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Dept. of Education Has SWAT Team Raid Home Over Student Loan Default; Update: OIG Agents, Not SWAT

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By Doug Powers  •  June 8, 2011 11:32 AM

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If the government calls in a SWAT team because of a few dollars owed for student loans, what do you think they’ll do if you do not obey the Obamacare law to the letter?

From KXTV-10:

STOCKTON, CA – 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.

As it turned out, the person law enforcement was looking for was not there – Wright’s estranged wife.
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According to the Department of Education’s Office of the Inspector General, the case can’t be discussed publicly until it is closed, but a spokesperson did confirm that the department did issue the search warrant at Wright’s home.

Video is also at the link.

Why doesn’t the government just let the woman in question raise her debt ceiling? Voilà! Problem solved. Sorry, I for

JWF has a question that also crossed my mind:

Maybe someone in law enforcement can weigh in here, but since when does the Department of Education have the authority to call in a SWAT team over unpaid loans?

Update: The report has been revised to say that a local SWAT team didn’t take part, but rather federal agents with the Office of the Inspector General, a “semi-independent branch of the U.S. Department of Education” that investigates things like student aid fraud. Even still, federal agents barging into private homes when they’re not even sure if the person in question is there?

At least we know what the Department of Education had to buy shotguns for.

In a related story, the US Department of Education has a new logo:

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