DHS/Maryland raid confiscates DHS whistleblower data from reporter

posted at 2:41 pm on October 25, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

How did the DHS end up confiscating the files of a free-lance journalist that contains the identities of anonymous whistleblowers within its own agency? According to The Daily Caller’s Alex Pappas, DHS partnered with the Maryland state police on a bogus hunt for illegal firearms, and took the files from the search:

A veteran Washington D.C. investigative journalist says the Department of Homeland Security confiscated a stack of her confidential files during a raid of her home in August — leading her to fear that a number of her sources inside the federal government have now been exposed.

In an interview with The Daily Caller, journalist Audrey Hudson revealed that the Department of Homeland Security and Maryland State Police were involved in a predawn raid of her Shady Side, Md. home on Aug. 6. Hudson is a former Washington Times reporter and current freelance reporter.

A search warrant obtained by TheDC indicates that the August raid allowed law enforcement to search for firearms inside her home.

The document notes that her husband, Paul Flanagan, pleaded guilty in 1986 to resisting arrest in Prince George’s County. The warrant called for police to search the residence they share and seize all weapons and ammunition because he is prohibited under the law from possessing firearms.

But without Hudson’s knowledge, the agents also confiscated a batch of documents that contained information about sources inside the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration, she said.

If true, this raises serious questions about abuse of power on the federal and state levels. Why would the Maryland state police confiscate files if they were looking for firearms?  Hudson spent years covering the federal government while at the Washington Times, and especially DHS and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).  During the search, one of the investigators — who worked for the Coast Guard — asked Hudson if she was the same person as the reporter who did extensive and critical reporting on the Federal Air Marshal Service, which exists within DHS as well.  The investigator had previously worked in the FAMS, which should have alerted Hudson to at least another reason why the raid was taking place.

The files directly related to the FAMS, among other issues, which Hudson realized once police alerted her to their capture of those files:

“In particular, the files 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,” Hudson wrote in a summary about the raid provided to TheDC.

Recalling the experience during an interview this week, Hudson said: “When they called and told me about it, I just about had a heart attack.”

She said she asked Bosch why they took the files. He responded that they needed to run them by TSA to make sure it was “legitimate” for her to have them.

“‘Legitimate’ for me to have my own notes?” she said incredulously on Wednesday.

The firearms raid seems to be bogus, too, although the Maryland State Police told Pappas that her husband’s Facebook account showed evidence of illegal possession of firearms.  Hudson’s husband has a conviction for resisting arrest from 1986, and that prevents him from owning firearms in Maryland.  It doesn’t prevent Hudson herself from owning them, but the police confiscated her six legally-purchased firearms anyway.  There seems to be no rational reason for seizing any paperwork at all, let alone her own notes; Hudson told Pappas that she had no classified documents at all in her possession, and at any rate the search warrant doesn’t cover that kind of confiscation.

Does the Maryland State Police usually troll Facebook to find illegal possession of firearms? Or is it more likely that DHS instigated this as a way to go after a longtime critic and reporter of the agency?  This certainly doesn’t look like a coincidence, and perhaps Congress might want to look into what looks like a gross abuse of power to silence reporters and punish whistleblowers.


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It appears disgraceful but not surprising.

Drained Brain on October 25, 2013 at 2:42 PM

Welcome to Goebbels’ America, circa 2013.

Schadenfreude on October 25, 2013 at 2:43 PM

I wonder if they were high capacity files?

They told me if I voted Republican, we’d be living in a fascist America. And they were, sadly, right.

rbj on October 25, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Maryland. Why does this not surprise me?

Gatsu on October 25, 2013 at 2:46 PM

This certainly doesn’t look like a coincidence, and perhaps Congress might want to look into what looks like a gross abuse of power to silence reporters and punish whistleblowers.

Another “monkey trial”, for the same outcomes/results as the other Issa idiocies.

Issa is now for amnesty and pretty docile. I wonder when they’ll take his files, if they haven’t already, and what they have on him now.

Schadenfreude on October 25, 2013 at 2:46 PM

The Amerikan Stasi have arrived. Pretty soon this is going to spin out of control and innocent (and guilty) people are going to get killed.

HomeoftheBrave on October 25, 2013 at 2:47 PM

Does the Maryland State Police usually troll Facebook to find illegal possession of firearms?

