Why Does The Dept Of Education Need Guns: Patriot Act

I have reported several times on the abuses of the so called "Patriot Act".  Well here is still anotherone by the Department of Education.....


"The Office of Inspector General is the law enforcement arm of the U.S. Department of Education and is responsible for the detection of waste, fraud, abuse, and other criminal activity involving Federal education funds, programs, and operations. As such, OIG operates with full statutory law enforcement authority, which includes conducting search warrants, making arrests, and carrying firearms. The acquisition of these firearms is necessary to replace older and mechanically malfunctioning firearms, and in compliance with Federal procurement requirements. For more information on OIG’s law enforcement authority, please visit their Web site at : www.ed.gov/oig

They pointed to fraud cases and an "11-page document from the Department of Justice with guidelines for the Offices of Inspector Generals within federal government department that have been given law enforcement authority. It provides detail about firearm training is to be carried out and under what circumstances authorized personnel can engage in law enforcement activities."



STOCKTON, CA - Kenneth Wright does not have a criminal record and he had no reason to believe a S.W.A.T team would be breaking down his door at 6 a.m. on Tuesday.

"I look out of my window and I see 15 police officers," Wright said.

Wright came downstairs in his boxer shorts as a S.W.A.T team barged through his front door. Wright said an officer grabbed him by the neck and led him outside on his front lawn.

"He had his knee on my back and I had no idea why they were there," Wright said.

According to Wright, officers also woke his three young children ages 3, 7, and 11 and put them in a Stockton police patrol car with him. Officers then searched his house.

As it turned out, the person law enforcement was looking for was not there - Wright's estranged wife.

"They put me in handcuffs in that hot patrol car for six hours, traumatizing my kids," Wright said.

Wright said he later went to the mayor and Stockton Police Department, but the City of Stockton had nothing to do with Wright's search warrant.

The U.S. Department of Education issued the search and called in the S.W.A.T for his wife's defaulted student loans.

"They busted down my door for this," Wright said. "It wasn't even me."

According to the Department of Education's Office of the Inspector General, the case can't be discussed publicly until it is closed, but a spokesperson did confirm that the department did issue the search warrant at Wright's home.

The Office of the Inspector General has a law enforcement branch of federal agents that carry out search warrants and investigations.

Stockton Police Department said it was asked by federal agents to provide one officer and one patrol car just for a police presence when carrying out the search warrant.

Stockton police did not participate in breaking Wright's door, handcuffing him, or searching his home.

"All I want is an apology for me and my kids and for them to get me a new door," Wright said.



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Comment by Roma and Tom on June 9, 2011 at 5:53pm
Exactly JL... unfortunately these unconstitutional laws  are being used against law biding citizens while terrorists are allowed to cross our borders as they please.  TSA pat downs are another example
Comment by JL Gawlik on June 9, 2011 at 1:19pm

Roma, i agree with you on that, especially after listening to Judge Andrew Napolitano. A warrant was issued on the Stockton California case by a California Judge. The article here states clearly that a warrant was issued for the 16 year old also: http://www.wral.com/news/local/story/5049867/

Whether it was issued by a Judge the article does not say.

The Patriot Act allows them to circumvent getting a warrant signed by a judge to seize evidence and make a arrest. This was NOT done in the Stockton, CA case. A warrant  was issued by a judge. The treatment of the father and children in my opinion crossed the line and they should be held accountable and called down for their actions. Hopefully he will get a good lawyer. 

Interesting to note in the article above a attorney makes this statement:

"They're saying that 'We feel this individual is a terrorist or an enemy combatant against the United States, and we're going to suspend all of those due process rights because this person is an enemy of the United States," said Dan Boyce, a defense attorney and former U.S. attorney not connected to the Lundeby case.

Could that be applied to elected representatives or officers such as President Obama? Pelosi? Reid?

Comment by Roma and Tom on June 9, 2011 at 12:59pm
JL, It is all in violation of the Constitution.  The Patriot act allows these agencies to by-pass judges, and issue their own arrest warrants.
Comment by JL Gawlik on June 9, 2011 at 10:44am
Ernest, that story in Arizona was a horrible incident. But, also they deal with very violent drug dealers from Mexico in that state, so i guess that do all they can to protect themselves, although it seems that one could of been handled differently. I would not want to be in law enforcement, you are damned if you do, and damned if you don't. Just my thoughts. Criminals are the problem. Just like that horrible tragedy in Jacksonville, when that elderly man got shot by undercover officers who were looking for drug dealers and the man came out of his house with a gun protecting his property, thinking they were drug dealers. Horrible tragedy.
Comment by JL Gawlik on June 9, 2011 at 10:39am

Roma, i sent you the articles on the boy and the Wrights, it sounds like Mrs. Wright who is his estranged wife, and was not there, is suspect of student loan fraud. The police were there for window dressing, so OIG claims. If they do this each time they serve a warrant 30-35 times a year, this happened recently, i am really surprise this has not surfaced to the public sooner:


Related story: http://www.news10.net/news/article/141108/2/Questions-surround-feds...


The DOE, overstepped in my opinion and they should be called down for it. A California Judge, Gregory G. Hollows, US Magistrate Judge, authorized the warrant by U.S. Department of Education, Office of Inspector General Special Agent, Howard Nance. (that is on the warrant that you can view on the same page as the news story.)


The one about the 16 year old is questionable, it happened back in 2009, so he would be 18 years old now: http://www.wral.com/news/local/story/5114019/

You can see other related stories on that page and a statement by the DOJ:


If this young man did what he is being accused of, he is in hot water. That is terrorism to me.

Comment by Roma and Tom on June 9, 2011 at 9:09am
Before the  Patriot Act authorities could not raid your home simply because they did not like your political views.  They could not confiscate your personal items without going before a judge and receiving a warrant to proceed. In the event you were not home, they had to let you know what they  took. and who took it.


With the Patriot Act all that has changed.  They no longer have to go before a judge, let you know who they are, or tell you what they took.  It gives thieves a cover...how do you know if you were robbed by the authorities or by thieves.


If your door is being knocked down, how do you know if it is the authorities or some group of thieves, and if you defend yourself from these home invaders, might you be shot for doing so?

Patriot act used against 16 year old boy:
The check and balance is forcing authorities to go before a judge, and receiving a warrant as the Constitution states.

Patriot Act used against someone for political beliefs


Comment by Ernest Lephart on June 9, 2011 at 8:48am
More often we are hearing of government appointed police, swat and now the OIG. OMG what has happened to our rights of being innocent until proven guilty. Is this the way all warrents are to be executed in the future. What happened to knocking on the door and asking questions. The government can send almost 20 men busting the door of a home with nonviolent people whit children inside. Is the future standard of law enforcement procedure. What happens if you have a dog and the dog tries to protect his family? The young marine that was killed by overzealous SWAT officers in Arizona is another example of how the authorities have learned nothing from the past. Ruby Ridge, and dealing with the Branch Dravidian in Waco. How many innocent lives lost are an acceptable number to catch one criminal?

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