Video: Federal law enforcement raids house over … unpaid student loans; Update: Not an overdue loan?

posted at 1:25 pm on June 8, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Via JWF and Reason, we now present this instructional video from the Department of Education. Now that the government has for all practical purposes nationalized the student-loan industry, the DoE would like to educate recipients on new loan-collection processes. The banks used to send bill collectors and file claims in court, but the Obama administration doesn’t like those kind of harsh private-sector measures to retrieve lost capital. Instead, they’ll send a SWAT team [see update below] to kick in your door and frighten your children — even if you don’t live with them anymore:

Kenneth Wright does not have a criminal record and he had no reason to believe a S.W.A.T team would be breaking down his door at 6 a.m. on Tuesday.

“I look out of my window and I see 15 police officers,” Wright said.

Wright came downstairs in his boxer shorts as a S.W.A.T team barged through his front door. Wright said an officer grabbed him by the neck and led him outside on his front lawn.

“He had his knee on my back and I had no idea why they were there,” Wright said.

According to Wright, officers also woke his three young children ages 3, 7, and 11 and put them in a Stockton police patrol car with him. Officers then searched his house.

Why did a SWAT team treat Wright like a drug kingpin?

The U.S. Department of Education issued the search and called in the S.W.A.T for his wife’s defaulted student loans.

Ah, yes. Thank goodness that Stockton sent heavily armed men into a house with three young children, forcibly entering and seizing law-abiding citizens, to demand payment for a student loan from someone who no longer lives in the house. That’s precisely the kind of customer service and competent administration we expected when government monopolized the student-loan industry in the first place.

Say, here’s a question: did anyone on the SWAT team think to knock first and wait for someone to answer?

Matt Welch asks a good question:

[I]f this story isn’t a wake-up call about the militarization of police and criminalization of everything, then I’m afraid the patient is even deader than the Fourth Amendment.

It’s also a wake-up call about the nationalization of what should be entirely private transactions.  If the DoE hadn’t handed out direct loans in the first place, then the “suspect” would be dealing with her default in civil proceedings, where the dispute belongs.

Update: The television station that first reported this has updated their story to note that it wasn’t a SWAT team, but the federal Office of the Inspector General (OIG).  The OIG disputes that the issue was a default, but refuses to explain further:

A U.S. government official confirmed for News10 Wednesday morning federal agents with the Office of the Inspector General (OIG), not local S.W.A.T., served the search warrant. The official would not say specifically why the raid took place.   He did say the search was not related to student loans in default.

He went on to say OIG is a semi-independent branch of the U.S. Department of Education that executes warrants for criminal offenses such as student aid fraud and embezzlement of federal aid.

Er … that’s not much of an improvement.  Armed federal officers broke into a house and placed themselves and the occupants at risk for a potential case of fraud or embezzlement?  For someone who no longer lives there?  I’ve changed the headline to reflect the changes in the original reporting, but this does nothing to change the ridiculous nature of this intrusion into a private home.

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What is next? Department of Energy storm troopers enforcing energy efficient lighting?

munseym on June 8, 2011 at 2:43 PM

Actually…

The Green Police are inside of my head

teke184 on June 8, 2011 at 2:45 PM

What is next? Department of Energy storm troopers enforcing energy efficient lighting?

munseym on June 8, 2011 at 2:43 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ml54UuAoLSo

VegasRick on June 8, 2011 at 2:45 PM

bernzright777 on June 8, 2011 at 2:33 PM

You’re right. I pointed out the same “no cigar” proof earlier.

Gang-of-One on June 8, 2011 at 2:46 PM

This is ridiculous. Which is it? Did they think the suspect might be violent or not? You can’t have it both ways.

Esthier on June 8, 2011 at 2:12 PM

I didn’t say one way or the other. Someone else called it non-violent and wanted to know if I supported the action.

ButterflyDragon on June 8, 2011 at 2:47 PM

teke184 on June 8, 2011 at 2:45 PM

Wow.

