Wednesday, June 08, 2011

DOE, Freeze!

The net is buzzing over another no-knock raid on a homeowner, this time from a Department of Education paramilitary team looking for someone regarding a problem with student loans:
The U.S. Department of Education issued the search and called in the S.W.A.T for his wife's defaulted student loans.

"They busted down my door for this," Wright said. "It wasn't even me."

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.
They've since clarified to say it wasn't just some poor schmuck in arrears on their college loan but something more, but they can't discuss details. Hell with that--the story here is that the Department of Education has what amounts to a SWAT unit. From this story (last year) there's a DOE fact sheet that lists all the busts related to education fraud [digress] a few involving employees accessing Obama's student loan records [/digress]. Looking back most of the incidents seem to be fraud not late or no payments.

Their mission statement talks about stopping "waste, fraud and abuse involving Federal education funds, programs and operations", which is fine, but it seems like a job for actual law enforcement agencies. Most of those are white collar crimes that don't involve public safety. So why again do they need a police force? And now that the student loan program has been entirely federalized, any need to worry? Sounds like the DOE Public Affairs officer has his/her work cut out.


LASunsett said...

Is this what we are becoming? Why is not one in the media outraged about this?

A.C. McCloud said...

Good question, LA. It seems only bloggers are alarmed. But I guess we don't have the big picture.

Anonymous said...

I could be wrong, but this does sound like far too much government.

Memphis Steve said...

Wasn't the only reason the Supreme Court ever allowed the no-knock warrant in the first place because police said they needed it to prevent drug dealers from flushing evidence down the toilet before they could get to it? So what evidence justified the use of a no-knock on a woman wanted for unpaid loans? Did they claim she was going to flush money down the toilet? Sounds like this unConstitutional warrant has been allowed to steadily creep into uses never authorized or intended, just like everything else the Government does.