WINGNUT WATCH….Newt “Savior of Western Civilization” Gingrich has decided that free speech is for pansies:

Gingrich cited last month’s ejection of six Muslim scholars from a plane in Minneapolis for suspicious behavior, which included reports they prayed before the flight and had sat in the same seats as the Sept. 11 hijackers.

“Those six people should have been arrested and prosecuted for pretending to be terrorists,” Gingrich said. “And the crew of the U.S. airplane should have been invited to the White House and congratulated for being correct in the protection of citizens.”

….In an interview, Gingrich said it is possible to distinguish between terrorists and others when looking to fight threatening expression.

“If you give me any signal in the age of terrorism that you’re a terrorist, I’d say the burden of proof was on you,” Gingrich said.

If I were a better man I’d write a thousand-word op-ed about this and try to place it somewhere. If I were a better man. But I’m not, at least not today, so additional snark is left as an exercise for you, dear readers. Don’t let me down.

Via Greg Sargent.