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Police State Alert: Dept of Homeland Security Trashes Constitution With 430am Raid of Journalist’s Home

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Maryland State Police and  federal agents used a search warrant in an  unrelated criminal investigation to  seize the private reporting files of  an award-winning former investigative  journalist for The Washington  Times who had exposed problems in the Homeland  Security Department’s  Federal Air Marshals Service.

Reporter Audrey Hudson said the  investigators, who included an agent  for Homeland  Security’s Coast Guard service, made a pre-dawn raid of her family home Aug.  6 and took her private notes and  government documents that she had obtained  under the Freedom of  Information Act.


The documents, some of which chronicled her sources and her work at The   Times about problems inside the Homeland  Security Department, were  seized under a warrant to search for unregistered  firearms and a “potato  gun” suspected of belonging to her husband, Paul  Flanagan, a Coast  Guard employee. Mr.  Flanagan has not been charged with any wrongdoing  since the raid.

The warrant, a copy of which was obtained by The Times, offered no specific  permission to seize reporting notes or files.

The Times said it is preparing legal action to  fight what it called an  unwarranted intrusion on the First Amendment.

“While we appreciate law enforcement’s right to investigate  legitimate  concerns, there is no reason for agents to use an unrelated  gun case to seize  the First Amendment protected materials of a  reporter,” Times Editor John  Solomon said. “This violates the very  premise of a free press, and it  raises additional concerns when one of  the seizing agencies was a frequent  target of the reporter’s work.

“Homeland’s conduct in seizing privileged reporters’ notes and Freedom  of  Information Act documents raises serious Fourth Amendment issues,  and our  lawyers are preparing an appropriate legal response,” he said.

Maryland State Police declined  to comment except to say that “evidence  and information developed during this  investigation is currently under  review by both the Anne  Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office and the  United  State’s Attorney’s Office,” and that a determination has yet to  be made on  any charges.


 

The U.S. Coast Guard confirmed that it  seized and reviewed Ms. Hudson’s documents  but insisted it did nothing wrong.

Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/oct/25/armed-agents-seize-records-reporter-washington-tim/#ixzz2jSmDjXOo Follow us: @washtimes on Twitter

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Written by voiceoftruthusa

November 2, 2013 at 5:27 am

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