The Washington Times is preparing a lawsuit against Homeland Security. In a move reminiscent of the Nixon Administration, Homeland Security, along with Maryland police, raided the home of former Washington Times reporter and two time Pulitzer prize nominee, Audrey Hudson. The raid was ostensibly about guns that her husband may or may not have had, but instead of confiscating guns, they stole all of Hudson's notes on her investigation of the US Marshal Service.
These notes included documents she received through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and her notes on confidential sources and whistleblowers, who fed her details on the problems within the Homeland Security Department. The Times has obtained a copy of the warrant, which allowed for the search of and seizure of illegal guns, including a "potato gun."
The warrant did not allow for the seizing of unrelated documents. Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, and Barack Obama used this ruse to continue their policies of intimidation. Now the Times wants them to pay. The actions of Homeland Security is a direct violation of the First Amendment.
One thing you can see about the Obama administration, is they do not have a prejudiced bone in their body. They violate all clauses of the constitution equally, although Obama has never been able to let himself violate more than five of them at one time.
John Solomon of the Times summed up their position in a public statement:
“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. 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.”
Hudson described the raid. The agents arrived at 4:30 AM in full body armor, collected several small arms , although no charges have been filed against Mr Flanagan in the three months since the raid.
Hudson said that while the other agents were looking for guns, Coast Guard investigator Miguel Bosch, formerly of the Marshal Service asked her if she was the same repoter who had written about the deficincies in the Marshal Service. She replied that she was. It wasn't until about a month later, that Hudson realized her files were missing.
The search warrant only included guns, parts, ammunition, and paperwork pertaining to acquiring guns. Hudson's office was ransacked and everything pertaining to the Marshal's Office and Homeland Security were taken but a full box with documents from the Department of Defense went untouched.
The documents stolen from Hudson were eventually returned but by then Janet and Barry knew the names of everyone that squealed on them.