Jimmy Carter believes the NSA monitors his e-mails
March 23rd, 2014
01:47 PM ET
9 years ago

Jimmy Carter believes the NSA monitors his e-mails

(CNN) - Former President Jimmy Carter said Sunday he believes the National Security Agency is monitoring his e-mails, so when he wants to communicate with a foreign leader, he sends an old-fashioned letter via snail mail.

Asked by NBC's Andrea Mitchell about the debate surrounding the spy agency and the conflict between privacy and national security, Carter said the surveillance practices have "been extremely liberalized and I think abused by our own intelligence agencies."

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"As a matter of fact, you know, I have felt that my own communications were probably monitored, and when I want to communicate with a foreign leader privately, I type or write the letter myself, put it in the post office and mail it," Carter said.

Regarding the crisis in Ukraine, Carter said there must be a "concerted international" effort to keep Russian President Vladimir Putin from going beyond Crimea.

But, he added, President Barack Obama doesn't ask for his advice on the matter - or any foreign policy issues.

"President Obama doesn't, but previously presidents have called on me," he said, adding that differences over policy in the Middle East may have put distance between the two.

"I think the problem was that - in dealing with the issue of peace in between Israel and Egypt - the Carter Center has taken a very strong and public position of equal treatment between the Palestinians and the Israelis," he said

"And I think this was a sensitive area in which the President didn't want to be involved."

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soundoff (128 Responses)
  1. Mr. Jeff O'Dette

    President Carter would NEVER let some morons faith come before somebody else's RIGHTS!!!

    March 24, 2014 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  2. What's in that Tea Anyway?

    @Cliff Robeson

    Jimmy………..that's what you get for supporting Obummer! I hate to think what you would be saying if it had been the Tea Party.


    Oh That's it....President Obama set-up the NSA to spy on white folks, in particular Tea baggers. Geesh, keep trying genius, but call Rush Burger and Fannity for better lines of stupid to parrot

    March 24, 2014 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  3. Phil Esteen

    If James Carter, the best and most moral President in modern American history, believes that 'snail mail' is the best choice for his communications, then the rest of America can simply 'suck it up' and accept his decision.

    Knowing the dismal jealousy and petty hate that most conservatives have for this intelligent, compassionate and learned man – which is hilariously ironic considering the right's fallacious insistence that ONLY IT sports Christian values – I would not be least bit surprised to learn that 'black op Republicans' are tapping his phone. Heck, Republicans have been criminally tapping phone lines since their erstwhile hero, Richard Nixon, tried to corrupt an American election.

    March 24, 2014 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
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