After the BS gun law that O’Malley signed that would not surprise me in the least.

MD= 4th Reich on the Chesapeake

Gatsu on October 25, 2013 at 2:47 PM

The cops who executed the warrant need to be smacked down…HARD!

I’m also disappointed, but definitely not surprised that it happened in my adopted state of Maryland.

NavyMustang on October 25, 2013 at 2:48 PM

Congress might want to look into what looks like a gross abuse of power

Seems like an ongoing theme for the past ___ years.

VibrioCocci on October 25, 2013 at 2:49 PM

One of the primary goals of this administration from day one has been to shut down dissent. This is why you see things like this, the attacks on James Rosen, Rush Limbaugh, Fox News, even Sarah Palin.

Obama disagrees vehemently with the First Amendment, and if nothing else scared you about his administration, that should be enough.

Chris of Rights on October 25, 2013 at 2:49 PM

Does the Maryland State Police usually troll Facebook to find illegal possession of firearms?

They call it the People’s Republic of Maryland for a reason.

Doomberg on October 25, 2013 at 2:49 PM

This is why my Facebook page is filled with laudatory comments about Obamacare, the direction of the country, how Mooch is the best first lady ever…..etc.

Happy Nomad on October 25, 2013 at 2:50 PM

How very Gestapo IRS-like.

parke on October 25, 2013 at 2:50 PM

There seems to be no rational reason for seizing any paperwork at all, let alone her own notes; Hudson told Pappas that she had no classified documents at all in her possession, and at any rate the search warrant doesn’t cover that kind of confiscation.

“Rational” no longer applies to anything being done by the government.

Bitter Clinger on October 25, 2013 at 2:52 PM

If true, this raises serious questions about abuse of power on the federal and state levels.

Ah, humor. Sometimes it alludes me but this one is good.

This is massive abuse but I expect nothing less from DHS and the BO admin. They are the evil thug police force of every petty tyrant. I am ashamed that my country has fallen so far and I think that the liberals are going to be in a world of hurt when they finally pull their heads out of their historic president’s butt and see what is happening.

Dr. Frank Enstine on October 25, 2013 at 2:52 PM

The document notes that her husband, Paul Flanagan, pleaded guilty in 1986 to resisting arrest in Prince George’s County.

1986? Really? And they just somehow got a “tip” now that there might be guns in the house from something that happened 27 years ago?

I would be getting a tax lawyer on retainer stat if I was that woman, cause the IRS is going to be all up in her business very soon.

Johnnyreb on October 25, 2013 at 2:52 PM

Welcome to Goebbels’ America, circa 2013.

Schadenfreude on October 25, 2013 at 2:43 PM

the goose steppers are comming my friend..
and i believe ‘the night of broken glass’
cant be too far behind…as we are so non-compliant..
perhaps after another UNODA UN vote…
the last one had 46 senators (all D’s) vote for it..
so we are close to the tipping point..

going2mars on October 25, 2013 at 2:52 PM

There should be no waiting… Any court justice should issue summary judgement in under 5 minutes upon reading the warrant.

The reality can no longer be denied.

We are no longer the land of the free.

We live in a police state.

Skywise on October 25, 2013 at 2:53 PM

The real question is now what? She didn’t even know they were gone until the thieves told her.

Cindy Munford on October 25, 2013 at 2:53 PM

They seem to be super-cereal about their secrets.

Axe on October 25, 2013 at 2:54 PM

The Amerikan Stasi have arrived. Pretty soon this is going to spin out of control and innocent (and guilty) people are going to get killed.

HomeoftheBrave on October 25, 2013 at 2:47 PM

I think that point is well behind us.

Dr. Frank Enstine on October 25, 2013 at 2:55 PM

Honey, money says you were a liberal…so, what you protected and so embraced, now comes back and haunts you.

Don’t you know history? As a journalist you ignore history? Defending a government that ever increases its power and “reach”, will eventually reach you…you don’t know that?

Of course you and your liberals friends don’t…ideology trumps freedom in your world.

right2bright on October 25, 2013 at 2:55 PM

I’m trying to figure out why it took 7 armed men in riot gear to serve the warrant on a 36 year old charge at 4:30 in the morning.

What’s the justification for that show of force and appearance at that hour? We’re they afraid the perp was going to run?

Skywise on October 25, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Next to be defunded, Homeland Security.

