...”

evidently not, That is why we are sinking and will go in the night.......

it will not be resolved peacefully, thugs won’t let it...despite what Hannity says


34 posted on 10/28/2013 10:00:31 AM PDT by kimtom (USA ; Freedom is not Free)
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To: 98ZJ USMC
Her husband is a civilian Coast Guard employee, who had some run in with law enforcement a while back. They are supposedly investigating him because they think he owns guns when he is not allowed to, due to a conviction. The agents that showed up at his home from the CG are part of their investigative service, like Navy NCIS, or USAF OSI.

It appears the agents involved had a warrant to search for guns, but seized records out of her office. Makes one wonder if all the problems the husband is having don't stem from retaliation against the wife. Seems strange that a former FAM shows up with this group and then starts immediately exceeding the scope of the warrant.

Another question will be how quickly those notes were sent to the FAM Service. Since they are all in DHS there may not be a record of the notes being transferred. It sounds like the Washington Times is already looking to sue.

35 posted on 10/28/2013 10:00:42 AM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: Cyber Liberty
No, but I see they confiscated her legal firearms for good measure.

Maryland just passed something similar to NY's SAFE act. She probably had a magazine that was too long and unregistered, and/or an unregistered "assault weapon"

36 posted on 10/28/2013 10:00:46 AM PDT by Thunder90 (All posts soley represent my own opinion.)
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To: Thunder90
FTA: They also confiscated her legally registered firearms, according to court documents obtained by The Associated Press.

The guns were "state legal." No reason is given in the article as to what pretense was used to steal the weapons from her. Po po do this all the time. It's "Policy."

37 posted on 10/28/2013 10:14:14 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (We're At That Awkward Stage: It's too late to vote them out, too early to shoot the bastards.)
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38 posted on 10/28/2013 10:15:35 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: BulletBobCo

Hey, you know, leftist fascism is what it is in this brave new world of ours, where cops have carte blanche to treat private citizens like the enemy, because we are.


39 posted on 10/28/2013 10:16:11 AM PDT by pallis
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To: AD from SpringBay
She’s lucky her dog is still alive

She's lucky SHE'S alive and that one of the heroes didn't decide to kill her and then say "she made a threatening gesture."

40 posted on 10/28/2013 10:17:36 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: ClayinVA

In a previous account of this story it said the husband had a recent conviction for resisting arrest. Due to that conviction he had limitations placed on his rights to firearms. Don’t know how that conviction works with his long term civilian employment with the CG.


41 posted on 10/28/2013 10:18:58 AM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: from occupied ga
But but but “the police are on our side” according to the FR jackboot licking society.

You have to explore a little history to understand how this situation came about. Back when I was a kid, the local cops wore nice blue uniforms and policeman hats. They had revolvers and whistles and could be found on the evenings hanging out on Main Street chatting it up with good ol' boys. They were basically the old school "protect and serve" public servants.

The counterculture of the 60's labeled them "pigs" (from Orwell's Animal Farm I suppose) and there was a genuine disbelief and welling of support from the conservative side of the population. This support for law enforcement was basically a right-wing cause throughout the 70's and 80's as the left stayed on constant offense, attacking law enforcement on every front.

Then came the War on Drugs, which slowly and over a long period of time, has turned our police forces from the "protect and serve" public servants of yesteryear to more of a supervisory role in the society. Now, even small town police forces are dressed like ninja swat killers 24/7. Everything they do is geared toward a Mexican drug dealer street shootout breaking out in any situation.

Along with this change in their role, has come the power and arrogance that we see now. Now that they exercise so much power over our daily lives, the left has learned to love the police, and have brought them into the schools with their brainless zero tolerance campaigns. I don't think there is any Federal Agency now without armed SWAT teams at the ready. At this point, the appropriate Orwell Animal Farm reference is that of the vicious dogs, who worked for the pigs in the story.

There are still a lot of good cops out there and I am sure that many of them are Freepers. To those I mean no offense, but the militarization of the police is undeniable and is a huge mistake for our society to go down this road.

I say that we need to get all the $$ out of drugs, by essentially decriminalizing all drug activity. This will make drugs so cheap that no dealers will be willing to kill or risk death over near-zero profit items. Will people destroy their lives because of drugs? Yes, but they will take less people with them on their road to destruction and we won't have to live being supervised by vicious dogs.

