At the risk of presuming the Northern Muckraker's right to anoint officers as "Jack Booted Thugs of the Week," I think these guys are at least strong contenders. The really sad, or hilarious, thing about this is that the cost of sending a SWAT team probably exceeds the amount of debt that the Department of Education was hoping to recover from the man's estranged wife, and the total damage inflicted means that you, the taxpayer, will suffer a net loss from this operation no matter what happens. If the
So if you've got any doubt on the consequences of taking government loans to go to school, or for other purposes, there you go.
Update: apparently the DoEd is claiming that it's for an unspecified investigation, not for delinquent student loans, but does not specify for what it would be. Since the 4th Amendment requires a "reasonable" justification, they're still violating basic rules of search and seizure. However, they do specify that it could be for "bribery, embezzlement, or embezzlement of federal student aid funds."
I'm not quite sure that this justifies a no-knock SWAT raid, though. Wasn't this tactic supposed to be for cases where (a) the evidence could be easily flushed down the toilet and (b) there is reasonable suspicion that the lives of police officers would be endangered with a standard way of serving the warrant?
Here is another link from the UK, where the Obama Geheime-Zeitungs-Polizei does not seem to have its proper authority yet.