Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter tells reporters that,
“America does not have a functioning democracy at this point in time.”
He also spoke with CNN about Edward Snowden.
“He’s obviously violated the laws of America, for which he’s responsible, but I think the invasion of human rights and American privacy has gone too far,” saying that nations were within their right to offer asylum to Snowden. “I think that the secrecy that has been surrounding this invasion of privacy has been excessive, so I think that the bringing of it to the public notice has probably been, in the long term, beneficial.”
– Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Source: Huffington Post.
Maybe some of you saw President Obama squirming on the Tonight Show the other night, denying Snowden’s revelations of domestic spying programs, claiming that he’s put safeguards in place, that Bush is the real culprit, and so on. Really? You’re going to blame former President George Bush? You’ve been in office for five to six years now, but you just haven’t had a chance to put an end to any of the spying and domestic surveillance his administration put in place? Give me a break. Here’s a short clip with some thoughtful analysis.
As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I’ve been reading MIT Professor Noam Chomsky’s books lately. My opinion on the Edward Snowden situation is identical to his, which he elaborates in this clip below.