A federal appeals court in Seattle hears arguments Monday in a challenge to the National Security Agency’s (NSA) practice of gathering phone records of millions of people not suspected of crimes. North Idaho lawyer Peter Smith will be arguing for the plaintiff, who is his wife.
...The ACLU and the digital liberty advocate Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) joined Malek and the Smiths after their case lost in U.S. District Court. An EFF lawyer says the organization saw this case as unique because, among the handful of similar lawsuits working through the courts, it is the only one launched by ordinary people, not established activists. Malek agrees.