Jimmy Carter: I Think the NSA Is Spying on Me

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Former President Jimmy Carter thinks the NSA is spying on him. In an interview on NBC, Carter explained that he favored pen, paper and stamps to email because it meant his message wouldn't be snooped on. He explained:

"As a matter of fact, you know, I have felt that my own communications were probably monitored. And when I want to communicate with a foreign leader privately, I type or write the letter myself, put it in the post office and mail it because I believe if I sent an e-mail, it will be monitored."

Carter went on to say that the NSA's spying program have been "extremely liberalized" and have "abused our own intelligence agencies." In the coming week, officials are expected to submit final recommendation to President Obama about who should host the NSA's collected telephone metadata. [The Hill]

Official White House photo by Pete Souza under Creative Commons license.

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His email is most definitely being monitored if I had to guess. Of all people to be monitored, ex-Presidents would be pretty damned high on the list and Carter is still active in international politics so he'd probably be the highest on the list to monitor, especially when contacting foreign heads of state.