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Precedent

At least with our homes we have some reasonable ways to know whether or not a government agent has entered it. With our technology, however, they could enter our computers, phones, tablets, etc., take whatever they want, and we would never know unless they decided to tell us. And there have been too many instances of that happening for the American people to feel comfortable giving the government even more tools to access our technology.

Perhaps if the government had behaved more responsibly with our civil liberties to date, this wouldn’t be much of an issue.

Via Obama Makes Case for Government Access to Private Property @ Boots & Sabers.

Gettin’ out while the coast is still clear

Madison— State Corrections Secretary Ed Wall has resigned from his post amid a growing scandal over conditions at a troubled Northwoods prison for youth, and the FBI has taken over the sprawling criminal probe into alleged abuses there.

While Wall will leave his post next month, taxpayers may have to pay him for a year while he is not working. He plans to return to a job he had with an agency involved in the probe of Lincoln Hills School for Boys, and if he does he will be put on paid leave to protect the integrity of the probe, a state Department of Justice spokeswoman said.

Word about Wall’s plans came Friday as U.S. Attorney John Vaudreuil said federal authorities are leading the investigation, which is focusing on possible civil rights violations by staff at Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake School for Girls, which share a campus 30 miles north of Wausau….

Via Corrections secretary resigns amid Lincoln Hills probe @ JSOnline.

FBI assumes lead role in Lincoln Hills probe

Madison— The Federal Bureau of Investigation has taken a lead role in the investigation of a troubled north woods prison for youth that has been shaken by allegations of abuse of juveniles.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported in December that the FBI was assisting with a state-led probe into abuses at Lincoln Hills School for Boys and Copper Lake School for Girls, a shared facility 30 miles north of Wausau. But the FBI has since taken a leadership role in the investigation, according to sources familiar with the matter.

The FBI’s greater involvement opens up the possibility that authorities could be probing violations of federal law at the prison, where state court documents show that investigators have been looking into a range of potential crimes, including second-degree sexual assault, physical child abuse, and intimidation of victims and witnesses.

Avenues for the FBI could include civil rights violations as well as the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) of 2003, which sought to reduce sexual assaults in prisons and which covers both state and federal institutions….

Via FBI assumes lead role in Lincoln Hills probe @ JSOnline.