VegasRick on June 8, 2011 at 2:47 PM

What is next? Department of Energy storm troopers enforcing energy efficient lighting?

munseym on June 8, 2011 at 2:43 PM

They’re using incandescent light bulbs for shooting range practice as we speak.

infidel4life on June 8, 2011 at 2:48 PM

While in the house, Department of Education OIG Storm Troopers seized several incandescent bulbs and a television set tuned to a subversive network (no, not Al Jazeera English…Fox News)

olesparkie on June 8, 2011 at 2:49 PM

Yes. I don’t remember SWAT teams kicking in doors and holding kids for 6 hours in custody for an ex-wife’s unpaid student loans. Maybe you remember that but I don’t. Oh, and I don’t recall another DOJ that determined that voter intimidation was no biggie either. obambi owns this.

VegasRick on June 8, 2011 at 2:42 PM

I remember SWAT (Then called TPF for Tactical Police Force)in full para-military gear and weapons breaking into a corner tavern and beating the patrons into oblivion for not knuckling under to the Federal government.

TheBigOldDog on June 8, 2011 at 2:49 PM

Yes. I don’t remember SWAT teams kicking in doors and holding kids for 6 hours in custody for an ex-wife’s unpaid student loans. Maybe you remember that but I don’t. Oh, and I don’t recall another DOJ that determined that voter intimidation was no biggie either. obambi owns this.

VegasRick on June 8, 2011 at 2:42 PM

I said crap “like this” has been happening for decades… and it wasn’t for “ex-wife’s unpaid student loans”

equanimous on June 8, 2011 at 2:50 PM

OK, Butterfly Dragon, let’s say it’s something more along the line of embezzlement, not delinquent student loans.

Suppose the male occupant had in hand, at the moment the door was knocked down, a cellphone or electric razor or any object a homeowner could be carrying that in a split second (as one’s corneas adjust from sunlight to interior lumens) could be mistaken for a weapon. A cop fires off one round. Followed by another 60 rounds from the whole team.

Do you not see the inherent danger of the doctrine of “in everything assume the perp is armed and will shoot without provocation”?

It’s going to take proving a real threat to life other than the invasion force by someone known to be occupyinmg the home at the time of the raid to take the smell off this skunk.

shuzilla on June 8, 2011 at 2:39 PM

THIS!

GrannyDee on June 8, 2011 at 2:50 PM

Sadly. most people have no idea how close we are to living in a police state. It’s already happened. I saw it. I lived. I bled it. It takes nothing more than a Federal Judge’s signature and the rights of a whole city can disappear in a single night.

TheBigOldDog on June 8, 2011 at 2:51 PM

If you can read this, thank a Department of Education SWAT team.

Christien on June 8, 2011 at 2:52 PM

So when will we hear the following from the White House?

The racist Stockton police force behaved stupidly, and unlawfully and forcibly removed an innocent black brother from his home. Mr. Kenneth Wright (no relation to my spiritual leader Jeremiah) is hereby invited to the White House to receive a cold beer and the apologies of the stupid racist policemen from Stockton, California.

Steve Z on June 8, 2011 at 2:52 PM

pfftt…this crap has been going on for decades…

equanimous on June 8, 2011 at 2:30 PM

Yes, they had the Gestapo and the KGB breaking down doors and hauling people off….

.. Oh wait, that used to happen in National Progressive Germany and the Progressive Soviet Union..

Chip on June 8, 2011 at 2:53 PM

I said crap “like this” has been happening for decades… and it wasn’t for “ex-wife’s unpaid student loans”

equanimous on June 8, 2011 at 2:50 PM

Then what did you mean?

Chip on June 8, 2011 at 2:54 PM

OK, Butterfly Dragon, let’s say it’s something more along the line of embezzlement, not delinquent student loans.

