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Published On: Thu, Jul 5th, 2012

Jimmy Carter accuses President Obama of ‘human rights abuse’ with drone policy

It’s an unusual situation when a former President of the United States criticizes a sitting POTUS and even rarer when one from the same political party does it to another.

Public domain photo/ Jimmy Carter circa 1978

However, former President Jimmy Carter had some harsh words for the current President and his policy on drone use in which he stated the Obama administration is “clearly violating” 10 of the 30 articles of  the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, according to a New York Times op-ed on June 24.

While Carter never calls Obama by name in the piece, he did specifically say, “the highest authorities in Washington”.

Carter points out:

With leadership from the United States, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted in 1948 as “the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.” This was a bold and clear commitment that power would no longer serve as a cover to oppress or injure people, and it established equal rights of all people to life, liberty, security of person, equal protection of the law and freedom from torture, arbitrary detention or forced exile.

Instead of strengthening and reinforcing these principles, Carter says, “The United States is abandoning its role as the global champion of human rights and can no longer speak with moral authority on these critical issues.”

The 39th President also said,

“Recent legislation has made legal the president’s right to detain a person indefinitely on suspicion of affiliation with terrorist organizations or “associated forces,” a broad, vague power that can be abused without meaningful oversight from the courts or Congress (the law is currently being blocked by a federal judge). This law violates the right to freedom of expression and to be presumed innocent until proved guilty, two other rights enshrined in the declaration.”

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.”

 

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- Writer, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch. Robert has been covering news in the areas of health, world news and politics for a variety of online news sources. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the website, Outbreak News Today and hosts the podcast, Outbreak News Interviews on iTunes, Stitcher and Spotify Robert is politically Independent and a born again Christian Follow @bactiman63

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