Former United States President Jimmy Carter has reportedly come out in support of National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden.
According to German news source Spiegel Online, Jimmy Carter has not only defended the NSA leaker but has also condemned U.S. global ‘spying’ efforts.
Carter said, “America has no functioning democracy,” while speaking at a meeting of the "Atlantic Bridge" in Atlanta. Ex-US President also added, “I think the invasion of privacy has gone too far," Carter reportedly told CNN. “And I think that is why the secrecy was excessive." Praising Snowden’s effort to help bring out the classified information through the leaks could be useful (and not treacherous) because they inform the public.”
This is a very important statement for the reason that it is coming from a former United States president, and a “democrat” president for that matter. This gives much weight to the anti-NSA snooping argument that U.S. was wrong to carry out unauthorized mass surveillance programs.
Jimmy Carter has been quite vocal about his views regarding United States abandoning its role as the global champion of human rights. Last year, he wrote an op-ed in The New York Times pointing out that ‘certain laws had canceled the restraints in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 to allow unprecedented violations of [Americans’] rights to privacy through warrantless wiretapping and government mining of our electronic communications.’
And that’s what exactly has been happening. The top secret, mass ‘snooping’ surveillance programs such as PRISM and Boundless Informant, according to Snowden’s leaks, were being used to not only spy on American people but also on people (and governments) of other countries of the world.
Although, according to the German news source, Jimmy Carter expressed his pro-Edward Snowden views to CNN, there is not much (or any) reporting found on his statement in the mainstream media. The news is however being shared on social media platforms such as Reddit and Twitter and people are wondering as to why major news organizations are not interested in covering former U.S. president’s statement over the NSA scandal which undoubtedly holds a lot of impact and importance in U.S. politics.
Or perhaps this is not at all surprising given the fact that several attempts are being made to ‘tailor’ news stories being manufactured and going into the U.S. But this is just an assumption. Just an assumption.