Fascism in America!

katy on October 25, 2013 at 2:56 PM

The damage has been done with the illegal confiscation. But, can the judge that signed the warrant demand the return of the files?

Wow. No snide remarks on this one – this is serious.

TerryW on October 25, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Oh and… Just to twist the knife…

I sure do feel safer that those felons’ guns were removed off the street. With her anti-government views she was a danger this country.

/s

Skywise on October 25, 2013 at 2:58 PM

Why were her notes not in a secure offsite location?

meci on October 25, 2013 at 2:58 PM

Does anyone here think the left is going to yield to the will of the people via the ballot box? I think the fix is in. Call me paranoid.

birdwatcher on October 25, 2013 at 2:59 PM

Happy Nomad on October 25, 2013 at 2:50 PM

not to worry as i am sure BHO’s brownshirts
have a special car on the train to the gulag
for HA ppl..
we are all on the WH enemy list..
were Americans..therefore were on the list..

going2mars on October 25, 2013 at 2:59 PM

1986! Twenty-seven years ago?

Such an obvious excuse to go after her files. This was never about firearms.

The lesson is that reporters should put their thumbdrives and papers into a safe when they’re not working with the info, and be ready to file suit.

INC on October 25, 2013 at 3:00 PM

A defense attorney friend of mine, who was born and raised in foreign countries, told me one day that we Americans only THINK that we have rights.

He related a case of a young fellow who mouthed off to cops and ended up as a felon.

This wasn’t even someone poking the most corrupt regime in American history in the eye.

It’s going to be really interesting to see if and how we can roll this back. We have really spent the last few decades screwing up our nation.

CrazyGene on October 25, 2013 at 3:01 PM

right2bright on October 25, 2013 at 2:55 PM

Ed wrote that she worked for the Washington Times for years. I would not jump to the conclusion that she’s a lib.

INC on October 25, 2013 at 3:01 PM

Nothing will ever come of this and these things will become more frequent. Welcome to tyrannical rule.

bgibbs1000 on October 25, 2013 at 3:04 PM

I used to be very conflicted about the WikiLeaks (et al) thingy.

Not anymore.

Tsar of Earth on October 25, 2013 at 3:04 PM

Fahrenheit 451. Brave New World. 1984. Anthem.

Does America not know her parables? I dare any of you to find me a middle or high school where these books are required reading. I’ll bet you there isn’t one left. These were our Jeremiahs and the left has removed them from the collective psyche.

When you re-read them, keep the cover visible. We need these subversive truths to be pondered by those for whom they were hidden.

winoceros on October 25, 2013 at 3:05 PM

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Audrey-Hudson/126243644121649

this ms hudson?

going2mars on October 25, 2013 at 3:05 PM

There needs to be a real protest. This cannot stand.

The Coast Guard? How far did they have to go to find individuals whose careers were sufficiently in jeopardy to agree to participate in this raid? Fascists. Off with their heads.

winoceros on October 25, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Trolls, you ‘liberal’ and ‘progressive’ bastions, where the Hell are you today?

Defend liberty, you scumbags/scumhags.

Schadenfreude on October 25, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Her sin is that she’s not a Leftist.

Schadenfreude on October 25, 2013 at 3:08 PM

Ve haf vays….

Buttercup on October 25, 2013 at 3:09 PM

My lord! I consider myself a reasonable person and not prone to conspiracy theories but this just blows my mind. You only see this stuff in the movies an on TV right?

I do believe I am becoming a libertarian.

Vince on October 25, 2013 at 3:10 PM

Don’t mind me… I’m just packing a new set of freshly produced swastikas for our friends in law-enforcement in the state of MD.

I guess I need to send the DHS boys some, too. They might get jealous….

Turtle317 on October 25, 2013 at 3:11 PM

Shady Side, Md.

Bmore on October 25, 2013 at 3:12 PM

No, I understand about wiki leaks and the problems of national security. That does not mean its the same thing as domestic investigation by a freelance journalist. The wiki leaks people want America destroyed and they don care who they hurt. Some a-ha moments come of it. But the true enemies of America: Islam, communism, and leftism (but I repeat myself) are benefitted more with the specifics if troops, tactics and capabilities. That’s treasonous. Poison fruit of the tree is still poison.

