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Jimmy Carter Condemns U.S. Foreign Policy

Former U.S. President and Nobel Prize winner Jimmy Carter, the last U.S. President with a conscience, whose re-election was derailed more by George H.W. Bush's "October Surprise"-Iran treason than by anything Reagan offered, just came out very publically against the U.S. Foreign Policy of Obama and Bush.

"While the country has made mistakes in the past, the widespread abuse of human rights over the last decade has been a dramatic change from the past.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights , adopted in 1948 with US leadership, has been invoked by human rights activists and the international community to replace most of the world’s dictatorships with democracies and to promote the rule of law in domestic and global affairs. It is disturbing that, instead of strengthening these principles, our government’s counter-terrorism policies are now clearly violating at least 10 of the declaration’s 30 articles, including the prohibition against 'cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment'.

Recent US legislation has made legal the president’s right to detain a person indefinitely on suspicion of affiliation with terrorist organisations or 'associated forces'. This law violates the right to freedom of expression and to be presumed innocent until proved guilty, two other rights enshrined in the declaration.

There are unprecedented violations of our rights to privacy through warrantless wiretapping and government mining of our electronic communications. Popular state laws permit detaining individuals because of their appearance, where they worship or with whom they associate.

Despite an arbitrary rule that any man killed by drones is declared an enemy terrorist, the death of nearby innocent women and children is accepted as inevitable. After more than 30 airstrikes on civilian homes this year in Afghanistan, President Hamid Karzai has demanded that such attacks end, but the practice continues in areas of Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen that are not in any war zone. We don’t know how many hundreds of innocent civilians have been killed in these attacks, each one approved by the highest authorities in Washington. This would have been unthinkable in previous times."


Turning to the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, Carter says of the 169 prisoners held there: "About half have been cleared for release, yet have little prospect of ever obtaining their freedom. American authorities have revealed that, in order to obtain confessions, some of the few being tried (only in military courts) have been tortured by waterboarding more than 100 times or intimidated with semiautomatic weapons, power drills or threats to sexually assault their mothers. Astoundingly, these facts cannot be used as a defence by the accused, because the government claims they occurred under the cover of ‘national security’. Most of the other prisoners have no prospect of ever being charged or tried either."

Instead of making the world safer, "America’s violation of international human rights abets our enemies and alienates our friends", says the former president.


Article Link: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/06/25/jimmy-carter-slams-u-s...

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Good article. Thanks for

Good article. Thanks for speaking up, Mr. Carter. Encouraging.

Hypocrite or not

His point is direct and should concern everyone. Even though I've heard Many of JC's opinions on the news over the years, sadly, I don't think the MSN will be reporting this one.

Say what you will about Carter...

He's right on this issue, and I'm glad he is becoming more vocal about it.

Nobody "de-railed" Carter's re-election

He did that all by himself.

Not True

The treasonous backdoor October Surprise - Iran negotiations arranged by George H.W. Bush, James A. Baker, and the CIA (with Ronald Reagan's foreknowledge), resulted in a deliberate holdup in the release of the U.S. Hostages.

This was done purely for partisan political reasons, something that apparently people like you still are fooled by, and of course totally against the interests of the Country...and the Hostages themselves.

More than just an act of Treason, this effected the direction of this Country (which returned back to Vietnam-era Military expansion and CIA dirty-tricks on a monolithic scale under Reagan-Bush).

Of course, had the Hostages been released before the 1980 Election then the incumbant President would have gotten a big public boost in the polls, as the so-called "crisis" (yet a minor incident by today's standards) would have been all over with.

Carter's internal sabotage is what Paul also faces.

both carter and paul make the same mistake of wanting to only be associated and in one of the two estab parties. when you do that, you don't get to control as those in your staff make much of those decisions.

virtually of paul's staff is establishment and no libertarians. so you are not going to get the toughness you want. (of course, regardless rp supporters don't care and give donations when crony tate asks for it).

if you go independnet or part of lib or const or 3rd party, then you can start making more deciisons on your own and not allow things to occur like you described above.

thanks for bringing about the facts. carter is indeed a good man, but was setup by none other than romney's own friends and endorsers, ex - the bush family.


Oh please.

Under the Carter Administration:

- the inflation rate doubled, hitting as high as 14.78%

- cost of living adjustments doubled

- interest rates tripled (that's tripled)

- the Department of Education was established (more gov.)

- the Department of Energy was established (more gov.)

His own policies set himself up for failure. If he had been a decent president in the first place, he would not have been so vulnerable to the "October Surprise" (assuming that the conspiracy theory is true).

So, regardless of who was "fooled", Carter was still a lackluster president.

You're right but that's not this point.

He was no liberatarian on entitlements or spending but he never took the US into war....../VERY libertarian!!....very Christian.



You can't get clean in a dirty bathtub.

and Carter was

a lot more responsible about deficits. He warned about failing
to live within our means and tried to balance the budget, the deficits
to explode under Reagan - which Ron Paul mentions in his letter resigning
from the Republican Party...

From RP's 1987 resignation letter:

"Since 1981, however, I have gradually and steadily grown weary of the Republican Party’s efforts to reduce the size of the federal government. Since then Ronald Reagan and the Republican Party have given us skyrocketing deficits, and astoundingly a doubled national debt. How is it that the party of balanced budgets, with control of the White House and Senate, accumulated red ink greater than all previous administrations put together? Tip O’Neill, although part of the problem, cannot alone be blamed.

Tax revenues are up 59 percent since 1980. Because of our economic growth? No. During Carter’s four years, we had growth of 37.2 percent; Reagan’s five years have given us 30.7 percent. The new revenues are due to four giant Republican tax increases since 1981.

