Jimmy Carter on NSA Spying: ‘My Own Communications Were Probably Monitored’

Former President Jimmy Carter said Sunday that since the National Security Agency likely monitors his communications, he still sends important messages through the post office.

Image source: NBC News via YouTube
Image source: NBC News via YouTube

Andrea Mitchell of “Meet the Press” spoke to Carter about the NSA’s surveillance and intelligence gathering operations and asked Carter if its argument that such activities are “critical” for protecting the American homeland are valid.

“That has been extremely liberalized and I think abused by our own intelligence agencies,” Carter responded sharply.

“As a matter of fact 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.”

“Old-fashioned snail mail,” Mitchell replied, sounding surprised.

“Yeah,” Carter answered, chuckling, “because I believe if I sent an email, it will be monitored.”

Watch the NBC clip below via YouTube:

(H/T: Mediaite)