Reported by The Daily Caller, Audrey Hudson, a former reporter for the Washington Times, found herself looking out the front window of her home to find police and military officials in full body gear.
They were executing a search warrant for illegal firearms, including a potato gun. What they were actually looking to find, however, were sensitive notes and documents related to Hudson’s job as a reporter.
At least that’s what a Washington Times lawsuit is charging that the United States Coast Guard and the Maryland State Police did to Hudson. “Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought that state police and federal officers would come into my house at 4:30 in the morning to take my files without a federal subpoena,” she said.
Her legally owned firearms were also confiscated. No potato gun was found.
John Solomon, the editor of the Washington Times, said that these actions go against everything the United States stands for. “”While we appreciate law enforcement’s right to investigate legitimate concerns,” he said, “ there is no reason for agents to use an unrelated gun case to seize the First Amendment protected materials of a reporter.”
Hudson didn’t even realize her documents were missing until she got a phone call from the Coast Guard telling her that she could come pick them up. The warrant allowed authorities the family’s home for guns, ammunition, records of gun purchases, gun cleaning kits and other gun-related documents.
No matter what the result of the lawsuit happens to be, the results should be concerning for all Americans.
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