TSA saga: What’s wrong with this story?

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GLENN: I’m glad to see that Obama did not divert Air Force One to see Chavez on his way home.

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: Yeah.

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: I wonder if he got the pat-down. I don’t think he –

PAT: I don’t think so.

GLENN: I don’t think he did. I don’t think he did. He knows that it’s an inconvenience — 276. He knows that it’s an inconvenience for –

PAT: All of us.

GLENN: Us. Not him.

PAT: For all of us.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: You with respect to the TSA.

GLENN: Mmm-hmmm, mmm-hmmm.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Let me first of all make a confession. I don’t go through security checks to get on planes these days. So I haven’t personally experienced some of the procedures that have been put in place by TSA.

GLENN: I don’t think that’s a confession.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: One of the most frustrating aspects of this fight against terrorism is that it has created –

GLENN: Yes.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: — a whole security apparatus around us.

GLENN: Yes.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: — that causes huge inconvenience –

GLENN: That he has to do.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: — for all of us.

GLENN: For all of us.

PAT: For all Of us.

GLENN: Well, not for him.

PAT: Well, not for him.

GLENN: Not for him, and let’s be fair. Not for John Boehner, either. Did you know that?

PAT: No.

GLENN: Yeah, John Boehner doesn’t have to go through this, either.

PAT: Why?

GLENN: Because, and I’m quoting, the speaker of the House is not considered a threat. Did you meet our last speaker of the House?

STU: I would say that there are security, actual terrorists that have higher approval ratings than congress. So I would say it’s possible.

GLENN: I would say yes. I mean, I think a locality of people would consider congress a terrorist. I think John Boehner should go through. I think everyone should have to go through this. You’re an American citizen, aren’t you?

PAT: They should not get special treatment.

GLENN: They should not get special treatment.

PAT: But they do.

GLENN: Well, I mean, I don’t mind the president not getting it because it’s his plane.

STU: Right. And Boehner, you know, can fly privately as well. He has the right to do that when he takes over, but he’s not, right?

GLENN: Correct.

PAT: He says he’s not.

GLENN: Everyone should, everyone in congress — you don’t get a special pass. If you are — you know, that’s the problem with healthcare. You know why they don’t care about healthcare? Because they don’t have to live by it. Everything they do they should have to live by, period.

PAT: I thought it was interesting what Hillary said, too.

GLENN: Oh, yeah, I love the Hillary quote. Listen to this.

VOICE: Final question, my time is up. But would you submit to one of these pat-downs?

HILLARY CLINTON: Not if I — not if I could avoid it, no. I mean, who would?

GLENN: (Laughing).

PAT: (Laughing).

GLENN: Oh, man.

PAT: Oh, man.

GLENN: She is so great.

PAT: Oh, that’s great.

GLENN: No, I mean, not if I have to, and I don’t have to.

PAT: Let me tell you something. Let me tell you something. I avoided patting her down at all costs as well.

GLENN: (Laughing).

PAT: (Laughing).

GLENN: Oh, man.

PAT: You don’t know how hard that was. (Laughing).

GLENN: (Laughing). Lucy! Oh, man. The worst.

PAT: Ah.

GLENN: The worst.

PAT: The elitism. Of course, none of them have to do it.

STU: Well, no one has to do it. I mean –

PAT: You really do. You really do.

STU: You don’t have to do it.

PAT: You really do.

GLENN: You have to go through the scanner, yeah.

STU: Right. She said the pat-down. So she is saying if she could avoid it, she would go through the scanner I think was the –

GLENN: Well, would she go through the scanner?

STU: Well, no one asked her that but that’s an interesting followup.

GLENN: Here’s the thing. Here’s the thing. Let’s look at a couple of examples. Did you hear about the guy who, I guess is no longer a guy and now is a woman? Or was a woman and is a guy? I don’t know how it worked, but somebody went through one of the scanners and apparently all the people, you know, looking at the scan, all the TSA people were laughing at him or her, whichever.

