Tuesday, October 29, 2013

All Or Nothing...

If the government can take away your Second Amendment rights, they can certain take away the rest of them...

Federal agents' pre-dawn raid on reporter's home raises questions
Audrey Hudson’s husband had just left for work on August 6 when suddenly, her dog began barking. The nationally-known journalist walked over to the curtains and peeked outside to discover her Chesapeake Bay home was surrounded by law enforcement officers wearing full body armor.

The phone rang. It was her husband.

“I’m in the driveway,” he said. “The police are here. Open the door.”

And so began Hudson’s nightmare – held captive by armed agents of the U.S. Coast Guard, Maryland State Police and the Department of Homeland Security as they staged a pre-dawn raid in search of unregistered firearms and a “potato gun.”
Looking for unregistered firearms and a "potato gun". In other words, PVC piping. And "unregistered firearms"? Don't they tell us over and over and over that registration does not lead to confiscation? Except when, you know, it does. The story tells us that she got her files back - but it doesn't mention whether the firearms were returned. I'm guessing no. And WTF is going on in Maryland where you apparently need a permit to own a gun cleaning kit? SRS?

Read that story, folks. Armed government agents came to this reporter's house, rifled through her things, and took her property that they did not have listed on a search warrant - all blatantly illegal. Neither she nor her husband were charged with any crime - yet they had their personal property taken from them and held for months. She wrote something that made a federal agency look bad, and she was punished for that - despite not having broken any laws.

Isn't that exactly the reason we even have a First Amendment? So that journalists and others can openly criticize the government without agents of the state kicking in their doors? Isn't that the kind of thing that happens in third world countries and communist nations? I mean, we're constantly being told how the Constitution is a "living" document and how it must be constantly "interpreted", so perhaps this is the new normal for journalists - publish what you will at your own peril.

Much like the right didn't think much about the Patriot Act until the opposition called the shots, I wonder if the left will realize what precedents it is setting now...

That is all.

2 comments:

Bob said...

Violated her Fourth Amendment rights as well, since the raid could be said to be an illegal search and seizure.

Formynder said...

As for the potato gun, the Washington Times article quoted one of the thugs (I mean agents) as saying that "potato gun" was a common slang for silencer. I've never heard it that way, ans I'm willing to bet that no federal agent has ever heard that either.