Former President Jimmy Carter says NSA likely spying on his communications [World Socialist Website]

By Andre Damon
26 March 2014

Jimmy Carter, the 39th president of the United States, told reporters this week that he believes that the National Security Administration (NSA) is monitoring his telephone calls and emails, and that he does not use email for sensitive political correspondence.

Carter told CNBC’s Andrea Mitchell on Sunday’s “Meet the Press”, “You know, I have felt that my own communications are probably monitored.” He added, “When I want to communicate with a foreign leader privately, I type or write a letter myself, put it in the post office and mail it… Because I believe if I send an email it will be monitored.”

The fact that a former president cannot communicate without fear that his communications will be illegally read is a damning exposure of the extent to which the constitutional prohibition against unreasonable searches and seizures has been rendered a dead letter in the United States. The country is run by an unrestrained military/intelligence apparatus that has the ability to spy on the correspondence of anyone, including Congress members and presidents.

The fact is that the NSA and other intelligence agencies intercept, store, and read not only Carter’s communications, but those of millions of American citizens. Carter acknowledged this fact when he noted to the Associated Press, “I don’t think there’s any doubt now that the NSA or other agencies monitor or record almost every telephone call made in the United States, including cellphones, and I presume email as well. We’ve gone a long way down the road of violating Americans’ basic civil rights, as far as privacy is concerned.”

Carter said that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (FISA), which he signed into law, had been dramatically expanded in recent decades to allow unlimited unconstitutional wiretapping by the NSA and other intelligence agencies. “After 9/11 took place, under President George W. Bush and later under President Obama, the FISA Act has been drastically modified,” Carter told the Associated Press. He said it is now used as “mainly a rubber stamp” to allow unrestrained domestic spying…

…These remarks are the latest in a string of warnings from Carter about the collapse of democratic forms of rule in the United States. At a public event last year, he declared, “America has no functioning democracy at this moment”…

Excerpted; full article link: https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/03/26/cart-m26.html

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