Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Iron Boot of the Department of Education...What?

Until this morning, I had no idea the Department of Education had policing rights.  And furthermore, had the right to conduct S.W.A.T raids on people's houses!

Amazing...and scary.  When I first read this story, I thought it was from another country.  Summation:  Woman doesn't pay her student loans (or student aid fraud, depending on the news story).  Department of Education's "Inspector General's" SWAT team busts down a man's door at 6am (children in the house).  Police assault man (knee in the back while holding him down), cuff the man, and execute a search warrant....issued by Department of Education.  Woman is no longer living in this house.  Police leave.  Man left with broken door, violated rights, and children scared out of their mind (the children, ages 3, 7, and 11, were also detained in a police car).

Now, you might be saying, "I'm sure this is an isolated incident."  Well, according to their own spokesperson, they serve 30-35 of these warrants every year.

Local police were asked by these federal agents to provide one officer and one patrol car for a "police presence" when carrying out the warrant.

The local mayor and police chief said they had nothing to do with this.

Wow.  I guess there are two morals to the story.  First, pay your student loans and don't make anyone mad at the Department of Education.  Second, am I the only one who feels a little more uncomfortable about our government?  Is this what our Founding Fathers envisioned?  Does this sound like it's in the spirit of the Constitution?

I may be wrong.  But what's scary is I may be right.

Update:  Great article on Reason.  Well worth the read.

"...not local SWAT served the search warrant...OIG is a semi-independent branch of the US Department of Education that executes warrants for criminal offenses such as student aid fraud and embezzlement of federal aid..."

Well, thank goodness we're kicking down doors for this!!  You know, with all the violent and imminent threat embezzlers of student loans pose!  Good grief.

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