Thursday, June 9, 2011

So THAT'S why they needed those shotguns...

A little over a year ago, the US Department of Education posted an order for 27 Remington shotguns (details of their order here).  And now we know why...  They are apparently using SWAT tactics to try to collect unpaid student loans.  And, as happens when you send a SWAT team onto a non-violent offender's property, things go FUBAR pretty darn quickly.  In the case here (ht:  Guffaw in AZ), they did a knock-in-the-door raid, cuffed and dragged off a guy while executing a search warrant on the guy's ex-wife.  Please to note that said ex-wife does not live at the domicile of the guy they detained for SIX hours and whom they hauled off in handcuffs in front of his kids. 

It was originally reported that this travesty was for unpaid student loans, but the Dept. of Ed. said that their Inspector General authorized the DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION'S SWAT TEAM to execute a knock-down-the-door search warrant for issues regarding "bribery, fraud, and embezzlement of federal student aid funds".  As far as I know, bribery, fraud, and embezzlement are pretty much non-violent crimes--why would a SWAT team be needed to execute a search warrant?  This is so egregious that even the Stockton police department has been at great pains to publically note that they didn't do this--they were asked to provide a police car and an officer at the scene, but the DoE was the force that kicked in this guy's door at 6:00 am. 

What we have here is clearly government run amok.  When the US Department of Frickin' Education has its own SWAT team and is sending them out to bust down the (wrong) doors of citizens, there is an issue.  If there is a federal crime, it should be turned over to the FBI.  Why on God's Green Earth was the Department of Education allowed to create and arm its own SWAT team??  Seriously....

7 comments:

North said...

Didn't Obama state that he would great a force inside this country that would be bigger than our current armed forces? TSA and now DoE?

Midwest Chick said...

North--good point. I wish that was one promise he wasn't keeping since he punted on everything else.

guffaw said...

Thanks for the h/t, but, I was just one of many links in the chain!
Even though the story has 'modified' a little (turns out it was a criminal matter, not bill collection) the wrong address, wrong guy and terrorized children still are the result!
Shouldn't the FBI or the DOJ be arresting these clowns?

Midwest Chick said...

GFA--one would think that the FBI should be involved rather than creating another paramilitary governmental body.

North said...

The FBI very well might be filled with law-abiding trained conservatives that are constitution-aware and perhaps following sensible, decent morals.

Best to arm the agencies already filled with useless %!@*# drones.

quizikle said...

Zero Tolerance means ZERO Tolerance. Crime is Crime and no excuses accepted. Innocence - and no one's innocent - can be determined by the courts.

Get Tough on Crime. Fight the War on Drugs. Build More Prisons - Support the War on Unemployment. Stop Criminals Before They Stop You. Support the War on Terrorism - Submit to the Terrorists. It's For The Children.

Sigh...
Q

FrankC said...

"Hello, is that garbage disposal. I've got all these dead bodies on my front lawn. Can you send someone to clean up? But call first. Wouldn't want to make a mistake."