When the Freedom to Communicate is Stolen: Journalist’s Home Raided.

Via on Oct 26, 2013

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I read an article online today, one that left me incredibly unsettled.

To be honest, as a writer, it really ticked me off. But, more so, as a citizen of this Nation—I am infuriated.

“To struggle against censorship, whatever its nature, and whatever the power under which it exists, is my duty as a writer, as are calls for freedom of the press. I am a passionate supporter of that freedom, and I consider that if any writer were to imagine that he could prove he didn’t need that freedom, then he would be like a fish affirming in public that it didn’t need water.”  ― Mikhail Bulgakov

Reading through, one might assume these events were pulled directly from the pages of a Tom Clancy thriller; sadly, they describe the violation of one reporter’s civil and constitutional rights.

It begins with a pre-dawn raid executed on August 6, 2013 by armor-clad State and Federal Law Enforcement personnel. The ‘target’ was reporter Audrey Hudson, a veteran Washington D.C. investigative journalist, twice nominated for the Pulitzer prize—and whose work has sparked numerous congressional investigations leading to laws signed by Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

The allegation? That Ms. Hudson was in possession of illegal firearms.

And though the scope of the original search warrant was limited to the search for said illegal firearms, it soon became clear: these agents were there looking for a little something more.

As Maryland State Police and U.S. Department of Homeland Security personnel stormed through her home, they began collecting Ms. Hudson’s carefully organized personal notes and documentation regarding a developing government scandal—one that would have implicated the Federal Marshal Service in lies to Congress concerning protections against terrorist attacks.

These files also contained detailed information about sources inside the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration.

So, what does that mean?

It means those with the courage to step forward and speak out against their own agencies had both their personal contact information, and details of their evidence turned over to their Agency management.

But, more importantly, it means the rights of these informants guaranteed under the Whistleblower Protection Act, have been violated.

It also seem to be a case of foul play—in which our constitutional and civil rights are being handed over to the ‘playground bully.’

If you’re not angry, you should be, or, at the very least interested in the types of headlines that are often relegated (and subsequently, buried) in the “Local News” section.

So, what do we do when our freedoms can no longer be guaranteed?

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Ed: Cat Beekmans

{Photo: Daily Caller.}

About Tara Lemieux

Tara Lemieux is a mindful wanderer, and faithful stargazer. Although she often appears to be listening with great care, rest assured she is most certainly forever lost in thought. She is an ardent explorer and lover of finding things previously undiscovered or at the very least mostly not-uncovered. When she’s not writing, you can find her walking in the woods and sometimes changing the way we look at things, one simple moment at a time. If after all of this, you still wish to seek Tara out, you can contact her at www.taralemieux.com, OR read her SUPER-AMAZING DAILY blog or, take one second to "LIKE" her on Facebook at Tara's Facebook Page. Or email her directly at tara@taralemieux.com. All roads will lead to one home, and rest assured she (and Nudnick, the wonder dog) would LOVE to hear from you.

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3 Responses to “When the Freedom to Communicate is Stolen: Journalist’s Home Raided.”

  1. cranberry punch says:

    “So, what do we do when our freedoms can no longer be guaranteed?”

    A very serious first step would be to not blame this on one party or the other, and realize that both parties play for the same big government military-industrial complex team. The sooner that we realize that it is not the r’publicans causing all of the problems by gridlocking the poor d’mcrats, and understand that it is the same team, the sooner we can address the issues at hand as a society.

    It is only a first step, but how many of these types of things need to happen under Obama’s watch before he and his party stop getting a pass due to his charisma? At least with Bush we knew we were getting screwed. Go back as far as you want, each party has been moving us towards a police state in a fairly consistent line for at least a century. Slow and steady. Until we see the truth it will only continue to get worse.

    • Jldillon says:

      I missed the part that was partisan in any way…

      • cranberry punch says:

        Hi, The article wasn’t partisan, I didn’t mean to imply that.

        My point more had to do with the fact that we need to look beyond simply voting in a new so-and so if we are to address these issues.

        The question I quoted had to do with what to do. It is essential that people realize that neither of the big 2 parties is going to put a stop to this sort of thing. So for example if the tea party and the occupy crowd are becoming increasingly more polarized, the alphabet agencies that continually ratchet up the surveillance state will continue to go un-checked.

        I only mention the current situation because the Obama administration has gotten a pass from many people who would have been outraged by the same actions from the Bush administration.

        this has to stop.

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