NEW YORK — Former President Jimmy Carter said Monday that U.S. intelligence monitoring has run out of control since the Sept. 11 terror attacks, and he now hand-writes and mails sensitive letters to foreign and American leaders because he can't trust his email or phone to be secure.
He had begun this practice well before National Security Agency contract worker Edward Snowden leaked a trove of documents last year. The documents disclosed that the NSA was archiving the meta-data on telephone calls and emails and had secretly tapped into the main communications links that connect Yahoo and Google data centers around the world.
"I don't think there's any doubt now that the NSA or other agencies monitor or record almost every telephone call made in the United States, including cellphones, and I presume email as well," Carter told the Associated Press in an interview. "We've gone a long way down the road of violating Americans' basic civil rights, as far as privacy is concerned."
Carter said the surveillance state is now so omniscient that he has turned to snail mail in an effort to avoid snooping.