No Really: SWAT Team Raids House at 6 AM and Handcuffs Father of Three Young Kids to Execute a Dept. of Education Search Warrant for Estranged Wife's Defaulted Student Loans
From Doug Powers at Michelle Malkin's site:
Dept. of Education Has SWAT Team Raid Home Over Student Loan Default
And the British Daily Mail:
A little over the top?: SWAT team launch dawn raid on family home to collect unpaid student loans
Links to the original report are no longer working. However, a subsequent report includes a tiny bit of clarification from the DOE (my emphasis):
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.
OK, I smell screw-up and cover-up. However, the current story on offer is that they were after something more serious than a student loan default.
As to why they came with fifteen officers, well, it would be helpful to know something about the wife's history; at this point I haven't even seen her name.
The local media seems to be pursuing this and maybe, maybe maybe we will learn that this was not as dumb a raid as it appears.
UPDATE: Matt Welch of Hit&Run runs the DOE 'clarification', but he is also stumped as to what might justify a SWAT team.
FOR THE LEGAL EAGLES: This memo discusses the legal authority under which the Inspector Generals can exercise police powers. This background is interesting (naturaly, there is a war on terror conection):
However, prior to enactment of section 812 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (Pub. L. No.107-296), the Inspector General Act did not provide firearms, arrest, or search warrant authorities for investigators of those offices.