Jimmy Carter: US Guilty of 'Widespread Abuse of Human Rights'
by Mark Ivy
As Ronald Reagan would say to Jimmy Carter, "There you go again."
Former President Carter is once more making controversial comments. This time Carter is accusing the US of A of "widespread abuse of human rights". The charge is aimed directly at President Barack Obama and his use of drones to take out 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.
This cannot be welcome news for the President locked in a fight to keep his job come November. The man many on the right accuse him of emulating, Carter, is stinging the Administration on an issue that has already raised the ire of many in the international community.
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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."
He also condemned recent legislation that gives the president the power to detain suspected terrorists indefinitely, although a federal judge blocked the law from taking effect for any suspects not affiliated with the September 11 terrorist attacks.
"This law violates the right to freedom of expression and to be presumed innocent until proved guilty, two other rights enshrined in the declaration," Carter said.
While Carter never mentioned Obama by name, he called out "our government" and "the highest authorities in Washington," and urged "concerned citizens" to "persuade Washington to reverse course and regain moral leadership."
From the Cornfield, as the President struggles to fend off the attacks from presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney, having rancor from a former Democratic President must be eating at Team Obama as it plots the President's survival in Chicago.