Coeur d'Alene woman suing President Barack Obama

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by SHAWN CHITNIS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on July 26, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 26 at 5:22 PM

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -- A woman in Coeur d'Alene said she is suing President Obama because the NSA's surveillance program that is tracking phone calls of Americans violates her right to privacy.

The attorneys for this case said that their client represents the average American and they believe that there are many people like her who are losing their right to privacy.

"She's busy as a mom, she's got two kids, she's working nights at the neo-natal intensive care unit, she shares a lot of sensitive information over her phone," said attorney Luke Malek.

Malek works in Coeur d'Alene and is an Idaho State Representative. He and his friend Peter Smith wanted to sue the government and chose Smith's wife to be the plaintiff in the case.

"This is going to be a really long drawn out process and Anna needs someone who can explain that to her," said Malek, explaining why it was important to represent somebody that they both knew well.

Lawmakers debated a bill to stop the program in late July. Defenders of the program said it is needed to prevent terrorist attacks. But Malek and his friends said the government needs to identify suspects and go through the courts before they can spy on people.

They added that they are not asking for money, but want the program changed or stopped.

"I think it's going to be an extremely complicated and difficult case," he said.

Anna Smith and her attorneys have six months to make changes to their lawsuit before the next step in the process. That give them to the end of 2013.

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