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Idaho Woman Appeals NSA Surveillance Lawsuit

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The American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation are joining in a northern Idaho's woman appeal over the National Security Agency's collection of cell phone information.

Anna Smith of Coeur d'Alene sued the NSA last year, contending that the agency's collection of the data amounts to an illegal search and seizure. In June, U.S. District Judge Lynn Winmill dismissed her lawsuit, and now Smith is appealing the case to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The ACLU and Electronic Frontier Foundation announced last week that they were joining in Smith's case.

The NSA has said it collects the phone numbers of calls made and received, but the agency contends it doesn't monitor the contents of a call. Smith says her calls are none of the government's business.