This is right out of Bradbury.

winoceros on October 25, 2013 at 3:12 PM

Hmmm. Seems things just ratcheted up a notch or two, huh.

Tsar of Earth on October 25, 2013 at 3:12 PM

Oh,………and Maryland sucks!

Bmore on October 25, 2013 at 3:12 PM

I’m glad I don’t have kids, cause I wouldn’t want to orphan them.

Murphy9 on October 25, 2013 at 3:12 PM

We’ve become a country of lawless renegades. I may sound paranoid, but it sounds like something the sinister and petulant man behind the curtain in the oval office would have ordered.

scalleywag on October 25, 2013 at 3:13 PM

Trolls, you ‘liberal’ and ‘progressive’ bastions, where the Hell are you today?

Defend liberty, you scumbags/scumhags.

Schadenfreude on October 25, 2013 at 3:07 PM

There’s lots of Cruz/right wing “radical” bashing going on in the Krauthammer headline thread.

MontanaMmmm on October 25, 2013 at 3:13 PM

If true, this raises serious questions about abuse of power on the federal and state levels.

So we were right —waaaaay back in 2007 –about the intentions of a community thug with shady pedigree who palled around with terrorists he didn’t know , right ?
Oh BTW, Hi y’all NSA kids
** waves**

burrata on October 25, 2013 at 3:15 PM

Hey, remember back in the day when we lived in a Constitutional Republic? The press would have gone batshit crazy over stuff like this in those days. Ah well…

MTF on October 25, 2013 at 3:16 PM

Now I understand why the government needed a billion bullets.

birdwatcher on October 25, 2013 at 3:17 PM

Why were her notes not in a secure offsite location?

meci on October 25, 2013 at 2:58 PM

What? Like her toothbrush? This was her HOME where she should expect privacy to keep and use her notes!

(just trying to make a point)

Tsar of Earth on October 25, 2013 at 3:18 PM

It’s sure a good thing that these enhanced restrictions on firearms aren’t being used by the government to perpetrate any mischief against the citizenry.

Yessireebob.

trigon on October 25, 2013 at 3:18 PM

Why would the Maryland state police confiscate files if they were looking for firearms?

The police can charge with just about anything just about any day.

mankai on October 25, 2013 at 3:20 PM

Why were her notes not in a secure offsite location?

meci on October 25, 2013 at 2:58 PM

What about the guns? Should no citizen have the right to keep and bear arms in their own private abode? When did resisting arrest become a felony in Maryland? Should she have had a separate site for her 1rst and 2nd amendments?

Bmore on October 25, 2013 at 3:21 PM

Oh,………and Maryland sucks!

Bmore on October 25, 2013 at 3:12 PM

As a MD resident, yes, yes it does.

Gatsu on October 25, 2013 at 3:21 PM

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Audrey-Hudson/126243644121649

this ms hudson?

going2mars on October 25, 2013 at 3:05 PM

Yep.

Bitter Clinger on October 25, 2013 at 3:21 PM

Of course it was a bogus raid. Where is the probable cause?

The judge who signed the warrant should be put on the spot. The officers conducting the raid who seized the files – not specified, and clearly not related to weapons possession – should be suspended.

This is what happens when modern Marxist Democrats have power.

Adjoran on October 25, 2013 at 3:22 PM

Am I the only one bothered by this?

But it wasn’t until a month later, on Sept. 10, that Hudson was informed by Bosch that five files including her handwritten and typed notes from interviews with numerous confidential sources and other documents had been taken during the raid.

Cindy Munford on October 25, 2013 at 3:22 PM

Not anymore.

Tsar of Earth on October 25, 2013 at 3:04 PM

Lolz! So I guess its been determined finally that Snowden was a hero not a traitor?

Bmore on October 25, 2013 at 3:23 PM

Gatsu on October 25, 2013 at 3:21 PM

; )

Bmore on October 25, 2013 at 3:24 PM

Why were her notes not in a secure offsite location?

meci on October 25, 2013 at 2:58 PM

What about the guns? Should no citizen have the right to keep and bear arms in their own private abode? When did resisting arrest become a felony in Maryland? Should she have had a separate site for her 1rst and 2nd amendments?

Bmore on October 25, 2013 at 3:21 PM

Violations of the 1st, 2nd, & 4th Amendments.

The cops went for the trifecta on this one.

