[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/08/12/newt.0811.gi.jpg caption="Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich wrote in a letter published Wednesday that now is the time 'to profile for terrorists.'"]Washington (CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich went after the Obama administration for its strategy to fight terrorism, accusing them of believing that "protecting the rights of terrorists has been more important than protecting the lives of Americans."
In a letter published in the conservative Human Events magazine on Wednesday, the former Republican leader criticized the Obama administration's response to the failed Christmas Day terror plot, saying that the administration is "imposing hopelessly meaningless rules" for travelers instead of "targeting the source of the threats."
"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.
He added this fear of political correctness has caused the government to miss critical signs that could point towards potential terrorists.
"In the Obama Administration, protecting the rights of terrorists has been more important than protecting the lives of Americans. That must now change decisively," Gingrich wrote. "It is time to know more about would-be terrorists, to profile for terrorists and to actively discriminate based on suspicious terrorist information."
Gingrich said the Obama administration needs to do more to combat terrorism by rooting out terrorist Web sites, focusing more on Yemen and cancelling plans to try the 9/11 conspirators on American soil.