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title:Video: SWAT team raids house over unpaid student loans
Hotair ^ | 06/08/2011 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 06/08/2011 10:52:52 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Via JWF and Reason, we now present this instructional video from the Department of Education. Now that the government has for all practical pruposes 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 to kick in your door and frighten your children — even if you don’t live with them anymore:

CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO

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.


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1 posted on 06/08/2011 10:52:59 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
Why did a SWAT team treat Wright like a drug kingpin?

Because we were okay with it when they did do it to drug kingpins.

2 posted on 06/08/2011 11:02:01 AM PDT by Wolfie
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To: SeekAndFind

Tyrannical government...

1) Whatever happened to going to court over it?
2) Where was the threat?


3 posted on 06/08/2011 11:04:53 AM PDT by Sprite518
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To: SeekAndFind

this is SO WRONG in every aspect.

Is it too much to ask local LEOs to protect their citizens?

Since when do you need a Federal SWAT team to knock down a door to execute a search warrant?

Could they not just knockon the door and peacefully and courteously execute the search warrant? What were they looking for? The woman? What did they think would happen if they just simply knocked? ...flush the woman down the toilet? They put the man in hand-cuffs?

Seriously???

Our Federal government is out of control.

jw


4 posted on 06/08/2011 11:07:35 AM PDT by JWinNC (www.anailinhisplace.net)
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To: SeekAndFind

Well, I guess this is how we will be administered our flu shots in a few years.


5 posted on 06/08/2011 11:07:53 AM PDT by loungitude ( The truth hurts.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Bootlickers in to justify it in 3... 2...


6 posted on 06/08/2011 11:15:02 AM PDT by PalmettoMason (Blacks are not inferior, but it is racist to hold them to the same standards as everyone else.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m going to be sure I don’t have any overdue library books!

Mark


7 posted on 06/08/2011 11:16:51 AM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: SeekAndFind

This story needs to go viral.


8 posted on 06/08/2011 11:18:01 AM PDT by Lorianne (o)
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To: SeekAndFind

Where did the video go?

Guess the Dept of Education did not like how they were portrayed.

More of the “net neutrality” thing?


9 posted on 06/08/2011 11:20:22 AM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: MarkL

RE: I’m going to be sure I don’t have any overdue library books!

See, the intimidation is working already... pretty soon, everyone will pay their debts, and return what they borrowed on time :)


10 posted on 06/08/2011 11:20:31 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (u)
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To: MarkL

Sorry, bud. I saw you tear that tag off the mattress. Yer toast.


11 posted on 06/08/2011 11:43:11 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: SeekAndFind
From the link to Reason:

A Department of Education that's issuing search warrants is a Department of Education that deserves to be disbanded. A judge that approves a paramilitary-style dawn raid for a student loan search warrant is a judge that deserves to be disbarred. The police chief who authorized this use of force should be canned as well. These are just the preliminary steps that should (and won't) be taken in the wake of this latest demonstration of government brutality.

12 posted on 06/08/2011 11:46:26 AM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: SeekAndFind

Rut Roh....my ex and I have been divorced for 10 years and have lived in different states for 8 of those 10. Last month I started getting her unpaid student loan bills sent to my address in her name. Guess I can expect a 6am wake up call from the local SWAT team eh?


13 posted on 06/08/2011 11:48:26 AM PDT by Getsmart64
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To: SeekAndFind

What’s next? Is our government going to bring back debtors’ prisons?


14 posted on 06/08/2011 11:53:10 AM PDT by Isabel C.
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To: Wolfie

“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.”

Maybe they should investigate Obama’s college financial aid records?


15 posted on 06/08/2011 11:53:55 AM PDT by READINABLUESTATE ("It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once" - David Hume)
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To: SeekAndFind
From the original page:

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.

16 posted on 06/08/2011 11:58:27 AM PDT by spodefly (This is my tag line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Now this is illuminating:

U.S. Department of Education Office of Inspector General

http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oig/ireports.html

THIS is where the insanity originated.

