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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The United States of SWAT

Posted by Scott Tibbs at 4:00 AM (#)

From an excellent article at National Review Online:

Take the case of Kenneth Wright of Stockton, Calif., who was "visited" by a SWAT team from the U.S. Department of Education in June 2011. Agents battered down the door of his home at 6 a.m., dragged him outside in his boxer shorts, and handcuffed him as they put his three children (ages 3, 7, and 11) in a police car for two hours while they searched his home. The raid was allegedly intended to uncover information on Wright's estranged wife, Michelle, who hadn't been living with him and was suspected of college financial-aid fraud.

Read more at National Review Online.

Why does the Department of Education need a SWAT team?

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At April 22, 2014 at 6:28 PM , Blogger Mike Newton said...  

Fund's article makes a good point--as you have in various blogs and letters--but he shares "the Right's" obsession with focusing on sins of the federal government (i.e., the black guy in the White House and his black attorney general). Not until the final paragraph, rushing to finish, does he mention in passing the vast number of state, county and municipal SWAT teams that abuse their exaggerated powers on a daily basis nationwide. It's not solely--or even primarily--a federal problem, beyond the fact that Washington has been militarizing state and local PDs since the days of Saint Reagan, escalating year by year regardless of which party holds the White House. And while we're at it, let's blame "average" Americans who've cheered every law-breaking fictional cop from Dirty Harry to Miami Vice and beyond while they pile up body counts and trample on every right guaranteed under the federal and state constitutions. Many Americans accept this as the norm and don't complain unless their personal interests are somehow affected. Otherwise, it's just entertainment, and it it bleeds, it leads.

At April 22, 2014 at 6:48 PM , Blogger Scott Tibbs said...  

And while we're at it, let's blame "average" Americans who've cheered every law-breaking fictional cop from Dirty Harry to Miami Vice


That's a good point.

I maintain that the first slasher film wasn't "Halloween" in 1978 - it was "Death Wish" in 1974. There really is no difference between Paul Kersey of the DW series and Jason Voorhees of the "Friday the 13th" series. Both were wronged and are taking revenge on the people they hold responsible.