Well there has been much ado about a Department of Education Office of Inspector General (DOE OIG) search warrant served on a Stockton, CA, address recently. The gun nuts and the apparently brainless right thinks that this is some Obama conspiracy and stupidly and incorrectly identified the raid as executed by a so-called SWAT team. The idiots also claimed, without any evidence, that the crime in question was delinquent student loans. Which really just shows us that gun nuts and righties know nothing more than what they saw on 70s TV.
In fact, it was a run of the mill search warrant executed by the DOE OIG concerning a major and ongoing federal crime, fraud in the student loan program. And to educate the Neanderthals on the right, no, the DOE, nor the DOE OIG, are involved in student loan delinquency. You see you ignorant fucks, the DOE does not loan money to students, it guarantees student loans. Pursuing student loans is the responsibility of the lender, not the DOE. Nor does the DOE OIG pursue such cases. Delinquencies are a civil issue between the lender and the borrower. And a civil matter. It does however investigate deliberate student loan fraud. That is fraud committed against the taxpayers of the United States. That is you and me.
Now, the back story is that every Federal cabinet agency, e.g. DOD, DHS, DOJ, DOE, HHS, DOI, etc. and all independent Federal agencies, e.g. National Science Foundation, Peace Corps, General Services Administration, have an Office of Inspector General. These were created by the Inspector General Act of 1978, as amended. The OIGs are charged with investigating crimes committed by the agencies and its employees, as well as crimes committed against the agency, such as grant fraud, contract fraud and program fraud, like student loan fraud.
Of course, dumbfuck gun nuts like Mike Vanderboegh don't know that. He is too busy traveling the United States while living on disability payments. Perhaps the Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General should take a look at him and his disability claim...
Vanderboegh is a one trick pony, he thinks that ever arrest by a Federal agency is another Waco. Never mind that crooks like Michelle Wright are arrested every day by OIGs. Apparently the dumbfuck Vanderboegh does not know that his dreaded DHS, in this case the DHS OIG, have arrested hundreds of people after Hurricane Katrina for fraudulently claiming disaster benefits. Perhaps the reason that Vanderboegh is so concerned about Michelle Wright, who is in hiding and lawyered up, is that he objects to the principle of arresting those who defraud the Federal government. It is possibly hitting a little to close to home for the disabled nationwide traveler. I wonder if the ever so courageous Vanderboegh will start killing DHS OIG agents to protect disaster benefit fraudsters? But I jest, Vanderbeogh can talk the talk, but I doubt he can walk the walk. And I did not see Vanderboegh going all No More Wacos on those arrests. Perhaps he is a coward, or just an ignorant fuck.
Here is the "former" communist with his not so veiled threats against the DOE, the DOE OIG, and Secretary Duncan:
Arne Johnson, Secretary of the Department of EducationLyndon Baines Johnson DOE Building400 Maryland Ave, SWWashington, DC 20202re: Kenneth Wright Terror Raid, Stockton CADear Arne,I realize you are not used to being addressed so informally by one of the "bitter clingers," but I figure that someone who is stupid enough to send a militarized federal SWAT team to enforce the student loan laws doesn't deserve a whole lot of deference and respect that words like "the Honorable" or "Mr. Secretary" imply. In any case, this is not a letter about policy arguments about why the Department of Education should even have a SWAT team nor is it a call for justice on behalf of Mr. Wright and his three terrified children. My intention is to bring home to you some down-home truths about the dangerous situation you have created by having your paramilitary jack-boots muck around with "dynamic" raids on innocent citizens.I note from your bios here and here that you are from Chicago, got a sociology degree from Harvard, and completely lack any military education or experience.(Apparently as stupid as he looks.)This is unfortunate, because having troops, you are now a general (ad hoc) whose little army of federal freebooters is flying the banner of the Department of Education -- surely the first time the direct application of violence has been offered under the rubric of "education." These ersatz troops of yours are playing on a potential battleground of civil war and they, and the people who send them, are in some danger of having their heads blown off as a result.I am a small "r" republican. I believe in the small, limited and largely safe government of the Founders' Republic, and for the past twenty years I have been fighting a rear guard action of my own against the forces of the Imperial Federal Leviathan, in whose cause you have enlisted. If I were a propagandist of the sophistication of Paul Revere, I wouldn't be writing you at all, but would be merely thankful that you had provided such a powerful argument of your own delegitimacy. As it is, however, I am trying to prevent a civil war, not spark a revolution, so I present to you the Sun Tzu quote above. For you, and the administration you represent, "armed contention has risks."A little over two years ago, I warned your fellow cabinet member, Eric Holder, that we live in the 21st Century, not the 20th and that consequently there would be no more free Wacos.At the time, a friend of mine, an innocent man whose only sin was that he had successfully testified against the ATF in court cases as an expert witness, was being targeted for a dynamic raid of the sort that your troops inflicted on Mr. Wright, with the exception that my friend was not expected to survive the encounter. Among the things I told Eric at the time, and which I firmly believe apply to