DHS and MD State Police Confiscate Reporter’s Notes. Whistleblowers Potentially Exposed.
The Daily Caller reports today:
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.
At 4:30 am on August 6, DHS and Maryland State Police raided Hudson’s home with a warrant to search for firearms because Hudson’s husband is prohibited from owning them due to a felony resisting arrest conviction back in 1986.
During the raid, Hudson asserts that an investigator named Miguel Bosch questioned her about articles she wrote for the Washington Times exposing possible corruption in the Air Marshall service. Hudson says Bosch identified himself as a former air marshal.
After confiscating Hudson’s notes, Bosch explained that he took them so that the TSA could determine whether it was “legitimate” for her to have them. Hudson’s husband (the supposed target of the search warrant) being a former U.S. Coast Guard employee appears to be the only slim thread tying DHS to the “firearms” investigation.
Hudson’s articles contained whistle-blower accounts of the air marshal service lying to congress about how many airline flights were actually being protected by air marshals. Now her private notes containing information on the whistle blowers are in the hands of those upon whom the whistle was blown.
Both The Daily Caller and Human Events (a former employer of Hudson’s) tried to get statements from investigators but received no cooperation.
This isn’t the first time in recent months that the Maryland Police have participated in a questionable raids against Maryland citizens. In November of 2012, a massive joint operation was conducted in Sharpsburg, reportedly to arrest a man who possessed guns despite having a 20 year old marijuana conviction. In December of 2012 Baltimore SWAT held a five hour standoff to arrest a local blogger who missed a court date again having to do with owning (not using, mind you) guns.
These stories of government intimidation are disturbing in and of themselves but they reveal a secondary purpose for stringent gun control laws. If you are not behaving as the state wants you to, they need only concoct some evidence that you have violated one of the many gun laws in order to justify entering your home and taking your belongings.
Hudson told TheDC that the couple had a run-in with the Maryland State Police about six years ago. “A neighbor complained on New Years Eve about one of us shooting a gun off the pier here,” she said. “We live right on the bay.”
Hudson said the police gave them a slap on the wrist then. “They knew then we had these guns,” she said. “If this was a problem — that he wasn’t supposed to be around them — they should’ve told us then.”
Hudson told The Daily Caller that she fears for her sources within the government and is afraid to contact them.
“Part of the reason I’m coming forward with this is I’m scared to contact them,” she said. “I’m terrified to contact them…I’ve got to let these guys know somehow.”