Another Ninth Circuit case has gone surprisingly unnoticed in the general media.  In U.S. v. Dreyer, the court ruled that a Naval Criminal Investigative Service agent violated restrictions on direct military involvement in civilian law enforcement by monitoring all computers in Washington state for violation of child pornography laws.  The most striking aspect of the case was the government’s assertion, rejected by the court, “that the military may monitor and search all computers in a state even though it has no reason to believe that the computer’s owner has a military affiliation.”  To make sure the government got the message, the court – apparently for the first time – held that the agent’s violations required suppression of the evidence against the defendant.  The court determined that this extraordinary remedy was necessary to deter future violations, since “it has become a routine practice for the Navy to conduct surveillance of all the civilian computers in an entire state to see whether any child pornography can be found on them,” and the government had “vehemently” argued that such surveillance was appropriate.