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.