WASHINGTON TIMES TO SUE OVER ALLEGED FIRST, FOURTH AMENDMENT RIGHTS VIOLATIONS
by Sharon Rondeau
(Oct. 25, 2013) — The Washington Times reported on Friday that in August, the home of an award-winning journalist was invaded by armed Maryland State Police and Homeland Security agents in an early morning raid allegedly based on alleged firearms violations by the journalist’s spouse.
However, the agents seized the reporter’s notes and documents containing confidential sources and information from her years of reportage on the Federal Air Marshals Service, which is part of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The TSA reports to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Hudson’s notes contained names of “whistleblowers” from the agencies performing the raid and were eventually returned. Her reporting on the Air Marshals Service dates back to at least 2004, after the TSA was established in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Hudson’s husband, Paul Flanagan, currently works for the U.S. Coast Guard, which now falls under DHS. A Coast Guard investigator previously employed at Homeland Security participated in the raid, which the Maryland State Police said they understood to be focused on possible firearms violations, not the seizure of documents. Flanagan has not been charged with a crime since the raid took place.
Hudson had previously reported that “the Federal Air Marshal Service had lied to Congress during the years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks about the number of airline flights that the service was actually protecting against another terrorist attack.”
A representative from the Coast Guard claimed that the raid was intended to investigate possible firearms violations by Flanagan, including his mention of a “potato gun” which was actually a “potato launcher” purchased by Flanagan which reportedly “did not work.”
The regime has silenced virtually all reportage of the Obama eligibility/identity issue, subpoenaed journalists’ telephone records without their knowledge or the consent of their media employers; deployed armed federal agents who conducted questionably illegal searches of homes and citizens following the Boston Marathon attack by two Islamic infiltrators; and attempted to bypass Congress and the Second Amendment by issuing “executive actions” to enact gun control last January.
The Associated Press, whose journalists’ phone records were among those obtained by the U.S. Department of Justice, stated that Justice had committed “serious interference with AP’s constitutional rights” by acquiring the records without its consent. The AP had previously openly supported the Obama regime and attempted to intimidate this writer in an off-the-record, unsolicited exchange with one of its attorneys.
CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson has described her home computer having been turned on and off remotely and her electronic files having been compromised. Attkisson has been aggressive in her search for answers from the government to the Fast & Furious scandal which ultimately killed Border Agent Brian Terry and several hundred Mexican citizens.
Fox News journalist James Rosen’s emails and phone records were accessed without his knowledge after an FBI agent named him as an “unindicted co-conspirator” following Rosen’s publication of a report on North Korea which contained information provided to him by a State Department employee. The New Yorker reported that the U.S. Department of Justice was seeking “an extensive amount of information from Rosen’s e-mail account.”
During the 1930s, Adolf Hitler seized control of the media to “develop sophisticated and very effective tools of propaganda to control public opinion in Germany, and even in other countries.” Freedom of speech and other constitutional protections were suspended. Eventually, Hitler’s political opponents, Jews, Jehovah’s Witnesses, gypsies and others Hitler saw as enemies were arrested and jailed without trial, with millions losing their lives in concentration camps.