Isn't it ironic? Newt Gingrich uses the platform of an award banquet honoring those who defend freedom of speech to attack freedom of speech. <blockquote>"...we will adopt rules of engagement that we use every technology we can find to break up their capacity to use the Internet, to break up their capacity to use free speech, and to go after people who want to kill us..." - Newt Gingrich</blockquote> Newtie begs the question though of just who will decide what exercises in free-speech and just what web sites will be considered threats. Judging from recent events, it couls be Quakers, Veterans for Peace, or just about any group or individual that had spooken in opposition to Chimpy and Co's policies in general and the disaster in Iraq in particular. The fact of the matter is that freedom of speech is a great bulwark against extremist ideologies and terrorism we face today. Theses ideals, when examined in the open marketplace of ideas are quickly discredited and revealed for the spiritual, moral and intellectual frauds they truly are. Ridicule is also an effective means of forcing stupid, dangerous ideas to wither on the vine. So if Newtie, and his right wing-nut fellow travelers, wish to restrict free speech, I can only say "Let them try...", they can't keep up with the technology. In closing, Newt...Your mother was a hamster and your father reeked of elderberries.