The Washington Times and one of its former journalists on Thursday sued the Department of Homeland Security, accusing federal agents of illegally seizing the newspaper's reporting materials during the execution of a search warrant in an unrelated case.
Weeks after Maryland State Police and federal agents seized reporting files from a former Washington Times journalist's home, a Homeland Security agent checked the materials out of the police evidence room for an hour, according to logs that shine new light on a case that has raised First Amendment concerns.
Maryland state police and federal agents used a search warrant in an unrelated criminal investigation to seize the private reporting files of an award-winning former investigative journalist for The Washington Times who had exposed problems in the Homeland Security Department's Federal Air Marshal Service.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations has had a precipitous drop in its membership base. As reporter Audrey Hudson revealed this week, a review of tax documents over the period 2000-06 shows that CAIR's paid membership spiraled down from more than 29,000 to fewer than 1,700. This post-September 11 period, the group's most visible in the national conversation, yielded many media appearances, press mentions and a chance for influence. And yet, dues-paying members left in droves during this period.