All republicans rightly chastised Carter for his $38 billion deficit. But they ignore or even defend deficits of $220 billion, as government spending has grown 10.4 percent per year since Reagan took office, while the federal payroll has zoomed by a quarter of a million bureaucrats."


Federal Reserve Policy

Of course, it was the Rothschild's Federal Reserve Central Bank Monopoly which controlled the Interest Rates, and ruined the Economy -- not the President himself.

Furthermore, what the Country was suffering from was Richard Nixon's complete de-linking of the U.S. Dollar with Gold, and the inflationary effects of the Vietnam War.

Ron Paul himself talks about these things, as the root cause of the Economic problems of the 1970s.

At least Carter did not quadurple the National Debt, double the size of the U.S. Military Empire, get us involved in an illegal Central American War, Sell Arms to Iran (our Enemy?) in violation of the Law to finance it, and employ George H. W. Bush like Ronald Reagan did.

Carter was a failure and a

Carter was a failure and a dangerous one at that.

Everyone Since CARTER was A Far Greater Failure!!

Jimmy Carter was not perfect, but all the U.S. Presidents that we've had since him were far more dishonest, far more immoral, and far more brazenly corrupt.

Jimmy Carter the only U.S. President to try to address our National Sovereignty threatening Dependence on Foreign Oil.

Not only that, but he actually installed Solar Panels in the White House -- which were later dismantled by the corrupt Oil-Monopoly-loving Reagan & Bush (who also pinned us into a wider series of corrupt relations and dependency with Saudi Arabia).

Carter was also the last U.S. President to actually reduce the CIA footprint, and take people (criminals) off the rolls.

Finally, the U.S. Debt was something like 80 billions under Jimmy Carter. Today it is somewhere around $18 Trillion. Think about that!!! And Carter was the last U. S. President that we had to serve without plunging our Nation into any major War.

This Country never had 4 consecutive years of peace -- either since Jimmy Carter or before him from the 1930s onward. I wish that we had more Presidents with his morality, respect for peace, and basic human rights.

Had Ted Kennedy not opposed Carter in 1980 and divided-up his own Party, Carter would have likely won re-election. The real mystery is why didn't Kennedy wait until 1984 to make a White House bid where there would be no imcumbant? Probably because Kennedy knew that he would not really be allowed to win (the Banksters and MIC would not allow that), and so he just wanted to influence the Health Care debate of that time.

Jimmy Carter is no saint

Talk is cheap. When Jimmy Carter was president he directed massive human rights violations, including genocide, in Indonesia. They were committed by the ruling dictator supported by the Carter administration and here he's now condemning the support of brutal dictatorship. The dictator had U.S. troops and "advisors" on the ground providing training and logistic support and the U.S. was selling to him the weapons that were used to exterminate hundreds of thousands of unarmed civilians. Carter is a war criminal like the rest of them. He only has a better PR department.

Carter is a good man

Sometimes politicians have to actually engage in this damned blood sport......US politics, but that doesn't mean that he shouldn't pick his battles....no offense intended to Indonesians.



You can't get clean in a dirty bathtub.

Hail Carter

Carter is awesome. I am glad someone has come out against the deafening silence of our regime military state.

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WTF! Are you Stupid? I was there when he gave away

control of the canal zone. He did more damage to the people of Panama than Noriega. He started the Iran Contra BS. He gave us up to the NWO totally.

Carter is just as much a criminal as Reagen, Bush, Clinton, Bush and Obama!

This piece of shit is trying to help his heart feel better and hoping to purchase his way into heaven. All Presidents mentioned above are destined to hell and should burn for eternity.

Semper Fi their NWO Asses.


1976-1982 USMC, Having my hands in the soil keeps me from soiling my hands on useless politicians.


Carter probably did facilitate NWO but not willingly and without conscience. Jimmy Carter is a good man.



You can't get clean in a dirty bathtub.

There were no WARS under Jimmy Carter

And you're wrong -- Jimmy Carter never sold weapons to Iran, and he had nothing to do with the Central American Warfare and the funneling weapons to Contras.

That all happened in the 1980s (Reagan-Bush).

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Maybe you should have been

in Panama with me. I was only 17. I understood. The people of Panama told me some truth! Our government certainly didn't.

Semper Fi my Little friend!

PS: Jimmy Carter started more PRIVATE WARS than you know! It was a continuation of the status quo. Just like Reagen. Nothing different. Dems, Repubs. They are going to kill us all or we have to eliminate them.


1976-1982 USMC, Having my hands in the soil keeps me from soiling my hands on useless politicians.

Please elucidate.

I'm open to information that could change my mind but I think you'd have your work cut out for you. There are areas that Ron Paul, Jimmy Carter, Mohammed Ali, John Lennon, the Dalai Lama,Martin Luther King Jr., Bob Marley, Jesus Christ and Mohandas K. Gandhi hold as Truth.

They are, in order:

and Hindu.

Libertarians all.



You can't get clean in a dirty bathtub.

John Lennon did not define himself as an atheist

Lennon talked quite a lot about spirituality, enlightenment in various interviews, and denied the "atheist" label.

He was against mindless Religion doctrine which is something quite different.

BMWJIM's picture

Research! Walk in many shoes!

Talk to the Marines and Rangers that were there. Do you really think it started under Reagan. Nothing starts in just one Administration that doesn't go on for years.

Carter was OWNED just like ALL THE REST. He is no Freaking Hero.


1976-1982 USMC, Having my hands in the soil keeps me from soiling my hands on useless politicians.

Never said he was a hero




You can't get clean in a dirty bathtub.