Bitter Clinger on October 25, 2013 at 3:25 PM

But the true enemies of America: Islam, communism, and leftism (but I repeat myself) are benefitted…
winoceros on October 25, 2013 at 3:12 PM

Respect your comment, but let me rearrange it a bit:

But the true enemies of America: leftism, leftism, leftism, leftism, leftism, leftism and some others that we have no choice but to worry about later.

Tsar of Earth on October 25, 2013 at 3:26 PM

I’m trying to figure out why it took 7 armed men in riot gear to serve the warrant on a 36 year old charge at 4:30 in the morning.

What’s the justification for that show of force and appearance at that hour? We’re they afraid the perp was going to run?
Skywise on October 25, 2013 at 2:56 PM

No, it had nothing to do with that particular situation.

What they have been doing for several years now, is using overwhelming, rapid and violent (or threat of violence, at least) force, not because it was a tactical necessity, but as a propaganda tool.

It is rather complex, but here are a few of the reasons they do it:

1: Any other people who might think to do or say anything critical of their masters will be afraid, and either fall into line, or at least not be so obvious about their anti-despotic desires.

2: Any onlookers would think “Oh, those must be really bad people to require that kind of response.” If the news people happen to capture it, it prejudices the jury pool.

3: Get the general populace used to seeing SWAT teams respond to minor situations that could and should be handled with a ‘plain clothes’ officer, or no more than a plain clothes agent accompanied by a regular uniformed officer.\

That way when they do go into full Brownshirt Jackboot mode against anyone who believes in freedom, people will just shrug their shoulders and think it is the way things are and should be.

LegendHasIt on October 25, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Now I understand why the government needed a billion bullets.

birdwatcher on October 25, 2013 at 3:17 PM

they need a billion bullets for the UN UNODA
United Nations Office of Disarmament Afairs
they just voted on the Disarmament Commissions
Civilian Weapons Confiscation Study Group Paper..
out lining the Confiscation of small arms in america..
the vote in the Senate had support from 46 D Senators..
we are 4 votes away from loosing our Second Amendment..
and that…is why they need a billion bullets

going2mars on October 25, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Not anymore.

Tsar of Earth on October 25, 2013 at 3:04 PM

Lolz! So I guess its been determined finally that Snowden was a hero not a traitor?

Bmore on October 25, 2013 at 3:23 PM

Still thinking about that… Pondering winocerous’s comment… It is complimicated… Can I buy a ‘Both’?

But I am certain that we need to set some priorities as in my comment above.

Tsar of Earth on October 25, 2013 at 3:31 PM

The Maryland State Police and anyone who participated in this event not only violated the search warrant, but also violated her Fourth Amendment Rights.

The documents taken were not evidence directly related to the search warrant, nor were they evidence of another crime. Complicating the illegality and misconduct charges police, et al will now be facing is the fact they had knowledge she was a well known reporter. That fact affords her additional First Amendment considerations, especially where the seized material is involved.

Someone should identify the judge signing the search warrant and ask him about what he knew and how what is done is material to his order.

Given the circumstances, this shouldn’t end well for all agencies involved. Nor should it. This is exactly the type of situation our Constitution vis a vis the First and Fourth Amendment were meant to protect against.

I’m no bleeding heart liberal or reporter defender, but they should all lose their jobs and spend time in prison.

Marcus Traianus on October 25, 2013 at 3:31 PM

Nothing to see here…move along…

bigbeachbird on October 25, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Bitter Clinger on October 25, 2013 at 3:25 PM

Good catch on the 4th. ; )

Bmore on October 25, 2013 at 3:34 PM

What’s the justification for that show of force and appearance at that hour? We’re they afraid the perp was going to run?
Skywise on October 25, 2013 at 2:56 PM

So there’s no time for her attorney to get there and supervise the seizure, ostensibly of her husband’s suspicious materials.

winoceros on October 25, 2013 at 3:36 PM

What country do you think you’re LIVING in? America?

…..you MUST be joking – that country DIED 5 years ago,,,,,

williamg on October 25, 2013 at 3:38 PM

So, what is going to be done about this? That’s right, nothing. Although it surprises me that the regime has the balls to go after the media, considering it is the media that is giving the regime much of its power. If the media were to turn against O, it would be all over for him. I just don’t know what, aside from the regime placing reporters into internment camps, would turn the media against O.

tdarrington on October 25, 2013 at 3:39 PM

Why were her notes not in a secure offsite location?
meci on October 25, 2013 at 2:58 PM

Because no one expects the Spanish Inquisition.

