The media is supposed to be a watchdog, but the pursuit of the truth has become increasingly dangerous. The Obama Administration has actively pursued and prosecuted whistleblowers to squash information “leaks” in an unprecedented fashion. Last night, For The Record investigated the story of journalist Audrey Hudson whose home was raided for information and sources that exposed illegal government activity.
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In recent years reporters investigating the federal government have had their phone records searched, been tracked and even found signs that their computers had been hacked. But what happened to investigative reporter Audrey Hudson was even more shocking. Police and federal agents raided her house, supposedly looking for a potato gun. But they walked out with notes that may have compromised confidential sources who blew the whistle on corruption.
Hudson worked for decades as an investigative reporter, using anonymous sources to uncover corruption and incompetence in government agencies such as the federal Air Marshal program. In August of this year, police and federal agents raided her home. Their warrant said they were looking for firearms, but what they took may be another example of the government’s war on journalists and whistleblowers.