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December 8, 2014 at 1:21 PM

Appellate panel hears arguments over NSA surveillance

The Associated Press

A federal appeals court is considering an Idaho woman’s challenge to the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of phone records.

U.S. District Court Judge Lynn Winmill in Boise, Idaho, ruled in June that the agency’s collection of such data doesn’t violate the Fourth Amendment prohibition on unreasonable searches. But Winmill said the issue raises privacy concerns, and the case could wind up before the nation’s top court.

The American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation have joined nurse Anna Smith’s case, one of three challenging the agency’s bulk collection that are before federal appeals courts.

Her husband, Idaho attorney Peter Smith, argued the case Monday in Seattle before a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel.

The NSA has said it collects phone numbers and lengths of conversations, but does not monitor the contents.

 

Comments | More in Government, The Blotter | Topics: 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, National Security Agency, surveillance

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