We hear about “predawn” raids. Audrey Hudson, a former reporter for the Washington Times, now with the Daily Caller, experienced a SWAT raid at 4:30 a.m., August 6, 2013 with about seven officers in full body armor. The search warrant called for search and seizure of firearms – nothing about taking paper or computer files. They walked out of her home with files she did not know they took until almost a month later, including some with the names of whistleblowers within government.
Flashback: Hudson’s husband was found guilty of “resisting arrest in 1986.” Yes, 1986! It is illegal for him to have a weapon in his home. The search warrant called for confiscation of all weapons and nothing else.
After the search began, Hudson said she was asked by an investigator with the Coast Guard Investigative Service if she was the same Audrey Hudson who had written a series of critical stories about air marshals for The Washington Times over the last decade. The Coast Guard operates under the Department of Homeland Security.
Hudson said that investigator, Miguel Bosch, identified himself as a former air marshal official.
But it wasn’t until a month later, on Sept. 10, that Hudson was informed by Bosch that five files including her handwritten and typed notes from interviews with numerous confidential sources and other documents had been taken during the raid.
“In particular, the files included notes that were used to expose how the Federal Air Marshal Service had lied to Congress about the number of airline flights there were actually protecting against another terrorist attack,” Hudson wrote in a summary about the raid provided to TheDC. Source: The Daily Caller
She was told the Transportation Safety Agency (TSA) would have to vet the files and determine if it is okay for her to have her own work. The Daily Caller was told papers were taken because Audrey Hudson had obtained them through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. In other words, the government gave her or someone the files. Under the Obama administration, having FOIA files in your home is illegal?
Hudson says her files contained her hand-written and type-written notes, including the names of confidential sources.
There is more about Hudson’s husband, Paul Flanagan and guns and a fearsome Swedish “potato launcher” (he owns a golf ball launcher) in the three-page piece at Daily Caller. SWAT walked out of the house with weapons belonging to and legally registered to Hudson. I find nothing saying Flanagan is under arrest for illegal possession of firearms, but Hudson has lost her Second Amendment rights via her marriage.
The search warrant allowed for the weapons to be confiscated, and Mrs. Hudson says the agents told her that because her husband had pled guilty to a resisting arrest charge nearly 30 years ago, she was not allowed to possess the guns under state law. The guns she owned were for recreational shooting, she says, as well as for security concerns resulting from many of her investigations. Source: Washington Times