U.S. Department of Education Brings In S.W.A.T. For Unpaid Loans. Really. (UPDATED)
Who was it who said, "Democracy means that when there's a knock on the door at 3 a.m., it's probably the milkman."? How to explain this story, then?
Kenneth Wright, a father of three without a criminal record, was the victim of a S.W.A.T. raid yesterday. He looked out his window at 6 a.m. and saw 15 police officers. They didn't bother to knock, instead barging through his front door, grabbing him by the neck and pushing him face down onto his front lawn. They woke his 3, 7 and 11-year-old children and put them in a police car while they searched the home.
Now it turns out that the person they were looking for wasn't even there -- Wright's wife. But why was S.W.A.T. -- S.W.A.T., mind you -- called in? Her unpaid student loans.
Why is a federal agency devoted to ruining the country's education systems even empowered with such a team? This is not what a free country looks like. Doesn't this read more like a story about the old Soviet Union?
What can we do to rein in the ridiculous expansion of such raids?
UPDATE: Reason says that the Dept. of Education says they did send SWAT into this family home but that the media report that it was related to unpaid student loans is incorrect. They claim they send SWAT in about three dozen times a year but not for late payments (whoo hoo). Instead, you can get the feds to come in with guns if you're being investigated for bribery, fraud, and embezzlement of federal student aid funds.