you now:I know how agencies can spin out of control if not properly guided by upper management. So do you. I'm sure that you saw the television images out of Texas on 28 February and 19 April 1993. I think you would agree with me that neither of those days likely represented the official policy of the Clinton administration. Yet, they happened.Subsequent to that, citizens formed self-defense militias, millions more of your hated "assault weapons" were imported and sold before the ban and we spent the next seven years staring uneasily at one another, waiting for the next government-issue bloody shoe to drop. Oh, yes, and your party lost control of the Congress, with even President Clinton blaming it on the passage of the Brady Bill and the Assault Weapons Ban. The Law of Unintended Consequences sure sucks, doesn't it?But, the other shoe didn't drop.Yet, there's something you should understand about that whole process. As an amateur historian and keen observer of current affairs I can see it without difficulty.You only get one free Waco.If the statistics on the sales of firearms and ammunition tell you anything, you ought to understand that the same dynamic is at work now and yet from your point of view you haven't DONE anything to deserve it. Oh, you've muttered occasional threats to reinstate the Assault Weapons Ban, but no one believes politicians when they speak anyway.So why, you may ask yourself, is this happening?Like I said, Eric, you only get one free Waco. It was your original sin. The botched raid, the massacre, the cover-ups, we've been through them already. You may remember that no one was held to account for that -- not very reassuring to the citizenry. And if, as is apparent, someone in the Department of Justice hasn't learned the lessons of the first Waco, we, the millions of "bitter clingers" out here in fly-over country, have. We have no reason to be trusting of your motives. For we, and you, have been here before.So, let me explicate the obvious: There are no do-overs, not when it comes to your employees killing American citizens for bad reasons. Look around, count the guns, estimate the billions of rounds of small arms ammunition in private hands, and consider that the latest Janet has already declared most of the rest of us, including veterans, "domestic terrorists" anyway. Do you think we have not noticed? Do you think we do not remember the misdeeds of the last administration you were a part of?In addition, recent government misconduct -- bureaucratic, legal and judicial -- in the Wayne Fincher and David Olofson cases (the same kind of chicanery that rightly caused you to overturn the conviction of Alaska Senator Ted Stevens) has convinced many of us that there is no percentage in betting on a fair trial if the ATF sets their sights on us and we are not part of the Mandarin class.If we are no longer under the rule of constitutional law but are merely subject to irreversible bureaucratic diktat and we do not fancy being railroaded in a patently unfair federal trial where expert witnesses are denied access to evidence, then our options when approached by ATF agents are rather limited. It is plain, in the absence of the right of a fair trial, that a target of ATF investigation has little to lose by resorting to the right of an unfair gunfight. This may be an unintended consequence of those cases. It is nonetheless real.Wake up and smell what your administration is shoveling from downwind, where we are forced to stand. And please understand the predicament you've put yourselves in by your present and former bad behavior.There will be no more free Wacos.Please, for all our sakes, counsel your employees, who apparently seek to curry your favor by misquoting you, that replicating 1993 is neither good policy nor is it your intention. We don't need any more itchy trigger fingers in this country.The last free Waco.Your "educational" stormtroopers, Arne, are blundering about on a cold-war battlefield that they apparently barely understand, threatening to turn it into a hot civil war at their next accidental deadly idiocy.Now I understand that when you have a hammer, every problem looks like a nail, and when you're a jack-booted thug, every door looks like it is begging to be kicked in, but the fact of the matter Arne is that one day your pathetic little army is going to kick in the wrong door at the right time and someone who knows what they are doing will, in righteous self-defense, lay that raid stack all out like so much dead meat -- all in the name of "education."Is that what you had in mind?So I beg you to reconsider the utility of force when it comes to education. Actually, there isn't any. The only potential that your little army has is the potential to spark a civil war. Now I suppose that would be "educational" in the crudest and bloodiest of senses, but it is not what the taxpayers expect for the billions they waste on your unconstitutional department every year.Besides, you don't want to be in hearings, depositions and trials the rest of your life, do you? You know, like the Gunwalker scandal that is poised to bring down the Attorney General?I hope this missive has opened your eyes to the larger area of operations your little army is playing in and the awful potential unintended consequences if, at your orders, they blunder us all into civil war.To put it bluntly, sir, you are no general. You, sir, are a sociologist and educational bureaucrat (which may itself be a contradiction in terms). If I may kindly suggest, it is best to retire from the military field now before you learn from bitter experience the wisdom of Sun Tzu.Mike VanderboeghPO Box 926Pinson AL 35126
Now, the incident in question involves a search warrant signed by a Federal magistrate or district court judge, who was provided with probable cause to support the search warrant, as required by the Constitution. So just what is the problem? Is fraud committed against the Federal government hitting too close to home?
