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Police State: Feds Raid Investigative Reporter @AudreyHudson, Seize Notes

Posted on | October 25, 2013 | 133 Comments

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.

UPDATE: Now a Memeorandum thread, with more commentary by Bryan Preston at PJ Tatler and Rick Moran at the American Thinker.



133 Responses to “Police State: Feds Raid Investigative Reporter @AudreyHudson, Seize Notes”

  1. Bob Belvedere
    October 25th, 2013 @ 8:02 pm

    The hearings are especially useless when people like Issa run them?

    He’s Goddamn useless and has no desire to do anything beyond showboating in an attempt to silence we Hobbits / Visigoths.

  2. Bob Belvedere
    October 25th, 2013 @ 8:04 pm

    That was Doubleplusungood of you, comrade.

  3. Bob Belvedere
    October 25th, 2013 @ 8:05 pm

    But…but…Ameritopia has always been at war with Audrey Hudson.

  4. robertstacymccain
    October 25th, 2013 @ 8:09 pm

    Which is why I don’t live in Maryland anymore.

  5. richard mcenroe
    October 25th, 2013 @ 8:31 pm

    This is the same end the ACLU is working toward.

  6. sokeijarhead
    October 25th, 2013 @ 8:35 pm

    Police State: Feds Raid Investigative Reporter @AudreyHudson, Seize Notes : The Other McCain

  7. rmnixondeceased
    October 25th, 2013 @ 8:37 pm


  8. Frankie
    October 25th, 2013 @ 8:53 pm

    Allegedly because the Coasties are now part of Homeland Security.

  9. Juanita_Estrada
    October 25th, 2013 @ 8:56 pm

    RT @rsmccain: Police State: Feds Raid Investigative Reporter @AudreyHudson, Seize Notes Hat-tip @AlexPappas cc @Inst…

  10. rsmccain
    October 25th, 2013 @ 9:12 pm

    RT @sokeijarhead: Police State: Feds Raid Investigative Reporter @AudreyHudson, Seize Notes : The Other McCain

  11. dontfundit
    October 25th, 2013 @ 9:20 pm

    RT @sokeijarhead: Police State: Feds Raid Investigative Reporter @AudreyHudson, Seize Notes : The Other McCain

  12. dontfundit
    October 25th, 2013 @ 9:58 pm

    Obama’s Police State: Feds Raid Investigative Reporter @AudreyHudson, Seize Notes #MakeDCListen #tcot #ccot #tlot

  13. PensativeGuy
    October 25th, 2013 @ 10:22 pm

    RT @sokeijarhead: Police State: Feds Raid Investigative Reporter @AudreyHudson, Seize Notes : The Other McCain

  14. Frankie
    October 25th, 2013 @ 11:36 pm

    You most certainly do. I saw a registered mail receipt signed by someone who is not you that proves that you do still live in Maryland since it wasn’t you that signed the receipt. Follow? So there.

  15. DaveO
    October 25th, 2013 @ 11:43 pm

    Unless Issa executes the person being questioned right there, on the spot, in committee, Issa is powerless. All of his and Congress’s muscle comes from DOJ. Last time I checked, AG Holder isn’t too fond of following, much less enforcing any law but his own.
    Showboating, aka naming and shaming, is about all the power people without guns have.

  16. Kirby McCain
    October 25th, 2013 @ 11:52 pm

    Chicago style thuggery.

  17. Alessandra
    October 26th, 2013 @ 4:44 am

    STASI is the word that came to my mind.

  18. Alessandra
    October 26th, 2013 @ 4:45 am

    Robert, are your sources in a hidden safe or secured with Snowden-type cryptography?

  19. MDMDong
    October 26th, 2013 @ 8:33 am

    RT @FilmLadd: Police state raids journalist @audreyhudson for reporting on TSA

  20. MDMDong
    October 26th, 2013 @ 8:58 am

    RT @ali: Your government hates you. RT @rsmccain: Police State: Feds Raid Investigative Reporter @AudreyHudson, Seize Notes…

  21. Shawny
    October 26th, 2013 @ 10:49 am

    Lucky this wasn’t another one of them “accidental shootings” by law enforcement like the kid with the fake plastic AK. There could be REAL terrorists out there with sawed off double barrel carrots.

  22. Shawny
    October 26th, 2013 @ 10:54 am

    Patiently waiting for the first one of their victims who delivers some severe “unforeseen consequences”……so we can take notes.

  23. Shawny
    October 26th, 2013 @ 10:58 am

    Muslim sympathizing, traitorous, Commie bastard……..otherwise, that about covers the C in C’s CV perfectly.

  24. Shawny
    October 26th, 2013 @ 11:09 am

    This administration already had bribed, threatened or blackmailed the mainstream press to “control the message” and protect their steaming piles of propaganda. The same with our elected representatives. In case you didn’t get the memo, the rule of law is dead and this administration operates by it’s own rules. Picture Italy and the mafia…..only with a much bigger nuclear arsenal and no honor.

  25. Police seize investigative reporters files during home raid | The Daley Gator
    October 26th, 2013 @ 11:43 am

    […] There is more here to the story, and it will hopefully come out. RS McCain knows Hudson and adds some background […]

  26. Shawny
    October 26th, 2013 @ 12:24 pm

    No ropes, no tar and feathers…….no balls….no potato guns.

  27. Shawny
    October 26th, 2013 @ 12:29 pm

    Or to keep them from sharing….like Breitbart, Hastings, Clancy……and probably some of their sources we’ll never know the names of.

  28. Adobe_Walls
    October 26th, 2013 @ 1:13 pm

    Colt’s Dragoon.

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  30. USABillOfRights
    October 26th, 2013 @ 5:18 pm

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  31. RM3 Frisker FTN
    October 26th, 2013 @ 7:18 pm

    Stacy please rewrite the post with some links to all the Amazon items associated with “potato gun” and “potato cannon” and the like. Plenty of books on the same subject also.

    Suggest when the dust settles, holding an fund-raising parent/child event, possibly at a park near the home of Audrey Hudson, for building the biggest baddest most super awesome potato cannon possible, with some public or private school science teachers to give some talks about “backyard ballistics” and the like. Invite food trucks, find someone to leave tubs of ice filled with adult beverages. Party time in the fall.

  32. Neo
    October 26th, 2013 @ 7:30 pm

    Shoot. 12 year-olds build potato launchers in their basements.
    Does this make them merchant of death in Maryland ?

  33. ancerrone
    October 28th, 2013 @ 8:29 pm

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