Suppose the male occupant had in hand, at the moment the door was knocked down, a cellphone or electric razor or any object a homeowner could be carrying that in a split second (as one’s corneas adjust from sunlight to interior lumens) could be mistaken for a weapon. A cop fires off one round. Followed by another 60 rounds from the whole team.

Do you not see the inherent danger of the doctrine of “in everything assume the perp is armed and will shoot without provocation”? If they feel the home is such a danger for the team then could the invasion force have not at a minimum staked out the home to make sure their individual of interest was home? Because apparently they didn’t. Maybe try to pick her up going in or out of the home? Which is more expensive, due dilligence prior to the arrest or cleaning up after a cowboy raid?

It’s going to take proving a real threat to life other than the invasion force by someone known to be occupyinmg the home at the time of the raid to take the smell off this skunk.

shuzilla on June 8, 2011 at 2:39 PM

Well gosh. I can play that game.

Suppose the male occupant was armed with a fully loaded AK-47.

What other kind of alternate realities do you want to create for the numerous scenarios that “could have” happened?

ButterflyDragon on June 8, 2011 at 2:55 PM

Does anyone remember Obama’s campaign calling for a civilian security force better funded than the U.S. military?

He kept his promise…

Steve Z on June 8, 2011 at 2:55 PM

Does anyone remember Obama’s campaign calling for a civilian security force better funded than the U.S. military?

He kept his promise…

Steve Z on June 8, 2011 at 2:55 PM

10+

Dasher on June 8, 2011 at 2:57 PM

ButterflyDragon on June 8, 2011 at 2:55 PM

Why would you remotely defend this sort of thing? Where’s your head at that you think Federal Agents should be busting down family doors over at worst if fraud? F’ they wanted to get on top of Federal fraud they need to start going from office to office on Capital F’in Hill!

TheBigOldDog on June 8, 2011 at 2:58 PM

Then what did you mean?

Chip on June 8, 2011 at 2:54 PM

Same ol’, same ol’. I think not. This crap from our new overlords is going to get uglier. And I’m talking about mandates (obambicare) and more govt control.

VegasRick on June 8, 2011 at 2:58 PM

Suppose the male occupant had in hand, at the moment the door was knocked down, a cellphone or electric razor or any object a homeowner could be carrying that in a split second (as one’s corneas adjust from sunlight to interior lumens) could be mistaken for a weapon. A cop fires off one round. Followed by another 60 rounds from the whole team.
shuzilla on June 8, 2011 at 2:39 PM

THIS!
GrannyDee

Yup. And this, GrannyDee: there would also be young children trying to the dodge all that flying hot lead. Insane.

whatcat on June 8, 2011 at 3:00 PM

Does anyone remember Obama’s campaign calling for a civilian security force better funded than the U.S. military?

He kept his promise…

Steve Z on June 8, 2011 at 2:55 PM

I remember.
((shudders))
If BHO is re-elected, he’ll probably implement this, and I can only imagine the type of people who will be armed and dangerous, defending their Messiah.

GrannyDee on June 8, 2011 at 3:00 PM

shuzilla on June 8, 2011 at 2:39 PM

Well gosh. I can play that game.

Suppose the male occupant was armed with a fully loaded AK-47.

What other kind of alternate realities do you want to create for the numerous scenarios that “could have” happened?

ButterflyDragon on June 8, 2011 at 2:55 PM

So can we all conclude that you cannot answer that question and therefore you have to deflect it with a strawman scenario?

Chip on June 8, 2011 at 3:02 PM

Dude seriously, the new crop of trolls like Butterfly is truly pathetic. I never thought I’d say this, but man I miss crr6. She’s wrong, but she isn’t insane (most of the time).

angryed on June 8, 2011 at 3:03 PM

ButterflyDragon on June 8, 2011 at 2:55 PM

So can we all conclude that you cannot answer that question and therefore you have to deflect it with a strawman scenario?

Chip on June 8, 2011 at 3:02 PM

Yep.

