Timeline: Delay in response to kidnap

first_imgBy Pamela Hess THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – Last spring, with insurgents apparently holding three American soldiers in Iraq, it took the U.S. government more than nine hours to begin emergency surveillance of some of the kidnappers’ electronic communications. The bulk of that time was spent on internal legal deliberations by Bush administration lawyers and intelligence officials, according to a timeline from the office of the director of national intelligence. One of the soldiers was later found dead. The other two are still listed as missing. Justice Department officials had to make several phone calls to Gonzales’ staff before they were able to speak directly with him to get his authorization for the surveillance, according to the timeline. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The delay was a centerpiece of the Bush administration’s argument to Congress in late July that the law requiring court orders to conduct electronic surveillance inside the United States was dangerously restrictive. Congress subsequently approved an amendment to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that removed the requirement for a court order to intercept foreign communications on U.S. soil. The original law was written to protect Americans from inappropriate government surveillance. The timeline, obtained Thursday by The Associated Press, showed that the Bush administration held “internal deliberations” on the “novel and complicated issues” presented by the emergency FISA request for more than four hours after the National Security Agency’s top lawyer had approved it. The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas, last week blamed the delay on unnecessary bureaucracy within the Justice Department. Justice Department and U.S. intelligence officials dispute that, and say the NSA decision alone was not legally sufficient to authorize an emergency request. “It’s not a done deal at that point,” Dean Boyd, a spokesman for Justice Department, said Thursday. “We believed we needed additional information and needed to resolve novel legal questions before we were satisfied we could take this to the attorney general.” last_img read more


first_imgST MARYS, CONVOY GAA NOTESBingo continues in the hall on Tuesdays at 8.30pm.Counties drawn in Club Lotto 17/6/14 LH MH LD FH. One person matched 3 and that was Anne McElchar Convoy, jackpot next week €3500. Training for Senior Ladies Wed from 7 on Fri 7.30 and Sun at 10.30 New Players are always welcomeJunior ladies lost out at at Home V Malin on Thurs evening also Well done to the Senior Ladies who had a good win in the 13-a-side League against Glenties St Marys 2-13 : Glenties 1-2Gaelic for Mothers and Others wed at 8.15 New Players welcome.Underage training on Friday as Normal from 6-7 U8 Blitz this Saturday. Please check FaceBook for details. Coaches will inform Children at training.The u10s were away to MacCumhaills on Saturday well done to all who took part and the Coaches who looked after the Teams .St. Mary’s u12s v MacCumhaills on Monday 23rd at Home Players be at Pitch for 5.45 throw in at 6.30 Bring €2 and Gumshield .Hard Luck to the U 14 Girls team who were beaten by Bundoran in the D County Final Thanks to Gerry Mc Laughlin Buses and WonderYears Childcare for Sponsorship of tops for the girls .U 16 girls training at 6.30 Monday U-16 Boys training this Tues at 6.330 sharp Game on Fri 27thMinor boys Championship at home V Muff on WedCul Camp 2014Camp Venue Camp Dates Convoy /Conmhaigh 30 Jun – 4 JulCost of 1st child €55.00 2nd (€45.00), 3rd/4th (€40.00)Book NowStephanie Friel 087 761883 or any Committee memberforms have been sent out through schools also .This years Cúl camp contact: Eimear Shovlin : (089) 215 2249.Senior men were beaten at Home by N.Ultan 2-10 TO 1-14Reserves won at Home to N.Ultan 2-14 to 0-7Senior Men away to Na.Rossa on Sat .GAA NEWS: CONVOY LADIES LOSE OUT TO MALIN was last modified: June 23rd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Convoy GAA noteslast_img read more