Skip to comments.Dept. of Education breaks down Stockton man's door
Posted on 06/08/2011 6:02:05 AM PDT by markomalley
Gannett. Link only per FR posting rules. Link here.
This guy's estranged wife was in default on her student loans. So the US Department of Education sends a SWAT team to get her. They break into the guy's house, cuff him, put him and his three kids in the back of a cop car for hours while they toss the house.
The questions raised by this include:
So what do we hear from the ACLU on this incident? ((crickets))
So.... on the bright side, they didn’t shoot him 60 times...
When do we start shooting back? Where do we FINALLY draw the line on these bastards?
since when is a civil default on a loan a criminal matter?
there needs to be some more investigative reporting of this story
Absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Sick! Tyranny and police state fascism: “The U.S. Department of Education issued the search and called in the S.W.A.T for his wife’s defaulted student loans.”
The article is 5 hours old at this point, hopefully there will be other reports.
I’m curious what a search warrant in a collections case would specify as “the persons or things to be seized.”
Per the 4th Amendment.
We don’t have debtor’s prison anymore, except possibly for the infamous “deadbeat dads.” And, AFAIK, they don’t seize property in student loan cases.
Well, for one thing, I sure wouldn’t be shooting back with this kind of firepower coming at me. So my question is this:
When will SWAT teams start asking questions like “why are we participating in a Collection Agency action?”
The Office of the Inspector General has a law enforcement branch of federal agents that carry out search warrants and investigations.
Stockton Police Department said it was asked by federal agents to provide one officer and one patrol car just for a police presence when carrying out the search warrant.
Stockton police did not participate in breaking Wright's door, handcuffing him, or searching his home.
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Pretty sweet deal. Force students who aren't Eric Holder's people to take out loans by overcharging them to fund "scholarships" for students who are Eric Holder's people, then send the non-Eric Holder people to the Gulags when they don't pay up.
This was a well thought-out plan.
I'd want much more than that. I'd want justice!
The average debt burden taken on by students and parents to get a collage education in 2010 is $34,400.
A lot of recent graduates simply can not find decent jobs and are earning under $30K a year. Starting salaries for college graduates dropped 5% between 2002 and 2007 (inflation adjusted), and are likely to have fallen MUCH further since the economic distress of the last three years.
Today about 70% of college graduates graduate in debt. One in seven student loan holders have defaulted and are in collections. Many are in garnishment, and up to 25% of disposable income may be garnished — although anecdotal reports are heard that claim higher garnishments. The law limits it to 25% but some collectors are aggressive, and the persons in default are shy and beaten.
There are nearly two million young folks who have borrowed for college. One in four is delinquent, but not yet in default.
An graduate in default, is in default because they have a poor paying job. Say $12 an hour — that’s typical. Take home is $10, take away 25% garnishment, and those debt trapped youths are taking home $300 a week.
See http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2731549/posts?page=21#21 for sources.
Sending a SWAT team for a defaulted student loan??? WTF???
I guess they were hoping to employ the death penalty on the scofflaw.
I am sitting here trying to figure out exactly what merited this Show-Of-Lethal-Force. Did they expect to get in a prolonged gun battle over a school loan? That the victim was going to flush the loan payment stubs down the commode? Did some CI inform the Department of Education that he saw armed men coming in and out at all hours of the night as this was the head quarters for a nation-wide gang of school loan deadbeats?
Or was it much more likely that these goons saw a photo of the woman and hoped that by breaking in at that hour they would find her naked in the bed or shower?
Six hours to ransack the home over a school loan? What on earth were they looking for? Was this a daylight robbery and they were seizing jewelry, cash and electronics to pawn or did they discover a stash of porn and decided to inventory all of it, over and over again?
In case you hadn't noticed, this was one of "Eric Holder's people", i.e., a black man. Let's see if Zero steps up the plate for him, too.
The Dept. of Education can now issue a search warrant? Get thee to the gun store now.
Notice how few people will stand up. We had a pastor who's idea of Sunday evening service was having a “no talent” night for entertainment and he dressed up like Doris Day and sang. NOT ANOTHER MAN WOULD STAND UP WITH ME AS SAY THAT WAS WRONG.
It was the US DoE. We should all write our representatives and demand an investigation and monitor that process until a satisfactory result occurs.
Also, anyone in the victim’s district should physically attend a very angry protest demonstration at the local PD, the local representative’s office, and anywhere else that the relevant authorities maintain a presence.
Grumbling in cyberspace does not have a marked effect on them. They need to see and hear angry citizens. Lots of them.
On a personal note, I see I’ve written about 13,000 posts. I’m ashamed to realize I have NOT written or phoned or gotten in the faces of that many legislators in the same time period.
