The irony is almost overwhelming and hard to believe, but apparently Newt Gringrich gave a speech at the event where they hand out Nackey S. Loeb First Amendment Awards to people who stand up to defend free speech and Gringrich apparently stood there and told the crowd that Free Speech needs to be curtailed to prevent terrorism:
MANCHESTER – Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich yesterday said the country will be forced to reexamine freedom of speech to meet the threat of terrorism.
Gingrich, speaking at a Manchester awards banquet, said a “different set of rules” may be needed to reduce terrorists’ ability to use the Internet and free speech to recruit and get out their message.
“We need to get ahead of the curve before we actually lose a city, which I think could happen in the next decade,” said Gingrich, a Republican who helped engineer the GOP’s takeover of Congress in 1994.
Gingrich sharply criticized campaign finance laws he charged were reducing free speech and doing little to fight attack advertising. He also said court rulings over separation of church and state have hurt citizens’ ability to express themselves and their faith.
I’m trying to track down a transcript of his speech because what the folks at the Union Leader are reporting so outrageous that I need to verify it for myself. If true it makes Gringrich into one of the biggest dumb asses ever to run for office. And he wants to be President in 2008?