Jimmy Carter Bashes Obama For Widespread Abuse Of Human Rights
Report via ABC. Carter's full New York Times' piece here: A Cruel and Unusual Record. He doesn't name Obama but that's obviously the man most responsible for current American policy. I tend to agree with Carter more on the Civil Rights aspects. He criticizes Gitmo remaining open, as well.
Regardless of how one feels on the different aspects of Carter's complaint, there's still something unseemly seeing a former president exploit his position for these sweeping statements Carter is prone to make. That he was such a dismal, failed president doesn't exactly afford him much room to talk, either. Again, via ABC, or, just read Carter's words for yourself.
A former U.S. president is accusing the current president of sanctioning the "widespread abuse of human rights" by authorizing drone strikes to kill suspected terrorists.
Jimmy Carter, America's 39 th president, denounced the Obama administration for "clearly violating" 10 of the 30 articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, writing in a New York Times op-ed on Monday that the "United States is abandoning its role as the global champion of human rights."
"Instead of making the world safer, America's violation of international human rights abets our enemies and alienates our friends," Carter wrote.
In addition to the drone strikes, Carter criticized the current president for keeping the Guantanamo Bay detention center open, where prisoners "have been tortured by waterboarding more than 100 times or intimidated with semiautomatic weapons, power drills or threats to sexually assault their mothers."
The former president blasted the government for allowing "unprecedented violations of our rights to privacy through warrantless wiretapping and government mining of our electronic communications."