GrannyDee on June 8, 2011 at 3:04 PM

If BHO is re-elected, he’ll probably implement this, and I can only imagine the type of people who will be armed and dangerous, defending their Messiah.

GrannyDee on June 8, 2011 at 3:00 PM

And what a coincidence that Federal judges are already ordering overcrowded prisons to release inmates…

infidel4life on June 8, 2011 at 3:05 PM

This raises numerous questions:

1. Why is the U.S. Department of Education permitted to issue warrants or call SWAT teams?

2. Why would the SWAT team assault an individual who is not responsible for the debts?

3. Upon which specific date was America pronounced dead?

If this doesn’t convince you that the U.S. Constitution is dead, America is dead, and we are watching the galvanic twitchings of a corpse, I don’t know what will.

I would add a fourth: Why are individualists still living here in this bankrupt, collectivist police state when there are greener pastures?

“One by one, people will wake up and consider their options. ‘Stay and fight’ is just a bombastic rallying cry of the institutionalized, not a real option. The fact is, there is no enemy, there is no fight… there is only gradual erosion of freedom and opportunity.”

Rae on June 8, 2011 at 3:05 PM

Chip on June 8, 2011 at 2:54 PM

Same ol’, same ol’. I think not. This crap from our new overlords is going to get uglier. And I’m talking about mandates (obambicare) and more govt control.

VegasRick on June 8, 2011 at 2:58 PM

Yes, I wanted her(?) To lay out exactly what she meant if it wasn’t the present situation.

Chip on June 8, 2011 at 3:05 PM

Dude seriously, the new crop of trolls like Butterfly is truly pathetic. I never thought I’d say this, but man I miss crr6. She’s wrong, but she isn’t insane (most of the time).

angryed on June 8, 2011 at 3:03 PM

Hey, angryed, where is the dear girl? Did she get banned?

Fill me in.

GrannyDee on June 8, 2011 at 3:05 PM

What other kind of alternate realities do you want to create for the numerous scenarios that “could have” happened?
ButterflyDragon

We do know what happened in reality, so no need for your fantasies. No AK-47s, no terrorists, communist agents, just some poor schmuck and his little children put in danger and terrorized needlessly by an unnamed Federal government home invasion squad.

whatcat on June 8, 2011 at 3:07 PM

Rae on June 8, 2011 at 3:05 PM

How’s the market for tech jobs over there?

Uncle Sams Nephew on June 8, 2011 at 3:10 PM

What other kind of alternate realities do you want to create for the numerous scenarios that “could have” happened?
ButterflyDragon

We do know what happened in reality, so no need for your fantasies. No AK-47s, no terrorists, communist agents, just some poor schmuck and his little children put in danger and terrorized needlessly by an unnamed Federal government home invasion squad.

whatcat on June 8, 2011 at 3:07 PM

+1000, whatcat.

Something is seriously wrong with ButterflyDragon’s reasoning skills.

GrannyDee on June 8, 2011 at 3:14 PM

GrannyDee on June 8, 2011 at 3:14 PM

More likely bias due to a concealed dog in the fight, hence the melodrama.

Christien on June 8, 2011 at 3:17 PM

This butterfly dragon person seems to be willing collaborator or accomplice to the ever growing police state. I feel for his neighbors because anyone that will bend over backwards to defend this outright unconstitutional behavior from either local or federal “law enforcement” is a dangerous person to be around.

Will he be the first in line to help load the cattle cars?

Sammy316 on June 8, 2011 at 3:27 PM

pfftt…this crap has been going on for decades…

equanimous on June 8, 2011 at 2:30 PM

BS.

Please provide citations and links to stories we can read about DoE ‘SWAT’-type teams performing this kind of function for decades and decades.

Thanks in advance.

