Continuing, he stated, “The more successful they’ve been at intercepting and stopping bad guys, the less proof there is that we’re in danger.” Suggesting that the American public may have been lulled into a false sense of security because no more terrorism has occurred, he concluded, “And it’s almost like they [the administration] should every once in a while have allowed an attack to get through just to remind us.”
Not content with such a controversial attitude, the Georgia native then recommended dividing the FBI into two separate units. One would operate against the customary domestic crime and would honor American civil liberties, he proposed, but the other would be a “small but very aggressive anti-terrorism agency with extraordinary ability to eavesdrop.” He ended his response to his questioner by expressing fear of some “kind of attack that would lead us to favor a dictatorship for security.”
In GOP nominee John McCain’s search for a running mate, the name of Newt Gingrich will likely be considered. Perhaps his suggestion that it would be good for the nation to endure a reminder terrorist attack will disqualify the ex-Speaker for consideration.