Former US President Jimmy Carter thinks the NSA is spying on him, so he doesn’t use email


Former US President, Jimmy Carter, believes the NSA is spying on him. Instead of taking his chances, he tells NBC in an interview that he goes with a more traditional form of communication instead of electronic communication:

“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 because I believe if I sent an e-mail, it will be monitored.”

When asked for his thoughts on the NSA’s widely criticized surveillance programs, the former president called them “extremely liberalized” and said that they “abused our own intelligence agencies.”

This semi-bombshell by Jimmy Carter comes on the heels of an expectation that President Obama will announce major NSA metadata collection reform. Let’s see what happens.

[via Gizmodo]

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  • kevbo

    You mean those first two years in office when his own party controlled both houses? Hmm…you’ll have to come up with another excuse…maybe something to do with Bush.

  • Ashraf

    [@Darcy] I have never understood all this Obama hate. What makes him any worse (or better) than previous presidents? Just because Obama pushed an agenda that you (the figurative you, not you you) don’t agree with doesn’t make him bad (and vice versa).

    To me, presidents are mostly the same: they (typically) have very little effect on the lives of ordinary Americans. And, honestly, that is how it should be. We are a country of over 300 million people. I don’t give a rat’s ass if he or she was voted into office, one person shouldn’t be allowed to dramatically change the lives of millions of people.

  • Ashraf

    I’m sure if NSA & co really wanted to spy on Jimmy Carter, they would intercept his mail without a second thought. Plus, what is to stop NSA & co from inserting keyloggers, etc. on the computer or typewriter used by ole Jimmy? Meh. If they want to spy on you, you really can’t escape.

  • etim

    [@Darcy] Yeah, it’s kinda hard to be as effective when, on your 1st few days on the job, your co-workers publicly announce that they’re gonna make it their prime objective to obstruct all your efforts and get you fired early.

  • etim

    I heard it was because he couldn’t find the “send” button on his typewriter.

    Though in seriousness, how could he safely expect to not be spied on if he DIDN’T use a typewriter and avoided computers entirely?

  • Mike S.

    [@kevbo] Not quite sure I follow your second comment–Pres. Carter simply reflects the concern that so many of us have, of the government’s unneeded violation of our privacy . . . .

  • Barak Obama does remind me a lot of Jimmy Carter, they are equally ineffective as President.

  • kevbo

    “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 ”

    Poor President Carter. Although I’ve always admired the man for the courage of his personal convictions, I consider him to be the second worst president in my lifetime. Its unfortunate that intelligence, unlike a fine vintage, does not always become more robust with the passage of time.