Journalist: 
SWAT team raided home, 
took notes

Federal and Maryland authorities confiscated notes used by a onetime western Colorado journalist in stories that detailed how air marshals hadn’t covered as many flights as they told Congress.

Audrey Hudson, a former spokeswoman for U.S. Rep. Scott McInnis, R-Colo., who later worked for The Washington Times and is now a freelance reporter working for two websites, Newsmax and The Colorado Observer, said her home was raided Aug. 6 by authorities who said they were looking for guns owned by her husband.

As the search of her home was underway, Hudson said she was asked by a Coast Guard Investigative Service investigator if she was the Audrey Hudson who wrote a series of stories about air marshals for The Washington Times. The Coast Guard operates under the Department of Homeland Security.

Many of her notes and files contained names and information about sources within the Department of Homeland Security, Hudson said.

She had no way of letting her sources know they had been compromised except to make public the fact that her home had been raided by a SWAT team, Hudson said, according to numerous news sources on Friday.

A search warrant showed that officials were to search for weapons owned by Hudson’s husband, Paul Flanagan, who in 1986 was found guilty of resisting arrest in Prince George’s County.

The agents. however, confiscated her confidential records, according to Hudson.

The Maryland State Police refused to discuss the action, citing a continuing investigation.

McInnis said he and Hudson parted on good terms.

“She’s a person of high character and I think a lot of her,” McInnis said.


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