A while back there was a news item about the US Dept. of Education buying 27 short barrelled Remington 870 Shotguns. That was back in March 2010 and there was much nattering on various gun blogs about why the DOE needed shotguns. However, most of the nattering had to do with the fact that why the hell we even need a Federal Department of Education when this is clearly a function of Parents and the Local School Boards. Period. Full Stop.
Well now we know why they need them. Since having your own Tact-I-Cool SWAT Team seems to be a requirement of every Federal Bureaucracy. (I mean even the USDA has a SWAT unit, for what ? Do they really expect this ? )
As I've stated, having a professional, well-trained group able to stop or prevent, isolate and contain VERY BAD PEOPLE about to do VERY BAD THINGS, is a good thing. But, and this is very important, this gives the LEA the option to use these folks WHEN THEY ARE NOT NEEDED. Because to justify the extra cost associated with the toys and the "training" that goes along with having one of these units, they get used in situations where other, less flashy methods could achieve the desired result of bad people being arrested and brought before the bar of justice.
Not to long ago we had the Keystone Kops of the Pima County Sheriff's Office shoot a two combat tour veteran of Iraq, in his own home. Now we have this.
Okay, "Dynamic Entry" is justified when the warrant servers believe that the evidence may be readily destroyed or someone inside may be hurt or killed.
But what in G-d's name justifies the use of the DOE SWAT team in this case. They were looking for a whole bunch of paperwork and computer stuff.. Did they think she would flush a computer down the toilet ? Or her maybe burn a bunch of paperwork before Johnnie Law could get inside? Why not simply surround the house and then knock? If anybody comes squirting out, put the habeas grabbus on them. Easy Peezy, Lemon Squeezey. More then likely, no one gets shot, and at worst maybe some grass stains from the tackle. Then go through the house and execute the search warrant.
So here's the warrant. So again, tell me why the US Department of Education needs a SWAT Team for this?