42 posted on 10/28/2013 10:27:52 AM PDT by BRK
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To: BulletBobCo

But instead of taking the potato gun, agents seized unrelated government documents and notes from the former Washington Times journalist.

Are Obamaa’s army the new SS?.


43 posted on 10/28/2013 10:36:34 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: null and void

Is that John Candy?


44 posted on 10/28/2013 10:44:45 AM PDT by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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To: BRK

oh here we go again

hey kid, yes you, drugs solve all your problems....

Libertarian Utopians are as stupid and unrealistic as leftist socialists


45 posted on 10/28/2013 10:47:48 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: kidd
"Theoretically, there is a tipping point at which the Federal or certain state government leaders will exceed their authority, or show such great ineptitude to such a degree that the MSM will have to drop their support of extreme leftist leaders and begin to engage in investigative journalism."

The tipping point is when a Republican is president, then virtually anything is up for grabs as a potential scandal: the lies of Wilson and Plame are gleefully accepted at face value; a routine turnover of federal prosecutors is treated as a unique instance of "politicization" of the justice system; a Thanksgiving turkey photo-op is treated as a major scandal; the RATS "subliminal message" incident; the doctored National Guard records; the election-weekend leak of Bush's long-ago drunk-driving arrest (which probably cost Bush just enough votes to throw the nation into turmoil for two months); the temporary review of a last-minute Clinton water-quality order is equated with "pouring" arsenic into the water; the Cheney hunting accident as an attempt to kill a man who knew too much; faulty intelligence - almost universally accepted as true before the war - becomes interpreted as "lying us into war"; 9/11 gives rise to theories - carried in MSM newspapers - that Bush engineered the attack or deliberately ignored clear evidence of the plot; and so on.

But with Obama, NO scandal gets any real traction with the MSM. If any scandal shows the possibility of getting "legs", it is summarily dropped. At worst, those pointing out the scandal and taking it seriously are demonized as "racists" or "anarchists" or "terrorists" or "anti-American".

Under Obama, we have finally arrived at the doorstep of what prevails in most of Europe - a one-party surveillance state in which there is a symbiosis between a leftist government and the news media such that the ONLY time the media will criticize the government is if it tries to backtrack on some previous leftist policy, e.g., to roll-back unemployment or retirement benefits in order to avoid economic catastrophe.
46 posted on 10/28/2013 10:48:43 AM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: BulletBobCo

It’s obvious what this is. This is deliberate harassment by the government regarding opinions and speech that they don’t like. They use any fake charge that they want, and get a search warrant with their lies, and then they invade your home and destroy your privacy and property.

Contrary to popular opinion, this is not the “sweet land of liberty” “land of the free” and all that other bulldropping that we learned in school that is no longer true.


47 posted on 10/28/2013 10:48:47 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: BRK

I think the problems with the police go well beyond the war on drugs. The courts are also complicit in these problems. Gradually, the police have come to regard themselves as the only ones with the right to bear arms, and citizens using arms in self-defense are vulnerable to arrest and prosecution. The arrogance of judges increases almost daily. And police chiefs - especially in major cities - have become entirely political animals, beholden to the liberal politicians who hire them. And this has a ripple effect throughout police departments, as liberal attitudes are enforced top-down. There is still a gap between the attitudes of rank-and-file cops and their bosses, but it is shrinking.


48 posted on 10/28/2013 10:53:57 AM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: BRK
There are still a lot of good cops out there and I am sure that many of them are Freepers

And how many of these "good cops" denounced the actions of these guys? How many of theose "good cops" will refuse to confiscate firearms when the time comes? My answer is none and none.

In the current instance not only did they steal the citizen's firearms, but also LEGALLY OWNED FIREARMS WERE STOLEN BY THE POLICE. Pretty obvious this was done solely as retaliation for some unflattering reporting.

49 posted on 10/28/2013 10:55:31 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: 98ZJ USMC
What, in the holy hell, is the freaking Coast Guard doing raiding private residences?

Scouring the world for psychopaths?

50 posted on 10/28/2013 11:05:54 AM PDT by Stentor
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