January 5th, 2010
10:30 AM ET
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Gingrich: Obama team favors terrorists' rights over Americans'

Newt Gingrich is standing by his criticism of the Obama administration in the wake of the attempted Christmas Day terror attack
Newt Gingrich is standing by his criticism of the Obama administration in the wake of the attempted Christmas Day terror attack

(CNN) – Newt Gingrich is standing by his criticism of the Obama administration in the wake of the attempted Christmas Day terror attack, saying Monday he believes the Justice Department is more concerned with the rights of terrorists than those of Americans.

"I believe what you have is a group of people centered in the Justice Department and the Attorney General, whose law firms all gave pro bono support to terrorism," the former House Speaker told Fox News host Bill O'Reilly Monday. "They start every day with a presumption that the rights of terrorists are more important than the lives of Americans."

An incredulous O'Reilly replied that Gingrich's statement was "impossible to believe" and asked, "Why would any rational person want to extend protections to a terrorist than their own family?"

"You interjected the word 'rational,'" Gingrich responded.

"We are in much greater danger than we were a year ago," he also said. "...We have to confront the fact that this is going to be a much bigger, much harder war than we thought."

In a letter in the conservative magazine Human Events last week, Gingrich said the recent terror attempt highlighted the need "to profile for terrorists and to actively discriminate based on suspicious terrorist information."

"Today, because our elites fear politically incorrect honesty, they believe that it is better to harass the innocent, delay the harmless, and risk the lives of every American than to do the obvious, the effective, and the necessary," Gingrich wrote.


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  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    What an outrageous criticism. These right wing loons are pathetic. Can they answer how many terrorists are in our federal prisons? The american justice system is not going to let these terrorists loose. The government still holds the power to hold these individuals indefinitely.

    January 5, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  2. Felly

    Gingrich is a moron playing politics with our security.

    January 5, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  3. phillip Marlowe

    Newt is right, when TSA is confiscating the playdoh of a 6 year old boy he received for Christmas as he cries is hies eyes out yet we grant terrorists the rights os an American citizen in court this is a very bad situation. Obama and his circle of morons need to go.

    January 5, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  4. PK California

    AGAIN! Another HAS-BEEN Republican spouting the same ole, same ole fear tactics! What else is new?

    January 5, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  5. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    I find it disgusting that a person who was number three in the line to be president has no understanding of the constitution. Newtie never criticized the former moron who occupied the white house for his handling of the shoe bomber, after Bush waited 6 days to address the American people about Richard Reid.

    January 5, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  6. Enough

    Yeah, it's pretty obvious and the terrorists know it. Naive Obama will have to accept reality and reinstate the phrase "War on Terror" and add a little water boarding to get some information out of these thugs, NOT lawyer them up at the expense of tax payers. America First! Playing nice and apologizing for us just isn't cutting it Obama!

    January 5, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  7. CJ/PA

    "An incredulous O'Reilly' indeed!!
    What a joke, and what scripted drama!! "Why, Newt - surely you can't mean it!!" Sputter, sputter. These guys are such a threat to our very core of decency, or what's left of it. Note to the right - stop playing politics with the American peoples' lives!! You guys are just sick!! Hey, here's a concept - how about we all work together to insure our safety!! Whaddya think???

    January 5, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  8. Anonymous

    This is funny since GW Bush gave the shoe bomber Richard Reid the same rights that this guy is getting and not only did Gingrich not say anything about it but the guy is now sitting in an American prison. This guy is going to prison just the same.

    It's time to stop being a hypocrite just for the sake of trying to get your party into power again by trying to cast bad lights on the president and hoping something sticks. I am tired of the republicans of 6 years ago saying, "Its unamerican to disrespect the president." now crowing like liberties roosters that its entirely american to disrespect -this- president because he's not a republican.

    I don't respect people who say one thing and do the opposite.