PAT: I didn’t hear about that.

GLENN: Yeah, happened this weekend. I mean, how do you, how do you think he feels?

STU: I mean, I don’t — is that in the TSA policy or is that just some of the –

GLENN: No, no.

STU: — employees acting like they do in every profession when they see something they don’t like? Unprofessional, but –

GLENN: It’s very, very good.

STU: I didn’t say it was good. I just said it happens in every line of work with every person and every employee.

PAT: The guy with bladder cancer.

GLENN: How about the guy with bladder cancer that wet himself and left in tears because of this, okay? How about the –

STU: That was very sad. I mean —

GLENN: At least I can give stories, you know, they are not like, "You know, let me tell you something in this nation about our doctors that are cutting feet off of patients." I mean, these are actually happening.

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: These are –

STU: Examples?

GLENN: These are happening.

STU: Yeah. The question, though, is more, is it systemic, is it happening all the time

GLENN: No.

STU: There are anecdotal stories.

GLENN: No, it’s not happening all the time. But I mean, when’s the last time we made somebody wet themselves? Let me ask you this: When’s the assist time we made a terrorist wet themselves?

STU: Yeah. Well –

PAT: Probably never.

STU: That’s true.

GLENN: Well, no. No, no. I think we have.

PAT: Maybe a few times. Maybe a few times.

GLENN: I think we have. I think we have. Oh, let’s relish that for a minute. Okay, now back to the real world. I mean, we’re making American citizens wet themselves.

PAT: Then there’s that weird story with the little boy who’s got a shirt off and they are patting him down.

GLENN: Something’s wrong with this story.

PAT: There’s something weird about that, but — because you don’t know the story behind it.

GLENN: Well, here’s the thing about this TSA thing. There’s something wrong here. I don’t know what it is. Is anybody with me on this? There’s something wrong.

STU: I’m definitely with you on this.

PAT: Oh, yeah.

GLENN: NBC is reporting this story as if Obama were a Republican.

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: It’s everywhere on NBC. The latest poll shows 81% don’t really care. That’s a problem. That’s a problem.

PAT: I find that hard to believe. If you’ve ever flown and you have to go through one or the other, uh, it’s going to be a problem for most Americans, I would think. I mean, even you have a problem with it, Stu, and you usually don’t have a problem with this kind of stuff, right?

GLENN: No, he’s going to go through — no, he’s going to go through the scanner.

PAT: But you still have a problem with the scanner, right? I mean, you’re not excited about being –

STU: I’m not excited about it.

GLENN: Are you fine with your — you’re fine with your wife –

PAT: Being exposed like that.

GLENN: — being exposed. Now, remember the things that you are seeing — according to Jason Chaffetz, he says that this is not — what you are seeing is not real. He’s seen the — he’s seen the actual classified photos. Because it’s all classified because they are — you know, they’re citizens.

PAT: Yes.

GLENN: So he’s seen the classified photos. He says it’s absolute pornography. He said you can see absolutely everything. And they can save it and they can send it from the machine.

PAT: Didn’t he say you could see the sweat on their back?

GLENN: Oh, yeah. He said it is so crystal clear, if somebody’s sweating, you can see the sweat come down their back.

STU: And I know, and he’s very against it. I haven’t seen the photos. It’s hard to judge from that perspective.

GLENN: Just take him at his word. I mean, he is an honest guy.

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: If that is the way it is, you’re fine with your wife getting something like that?

STU: It doesn’t seem like something I’d like. I mean, you know, I — no, I’m not fine with it. Also –

GLENN: If you think Facebook is a problem. Try my wife. Try my wife. Try me. Glenn Beck going through one of those scanners. Do you think my photo is going to be deleted?

STU: Right, exactly.

GLENN: Do you think my wife’s photo is going to be deleted?

PAT: Nope.

GLENN: Nope. Do you think my children’s photos are going to be deleted?

