SWAT RAIDS INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISTS HOME...
An investigative journalist says federal agents raided her home
earlier this year and confiscated the notes she used to report on a
government cover-up. Now she fears her sources have been compromised.
Audrey Hudson told The Daily Caller that the files were taken during a
SWAT raid of her Shady Side, Maryland home this past August conducted
as part of an investigation into her husband, Paul Flanagan. Authorities
were following up on a lead that Flanagan unlawfully possessed a number
of firearms, and reportedly pilfered his wife’s personal documents
during an armed raid of the couples’ home.
According to the Daily Caller’s Alex Pappas, authorities had reason
to believe that Flanagan was amassing a gun collection despite being
legally barred from owning firearms due to a previous conviction. The
Daily Caller obtained a search warrant showing that law enforcement was
given the go-ahead to conduct a raid because Flanagan had been found
guilty of resisting arrest in 1986 and thus prohibited from owning
weapons. Authorities believed he had broken that restriction.
“One party that was interviewed remembered distinctly about
Flanagan advising he had recently purchased a Bersa .380 handgun, and
observed pictures of firearms similar to AK-47 semi-automatic rifles
which were identified by Flanagan as being his,” court documents obtained by Pappas say.
Maryland State Police and the Department of Homeland Security both
participated in the raid because Flanagan is employed by the Coast
Guard, which is considered a division of DHS. If the raid was indeed
over Flanagan’s alleged gun collection, though, then why was his wife’s
papers taken by law enforcement? Hudson believes that the federal agents
who entered her home knew she had worked with federal whistleblowers
and wanted her sources.
Hudson is currently a freelance writer, but has reported previously for Newsmax, the Colorado Observer and The Washington Times.
“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,” Pappas reported.
Hudson told the Daily Caller that during the raid, authorities confiscated file which included notes that “were
used to expose how the Federal Air Marshal Service had lied to Congress
about the number of airline flights there were actually protecting against another terrorist attack.”
It took an entire month after the raid for Hudson to learn that the
files had been taken by authorities. Miguel Bosch, a former air
marshal-turned-special agent for the Coast Guard Investigative Service,
called Hudson in September and told her that officials had her
documents: handwritten and typed notes stemming from a series of
interviews with confidential sources she had conducted, as well as other
“During the course of the search, the CGIS agent discovered
government documents labeled FOUO – For Official Use Only (FOUO) – and
LES – Law Enforcement Sensitive. The files that contained these
documents were cataloged on the search warrant inventory and taken from
the premises,” a representative for the Coast Guard told the Daily Caller. “The documents were reviewed with the source agency and determined to be obtained properly through the Freedom of Information Act.”
The documents were returned to Hudson, but she says she doesn’t buy
into their explanation. She says their response only explains one of the
five files taken during the raid, “but does not explain why they
took four other files with my handwritten and typed interview notes with
confidential sources, that I staked my reputation as a journalist to protect under the auspices of the First Amendment of the Constitution.”
“This guy basically came in here and took my anonymous sources and
turned them over — took my whistleblowers — and turned it over to the
agency they were blowing the whistle on,” Hudson told The Daily Caller. “And these guys still work there.”
“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.”
A spokesperson for the Maryland State Police told Pappas that an
investigation is currently under review regarding Hudson’s husband.
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