This time it’s a respected and award-winning investigative reporter whose rights may have been violated as a Maryland SWAT team raided her home in Anne Arundel County in early August ostensibly to look for illegal weapons they believed her husband possessed. In the search they took boxes of his wife’s documents after ransacking her office. The Washington Times is planning a lawsuit in defense of the First Amendment.
It’s a long piece but worth reading every bit of it. Those of you who followed our coverage of the Sharpsburg SWAT will note that the authorities used a decades-old charge against her husband for resisting arrest when he was 25 years old in the warrant.
More than two months have passed and no charges have been filed against her husband.
Here is Ms. Hudson’s biography.
And here is the Washington Times story from Friday.
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 Marshal Service.
Reporter Audrey Hudson said the investigators, who included an agent for Homeland’s Coast Guard service, took her private notes and government documents that she had obtained under the Freedom of Information Act during a predawn raid of her family home on Aug. 6.
The documents, some 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, obtained by the Times, offered no specific permission to seize reporting notes or files.
The Washington Times said Friday it is preparing legal action to fight what it called an unwarranted intrusion on the First Amendment.
Read the whole article. Of interest to me is that Ms. Hudson had, over the years, been looking into issues relating to terrorism and airport security.