Washington’s Blog 
July 18, 2013
One of Germany’s biggest newspapers – Spiegel – reports :
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter … in the wake of the NSA spying scandal criticized the American political system. “America has no functioning democracy,” Carter said Tuesday at a meeting of the “Atlantic Bridge” in Atlanta.
Many other high-level U.S. officials  have also warned that the U.S. is no longer a democracy.
Carter also said that the moral authority of of the U.S. has sharply declined due to excessive restriction of civil rights.
And – like many other top American officials  – Carter also said that Edward Snowden’s revelations do not harm our national security, but are “useful”.