Look at the list of Investigations they have performed.....

UMMMMH UMMMMH MMMH!


17 posted on 06/08/2011 12:02:54 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: Sprite518
Another fallout of the "Patriot Act." Quoting DOJ Guidelines to Inspectors General exercisign Law Enforcement Powers it says:

The Inspector General Act of 1978,5 U.S.C. app. 3, established criminal investigative jurisdiction for the offices of presidentially appointed Inspectors General. However, prior to enactment of section 812 of the Homeland Security Act of2002 (Pub. L. No. t07-296), the Inspector General Act did not provide firearms, arrest, or search warrant authorities for investigators of those offices.'

Now, please inform us all how SWAT teams to enforce student loans has anyting to do with combatting terrorism.

18 posted on 06/08/2011 12:03:07 PM PDT by AndyJackson
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To: SeekAndFind

related: Department of Education buys shotguns

http://www.nationalgunrights.org/department-of-education-buys-shotguns/


19 posted on 06/08/2011 12:03:27 PM PDT by Lorianne (o)
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To: spodefly

Exactly.
Why would you send in paramilitary forces for a non-violent, non eminantly violent situation?

They are trying to squirm their way out of this but there is no reason for this amount of force, especially given there were children in the home.

If it were a terrorist cell making a bomb, I doubt they would have gone in with a S.W.A.T. -type force.


20 posted on 06/08/2011 12:07:23 PM PDT by Lorianne (o)
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To: SeekAndFind

bfl


21 posted on 06/08/2011 12:11:47 PM PDT by gibsosa
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To: AndyJackson

Well said but I’m sure the government would say,

Because it’s how the Feds define who are Terrorist...

Don’t pay your student loans.. The government says you are now a Terrorist.


22 posted on 06/08/2011 12:14:07 PM PDT by Sprite518
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To: Ellendra

Bump for later


23 posted on 06/08/2011 12:55:22 PM PDT by Ellendra (Remember the Battle of Athens, Tennessee: Aug. 2, 1946)
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To: SeekAndFind

Isn’t there something in the Constitution that forbids criminalization of private debt and debtor’s prisons?


24 posted on 06/08/2011 1:08:45 PM PDT by wildbill (You're just jealous because the Voices talk only to me.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Sooner or later this will end with armed citizens killing one of these SWAT team thugs.


25 posted on 06/08/2011 1:10:19 PM PDT by Oldpuppymax
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To: SeekAndFind
Say, here’s a question: did anyone on the SWAT team think to knock first and wait for someone to answer?

I have some others:

Since the story says the warrant was for the apprehension of the person, why did it take several officers more than ten minutes to search the house and not find her there?

What did they take/damage/destroy in the more than six hour search?

When does "being detained" become "arrest"?

The second revolution is ninety-eight years late!

26 posted on 06/08/2011 1:23:19 PM PDT by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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To: MarkL
I remember an old episode of Second City TV where the Library Police kicked in a door over an overdue library book. John Candy stopped them by putting a gun to a dictionary. What was once absurd and funny is now becoming the norm.
27 posted on 06/08/2011 1:51:51 PM PDT by 4yearlurker
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To: Billthedrill; All
"Sorry, bud. I saw you tear that tag off the mattress. Yer toast."

Or this?????:


28 posted on 06/08/2011 1:55:33 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: SeekAndFind; All

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/06/03/is-a-college-education-the-biggest-scam-in-us-history.aspx

Is It Time to Re-Think EVERYTHING You’ve Ever Heard about a College Education?


29 posted on 06/08/2011 1:56:22 PM PDT by maine-iac7 (.WATCH THE OTHER HAND)
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To: Texas Fossil

The video is still on Youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=5vvhBI63BO0


30 posted on 06/08/2011 2:00:12 PM PDT by TruthConquers (.Delendae sunt publicae scholae)
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To: wildbill
"Isn’t there something in the Constitution that forbids criminalization of private debt and debtor’s prisons?"