Midas on June 8, 2011 at 3:29 PM

The biggest irony, so far unmentioned that I can tell after reading all the comments, is that “the left” fantasized for eight long years about the gestapo mentality of Dubya, the liberal media published article after article of thinly veiled accusation against the Bush 43 administration accusing it of rights-limiting law and procedure, and swooned daily about the imminent loss of individual freedoms.
.
Now that Ø has morphed into GWB 2.0 Leftist Edition, there is no constant, hourly, daily caterwauling about our “loss of freedoms and individual rights.” The left wants to take a measured, “let’s see what the effects are” approach while we conservatives can go nuts day after day. Obviously the liberal contingent is mostly built, intellectually and emotionally, on the Joan Walsh paradigm, who famously and recently said of Anthony Weiner,

“I, you know, gave him the benefit of the doubt publicly and pointed to the motivations of the people who were bringing this to light which was to destroy him.”

This is the failing of all liberals who want to ascribe “good motives” to lefties and “bad motives” to conservatives without just looking at the behavior and deciding what the constitution allows, period.
.
Here’s the point where you say “If this happened under GWB there would have been {insert hypocritical lefty behavior here}. I think we are going to have real problems with our “government” sooner than later.

ExpressoBold on June 8, 2011 at 3:30 PM

Well, one good thing…I now have a new way to motivate my kid to do his homework. “Get your math finished or else the federales are going to bust you up.”

JohnTant on June 8, 2011 at 3:33 PM

How’s the market for tech jobs over there?

Uncle Sams Nephew on June 8, 2011 at 3:10 PM

Both Simon Black and John Cobin are great resources. If you’re the entrepreneurial type, Chile wants you bad.

The ‘New America’ is catching up to the ‘Old America’

Chile Has 20% of Best Latin American Firms to Work For

Business Opportunities in Iquique

I never dreamed we’d be looking into expatriating, yet here we are.

Rae on June 8, 2011 at 3:43 PM

Hey, its for the children!

munseym on June 8, 2011 at 3:43 PM

Drudge reprises this story from last year: Education Department buying 27 Shotguns

Like I said, boys and their toys…

slickwillie2001 on June 8, 2011 at 3:46 PM

How’s the market for tech jobs over there?

Uncle Sams Nephew on June 8, 2011 at 3:10 PM

I tried to link you to a few blog posts by John Cobin and Simon Black, but my post went to moderation for whatever reason.

Short answer, it’s real good!

Rae on June 8, 2011 at 3:48 PM

Rae on June 8, 2011 at 3:05 PM

There are other options.

Rebar on June 8, 2011 at 3:50 PM

Here’s the point where you say “If this happened under GWB there would have been {insert hypocritical lefty behavior here}.

ExpressoBold on June 8, 2011 at 3:30 PM

Not mention the cries of “racism” since the victim in this case is black. This would be a huge story on every network. But with a black Dem in the white house…..eh, not so much. Nothing to see here folks.

infidel4life on June 8, 2011 at 3:53 PM

Chile Has 20% of Best Latin American Firms to Work For
Rae

Grannis has the best classic opera venue in all of Arkansas.

whatcat on June 8, 2011 at 3:58 PM

Drudge reprises this story from last year: Education Department buying 27 Shotguns

Like I said, boys and their toys…

slickwillie2001 on June 8, 2011 at 3:46 PM

From the article:

“The Office of Inspector General is the law enforcement arm of the U.S. Department of Education and is responsible for the detection of waste, fraud, abuse, and other criminal activity involving Federal education funds, programs, and operations. As such, OIG operates with full statutory law enforcement authority, which includes conducting search warrants, making arrests, and carrying firearms.”

And apparently home invasion ops. Scary stuff. How soon before they start raiding home-schoolers who aren’t following the “rules?”

infidel4life on June 8, 2011 at 4:03 PM

Absolutely insane.

And to think, we go around the world chastising countries about their human rights violations all the time.

KMC1 on June 8, 2011 at 4:07 PM

Grannis has the best classic opera venue in all of Arkansas.

whatcat on June 8, 2011 at 3:58 PM

The sarcasm “of the institutionalized.”

