Jimmy Carter sticks to 'snail mail' in missives to world leaders

WASHINGTON Sun Mar 23, 2014 7:58pm EDT

Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter speaks during the news conference in Yangon September 26, 2013. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter speaks during the news conference in Yangon September 26, 2013.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Saying his emails are likely monitored by intelligence agencies, former President Jimmy Carter is using an old-fashioned method of communication with world leaders these days - the post office.

"As a matter of fact, you know, I have felt that my own communications are probably monitored," Carter told NBC's "Meet the Press" in an interview that aired on Sunday.

"And 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," he added.

Asked about disclosures of sweeping U.S. surveillance activities, Carter, a Democrat who served as president from 1977 to 1981, said the practice "has been extremely liberalized and, I think, abused by our own intelligence agencies."

(Reporting by Peter Cooney; Editing by Eric Walsh)

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Bfstk wrote:
President Carter might be dismayed to know that his snail mail is open, cataloged and read by the CIA. the snoops are always busy without just cause in their zeal to control the world. In fact he is probably bugged at home. They don’t trust anyone especially Presidents or congresspeople. Perhaps Mr. Carter can lead a movement to free Edward Snowden and confer a hero’s medial for freedom to him for his efforts and bravery to support the constitution in the face of the CIA, NSA FBI and a dozen shadow agencies whose initials aren’t known but all of whom are part of the intelligence snooping apparatus without warrants or good cause. Left unchecked by Mr. Snowden we wouldn’t be any the wiser today about this terrible erosion of freedom in America. It’s so bad it gives the lie to the often stated self-adulatory statement “we are the freest country in the world.” We’ve fallen for our own propaganda. Meanwhile, millions are still unable to get a decent job and will never return to the workforce while shenanigans prop up corporate profits as the currency loses its value.We are headed for destruction, we’re on the wrong path on the highway to sorrow.

Mar 23, 2014 8:52pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Bfstk wrote:
President Carter might be dismayed to know that his snail mail is open, cataloged and read by the CIA. the snoops are always busy without just cause in their zeal to control the world. In fact he is probably bugged at home. They don’t trust anyone especially Presidents or congresspeople. Perhaps Mr. Carter can lead a movement to free Edward Snowden and confer a hero’s medial for freedom to him for his efforts and bravery to support the constitution in the face of the CIA, NSA FBI and a dozen shadow agencies whose initials aren’t known but all of whom are part of the intelligence snooping apparatus without warrants or good cause. Left unchecked by Mr. Snowden we wouldn’t be any the wiser today about this terrible erosion of freedom in America. It’s so bad it gives the lie to the often stated self-adulatory statement “we are the freest country in the world.” We’ve fallen for our own propaganda. Meanwhile, millions are still unable to get a decent job and will never return to the workforce while shenanigans prop up corporate profits as the currency loses its value.We are headed for destruction, we’re on the wrong path on the highway to sorrow.

Mar 23, 2014 8:52pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Bfstk wrote:
President Carter might be dismayed to know that his snail mail is open, cataloged and read by the CIA. the snoops are always busy without just cause in their zeal to control the world. In fact he is probably bugged at home. They don’t trust anyone especially Presidents or congresspeople. Perhaps Mr. Carter can lead a movement to free Edward Snowden and confer a hero’s medial for freedom to him for his efforts and bravery to support the constitution in the face of the CIA, NSA FBI and a dozen shadow agencies whose initials aren’t known but all of whom are part of the intelligence snooping apparatus without warrants or good cause. Left unchecked by Mr. Snowden we wouldn’t be any the wiser today about this terrible erosion of freedom in America. It’s so bad it gives the lie to the often stated self-adulatory statement “we are the freest country in the world.” We’ve fallen for our own propaganda. Meanwhile, millions are still unable to get a decent job and will never return to the workforce while shenanigans prop up corporate profits as the currency loses its value.We are headed for destruction, we’re on the wrong path on the highway to sorrow.

Mar 23, 2014 8:52pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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