Skip to comments.Federal agents' pre-dawn raid on reporter's home raises questions
Posted on 10/28/2013 8:52:02 AM PDT by BulletBobCo
Audrey Hudsons 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.
Im in the driveway, he said. The police are here. Open the door.
And so began Hudsons 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 Hudsons 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.
(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...
But but but “the police are on our side” according to the FR jackboot licking society.
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.
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?
We now know what its like to live in the Soviet Union. Bare shelves and long lines coming soon.
It’s amazing how quickly “law enforcement” switched allegiance to who ever is in power. They go from fighting criminals to becoming their muscle.
Well now, I really want to read the story that she wrote.
Here’s another one by her from Dec ‘04
It was enough then. Is it enough now?
(She did zing ‘em hard.)
One from 2007.
In this one
“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 (thats marshals, plural) say the mens activities detail a dry run for a terrorist attack
I don’t think anyone buys the idea they were looking for illegal firearms
Another reason not to keep all of your items in the same spot.
How did they justify taking her records.
How did they justify taking her records.
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.
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.
I happened to hear Savage interviewing her the other night...so, yes, we will see....
What, in the holy hell, is the freaking Coast Guard doing raiding private residences?
The FRJLS is fading away.
Good question --
This really cant stand, Hudson told me. You cannot come into a journalists 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.
She’s lucky her dog is still alive. Maybe she and a few other journalists will open their eyes to what is going on.
The pretext is that her husband is a Coast Guard employee. The article makes mention of this.
No, but I see they confiscated her legal firearms for good measure.
U.S. Coast Guard,?
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.
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.
supposedly he was a felon, but somehow he works for the Coast Guard? Somebody is lying, I just don’t know who.
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
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.
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"
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."
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.
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."
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.
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.
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?.
Is that John Candy?
oh here we go again
hey kid, yes you, drugs solve all your problems....
Libertarian Utopians are as stupid and unrealistic as leftist socialists
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.
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.
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.
Scouring the world for psychopaths?