Jimmy Carter: US “Has No Functioning Democracy”

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By Alberto Riva, International Business Times

19 July 13

ormer U.S. president Jimmy Carter is so concerned about the NSA spying scandal that he thinks it has essentially resulted in a suspension of American democracy.

“America does not at the moment have a functioning democracy,” he said at an event in Atlanta on Tuesday sponsored by the Atlantik Bruecke, a private nonprofit association working to further the German-U.S. relationship. The association’s name is German for “Atlantic bridge.”

Carter’s remarks didn’t appear in the American mainstream press but were reported from Atlanta by the German newsmagazine Der Spiegel, whose Washington correspondent Gregor Peter Schmitz said on Twitter he was present at the event. The story doesn’t appear in the English-language section of the Spiegel website and is only available in German.

The 39th U.S. president also said he was pessimistic about the current state of global affairs, wrote Der Spiegel, because there was “no reason for him to be optimistic at this time.” Among the developments that make him uneasy, Carter cited the “falling of Egypt under a military dictatorship.” As president, Carter managed to get then-Egyptian president Anwar Sadat and Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin to sign the Camp David peace agreements in 1979.

Carter said a bright spot was “the triumph of modern technology,” which enabled the democratic uprisings of the Arab Spring; however, the NSA spying scandal, Carter said, according to Der Spiegel, endangers precisely those developments, “as major U.S. Internet platforms such as Google or Facebook lose credibility worldwide.”

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6 Responses to Jimmy Carter: US “Has No Functioning Democracy”

  1. DB says:

    When Jimmy Carter was president, GE patented a process that used *spent* nuclear rods as energy producing products, thereby eliminating the need for radioactive waste dumps. Jimmy Carter squelched the use of this technology and today, our country and every other country with nuclear power is littered with radioactive waste dumps. This move maintained the control the oil and gas industry has on the world. Wouldn’t you say that was one of the greatest threats to “democracy”?

    • Jean says:

      Do you REALLY think Jimmy Carter had a choice about what he did back then? I’ve read that they told him what to do . . . or else . . . Hugs, ~Jena

      • DB says:

        Isn’t this why the country is in the shape it’s in? If you don’t stand up for your convictions, then you play into their hands. Our politicians have said *yes* way too many times. Just who is supposed to stand up to the shadow government if not the people we supposedly elected to represent us? “Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.”

        • Jean says:

          You are right, DB, but how many of you would have stood up as you say? Would you have? Talk is easy, I think, but stepping to the line is another cup of tea. Would you step to the line, for instance, only to see members of your family murdered? Especially, when for years those of us who have understood have had to stand alone against our very neighbors, who still won’t listen? It’s a pretty lonely world out there, if you step to the line, and no one hears, or they shurg their shoulders and walk away, and if the press doesn’t even tell the tale. Hugs, ~Jean

  2. ohnwentsya says:

    Reblogged this on Spirit In Action and commented:
    Jimmy Carter has always impressed me as both wise and knowledgeable. I am glad he chose to speak out on this. Too often we will make excuses for things under “our man” that we would be outraged by under the other party. Carter knows firsthand just how little control ur President really has no matter which party he belongs to.

  3. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    IF HE THINKS SO….?????

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