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.
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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?
It's worse than that. The only cops I've seen commenting on this kind of stuff are cops defending these kinds of actions.
With the exception of retired cops who are as offended as the rest of us.
We are on our own BRK, and that includes you. It's us vs them.
And I'm sure they'll be along shortly to deeply criticize you for not supporting the Police State.
The first head of the TSA was a Coast Guard admiral.
The Coast Guard was always a part of the Department of Transportation, except during wartime, when they were under the jurisdiction of the Department of the Navy.
In the aftermath of the September 11th attacks, the Coast Guard is part of the Department of Homeland Security, which is rapidly evolving into America’s Stasi.
My dad was in the Coast Guard during World War II. I no longer trust or respect the present day Coast Guard, sad to say.
The best defense to this is an old scam.
The way to best describe it is in how it was typically used.
A bank robber steals $500. The bank reports $50,000 was stolen. The bank then gets $45,500 in insurance payments as pure profit, less the actual $500 stolen.
In this case, since the DHS has stolen his notes on who in the government was leaking, he should come out and announce who in the DHS and administration was leaking to him, which is why they wanted to “cover it up”.
He could really publish a fiction novel without a shred of evidence. “Hillary-Napolitano-Holder Love Triangle!”
To be honest I'm surprised they're not here already saying "we don't know the whole story" and "you want them to go home to their families at night don't you" etc. Maybe there was a sale on Kiwi and they're all getting high on the fumes.
Any context to this photo, as to why the jackboot thugs were pointing the barrel of a firearm in the face of the motorist?
Who took the picture?
Shoot the bastards!
Rather die like a free man than live like a slave.
Thank you for this. It’s right on the money.
Right, that is what I remembered, but what did he do to get convicted of Felony Resisting Arrest? That could be the reason they used a SWAT team for the felon in possession case or he had a really bad lawyer.
AP Photo: Checkpoint Cops Point Guns at Americans Heads
Fallujah-style security comes to Sacramento
Paul Joseph Watson
October 28, 2013
After a gang member shot and injured several law enforcement officials before going into hiding in a Sacramento suburb on Friday, police responded by setting up a checkpoint and aiming guns at innocent peoples heads, an AP photo shows.
The photo, (credited to AP Photo/The Sacramento Bee, Randall Benton) is captioned, A California Highway Patrol officer and another emergency responder stop a vehicle at a checkpoint near the neighborhood where a federal immigration officer was shot and three local police officers were wounded during a violent confrontation with a suspect in the Sacramento suburb of Roseville on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013.
After an hours-long standoff, the suspect, 32-year-old gang member Samuel Nathan Duran, eventually surrendered after leaving a nearby house in which he had been holed up.
The felon responsible for the shootings was a wanted parolee and was already known to police having been seen riding a bike earlier in the day. His description would have been well circulated and known intimately by those tasked with hunting him down.
So why were Americans innocently driving their cars through the suburb of Roseville subjected to treatment that wouldnt have looked out of place in Stalinist Russia, or more recently in Iraq or Afghanistan?
As we saw during the Boston bombings manhunt, in complete violation of law, police seem to believe that so long as they are hunting a potentially dangerous suspect, the Constitution is null and void, and that martial law is in effect.
The militarized lockdown of Watertown, Mass., during which heavily armed officers went door to door without search warrants terrorizing families at gunpoint and ransacking homes, led Ron Paul to observe that the manhunt was more frightening than the attack itself, saying it resembled scenes from a military coup in a far off banana republic.
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