Posted on | October 25, 2013 | 133 Comments
— Robert Stacy McCain (@rsmccain) October 25, 2013
As soon as I saw the headline, I called Audrey, whom I worked with for years at The Washington Times. Audrey said she was “terrified” when she learned that police who raided her home in August — believe it or not, they had a search warrant for a potato launcher her husband had bought online — had taken notes containing information about sources for some of her reporting on TSA scandals.
By the way, you can blame Audrey for my career as a blogger. The day in January 2008 it was announced that the Times had hired a new executive editor from our hated rival — passing over veteran newspaperman Fran Coombs as replacement for retiring Wes Pruden — Audrey and I went outside for a smoke break. “If I had wanted to work for a Postie, I’d have applied at the f–king Post,” she said, and I resolved at that very moment to resign, which I did the next day.
While I hesitate to suggest a political motive for the raid on Audrey’s house, Alex Pappas’ report at the Daily Caller raises suspicions:
A veteran Washington D.C. investigative journalist says the Department of Homeland Security confiscated a stack of her confidential files during a raid of her home in August — leading her to fear that a number of her sources inside the federal government have now been exposed.
In an interview with The Daily Caller, journalist Audrey Hudson revealed that the Department of Homeland Security and Maryland State Police were involved in a predawn raid of her Shady Side, Md. home on Aug. 6. . . .
At about 4:30 a.m. on Aug. 6, Hudson said officers dressed in full body armor presented a search warrant to enter the home she shares on the bay with her husband. She estimates that at least seven officers took part in the raid.
After the search began, Hudson said she was asked by an investigator with the Coast Guard Investigative Service if she was the same Audrey Hudson who had written a series of critical stories about air marshals for The Washington Times over the last decade. The Coast Guard operates under the Department of Homeland Security. . . .
Read the whole thing by Alex Pappas. Discussing the story with me, Audrey praised Alex’s reporting — high praise, indeed.