Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Gingrich: "Free speech should not be... cover for people who are planning to kill... people who have inalienable rights of their own"

I'm guilty of parroting Glenn Greenwald's posts a lot lately, but the stories he picks up on are so important, and so invisible in the mainstream media, that I feel the need to spread the word.

Today, Greenwald points out this article from Newt Gingrich in which Gingrich states:

"[F]ree speech should not be an acceptable cover for people who are planning to kill other people who have inalienable rights of their own."

Gingrich further comments that:

"We need an expeditious review of current domestic law to see what changes can be made within the protections of the 1st Amendment to ensure that free speech protection claims are not used to protect the advocacy of terrorism, violent conduct or the killing of innocents."

The article, which Gingrich authored, is a follow up to his speech given on 11/27/06, in which he said,

"This is a serious long term war, and it will inevitably lead us to want to know what is said in every suspect place in the country, that will lead us to learn how to close down every website that is dangerous, and it will lead us to a very severe approach to people who advocate the killing of Americans and advocate the use of nuclear of biological weapons.

"And, my prediction to you is that 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 before they get to reach out and convince young people to destroy their lives while destroying us.

"This is a serious problem that will lead to a serious debate about the first amendment, but I think that the national security threat of losing an American city to a nuclear weapon, or losing several million Americans to a biological attack is so real that we need to proactively, now, develop the appropriate rules of engagement."

Steve Earle once appropriately said, "It just gets tougher every day, to sit around and watch it while it slips away."

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