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Jimmy Carter thinks he’s being spied on, sends snail mail

For someone who used to run the federal government, Jimmy Carter sure is skeptical of it.

The former president told NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell on Sunday that he thinks his communication is monitored by the National Security Agency. The 89-year-old added that when he wants to get a message across to a foreign leader he does it through old-fashioned snail mail.

Mitchell, on Meet The Press, noted to Carter that there’s been a lot of criticism about Obama’s drone policy and NSA surveillance program, although some argue the intelligence is crucial in protecting America.

The Democrat replied that the policy has been “extremely liberalized and abused by our own intelligence agencies.”

“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…I believe if I sent an email, it will be monitored,” Carter added.

Since former CIA employee Edward Snowden blew the lid off the NSA’s secret surveillance program last year, Obama has proposed changes to how the agency collects communications data. Critics charge the reforms do not go far enough.

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Jimmy Carter thinks he's being spied on, sends snail mail