By JIMMY CARTER
Published: June 24, 2012 Edited by S W T Read
AMERICA THE LAND OF THE FREE...HOW FREE!
THE United States is abandoning its role as the global champion of human rights.
While the country has made mistakes in the past, the widespread abuse of human rights over the last decade has been a dramatic change from the past. 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.”
Revelations that top officials are targeting people to be assassinated abroad, including American citizens, are only the most recent, disturbing proof of how far the US nation’s violation of human rights has extended. This development began after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
This has been sanctioned and escalated by bipartisan executive and legislative actions, without dissent from the general public. As a result, our country can no longer speak with moral authority on these critical issues.
It is disturbing that, instead of strengthening these principles, the government’s counterterrorism policies are now clearly violating at least 10 of the declaration’s 30 articles, including the prohibition against “cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.”
Recent legislation has made legal the president’s right to detain a person indefinitely on suspicion of affiliation with terrorist organizations or “associated forces.”
This is a broad, vague power that can be abused without meaningful oversight from the courts or Congress ). This law violates the right to freedom of expression and to be presumed innocent until proved guilty, two other rights enshrined in the declaration.
In addition to American citizens’ being targeted for assassination or indefinite detention, recent laws have cancelled the restraints in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 to allow unprecedented violations of our rights to privacy through warrantless wiretapping and government mining of our electronic communications.
Popular state laws permit detaining individuals because of their appearance, where they worship or with whom they associate.
The leadership by the US of A is becoming more tarnished every day, only this time it is it's citizens that are the target. The people who lord the idea that small government is good for everybody are the same people who supported the intrusion of government into the private lives of it's citizens.
Through the overbearing power of the US they have dragged many other countries down the same path.
So who has won the terrorism war, the terrorists, why, because they are turning the world into a police state, they have changed the world we are now paranoid, there is now a terrorist behind every tree. YES THE TERRORISTS HAVE WON, WE HAVE LET THEM.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted in 1948 as “the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.”have we lost it's meaning.
I TOLD YOU IV'E LOOKED EVERY WHERE
WE'VE LOST IT