Newt Gingrich is a self-proclaimed war “hawk” with very little moral objections to the idea of war.

That alone should cause any thoughtful, moral person some pause.

But these remarks made in 2008 shed a completely new light on Newt’s position on war and the justification for government’s intrusion into your personal privacy and civil liberties.

Newt says,

“it’s almost like they (the Bush administration) should, every once in a while, have allowed an attack to get through to remind us…”

Granted, he said this partially in jest, he was completely serious in saying “one of the great tragedies” of the Bush administration was how well they’ve protected us, giving people the illusion that we’re safe. Clearly, Newt does not want us to feel safe.

Gingrich goes on to say,

“I’m going to be a little controversial…I would have an anti-domestic crime FBI agency which was very respectful of civil liberties – and I would have a small, but very aggressive anti-terrorism agency, and I would frankly give them extraordinary ability to eavesdrop, and my advice to (proponents of civil liberties) would be, don’t plot with terrorists.”

I am reminded of the wise quote from Thomas Paine:

“He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from opposition; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach himself.”

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