I keep telling you that journalism is dead and your civil rights are next on the chopping block but so few people seem to be listening. Yet I can point to instance after instance in this administration where journalists have been silenced and rights violated. Where is it going to end?
So Audrey Hudson a journalist for the Washington Times…a real no fooling journalist, not a lapdog hack like most of them nowadays. A while ago she did an investigative piece or series that was critical of the Federal Air Marshal Program. Okay, no big deal right. Some critical article, blah, blah. Writes, etc. okay.
Imagine her surprise one morning when she found her home surrounded by armed members of the Coast Guard, Maryland State Police, and Homeland Security. (Note: her husband is an employee of the Coast Guard which explains their otherwise odd presence). They had with them search warrant for an “unregistered potato gun.” A spokesman said the warrant authorized police to search the family’s home for guns, ammo, records of gun purchases, cleaning kits, and other gun related docs.
Instead, they seized documents about the Federal Air Marshal Program obtained under the Freedom of Information Act and the hand written notes she had with them. Again read that, they seized confidential, legally obtained documents without a federal subpoena using the premise of a gun search, and the documents were not included in the scope of the warrant. That was a clear attack on journalism, and a violation of the first, second, and fourth Amendments if I am counting it right. A violation so heinous that even the Daily Kos, one of the biggest hate laden, commie sites I’ve ever visited, condemned it.
There doesn’t seem to be any level to which agents of this current administration won’t stoop to cover up the truth, intimidate the truth teller, or trample the rights of citizens in their own country. Watch out, if they are trumping up charges over a potato gun, a potato gun, which isn’t even a firearm, to get into a house and take what they want, what will they be willing to do to someone who really crosses them.
- TODD STARNESFeds’ raid on reporter’s home raises questions (foxnews.com)
- Federal Agents Raid Reporter’s Home In Search of Illegal Weapons and Allegedly Question Her About Prior Negative Stores And Seize Documents and Notes (jonathanturley.org)
- dangerous potato gun menace (niqnaq.wordpress.com)
- Journalism Witch Hunt Continues: Armed Guards Raid Reporter’s Home (activistpost.com)