Now the gun nuts will claim that the door to the house was broken down by jackbooted government thug SWAT team. Well, no, both Vanderboegh and the idiots at the WaPo are wrong. The raid was executed by field agents of the DOE OIG. No SWAT team was involved. And it may be shocking but Special Agents of the DOE OIG carry guns, including shotguns. Pretty common for law enforcement in the United States. Perhaps that gun nuts should know that when a search warrant is executed, the agents are authorized to enter the place to be searched and may use all necessary force, including breaking down a door. What Vanderboegh does not tell you is that Kenneth Wright refused to open his door for the agents and they were forced by Wright's non-cooperation to force open the door. Pretty simple. Of course, the DOE OIG agents are very professional and did not start shooting like the BATF at Waco, but that is another issue. What is the issue is whether DOE OIG agents executing a search warrant can force open a door. Yes they can. And Kenneth Wright's failure to open the door when the agents knocked and announced their presence and their lawful purpose tells me that he knows more about the crime than he is letting on. Alot more.
Now I expect such ignorance from dumbfucks like Vanderboegh, but I was very disappointed by Mark Steyn's reaction.
Obama's Road to NowhereThis is Main Street, Obamaville: All bumps, no road.‘There are always going to be bumps on the road to recovery,’’ President Obama said at a Jeep plant in Toledo the other day. “We’re going to pass through some rough terrain that even a Wrangler would have a tough time with.’’ His audience booed. They’re un-fire-able union members with lavish benefits, and even they weary of the glib lines from his twelve-year-old speechwriters.We’re not on the road to recovery. You can’t get there from here, as they say. Obama was in Toledo to “celebrate” the sale of the government’s remaining stake in Chrysler to Fiat. That’s “Fiat” as in the Italian car manufacturer rather than “an authoritative or arbitrary decree (from the Latin ‘let it be done’),” which would be almost too perfect a name for an Obamafied automobile. The Treasury crowed that Fiat had agreed to pay a whopping $560 million for the government’s Chrysler shares.Wow! 560 million smackeroos! If you laid them out end to end, they’re equivalent to what the federal government borrows every three hours. That’s some windfall! In the time it takes to fly Obama to Toledo to boast about it, he’d already blown through the Italians’ check. But who knows? If every business in the U.S. were to be nationalized and sold to foreigners to cover another three hours’ worth of debt, this summer’s “Recovery Summer” would be going even more gangbusters. I’d ask one of Obama’s egghead economists to explain it to you simpletons, but unfortunately they’ve all resigned and returned to cozy sinecures in academia. The latest is chief economic adviser Austan Goolsbee, the genius who in 2007, just before the subprime hit the fan, wrote in the New York Times that this exciting new form of home “ownership” was an “innovation” that had “opened doors to the excluded” and was part of an “incredible flowering of new types of home loans.”Where have all the flowers gone? Not to worry. By now, some organization of which you’re a member has already booked Professor Goolsbee to give an after-dinner speech at your annual meeting where you’ll be privileged to get a glimpse of his boundless expertise for a mere six-figure speaking fee.“I’m not concerned about a double-dip recession,” Obama said last week. Nor would I be if I had government housing, a car and driver, and a social secretary for the missus. But I wonder if it’s such a smart idea to let one’s breezy insouciance out of the bag when you’re giving a press conference. In May the U.S. economy added just 54,000 jobs. For the purposes of comparison, that same month over 100,000 new immigrants arrived in America.So what kind of jobs were those 54,000? Economics professorships at the University of Berkeley? Non-executive directorships at Goldman Sachs? That sort of thing? No, according to an analysis by Morgan Stanley, half the new jobs created were at McDonald’s. That’s amazing. Not the Mickey D supersized hiring spree, but the fact that there’s fellows at Morgan Stanley making a bazillion dollars a year analyzing fluctuations in minimal-skill fast-food service-job hiring trends. What a great country! For as long as it lasts. Which is probably until some new regulatory agency starts enforcing Michelle Obama’s dietary admonitions.Until then, relax. That bump in the road is just a quarter-pounder with cheese that fell off the counter on the drive-thru lane to recovery. Like every other blessing, we owe the Big MacConomy to the wisdom of Good King Barack. “This plant indirectly supports hundreds of other jobs right here in Toledo,” Obama told the workers at Chrysler. “After all, without you, who’d eat at Chet’s or Inky’s or Rudy’s? . . . Manufacturers from Michigan to Massachusetts are looking for new engineers to build advanced batteries for American-made electric cars. And obviously, Chet’s and Inky’s and Zinger’s, they’ll all have your business for some time to come.”A couple of days later, Chet’s announced it was closing after nine decades. “It was the economy and the smoking ban that hurt us more than anything,” said the owner. But maybe he can retrain and re-open it as a community-organizer grantwriting-application center. