OK, Education Dept. raid is not a hallmark of liberty
Having defended the freedom-defending credentials of Maryland and the rest of the United States, I see this dispatch from the ABA Journal on a California raid by Education Department agents.
UPDATE: The Education Department seems to be contacting everybody who wrote or posted about this to deny Kenneth Wright's statement to local media that this was about an overdue student loan, saying that the department's inspector general only investigates criminal fraud, bribery, embezzlement and similar offenses. I'll comment and post the full statement tomorrow.
Kenneth Wright originally told News10/KXTV that a SWAT team broke down his door in a search for evidence of his estranged wife’s defaulted student loans. The Stockton man said he was in boxer shorts when officers broke down his door, hauled him out to his front lawn, put him in handcuffs and forced his three children to sit in a squad car for hours.
The agents worked for the Education Department’s Office of Inspector General and were not a SWAT team. But a neighbor confirmed other details of the raid on Wright’s home. “They surrounded the house; it was like a task force or SWAT team," the neighbor told News10. "They all had guns. They dragged him out in his boxer shorts, threw him to the ground and handcuffed him."
The Education Department is one of more than two dozen federal agencies that were granted full police power to carry out raids under the Homeland Security Act, Reason.com reports. Other agencies with such powers include the Department of Labor, the Export-Import Bank of the United States and the Tennessee Valley Authority.