JohnnyL on October 25, 2013 at 3:41 PM

what do you expect America? the feds have gone behind our backs and stolen our 4th amendment rights under the guise of protecting us from terrorists. voters need to ask their politicians where they stand on govt snooping…

burserker on October 25, 2013 at 3:49 PM

So there’s no time for her attorney to get there and supervise the seizure, ostensibly of her husband’s suspicious materials.
winoceros on October 25, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Do we have the right to deny execution of a warrant until an attorney can be present?

(Also note my iPhone ate part of my statement above – any judge should issue summary judgement and have her documents ordered returned immediately… But that won’t happen… Anymore…)

Skywise on October 25, 2013 at 3:50 PM

There is the difference between George Bush and Barak Obama. Bush was called every name in the book. Obama has an operator on his health care website talk to Sean Hannity, and she is fired the next day Obama, and the left can deal it out, but they can not take it. Bunch of thin skinned a-holes.

birdwatcher on October 25, 2013 at 3:53 PM

birdwatcher on October 25, 2013 at 3:53 PM

how about that guy that got fired
for his tweets about ‘vacuous cipher vallerie’..

going2mars on October 25, 2013 at 3:57 PM

He was right! They are vacuous! And a few other words.

birdwatcher on October 25, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Does the Maryland State Police usually troll Facebook to find illegal possession of firearms?

.
So what if they do? Maybe they’ll find some gangbangers that way. More importantly, why was something not on the warrant made a subject of seizure? That’s not due process, si ti?
.
I know, maybe the documents were screaming and were then taken into custody on an exigent circumstances claim.

ExpressoBold on October 25, 2013 at 4:15 PM

That’s not due process, si ti?

ExpressoBold on October 25, 2013 at 4:15 PM

.
What has happened to my keyboard? Or is it me?

ExpressoBold on October 25, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Volksrepublik Marylands…
(oddly, Maryland is German slang for being stoned – go figure)

affenhauer on October 25, 2013 at 4:22 PM

I treat all home invaders equally.

I call it my Fair Play for Home Invaders policy.

Akzed on October 25, 2013 at 4:22 PM

Oh, come on. Do journalists really need to be worried?

iurockhead on October 25, 2013 at 4:28 PM

Now I understand why the government needed a billion bullets. birdwatcher on October 25, 2013 at 3:17 PM

they need a billion bullets for the UN UNODA
United Nations Office of Disarmament Afairs
they just voted on the Disarmament Commissions
Civilian Weapons Confiscation Study Group Paper..
out lining the Confiscation of small arms in america..
the vote in the Senate had support from 46 D Senators..
we are 4 votes away from loosing our Second Amendment..
and that…is why they need a billion bullets
going2mars on October 25, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Rumor Control: U.N. “Disarmament” Memo

Posted on August 16, 2013
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As attacks on our Second Amendment rights continue, there is typically a corresponding uptick in the number of internet rumors concerning firearms, ammunition, and gun-control measures.

The latest rumor involves the United Nations, a group that indeed poses an ongoing potential threat to our Second Amendment rights. However, this rumor was highly suspect right from the start.

Pictures of the alleged document show that it originated in the very ominous sounding “United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs.” The document is on official looking letterhead and includes a bar code and QR code. The equally ominous sounding title of the article reads: “Disarmament Commission — Civilian Weapons Confiscation Study Group.”

As reported in The Examiner, the August 5th document says its distribution is “restricted,” and outlines a seven‑stage strategy for making civilian possession of “military grade weapons” illegal, progressing down to outlawing all firearms and ammunition, and ultimately establishing “a United Nations Police Taskforce with the specific mission of assisting member nations with the collection of weapons from civilian hands.”

The document states: “The issue of military grade weaponry in the hands of civilians looms ever larger in the face of the global implementation of 22/Agenda 21 by member nations. In particular, the United States of America has an estimated 500 million weapons in the hands of its civilian population. This is not just a static problem, it is a massive dynamic problem for the process of confiscation as there will be those who refuse to surrender their firearms.

