How crazy do things have to get before the mass of American people awaken from their slumber and finally realize that the United States no longer represents the "land of the free?"
The story of Kenneth Wright, a California father who was dragged from his home along with his pre-teen children by a heavily armed SWAT team at 6am Tuesday, has been disputed since going viral yesterday. The problem however is that, the "updated" and seemingly more accurate version of the story, is every bit as troubling as the first.
A father was dragged from his home and handcuffed in front of his children by a SWAT team looking for his [unnamed] estranged wife - to collect her unpaid student loans.
A stunned Kenneth Wright had his front door kicked in by the raiding party at 6 am yesterday before being dragged onto his front porch, handcuffed and led to a police car with his three children.
He says he was then detained for six hours while officers looked for his wife - who no longer lives at the house.
Mr Wright was later told by Stockton police that the order to send in the SWAT team came from The U.S. Department of Education who were looking for his estranged wife to collect defaulted loan payments.
Speaking to ABC News 10, a visibly shaken Mr Wright described what happened when he was woken by a banging on his front door.
Dressed in his boxer shorts, Mr Wright says he rushed downstairs and was about to open the door when it was kicked open.
An officer then grabbed him by the neck before dragging him out onto the front lawn.
His 3, 7, and 11-year-old children were also removed by officers and put in a waiting police car.
'He had his knee on my back and I had no idea why they were there,' Mr Wright said.
'They put me in handcuffs in that hot patrol car for six hours, traumatising my kids.'
The Department for Education ... did however confirm that their Office of the Inspector General had issued the search warrant.
The office has its own branch of federal agents that carry out search warrants and investigations.
The Department of Education denies that the raid was executed over unpaid student loans, insisting it was part of an "ongoing criminal investigation into "issues such as bribery, fraud, and embezzlement of federal student aid funds." Also, it wasn't a SWAT team who executed the "no-knock" raid, but an armed unit of their Office of the Inspector General.
A federal education official Wednesday morning offered little information as to why federal agents raided a Stockton man's home Tuesday.
The resident, Kenneth Wright, does not have a criminal record and he had no reason to believe why what he thought was a S.W.A.T team would be breaking down his door at 6 in the morning.
U.S. Department of Education spokesman Justin Hamilton 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. Hamilton would not say specifically why the raid took place except that it was part of an ongoing criminal investigation.
OIG is a semi-independent branch of the education department that executes warrants for criminal offenses such as student aid fraud, embezzlement of federal aid and bribery, according to Hamilton. The agency serves 30 to 35 search warrants a year.
So, the Department of Education has its very own "semi-independent" team of jackbooted thugs ... Sweet, huh?
What does it say about our once "civilized" society in our once "land of the free" that the mere accusation of committing, no, the mere accusation that someone you happen to know may have possibly committed a non-violent crime is all it takes to "justify" an armed "no knock" paramilitary raid on your home? Doesn't it just make you feel all warm, cozy and "safe?"
This story is government in a nutshell. To paraphrase Murray Rothbard, government is a violent gang of thieves writ large.
Considering that Kenneth Wright had absolutely no criminal record to begin with, and furthermore wasn't even arrested during/after his home was raided, by what lunatic reasoning was a violent raid, carried out by 15 heavily-armed government goons, authorized as the best course of action?
If the fast increasing numbers of violent, draconian police state tactics such as this hasn't scared the crap out of you by now, you simply haven't been paying attention. Because government abuse of this sort now happens on a daily basis in our supposed "limited-constitutional republic."
If you ever wonder why the Establishment Media works so hard to keep us focused on things like "Anthony's Weiner" instead of serious news, the answer lies in the fact that if too many of us ever catch on, "We the People" would revolt en masse!
Back to Kenneth Wright and the Department of Education ... The federales are, of course, keeping all their "evidence" locked up, meaning we mere mundanes should simply take their word for it. But government lies. All. The. Time. So, how do we know they are telling the truth?
Considering the Department of Education now issues warrants authorizing deadly force for non-violent crimes, my suspicion is that they're lying through their teeth. After all, what else should one expect from politicians, bureaucrats, and other agents of a rampaging lawless police state?
In 2010, the Washington Post ran a piece about the U.S. Department of Education being in the market for 27 shotguns.
Those curious about what the Department of Education could be doing with those shotguns got an illustrated answer yesterday when this story ran: a Stockton, Calif., man was pulled out of his house by a SWAT team based on a warrant signed by the Department of Education’s Office of the Inspector General.
This, along with the Jose Guerena case, demonstrates how the militarization of police terminology and tactics is incompatible with a free society. Police officers aren't "operators" like Green Berets or Navy SEALs.