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Former US president slams drone attacks

December 09, 2012 - Updated 20 PKT
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WASHINGTON: Former US President Jimmy Carter has slammed American assassination drone strikes in other countries, saying that killing civilians in such attacks would in fact nurture terrorism.


"I personally think we do more harm than good by having our drones attack some potential terrorists who have not been tried or proven that they are guilty," Carter said in an interview with Russia Today.


"But in the meantime, the drone attacks also kill women and children, sometimes in weddings... so this is the kind of thing we should correct," he added.


Carter, who served as US president from 1976 to 1980, also criticized incumbent American policy makers for violating the country's "long-standing policy" of "preserving the privacy of US citizens."


"We now pass laws that permit eavesdropping on private phone calls and private communication," he noted, explaining that in the past, in order to do that, the government had to obtain a court ruling that proved the nation's national security was at risk, "which was very rare, but now it's done all over America."


"We need to back off [and] restore basic human rights as spelled out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)," the former US president underlined.


He concluded by saying that there are 30 paragraphs in the UDHR, "and at present time, my country, the US, is violating 10 out of the 30." (Monitoring Desk)

Reader Comments
Thats right Munir, blame the Israelis for the drone attacks. They're the cause of global warming and the aids virus as well. Time to pull your head out of the sand.

I don't think Jimmy Carter needs to consider whether his country is committing terrorism.

Jed Bartlett
For this sort of action, Carter should be considered the best ex-President in history. If the mass media outlets were worth anything, they would all be headlining this.

How ironic that the very man I voted against in 1980 is the only former president speaking against this madness. I'm sorry Jimmy!

Carter's presidency was sabotaged by the 'National Security State'(Pentagon-CIA) and he is the only president that dares to speak the truth about the anti-democratic and anti-human measures that it imposes on our presidents and other leaders who blindly and unquestioningly follow its dictates.

Carter, Ventura, McKinney, Kucinich, Paul, and Nader all vs DRONES

Nader Paul Kucinich McKinney Ventura Carter
Jimmy Carter for President in 2016! Our last President for Peace.

Rick Shaddock
Dragon from Germany (cont.): In addition to food stamps, the US government give out free cell phones to those who have not worked or attempted to work for over a year, claiming that having a phone is a 'necessity'. Every month, more and more laws are being passed that restrict us of our basic human rights. Yet rarely do people notice this. Most Americans are too ignorant to see the big picture. But there are some of us who understand, and more everyday.

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