Why Hasn't Jimmy Been Canonized Yet?
Nov. 11, 2003 | ATLANTA (AP) -- Perceived human rights violations by the United States during the war on terrorism could allow dictators in other nations to justify their own abuses, former President Jimmy Carter said Tuesday.
Opening a conference of international human rights workers, the Nobel Peace Prize winner said an erosion of civil liberties in the U.S. has ``given a blank check to nations who are inclined to violate human rights already.''
He cited the indefinite detention of hundreds of terrorism suspects from Afghanistan at the U.S. Navy base in Guantanamo and a post-Sept. 11 roundup of roughly 1,200 U.S. immigrants _ many of whom were held for months without being formally charged with any crime.
``I say this because this is a violation of the basic character of my country and it's very disturbing to me,'' Carter said.