“We’re the federal government. We can do what we want, when we want, and there’s nothing you can do about it.”
That is the appalling statement of an armed Treasury agent, part of a SWAT-like team that barged into a peaceful business, “herded employees into the cafeteria, snatched their cell phones, and refused to let them consult attorneys.” The putative crime: financial questions.
More and more often, the Feds “deploy weapons against harmless, frequently innocent, Americans who typically are accused of non-violent civil or administrative violations.”
An FDA SWAT team barged into an Amish-run dairy for the “crime” of selling unpasteurized milk to people who voluntarily chose to buy it.
A Department of Education SWAT team broke into a house and traumatized three young children, all because the ex-wife who had moved out a year earlier may have committed fraud on her student loan.
At least 46 completely innocent people have been killed in DEA raids at the wrong address.