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Newt Gingrich on Homeland Security

Former Republican Representative (GA-6) and Speaker of the House


Contain nuclear threats:China, Russia, Pakistan, North Korea

Every day, terrorists try to acquire weapons of mass destruction & weapons of mass murder. Iran & North Korea continue to develop their nuclear and other weapons programs. There is constant danger of a coup by radical Islamists in nuclear-armed Pakistan.

And the greatest danger for us in meeting this threat is the weakness of our intelligence services. We do not have any significant intelligence on the enemy’s plans, networks, & troop strength.

Second, we must contain powers that could threaten us, including China, Russia, North Korea, Iran, & Pakistan--all of which have weapons of mass destruction.

The greatest threat of rogue dictatorships, like Iran or North Korea, is that they will sell weapons of mass destruction. While North Korea--with nuclear, chemical, & biological weapons--is a big threat to South Korea & Japan, it is a very distant threat to the US. But an Iran or a North Korea willing to sell nuclear and biological weapons to terrorists is very dangerous to America.

Source: Gingrich Communications website, www.newt.org, “Issues” Sep 1, 2007

Military tribunals to lock people up the way Lincoln did

Q: Specifically, how would you win the war in Iraq militarily?

A: 1) You would empower General Petraeus. You’d pass the supplemental immediately. You’d give him the money. 2) You would encourage the Iraqis to triple the size of their regular army. 3) You would encourage the development of a military tribunal system to lock people up the way Abraham Lincoln would’ve done it. 4) You would establish a nationwide ID card with biometrics so you can actually track everybody in the country. 5) You would make sure that the State Department actually staffed the embassy with people in favor of winning the war and you actually had your fully equipped intelligence and economic development teams. 6) Bring enormous pressure to bear on Iran to cut off everything [assisting with the Iraqi insurgency]. So, we ought to do what it takes to win, not tolerate legislating defeat.

Source: Meet the Press: 2007 “Meet the Candidates” series May 20, 2007

Defend America & allies with information policies

We must implement policies that will ensure America’s leadership, safety, and prosperity. To achieve this future we will defend America and our allies from those who would destroy us. To achieve security, we will develop the intelligence, diplomatic, information, defense, and homeland security systems and resources for success.
Source: Gingrich Communications website, www.newt.org Dec 1, 2006

Biological threat bigger than nuclear threat

Biological warfare is the largest threat to the human race, a substantially bigger threat than nuclear war. If the US is hit with an engineered biological agent for which no vaccines are available, we are in for problems of colossal proportions.

Biological threats for which we have no rapid diagnostic tests & no drug treatments are so great that we should consider the preparation of a biological defensive system the highest priority in the American national security system and the most important

  • Vision and strategy design
  • Information technology investment
  • Vaccinations and immunization
  • Post-event treatment
  • Civil defense transformation into a comprehensive 21st cebtury system
  • Biosecurity and education. job facing the new DHS.
      In thinking about weapons of mass destruction, a good rule of thumb is to put 80% of our effort into dealing with biological threats, 19.5% into nuclear threats, and 0.5% into chemical weapons. Six key areas must be addressed:
      Source: Saving Lives and Saving Money, by Newt Gingrich, p.275-284 Sep 22, 2003

      No US troops under UN command; more defense spending.

      Gingrich wrote the Contract with America:

      [As part of the Contract with America, within 100 days we pledge to bring to the House Floor the following bill]:

      The National Security Restoration Act:
      No US troops under UN command, and restoration of the essential parts of our national security funding to strengthen our national defense and maintain our credibility around the world.
      Source: Contract with America 93-CWA8 on Sep 27, 1994

      Other candidates on Homeland Security: Newt Gingrich on other issues:
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      GOP V.P.: Gov.Sarah Palin
      Democrat: Sen.Barack Obama
      Dem.V.P.: Sen.Joe Biden

      Third Parties:
      Constitution: Chuck Baldwin
      Libertarian: Rep.Bob Barr
      Constitution: Amb.Alan Keyes
      Liberation: Gloria La Riva
      Green: Rep.Cynthia McKinney
      Socialist: Brian Moore
      Independent: Ralph Nader
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