Rae on June 8, 2011 at 4:13 PM

He is lucky he doesn’t live in Pima County Ar. where the Sheriff Dupnik’s Swat Brigade gunned down a Marine in a mistaken no knock raid at the wrong house. He was shot 22 times while he answered the front door and was screaming at them not to shoot his family.

Dupnik – The same D!psh!t that accuses the Tea Party for creating a “mecca for racism and bigotry” and blaming heated rhetoric on the right for the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.).

Poor Jose Guerena (Dupnik’s victim) must have campaigned against Dupnik or at least had a couple of outstanding parking tickets to warrant a no knock raid by the jack booted thugs and get 22 slugs in his gut for good measure. I am surprised they didn’t gun down the babies as they toddled out in their onesies.

Kuffar on June 8, 2011 at 4:14 PM

pfftt…this crap has been going on for decades…

But not from Dept of Education.

Even if it involves fraud or embazzelment of federal funds, it does not, repeat NOT, fall under Dept of Education’s ‘power’ to exercise such act.

Sir Napsalot on June 8, 2011 at 4:19 PM

Thankfully these were Obama’s cops so we know they weren’t acting stupidly!
Remember no one ever gets arrested in their own home!

DSchoen on June 8, 2011 at 4:29 PM

I would add a fourth: Why are individualists still living here in this bankrupt, collectivist police state when there are greener pastures?

Rae on June 8, 2011 at 3:05 PM

Because I’m a citizen of the United States of America and I love my country, and because it is cowardly to flee rather than stand up for what’s right.

zoyclem on June 8, 2011 at 4:40 PM

Does anyone remember Obama’s campaign calling for a civilian security force better funded than the U.S. military?

He kept his promise…

Steve Z on June 8, 2011 at 2:55 PM

I remember.
((shudders))
If BHO is re-elected, he’ll probably implement this, and I can only imagine the type of people who will be armed and dangerous, defending their Messiah.

GrannyDee on June 8, 2011 at 3:00 PM

Positions to be filled by TSA rejects.

Dasher on June 8, 2011 at 4:44 PM

Kuffar on June 8, 2011 at 4:14 PM

Dupniks goons fired 61 rounds in that raid, the first was an accidental discharge by one member of the SWAT team. Mistakenly thinking they were being fired upon the rest of the team unloaded 60 rounds at Guerena, who never fired a shot. Then they refused to allow paramedics to treat him until it was too late, he was confirmed dead at the scene. His wife swears he was still alive and breathing after the shooting. No action has been taken against anyone in the Pima Co. Sheriffs Dept, which is refusing to release any further info on the incident. (BTW, it’s in AZ, not AR)

infidel4life on June 8, 2011 at 4:45 PM

“again, there is absolutely no evidence whatsoever that they executed the search warrant with drawn weapons. I can’t imagine the gentleman who’s door was broke down would neglect to tell everyone that detail if it happened. He was pretty detailed in every other aspect.
ButterflyDragon on June 8, 2011 at 2:08 PM”

It’s highly probable they did have their sidearms holstered!

Trying to hold a handgun while operating a 12GA shotgun, M-4 Carbine or MP-5 Sub machine gun is a little awkward.

Police do door breaching much like the military does door breaching.
Possibly because the original SWAT teams were ex-military using military weapons and tactics.
That’s why SWAT means…….
S Special
W Weapons
A And
T Tactics

Seriously, check any “door breaching” video the tactics are the same.
Stack up
Breach door
Enter, weapons in hand.
Clear room(s) secure area.

BTW did ya know when a cop gives you a seeding ticket they don’t say you had the key in the ignition and the motor running when you were speeding. Somethings are a given.

DSchoen on June 8, 2011 at 4:51 PM

Because I’m a citizen of the United States of America and I love my country, and because it is cowardly to flee rather than stand up for what’s right.

zoyclem on June 8, 2011 at 4:40 PM

That’s nice. Enjoy your bankrupt, collectivist police state then! The America you love is dead.

