August 6, 2013: Federal agents in full body armor staged a pre-dawn raid on the home of journalist Audrey Hudson waving a warrant to search for unregistered firearms and a potato gun.
During the raid, the agents confiscated registered firearms, as well as documents and notes for which they had no warrant. While they ransacked the home, the armed agents held Hudson and her husband in the kitchen.
One of the agents asked Hudson if she was the person who had written a series of Washington Times stories critical of the Federal Air Marshal program in the mid-2000s. She was. And the documents the agents seized … surprise, surprise (NOT) … were all related to those stories. Agents also took the reporter’s personal, handwritten notes and accessed her personal Facebook page.
This was nothing more than a federal violation of Hudson’s first, second and fourth amendment rights.
- NOTHING the agents FOUND was illegal or improper in any way.
- NOTHING the agents TOOK was on the search warrant.
- NEITHER Hudson nor her husband have been arrested or charged with anything.
- SPUD GUNS are NOT even illegal in the state of Maryland where this raid occurred!
The Washington Times is suing.
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…recently, any time I hear someone say “But we still live in a free nation” I weep – and they wonder why…
This is probably the most disturbing thing that I have read in days – Can you believe it is coming so ‘Fast and Furious” that I can say that? Pre-Obama I probably would have said it was the most disturbing thing that I had read – ever.
I only realized this summer that the Coast Guard has some kind of police force, too. A friend’s son was hired, and that was the first that I have heard of it. I guess nothing should surprise us any more.
Coasties are military, the often forgotten fifth branch with Army, Navy, Marines, and Air Force. They all have MPs. What was news to me was the number of other long-standing policing divisions within agencies like the Park Services and Homeland Security.
I have a park ranger on my bloggy list. He wrote back a tad huffy about the Homeland Police car pic I posted the other day. Apparently, they’ve always had police and the place that car was photographed is between two of their stations, so the guy was probably just driving from the one to the other.
He also said they’ve all been told to be hyper alert, which is good and bad. In his area, it’s led to some major arrests and confiscation of massive amounts of drugs, which is good. In some places, where the politics gets too much in the way of protecting ALL the people, not so much.