Lawyers were successful at calling support/alimony debt something else and using contempt of court. They're doing the same with other debts with other excuses (fraud, etc.).


31 posted on 06/08/2011 2:41:46 PM PDT by familyop (Rome was burnt in a day.)
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To: SeekAndFind
 
 
Years ago a friend of mine who was living in campus-provided housing got a knock on her door and while walking up to it an FBI badge and ID got pressed up against the small window in the front door. It was a black lady in her forties, looking for some scofflaw who had been ripping off student loans, and this was an address the guy had used so she was checking it out. After a short cordial chat, everyone went about their business. Interesting how things have gone from polite middle-aged investigators to armed assault teams.
 
 
 

32 posted on 06/08/2011 2:48:03 PM PDT by lapsus calami (What's that stink? Code Pink ! ! And their buddy Murtha, too!)
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To: Wolfie
Because we were okay with it when they did do it to drug kingpins.

Or those suspected of being drug kingpins.

Or those who did things that a suspected drug kingpin would do.

Or those who carried cash.

Or those that lived near suspected drug kingpins.

Or...

33 posted on 06/08/2011 3:02:59 PM PDT by Mr.Unique (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: Mr.Unique

...Or those RELATED to suspected drug kingpins.


34 posted on 06/08/2011 3:18:30 PM PDT by PalmettoMason (Blacks are not inferior, but it is racist to hold them to the same standards as everyone else.)
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To: Wolfie

Ironically, student loans are one of the few debt not released by bankruptcy.


35 posted on 06/08/2011 3:28:29 PM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: PalmettoMason; Mr.Unique

Or those who have ever heard the words ‘drug’ and/or ‘kingpin’...


36 posted on 06/08/2011 4:45:35 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I h ave read this story a few times now, seems to me the problem is the Title, it should be something like:

Armed Gunmen wearing Masks Broke into a House and Terrorized a Family including 3 children for 6 hours today, Police Refuse to Investigate.


37 posted on 06/08/2011 6:06:02 PM PDT by eyeamok
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To: eyeamok

RE: the Title, it should be something like:

Armed Gunmen wearing Masks Broke into a House and Terrorized a Family including 3 children for 6 hours today, Police Refuse to Investigate.

________________________________________________________________________

That would be a summary, but it would not fit the limited number of characters allowed in the FR title box.


38 posted on 06/08/2011 6:07:17 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (u)
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To: spodefly

Local SWAT was called out to assist the Federal agents.


39 posted on 06/08/2011 9:08:07 PM PDT by Thunder90 (Fighting for truth and the American way... http://citizensfortruthandtheamericanway.blogspot.com/)
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To: AppyPappy

So are taxes.

BTW, they are thinking about having the IRS collect overdue Federal Student Loans and putting those who default through US Tax Court.


40 posted on 06/08/2011 9:10:18 PM PDT by Thunder90 (Fighting for truth and the American way... http://citizensfortruthandtheamericanway.blogspot.com/)
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To: Isabel C.
What’s next? Is our government going to bring back debtors’ prisons?

They're already ahead of you. Men who fall behind on child support payments are routinely thrown into jail.

It's for the children.
41 posted on 06/09/2011 5:22:39 AM PDT by dbehsman (If Romney McMilquetoast is the best the Republican party can do, they deserve to be exterminated.)
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To: OneWingedShark; PalmettoMason

Or, those that make fun of SWAT Teams...hold on, someone’s at the doo...


42 posted on 06/09/2011 6:23:54 AM PDT by Mr.Unique (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: SeekAndFind

AH, look, it appears as if the media was lying and you bought it.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/06/09/unpaid-student-loan-raid-claim-refuted-as-feds-target-california-couple-in/?test=latestnews


43 posted on 06/10/2011 7:48:28 AM PDT by freedomwarrior998
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To: freedomwarrior998

Don’t shoot me, I’m just posting what Hotair presented on their website.


44 posted on 06/10/2011 8:08:40 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (u)
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