Many people found this idea to be cowardly and weak. Obviously I believe the opposite to be true. One of the most difficult things you could ever do is pack up your life, leave everything familiar, and head to a new world full of uncertainty.

Just about everyone reading this had ancestors who did just that. These were not cowards, they were pioneers; they were trading tyranny for opportunity, heading to a land full of bright prospects where they could carve out a life accountable for their own successes and failures.
[...]
Unable to change what we cannot control, productive people will eventually reach a breaking point and leave. The “stay and fight” crowd who remain will congratulate themselves on their patriotism, chastise the “cowards” who have left, and resolve to go down with the mob-mentality, mafia-controlled sinking ship.

Rae on June 8, 2011 at 5:05 PM

What is next? Department of Energy storm troopers enforcing energy efficient lighting?

munseym on June 8, 2011 at 2:43 PM

Uh, yeah. Look at what they are doing in the daylight, with freedom of the press, talk radio and blogs. Imagine what they will do if they can take over the internet and effectively stop freedom of the press. In other words, this is what they do in broad daylight. Imagine what they will do in the night. If Obama gets re-elected, and especially if he retains control of the Senate, it is over for America.

2012 is our crossroads. We either have a massive conservative/freedom revival in America, so massive that not only is this big government socialist state stopped, but dismantled, or we continue on to God only knows what. Look at what has happened the last 2 years and multiply that substantially the next 6 to 10. It is not going to be pretty.

JellyToast on June 8, 2011 at 5:14 PM

Rae,

Your defeatist attitude isn’t surprising, considering it’s coming from a Ron Paul supporter. Go ahead and run away. But eventually there won’t be a place to run to–if America goes down, most of the civilized world will follow suit.

zoyclem on June 8, 2011 at 5:17 PM

Positions to be filled by TSA rejects.

Dasher on June 8, 2011 at 4:44 PM

Along with New Black Panther members, New Black Panther wannabes, and other assorted thugs and miscreants.

“Wow! Look at me! I’m in Obama’s Army and I have a gun!”

GrannyDee on June 8, 2011 at 5:57 PM

Ok Fine. All light bulbs in my house are now ENERGY STAR compliant and toxic. Please don’t hurt me and my kids.

f-heads. crazy-assed power-mad insane douchebaggery abounds. My grandparents could never have imagined it here …

BrideOfRove on June 8, 2011 at 6:10 PM

THIS is why Indiana Supreme Court made protecting your home a crime.

God forbid a federal rent-a-cop is shot during a home invasion.

Roy Rogers on June 8, 2011 at 7:09 PM

zoyclem on June 8, 2011 at 5:17 PM

Ron Paul is far more optimistic than I am. Face it. The American people don’t want liberty. They love the Welfare-Warfare-Police State.

I guess you think all those who came to the new world to escape King George’s tyranny (who was a piker compared to the USG) ran away and were cowards also.

The fall of the American Empire won’t have much affect, if any, on the Republic of Chile. You should read more about it instead of making assumptions.

Rae on June 8, 2011 at 7:29 PM

Crawford
Thank you for calling me an idiot, often times I struggle to think I might be a maroon.
You know, a lot of you sound like the Idiots who were sure we were living in a police state during the Bush administration.

Observation on June 8, 2011 at 7:58 PM

Chip on June 8, 2011 at 2:54 PM

if you think I’m defending this you need to learn to read…

equanimous on June 8, 2011 at 8:05 PM

I stumbled across this.Highly fascinating.
I’ve been reading it on & off all day.

Badger40 on June 8, 2011 at 8:12 PM

this does nothing to change the ridiculous nature of this intrusion into a private home.

No it doesn’t.
That’s why I found my link above very interesting.

Badger40 on June 8, 2011 at 8:13 PM

It appears to have been for fraud rather than unpaid student loans.

