US “has no functioning democracy,” says Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter: US “has no functioning democracy”
The former president weighs in on NSA and the future of Internet platforms like Google and Facebook
By Alberto Riva

Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter is so concerned about the NSA spying scandal that he thinks it has essentially resulted in a suspension of American democracy.

“America does not at the moment have a functioning democracy,” he said at an event in Atlanta on Tuesday sponsored by the Atlantik Bruecke, a private nonprofit association working to further the German-U.S. relationship. The association’s name is German for “Atlantic bridge.”

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