10/13/15 Government Armies
There was the case of Kenneth Wright. In the pre-dawn hours, a SWAT team blew in his front door. He was handcuffed in his underwear. He and his children â€“ ages 3, 9 and 11 — were dragged from their home.
His violent crime? None actually. Along with his estranged wife â€“ who didnâ€™t even live with them â€“ he was accused of student loan fraud. The SWAT team represented the U.S. Education Department.
Last year, a 6-vehicle convoy of armed federal agents raided the home of Bill & Jennifer Brinkley. Their crime? Their 30-year old SUV may have run afoul of emissions regulations.
Wright and the Brinkleys didnâ€™t have criminal records. Or were violent people. They were just like you.
[Kenneth Wright later faced a 15-count indictment as an accomplice for student loan fraud. He pled guilty to making a false statement during the course of the investigation. He was ordered to serve probation.]
In both cases, Washington bureaucrats could have merely sent a letter. â€œWhy donâ€™t you swing by the office? We have some concerns.â€ Instead, they sent armed, federal agents. To conduct a raid.
Open the Books, a non-partisan watchdog group, has found more. The EPA has a team of special agents. Armed with military grade firepower.
The EPA. Has itâ€™s own little army.
Washington bureaucrats must stop treating Americans as the enemy.