The family of Engineers Without Borders hostage, Matthew Simon, is shocked at the lack of action of the US government in handling the hostage situation in Afghanistan. "As a US citizen who has devoted his life to the cause of improving the welfare of individuals around the world and carrying the good name of the United States, we would have expected that there would be more action taken to preserve his life," said James Simon, Matthew's father. The Simon family has been holding constant vigil at the St. James Presbyterian Church in Jamestown, North Carolina. The family has been gathering there with other community members since early Friday afternoon. Said Simon's mother: "I can't believe our government isn't doing anything more to get my son back!"... Mrs. Simon encourages others "to press Washington to take swift and decisive action in bringing our children home."
In a related development, Democratic Presidential aspirant Barack Obama denounced illegal wiretapping early this morning at his campaign headquarters in Texas. Engineers Without Borders has called for a rally in front of the State Department this afternoon to protest the lack of vigorous diplomatic activity to free the hostages.
The Central Intelligence Agency indicated through a spokesman that any and all wiretaps are subject to FISA rules and are made under the authority of the President.