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Administration seizes reporter's notes

This is the stuff a banana republic is made of. Obama has stated the Constitution is too restrictive of government, now we see why he believes this and how he has no regard for the freedom of speech or freedom of the press. Putin would blush.



Maryland state police and  federal agents used a search warrant in an  unrelated criminal investigation to  seize the private reporting files of  an award-winning former investigative  journalist for The Washington  Times who had exposed problems in the Homeland  Security Department's  Federal Air Marshal Service.

Reporter Audrey Hudson said the  investigators, who included an agent  for Homeland's  Coast Guard service, took her private notes and  government documents that  she had obtained under the Freedom of  Information Act during a predawn raid of  her family home on Aug. 6.

The documents, some which chronicled her sources and her work at the  Times  about problems inside the Homeland  Security Department, were  seized under a warrant to search for unregistered  firearms and a “potato  gun” suspected of belonging to her husband, Paul  Flanagan, a Coast  Guard employee. Mr.  Flanagan has not been charged with any wrongdoing  since the raid.

The warrant, obtained by the Times, offered no specific permission to seize  reporting notes or files.


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Re: Administration seizes reporter's notes

I strongly suspect there is little more to this than you know.