The internet is still no substitute for showing up somewhere.
The U.S. Department of Education issued the search and called in the S.W.A.T for his wife’s defaulted student loans.
The congress is looking for things to cut. If they don’t have the balls to totally eliminate this useless department they should at least eliminate their police force especially the SWAT team.
Only people on welfare qualify as Eric Holder's people.
While the sentiment is laudable, I'd start with a hardware store and then a stop at City Hall.
It's time the poop hit the prop, but give them a fair chance to surrender to pitchforks first. :)
More SWAT Insanity, this time ordered by the U.S. Dept. of Education.
Another reason to Eliminate the Entire U.S. Department of Education. It is TIME to DownSize DC!
“Our” Federal Agencies WILL not be yielding any power to We the People..other than at the point of a gun. That’s the message they’re broadcasting here. And one We need to take very seriously.
If he owes, he owes, I'm not defending that. But I think he was subject to straight up oppression by their heavy handed tactics.
Holy crap! ping.
When will SWAT teams start asking questions like why are we participating in a Collection Agency action?
Because every damned one of them is a sadistic psychopath who finds brutalizing women and children more potent than Viagra.
Not a single one of these murderous thugs gave a moment's thought about how unconstitutional, how jack-booted, potentially deadly, how anti-American, how Nazi/Stalin/Mao (pick your thug regime) their actions were.
Not a single damned one cared to do even the most basic research to see if their prey was even at the house. Not a single damned one of them cared if there were children in there. They were going to employ extreme deadly force on anything and anyone over a civil liability. They just didn't care about murdering or terrorizing - in fact, I bet they probably were carrying wood for the whole six hours.
After reading years of this crap, I am utterly convinced that every single member of a SWAT team, any SWAT team, no exceptions, are feral psychopaths who are indisputably a clear and present danger to our American way of life.
Stories like this remind me that we have definitely entered into the Kill or Be Killed Era of our existence.
We are turning a generation of college students into indentured servants to the FedGov. Student loan debt cannot be discharged in a bankruptcy, and only the FedGov is issuing student loans now. That first is extremely important, but most students and their families are financially unsophisticated and don’t understand all the ramifications. It is worse than payday loans by a long shot.
According to the video at the link, the DOE denies breaking down the door, denies handcuffing the man, and denies holding him and his children in a poice car against their will.
In the video, the man never mentions his estranged wife, or claims that it is HER loan that is the problem. Something does not add up here.
I would. And with any warning at all I'd invite a few friends as well...
Enough is enough. LFOD...
So why does the DOE office of Inspector General have a Police Force?
At some point, people need to start asking themselves whether getting a B.A. in Sociology or Political Science or whathaveyou and being able to tote around a piece of paper from a degree mill is worth it.
At this point, I’m planning on steering my son towards a skilled trade like plumbing or auto mechanics.
Please please PLEASE let Srah Palin get on TV today and talk about this~!!!!!!
This would be a death knell for Obama if she were to run this issue into the ground
As a start, we the People need to start identifying who is participating in these questionable raids, and then publicizing their names in an active shunning campaign.
Sounds crazy, but it just might work to help curtail some of this nonsense. And it is a better step than many other actions that might come down the road.
They are looking to create a system of establishments in which such scofflaws will be held. There they will learn hard, industrious work habits, loyalty to the state, obedience and will learn that the student loans must be there highest financial priorities when they are released from the system (if ever). Activities to help them learn these lessons will include work on roads, forestry work, mining work and manufacturing of goods for sale to the government agencies. They can also shed a few pounds on 700 calories per day. Obama has it all planned out!
At some POINT we HAVE to demand that our pols start unraveling the agencies. Defund them NOW, kick their parasites out to get REAL jobs and no longer allow the executive branch to continue this incremental creep towards totalitarianism.
Get RID of the AGENCIES!
Don’t be scared. A clean headshot will take out a SWAT team member, just like it would anyone else.
So.... on the bright side, they didnt shoot him 60 times...
Ha! Struck me as funny after watching The Jerk on cable last night. (I’m sorry about your wife. That’s all right, Sir, Federal Regulations, you know...)
Because no matter how innocuous the agency's charter, they need lethal firepower in a small tactical team with night vision and a Bradley fighting vehicle.
Are we a police state yet?
so you’re saying that Obama wants the next Waco to be triggerd by the Dept. of Education or the Census Bureau?
A SWAT team to collect student loans????
These Walter Mitty types have progressed from being silly to being the downright dangerous lunatics from a really bad sci-fi flick.
This is the only news outlet that is reporting this — I searched on Google News and no other article turned up.
I bet the Obama admin don’t want to publicize this.
If they can break into your home for a delinquent student loan, where does it stop?!