PAT: Nope.

GLENN: Nope.

STU: Look, no one wants to deal with it but I mean, the question, of course, was on the pictures that we have seen for these people and the question was, do you want this added level security and it was 81-15. I think there’s a problem with the poll because, you know, you’re talking about –

GLENN: It’s a false choice.

STU: It’s out of context and it’s sort of –

GLENN: It’s a false choice. Do you want added security? Yes.

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: Yes,

PAT: I think that’s how most people –

GLENN: I want to be the safest they can be on a plane.

PAT: Everybody wants smart security, though. They keep talking about this Smart Grid. Let’s have some smart security, can’t we? One day in this, in America? Wouldn’t it be nice?

GLENN: No, I don’t think we’re going to get that, no.

PAT: We’re not going to get it.

GLENN: No.

PAT: We’re not going to get it.

STU: But you’re right, Glenn, I think there is something weird going on with the story. NBC’s reporting it like crazy. You know, it’s odd the way it’s being reported. Then there’s example after example after example of these stories that we documented on the blaze of stories that came up that were not true or were old.

PAT: Which was weird.

STU: Or were completely out of context, which is really weird in the reporting of it.

GLENN: There are news sources that I trust. There are news sources that I trust that I don’t trust on this story.

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: I have read stories on credible websites that you look at them and you say, wait, why are they linking here? What is that? Why — this story is, this is three years old.

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: And no reference to this is a three–year-old part of this story that doesn’t — it doesn’t make any sense.

PAT: Yeah –

GLENN: It doesn’t make any sense. If you want to show these videos and say here’s a child that was in line and they’re crying and, you know, so you know, this is a 4-year-old videotape. It’s still relevant because it shows that this was happening and this is happening.

STU: And it’s only getting tougher as far as screening.

GLENN: Yeah, it’s only getting tougher and it’s only getting worse, but you identify that. And these websites are not doing that and I don’t understand. There’s something wrong.

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: Something wrong here.

STU: Yeah. I can’t tell if it’s just, you know, this desire to come up with a new story because everyone’s bored of talking about the old ones.

GLENN: No.

STU: Because there are really important things going on and we keep talking about, you know, a small percentage of travelers who are a small percentage of Americans in airport. I mean, it just seems bizarre.

TheBlaze: New ‘Fig Leaf’ Underwear Hides Your Nether Regions From TSA Machines

GLENN: Right now you have the scanner-proof underwear that you can see at TheBlaze.com that has the fig leaf over all of the strategic points. I don’t want pictures of me in the fig leaf underwear, either.

STU: That’s capitalism winning again right there, though.

GLENN: It is. It is. May I give you my theory real quick on what this could possibly be? The left is wanting a fight but so does the — the uber left wants a fight. Not the average citizen. Not the, you know, the Democrat, the average Democrat that hasn’t woken up yet and doesn’t understand that the Democrats are over. It is the Democratic Socialists of America now. So the average Democrat doesn’t want to fight, but the socialist and the Marxists and the revolutionaries, they do. And so they want to ramp this up. So I would understand how you can ramp that up because you want the government — remember, who’s — gosh, whose plan was it? I can’t — was it Saul Alinsky, was it Soros? Whose was it? It was Soros’ plan, I think it was, that, you know, wants the disconnect and the distrust of government. Well, this makes you do it. But also the uber right wants it as well. The anarchists, the ones who want to reset everything. So you have to be very careful because those of us who are in the middle — and what I mean is those of us who do not want to see the destruction of the United States would like to find a way to ease it back into the right place, we’re not — I don’t think we’re being represented in this story. And that’s just a theory. I could be wrong on that, but there are too many websites on the right that are getting this story radically, radically wrong. And I just don’t believe they’re all, what, they’re all taking drugs? They’re all drunk? They’re all, "This is okay, just run this story." It doesn’t make sense. It doesn’t make sense. So watch yourself on this story.