The Constitution was written on the concept of federalism. It is supposed to limit the power of the federal government and preserve the authority of the states to act in areas which are decidedly local in nature. One of the very clear issues the Framers dealt with was the question of policing. Security in society is a governmental responsibility. Security from external threats is the realm of the federal government. Security of our cities, our homes, our families, our neighborhoods is a local responsibility. There are lines drawn between military and police power because we should properly fear a national government invading our homes in the night.
The tramping of jackboots in the stairwell, the shouts, the slamming of doors in the night is so reminiscent of Nazi Germany or Stalinist Russia that this should really give us pause:
Department of Education SWAT Raid (This link has been taken down, but see UPDATE)
Can this be possible in America? The Department of Education in a quest for repayment of a student loan has a SWAT team that breaks down doors, has search warrants, rousts citizens and children from their beds and then refuses to explain the justification when queried?
Who will scream out at this?
UPDATE: Michelle Malkin offers more on this disturbing story:
DOE Office of Inspector General, aka MKVD