Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich chats with members of the Loeb family during dinner before speaking at the 4th Annual First Amendment Awards Honors event hosted by the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications Monday, Nov. 27, 2006, in Manchester, N.H.
A former House speaker, Newt Gingrich, is causing a stir by proposing that free speech may have to be curtailed in order to fight terrorism.
“We need to get ahead of the curve rather than wait until we actually literally lose a city, which I think could literally happen in the next decade if we’re unfortunate,” Mr. Gingrich said Monday night during a speech in New Hampshire. “We now should be impaneling people to look seriously at a level of supervision that we would never dream of if it weren’t for the scale of the threat.”
Speaking at an award dinner billed as a tribute to crusaders for the First Amendment, Mr. Gingrich, who is considering a run for the White House in 2008, painted an ominous picture of the dangers facing America.
“This is a serious, long-term war,” the former speaker said, according an audio excerpt of his remarks made available yesterday by his office. “Either before we lose a city or, if we are truly stupid, after we lose a city, we will adopt rules of engagement that use every technology we can find to break up their capacity to use the Internet, to break up their capacity to use free speech, and to go after people who want to kill us to stop them from recruiting people.”
Just as people are understanding the Islamofascist threat, tell them that their precious Bill of Rights will be changed/eliminated to fight Muslims.
Are you kidding Flap.
It is within the framework of “FREE SPEECH” that the fight against terrorism is waged.
The remedy for bad speech is more speech. The solution to radical mosques is to enforce immigration laws and to tighten visa requirements to keep radicals from entering the US. If people want to advocate for terrorist attacks and the violent overthrow of our elected government, then they have already broken the law, and it requires no sacrifice from Americans to prosecute such people. Free speech and religious freedom did not cause terrorism; in fact, the lack of both causes it. If Gingrich wants to offer the hair of the dog as a solution, then he will find himself very lonely on the campaign trail for the next two years.
Put a FORK in Newt’s Presidential ambitions – Gingrich is DONE.
Newt Gingrich speaks at the 4th Annual First Amendment Awards Honors event Monday, Nov. 27, 2006, in Manchester, N.H.
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