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Feds took Times reporterís notes from police evidence room
The Washington Times ^ | November 20, 2013 | Kellan Howell

Posted on 11/21/2013 10:16:46 AM PST by jazusamo

Weeks after Maryland State Police and federal agents seized reporting files from a former Washington Times journalist’s home, a Homeland Security agent checked the materials out of the police evidence room for an hour, according to logs that shine new light on a case that has raised First Amendment concerns.

The custody logs don’t state why the reporting materials were removed from evidence Sept. 3, about a month after they were seized from reporter Audrey Hudson’s home during a search in an unrelated investigation of her husband.

But they do show that the Homeland Security agent checked out files and notes that morning that identified confidential sources that Ms. Hudson had interviewed during a series of award-winning articles published in The Times about problems in the Homeland Security Department's Federal Air Marshal Service.

Homeland Security officials have acknowledged that their agents seized Ms. Hudson’s files during the execution of a search warrant in early August obtained by Maryland State Police in an unrelated investigation of guns owned by her husband. Her husband has not been charged with any wrongdoing in the case.

Homeland Security officials also have acknowledged that they briefly reviewed the materials to determine whether they contained any sensitive information, even though the search warrant did not authorize seizure of the documents.

The officials have not explained, however, why federal agents attended a raid that involved state laws or why police kept reporting materials for more than a month that were not covered by the judge’s order.

First Amendment advocates and professional journalists said the revelations from the evidence custody logs raise serious concerns that constitutional protections were violated.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; US: Maryland
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1 posted on 11/21/2013 10:16:46 AM PST by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo
The MSM has little respect for themselves - look how they sell themselves to any democrat with a yearning... so why should any other group show them respect? And yeah, that includes the government who uses them - - and uses them badly.

Not saying they're cheap and easy...

2 posted on 11/21/2013 10:20:21 AM PST by GOPJ (Mandatory death sentences for convicted gangbangers? YES..time to talk about the death option..)
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To: jazusamo

Obviously they were just securing the homeland against dangerous journalistic threats. Nothing to see here folks. Move along.


3 posted on 11/21/2013 10:20:45 AM PST by RC one (I blame all typos, grammatical errors, and spelling errors on my iphone.)
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To: jazusamo

THIS kind of thing is how there was a holocaust.

It is happening HERE.


4 posted on 11/21/2013 10:21:13 AM PST by gaijin
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To: gaijin

Absolutely, the feds responsible for this are no different than Hitler’s brownshirts.


5 posted on 11/21/2013 10:23:41 AM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: gaijin

This is the Potato Gun reporter who wrote about the air marshalls and then got Ruby Ridged by the BATF, who claimed they were there on a search based on info they got like 12 years ago or something.


6 posted on 11/21/2013 10:24:54 AM PST by gaijin
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To: gaijin

The air marshal leadership had been declaring that they were riding along on very many flights but Mrs.PotatoGun’s sources were telling her that they were actually riding along on almost no flights.


7 posted on 11/21/2013 10:27:22 AM PST by gaijin
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To: jazusamo

And most in the MSM (and probably in Congress) seem to think that by sucking up to the administration that they’ll be part of the club when the SHTF and the Constitution is cancelled.


8 posted on 11/21/2013 10:27:57 AM PST by Cementjungle
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To: jazusamo

It has to dawn on some of these reporters that Great Leader and the myriad sub-levels of authority we all now live under are not their bestest-buddies. Either that, or they will developed battered-woman syndrome and just take the occasional home-correction as it comes.


9 posted on 11/21/2013 10:29:23 AM PST by AD from SpringBay (http://jonah2eight.blogspot.com/)
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To: jazusamo

Hmmmmm,,, harassing the media? In 2013?

I’m shocked! What took ‘THEM’ so long?


10 posted on 11/21/2013 10:29:58 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: gaijin; All
Yep, here's the thread on it.

Armed agents seize records of reporter, Washington Times prepares legal action

11 posted on 11/21/2013 10:30:32 AM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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The lament has gone up from the MSM

“Why couldn’t Bush be President?”


12 posted on 11/21/2013 10:31:50 AM PST by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: gaijin

Blowing up Mercedes of a reporter at 1 am, then hurriedly cremating him without permission from family...

IT IS HAPPENING HERE.

What are the MRAPs and 2 billion rounds for...?


13 posted on 11/21/2013 10:33:37 AM PST by gaijin
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To: gaijin
THIS kind of thing is how there was a holocaust.

It is happening HERE.


Shut up, citizen. You are fomenting opposition to the security of the State.
14 posted on 11/21/2013 10:33:57 AM PST by Robert Teesdale
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Please bump the Freepathon or click above and donate or become a monthly donor!

15 posted on 11/21/2013 10:34:12 AM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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Homeland Security officials have acknowledged that their agents seized Ms. Hudson’s files during the execution of a search warrant in early August obtained by Maryland State Police in an unrelated investigation of guns owned by her husband

Is it illegal to own guns in Maryland?

16 posted on 11/21/2013 10:35:30 AM PST by Alaska Wolf (I)
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(from the article):"Homeland Security officials also have acknowledged that they briefly reviewed the materials to determine whether they contained any sensitive information, even though the search warrant did not authorize seizure of the documents. "

In other words, illegaly obtained information was not returned persuant to a judge's order.
Freedom of the Press is now only a memory.
As stated by another Freeper : "When the government breaks the law, then there isn’t any law. Only a fight for survival."

"When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty." Thomas Jefferson


17 posted on 11/21/2013 10:35:45 AM PST by Tilted Irish Kilt (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: Alaska Wolf

No, there were several guns in the home owned and registered to Audrey Hudson but the feds and MD State Police used a phony story of her husband buying some type cheap potato gun to get a search warrant because he had previously been convicted of some kind of gun violation.


18 posted on 11/21/2013 10:39:29 AM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: jazusamo

I hope she is successful in a lawsuit, but she’s really fighting the tide in leftist Maryland.


19 posted on 11/21/2013 10:49:25 AM PST by Alaska Wolf (I)
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To: jazusamo; COUNTrecount; Nowhere Man; FightThePower!; C. Edmund Wright; jacob allen; Travis McGee; ..

Nut-job Conspiracy Theory Ping!

To get onto The Nut-job Conspiracy Theory Ping List you must threaten to report me to the Mods if I don't add you to the list...

20 posted on 11/21/2013 10:51:24 AM PST by null and void (I'm betting on an Obama Trifecta: A Nobel Peace Prize, an Impeachment, AND a War Crimes Trial...)
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