“The conclusion of discussions by the CWCSG led to the adoption of a proposed agenda to begin the process for introducing to member nations a framework by which they can begin codification of national laws to disarm civilians within their borders through a graduated process.

Now, the good news: According to a PolitiFact article, a U.N. spokesman has declared the document a fake.

“I checked the document number on our internal document system, and the reply I got back now was simply, ‘There is no document matching your request,’ said Farhan Haq, associate spokesperson for the Secretary-General. “The document number (A/CN.11/L.72) doesn’t conform to our standard system, in any case.”

In addition, Haq said, “there is no such body as a ‘Civilian Weapons Confiscation Study Group.’ Nor does the United Nations involve itself in confiscating weapons from member states.”

Finally, Haq said, “the use of blue ink, some of the type font and the scanner icon in the bottom right-hand corner are not found in real U.N. documents. So, in several different ways, this document is fake.”

Whether or not you trust PolitiFact’s findings, we do know that in the past, U.N. delegates have diligently tried to draft documents that conceal the U.N.’s anti-gun agenda. That being the case, the extremely overt nature of this latest document makes it all the more implausible.

As we’ve pointed out before, a degree of skepticism regarding these sorts of rumors is healthy and necessary. Gun owners should resist the urge to forward, and thereby propagate, these rumors before verifying their authenticity. As always, the truth should be our standard. Today, more than ever, there are more than enough actual threats to the Second Amendment to keep gun owners actively engaged in the fight for our rights.

Akzed on October 25, 2013 at 4:31 PM

A trackback from the pjmedia article is interesting too:

http://theothermccain.com/2013/10/25/police-state-feds-raid-investigative-reporter-audreyhudson-seize-notes/

bluefox on October 25, 2013 at 4:36 PM

There seems to be no rational reason…

The ‘rational reason’ for the WH = whistleblower. Duh.

My first thought: Why is the DHS incometent in controlling illegal immigration, but like ‘flies on sh*t’ on this “Journalist”? Oh, yeah, WH. I withdraw the question.

socalcon on October 25, 2013 at 4:38 PM

Oh, come on. Do journalists really need to be worried?

iurockhead on October 25, 2013 at 4:28 PM

The M.O. would likely mimic Daniel Pearl, not Anna Politkovskaya. The more notorious, the quicker the other lapdogs toe the line.

socalcon on October 25, 2013 at 4:41 PM

Akzed on October 25, 2013 at 4:31 PM

i have not read that…thank you..
question..
do you trust a man named Farhan Haq…??
is he really concerned with the US..??

going2mars on October 25, 2013 at 4:43 PM

Now I know how Nazi Germany started

neyney on October 25, 2013 at 4:49 PM

Does the Maryland State Police usually troll Facebook to find illegal possession of firearms?

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So what if they do? Maybe they’ll find some gangbangers that way.
ExpressoBold on October 25, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Facebook was founded by CIA money.

Akzed on October 25, 2013 at 4:50 PM

What I find most amusing is that the husband works for the Coast Guard himself as an… ordinance technician. So, he can’t own guns in Maryland because of a resisting arrest charge and they send in a few swat type guys at 430am because of some gun pictures on his facebook?

Sigh.

oryguncon on October 25, 2013 at 5:02 PM

Support the Orwellian Police State!

You can always count on Californians. (Unfortunately this would work in way too many other places too.)

See, this is the kind of people with whom we have to share the Nation, (and the air we breathe).

LegendHasIt on October 25, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Next, the Spite House will require journalists who criticize Obama to wear yellow stars on their clothing so that good people will know who they are.

BobMbx on October 25, 2013 at 5:40 PM

Can those whistleblowers or Hudson get in front of a camera and expose everything before they are taken down? We’re well past going thru the legal channels.

txhsmom on October 25, 2013 at 6:14 PM

I guess we’ll look back on the times when Biden just locked reporters in closets as the good ole days.

txhsmom on October 25, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Speaking of SWAT raids on innocent (or maybe not innocent, but not deserving of overwhelming force; Remember when this was all over the news a couple of years ago?

Well, the outcome sure didn’t get any coverage in the Tyrant’s Lapdog Media:

Family of Marine vet killed by SWAT team awarded $3.4 million settlement

LegendHasIt on October 25, 2013 at 6:49 PM

Bmore

Schadenfreude on October 25, 2013 at 7:51 PM

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