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the median period of unemployment is now nine months — the longest it’s been since they’ve been tracking the numbers. Long-term unemployment is worse than in the Depression. Life goes slowly waiting for a fast-food job to open up.This is Main Street, Obamaville: All bumps, no road. But shimmering on the distant horizon, beyond the shuttered diner and the foreclosed homes, is a state-of-the-art electric car, the new Fiat Mirage, that should be wheeling into town in a half-decade or so provided it can find somewhere to charge. “We will be able to look back and tell our children,” declared King Barack the Modest of his own candidacy in 2008, “this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow.” Great news for the oceans! Meanwhile, back on dry land, a quarter of American mortgages are “underwater” — that’s to say, the home “owners” owe more than the joint is worth. In Harry Reid’s Nevada, it’s 63 percent. Perhaps Obama’s Aquatic Bodies Water-Level Regulatory Authority, no doubt headed by Jamie Gorelick or Franklin Raines or some other Democrat worthy, could have its jurisdiction extended to the Nevada desert.“Hope”? “Change”? These are the good times. What “change” are you “hoping” for in Obama’s second term? The loss of America’s triple-A credit-rating? The end of the dollar as global currency? Or just a slight upward tick in the same-old-same-old multi-trillion dollar binge-spending?On what?Random example from the headlines: The paramilitarization of the education bureaucracy. The federal Department of Education doesn’t employ a single teacher but it does have a SWAT team: They kicked down a front door in Stockton, Calif. last week and handcuffed Kenneth Wright (erroneously) in connection with a student-loan “investigation.” “We can confirm that we executed a search warrant,” said Department of Education spokesperson Gina Burress.The Department of Education issues search warrants? Who knew? The Brokest Nation in History is the only country in the developed world whose education secretary has his own Delta Force. And, in a land with over a trillion dollars in college debt, I’ll bet it’s got no plans to downsize.Nor has the TSA. A 24-year-old woman has been awarded compensation of $2,350 after TSA agents exposed her breasts to all and sundry at the Corpus Christi Airport security line and provided Weineresque play-by-play commentary. “We regret that the passenger had an unpleasant experience,” said a TSA spokesgroper, also very Weinerly. But hey, those are a couple of cute bumps on the road, lady!The American Dream, 2011: You pay four bucks a gallon to commute between your McJob and your underwater housing to prop up a spendaholic, grabafeelic, paramilitarized bureaucracy-without-end bankrupting your future at the rate of a fifth of a billion dollars every hour.In a sane world, Americans would be outraged at the government waste that confronts them everywhere you turn: The abolition of the federal Education Department and the TSA is the very least they should be demanding. Instead, our elites worry about sea levels.The oceans will do just fine. It’s America that’s drowning.
Sorry Mark, you are great and one of Hugh Hewitt's real Smart Guys, but no, the DOE does not have a SWAT Team or a Delta Force. Nor does it issue search warrants. Search warrants are issued by Federal magistrates or District Court Judges upon the presentation of probable cause. Which was provided by DOE OIG Special Agents. They investigate crimes committed against the taxpayers and the DOE.
Now, what I do understand is that there may be no Constitutional justification for the DOE, but that does not excuse Michelle Wright from stealing taxpayer dollars by fraud.
Oh, and it is well in law that persons found at the scene of a search warrant may be detained. You might disagree with that, but that is the law. Change it if you want, but there is no violation of rights. What if the search warrant was for evidence of Islamic terrorism, bank robbery, or espionage? I don't think Steyn would be up in arms and I have never heard Vanderboegh complain about arrests of any Muslim terrorists, and I bet some doors were broken down and some people handcuffed during those searches.
A little bit of ignorance, alot of really bad attitude, it all adds up to much ado about nothing.