The right wing’s response to the failed underwear bomber has been all too predictable — accusing liberals of being anti-patriotic and calling for greater ethnic profiling of Muslims, while ignoring the Bush administration’s failure to prevent terrorist attacks, catch Osama bin Laden, or distinguish real threats from imagined ones. Newt Gingrich, one of the media’s favorite conservatives, has been calling for “profiling” and “discrimination” on Twitter. Now he is also directly accusing President Obama and “the elites” of caring more about the “rights of terrorists” than the “lives of Americans”:
In the Obama Administration, protecting the rights of terrorists has been more important than protecting the lives of Americans. That must now change decisively. It is time to know more about would-be terrorists, to profile for terrorists and to actively discriminate based on suspicious terrorist information.
Gingrich calls for the firing of Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, the renewed use of torture (“a policy of effective interrogation”), and the end of any civilian trials for suspected terrorists, even if they are American citizens. If the underpants bomber is justification for all this, one wonders what Gingrich would recommend we do to fight his other great threat: the “gay and secular fascism in this country that wants to impose its will on the rest of us.”