    January 5, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  9. Annie, Atlanta

    Newt Gingrich (as much as I hate to say it) is too intelligent not to know that saying things like this about the President makes him look like the terrorist. The Republican stance of hoping the President (and therefore the country) fails so they can regain control is terrorism in it's simplest definition.

    January 5, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  10. Scott H

    Yeah, its all gonna be fun n' games until we get hit again. I'll also wonder how Obama will squirm when we get hit by released Gitmo detainees who were sent back to Yemen. At that point, I wonder if the masses will care so much about "waterboarding" these people. This pre 9-11 mentality will fail again. We collectively have zero understanding of this enemy, and those of us who do have been villified by the left wing media. That only lasts until the next catastrophe, however. Then maybe that buys us 2 years of "resolve" by the easily swayed masses. Maybe. If that.

    January 5, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  11. marty

    This is just more of Newtie's fantasy spin...from a guy who ran and hid behind a deferrment to avoid the military. Now that he's a convert with his third wife, and still telling half truths, will the Bishops suggest that he not receive communion?

    January 5, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  12. PAUL W.

    Yes, yes, Newt. And the GOP prefers lies and distortion over facts and accuracy. We all know your story.

    January 5, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  13. Ralph

    Maybe Newt would like to live in a country that is not ruled by law. What an idiot.

    January 5, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  14. Brad

    How did the republican administration do at protecting us from terrorist attacks? Oh that's right it was on their watch that the worst terrorist act in U.S. history took place. Sorry Newt, the scare tactics just don't work anymore. We want a rational response to a real problem.

    January 5, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  15. Thinker

    Sell the fear. The republicans need to be quiet and let the adults run things. They have already proven that they are completely incompetant.

    January 5, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  16. Pete

    Of course, Gingrinch wants the US to view all Muslims as "terrorists until proven innocent". Why do Republicans care so little about human rights?

    January 5, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  17. Mike W

    I find it funny that Gingrich has the nerve to fling this poo on the wall hoping that something will stick when GW gave the same rights to Richard Reid the shoe bomber and he's now sitting in an AMERICAN PRISON even though he was a terrorist. That guy when to prison, this guy is going to prison.

    Its time to stop being a hypocrite just because you want your party back in power. You cant say that its unamerican to disrespect the president and then 6 years later say its totally american to disrespect -this- president.

    January 5, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  18. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    All this harassment, delay and risk to the lives of every American was put in place by the worthless fools who ran the white house from 2000 to 2008. But even someone as dim as Newt should know that.

    January 5, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  19. Felonious Monk

    This is a thorny issue...How close can the republicans come to treason while discussing this thorny issue.
    ?

    January 5, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  20. Pat F

    Keep speaking truth to power, Newt.

    January 5, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  21. sonny chapman

    Newt has a monopoly on rational thinking.

    January 5, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  22. democratsruinwhattheytouch

    Newt is right. This is an inept, flawed and dangerous bunch that SEIU/ACORN and moveon.org installed as our leadership. Stupid, elitist and arrogant. Sorry I can't type more because my fingers are frozen. Gore is lying about climate change, of course he is, he is a liberal and liberals always lie.

    January 5, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  23. LM

    Unbelievable! How can someone of a sound mind say such absurd? This wave of criticism of the Obama administration is becoming patological. What the hell! Can't we come together? Ever?

    January 5, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  24. anotherGDlefty

    Newt Gingrich to Bill OReilly on Fox Opinion Channel............Obama is bad.

    Shocking.

    January 5, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  25. Mr. Carter

    So Newt if it is ok to profile now, qhat would happen if the profile was WASP looking white men in there 50's and wore suits? Would that be acceptable to you. Or if you belonged to the
    Catholic Religion and you grew up in NYC, or you were of the Jewish faith and you wore a yamaka. Who in the right mind thinks that profiling wouldn't take us back to the sixties mentality all over again. If people do there jobs and we keep this focused towards the enemy than we would be a whole lot better. Instead the people not in power want to politicize this because it gets them on the news!!!

    So stupid!!!!

    January 5, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
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