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July 18 2013

Jimmy Carter : NSA Intelligence Gathering Ruining Democracy

Jimmy Carter: NSA Intelligence Gathering Ruining Democracy
http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/carter-nsa-spying-democracy/2013/07/18/id/515811

“America no longer has a functioning democracy,” former President Jimmy Carter said Wednesday, condemning the United States’ intelligence programs and the collection of data from Americans and persons overseas.

Carter, speaking at an Atlanta event sponsored by The Atlantic Bridge, a private, non-profit group working to further German-U.S. relationships, said the Obama administration has been trying to placate Europe’s anger over spying programs, the German publication Der Spiegel reports.

However, National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden’s revelations are proving useful, said Carter, because “they inform the public.”

NSA Controversy: Jimmy Carter Says U.S. “Has No Functioning Democracy” http://www.ibtimes.com/nsa-controversy-jimmy-carter-says-us-has-no-functioning-democracy-1351389
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“America does not at the moment have a functioning democracy,” he said at an event in Atlanta on Tuesday sponsored by the Atlantik Bruecke, a private nonprofit association working to further the German-U.S. relationship. The association’s name is German for “Atlantic bridge.”

Carter’s remarks didn’t appear in the American mainstream press but were reported from Atlanta by the German newsmagazine Der Spiegel, whose Washington correspondent Gregor Peter Schmitz said on Twitter he was present at the event. The story doesn’t appear in the English-language section of the Spiegel website and is only available in German.

The 39th U.S. president also said he was pessimistic about the current state of global affairs, wrote Der Spiegel, because there was “no reason for him to be optimistic at this time.” Among the developments that make him uneasy, Carter cited the “falling of Egypt under a military dictatorship.” As president, Carter managed to get then-Egyptian president Anwar Sadat and Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin to sign the Camp David peace agreements in 1979.

Carter said a bright spot was “the triumph of modern technology,” which enabled the democratic uprisings of the Arab Spring; however, the NSA spying scandal, Carter said, according to Der Spiegel, endangers precisely those developments, “as major U.S. Internet platforms such as Google or Facebook lose credibility worldwide.”

July 12 2013

Pendant que le Monde et l'AFP t'expliquent de concert que les salafistes en Syrie, c'est déjà…

Pendant que le Monde et l’AFP t’expliquent de concert que les salafistes en Syrie, c’est déjà bientôt fini, le Guardian te raconte exactement le contraire (dans un article bassement factuel, que veux-tu) : Syria’s al-Nusra Front – ruthless, organised and taking control
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/10/syria-al-nusra-front-jihadi

What changed his mind was the chaos and corruption of the FSA. He had fought four battles with the FSA, he said, and seen how they argued over the spoils in the middle of the fighting.

“Religious leaders explained to me that we should not fight blindly, that the flag of the FSA is the flag of infidel secularism and that America is our enemy, whether we declare it or not. Americans will always fight us and will never be satisfied,” he said.

“We can’t topple Bashar and hand it to the FSA to establish the same apostate secularist state. We are not fighting against Bashar only; we are fighting the system.”

The tactics with which al-Nusra is waging its war are no less brutal than those of its al-Qaida-affiliated counterparts in other areas of the Middle East. A few weeks before our visit, after a feud with a local tribe over oil, al-Nusra fighters had surrounded the village of Albu Saray and taken the whole male population of the village prisoner. A few of them were accused of killing an al-Nusra commander, and were executed, and many of the houses in the village were flattened. “Do you know why the Americans and Israelis are winning and we Arabs always lose?” asked the emir. “Because we Arabs are emotional.”

Al-Nusra, by contrast, was an international organisation, and was “not built on emotions”. Its members should be ready to kill their brothers or cousins if they were proved to have to committed apostasy.

“Hitting Albu Saray was a pre-emptive strike,” he said. “They were weak. They had a bad reputation. Kill them, and you teach more powerful tribes a lesson. They will start fearing.”

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