Unless … unpaid student loans are now being charged as fraud?

That’s actually somewhat plausible. Fraud can be very loosely defined.

So I don’t know that we can be reassured by the promise that it was for a different reason than unpaid student loans.

tom on June 8, 2011 at 8:22 PM

Check out the story of Congressman George Hansen.

This is the America we’ve been living in.

Badger40 on June 8, 2011 at 8:32 PM

“cha-ching”, payday for the Kenneth wright household.

jbh45 on June 8, 2011 at 8:45 PM

Can’t wait for the TSA swat team–having the late night power to kick down your door and grope you.

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on June 8, 2011 at 9:35 PM

Can’t wait for the TSA swat team–having the late night power to kick down your door and grope you.

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on June 8, 2011 at 9:35 PM

Sounds like a Weiner daydream.

Alden Pyle on June 8, 2011 at 9:48 PM

Throw out the diploma and strip down to your SAT’s!

We need guns to make sure you haven’t padded your GPA!

profitsbeard on June 8, 2011 at 10:26 PM

Why wasn’t Allah onto this?

davod on June 9, 2011 at 3:01 AM

I just love corrupt governments. Obama ignores the law, shreds the constitution, congress people don’t pay their taxes and get promoted for it… but let the serfs get behind in their government student loans and say hello to SWAT and a knee on your back.

This is why I hate traffic cameras. The state has a magnifying glass on us, instantly ready to spit out fines and penalties at the tiniest infraction while they openly ignore the law.

JellyToast on June 9, 2011 at 6:26 AM

Rae,

You speak of the tyranny of King George–is it safe to assume you’re referring to George III, who was king long after many of the original colonists from England had already come to America?

zoyclem on June 9, 2011 at 7:43 AM

zoyclem on June 9, 2011 at 7:43 AM

Yes, I know. One of my cowardly ancestors ran away from Charles II on the good ship Welcome in 1682, along with that coward William Penn.

Back to your point: From the first to the last, all those who came to America were cowards and ran away. And the fact that you have a willingness to work with this hopelessly corrupt and tyrannical two-headed one party system, then you might as well say the Founders should have worked with King George III (who was a piker as compared to our fascist ruling class) rather than dissolve the political bands that connected them.

So have you done any reading on Chile yet, or do you still prefer to make assumptions from your perspective as a Narcissistic nationalist?

Rae on June 9, 2011 at 2:23 PM

Rae,

Depending on name-calling are we now? If you have to stoop to that level, you’ve already conceded the argument.

You are the one who has referred to your ancestors as cowards. I suppose it’s only because of your earlier attempt to make some lofty comparison between their situation and yours–a comparison I won’t acknowledge because the circumstances were different. Attempting to frame an argument I didn’t make–

Back to your point: From the first to the last, all those who came to America were cowards and ran away. And the fact that you have a willingness to work with this hopelessly corrupt and tyrannical two-headed one party system, then you might as well say the Founders should have worked with King George III (who was a piker as compared to our fascist ruling class) rather than dissolve the political bands that connected them.

–only makes you look foolish.

And as far as Chile goes–why, it has a long tradition of liberty! Look at Salvadore Allende and Augusto Pinochet! I think I’ll stick with the good old U.S.A.

zoyclem on June 9, 2011 at 4:46 PM

Let’s get some facts straight. There was no SWAT team, there was a search warrant. Kenneth Wright refused to allow the Department of Education Office of Inspector General Special Agents into his house. Therefore they were forced to break down the door. Next, the DOE OIG does not investigate delinquent student loans, among other things, it investigates student loan fraud. Why was Kenneth Wright trying to keep the agents out of his home? Because there was evidence of a crime in his home. He got handcuffed because he resisted the warrant. Please note that law enforcement officers handcuff alot of people who are not “drug kingpins.”

federale86 on June 12, 2011 at 11:37 PM

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