Former President Jimmy Carter has joined civil libertarians in denouncing President Barack Obama for his “widespread abuse of human rights” by authorizing drone strikes to kill suspected terrorists. Obama has continued the drones strikes despite the public demand of Pakistan and other countries that he stop the attacks on sovereign territory. While the United States would never tolerate such attacks on our soil and would treat them as an act of war, Obama officials have said that the attacks will continue so long as it views them to be in our national interest. Carter also denounced Obama’s continued use of Guantanamo Bay, his continuation of abusive surveillance programs, denial of privacy protections of citizens and other violations.
While avoiding the direct mention of Obama’s name as opposed to referring to his Administration, Carter cited the clear violations of 10 of the 30 articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in a New York Times op-ed on Monday that the “United States is abandoning its role as the global champion of human rights.” He noted that we are not only violating international law but that “[i]nstead of making the world safer, America’s violation of international human rights abets our enemies and alienates our friends.”
Since January 2009, we have carried out an estimated 265 drone strikes in Pakistan alone — killing at least 1,488 people (1,343 of them considered militants).
The United States now routinely commits acts that would be deemed acts of war against other nations. For example, consider the recently reported computer virus unleashed by U.S. and Israeli intelligence on Iran’s nuclear program reportedly caused explosions at a critical plant and damaged the entire program. The use of Stuxnet and later Flame has been heralded as a great success — even the later now appears to have spread to other nations causing disruptions. The use of “cyber missiles” differs little in impact from a bombing raid or an assassination on foreign territory. In this case it caused an explosion — a classic form of sabotage. Imagine Iran sabotaging a U.S. nuclear plant. Not only is the use of these virus an obvious act of aggression, it has denied the U.S. the moral authority to object to current attacks by China and North Korea. We have started a cyber war. Just as with our torture program, our objections to the conduct of nations like China is viewed as blatant hypocrisy abroad.
Carter’s public condemnation highlights the widening gap between the Administration and civil libertarians — some of whom are unwilling to vote for a president who has committed such violations as well as publicly refused to allow CIA employees to be prosecuted for torture (let alone Bush officials). The current presidential race presents the greatest ethical challenge for civil libertarians in decades with good people falling on both sides of this ongoing debate.
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“Asked why opinion polls consistently rank Pakistan among the most anti-American countries in the world, Khar responded with a single word: “Drones.””
(Color me surprised. Laced with sarcasm.)
Like many of the people posting here, I am appauled at the President’s willingness to sanction drone strikes, refuse the prosecution of alleged torturers and the like. I voted for him in 2008 expecting a progressive agenda, and he has more than disappointed me. As such, I will be voting for Jill Stein of the Green Party. The Democrats will get my vote again once they begin resembling Dennis Kucinich more than Dick Cheney.
Reblogged this on Somali UDHR Human Rights.
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
Do you have a source for that assertion?
If Carter said “…that people who didn’t agree with every single aspect of Obama’s ideas and policies were obviously racist,” it should be easy for you to find that quote, right?
Thanks in advance!
So carter finds fault with Obama…
Wasn’t that long ago when Carter was claiming that people who didn’t agree with every single aspect of Obama’s ideas and policies were obviously racist.
Thanks for the info. Late from me, but u may see this.
Since voting, so far has not lead to betterment I am willing to go back to the alt. candidate signal. The anti-Vietnam was successful or not? Don’t know, but democracy is not working.
BarkinDog here. The Sparkin Dog commenter above is not from this dogpack. As to Carter. I recall being in the Far East during his term. He should have followed the advice of Saturday Night Live. Bomb, Bomb, Iran,
Carter, in his dotage is like a poodle that thinks his feces dont stink. Watch old Jimmy bug his eyes out in TV interviews when he is trying to make a point. This is the biggest ego tripper to get into and out of the Oval Office since FDR. At least FDR went out feet first. Did not bother to tell his Vice President that we had the Atom Bom either.
How big a ripple? I don’t know. But the vote counters on the various campaigns don’t worry about the 60% who don’t vote. However, if enough of those who usually stay home and those who normally pick the lesser evil actually get out and vote but vote for someone else, the vote counters on the campaigns and those picking the candidates will want to know why the sheeple are no longer acting like sheep by voting lesser evil or not at all.
My one vote might not mean much, but when added to my neighbor’s vote and your vote, and your neighbor’s vote, and …. pretty soon you have enough to make a real difference.
IMO, just staying home is giving tacit consent to the evil. Voting for someone besides the lesser evil sends a message. I don’t know how much is needed to effect serious change.
I’ve done write-ins when I had no other option figured out. In my experience, write-in votes rarely get counted. In some jurisdictions, write-ins are counted only if you jump thru some hoops before the election. It gives you satisfaction but doesn’t really send a message.
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