"KONY 2012" explodes over social media - What is it?

Over the past few days, almost anyone connected to social media has seen a video called "Kony 2012" show up in their feeds. Twitter, Facebook have been dominated by the video, and it has been picked up by most major news sites. But what is it? What is it's mission? And why do you need to look at it with a critical eye?

"KONY 2012" is the latest documentary from a 501 (c) 3 organization known as The Invisible Children. According to their Facebook page, "Invisible Children uses film, creativity and social action to end the use of child soldiers in Joseph Kony's rebel war and restore LRA-affected communities in Central Africa to peace and prosperity."

You can watch their powerful documentary below:

"This is a really well done documentary," Glenn said. "It is the Joseph Kony story."

Joseph Kony is an incredibly evil rebel leader who has operated and Africa, and mostly in Uganda, for over a quarter of a decade. He leads the LRA, the Lord's Resistance Army, which is primarily made of children who were abducted from their homes. The male children are turned into soldiers, while the female children are forced into sexual slavery. It cannot be stated how bad of a man Koney is. But despite how bad of a guy he is, he is relatively unknown to the general population. The documentary above aims to increase his notoriety and fame so that people demand action be taken against him.

Since it debuted, the video has received 38,954,272 on YouTube as of this writing.

"All across the world and all across America they are asking you to put up posters of this Joseph Kony to convince Congress that we have to go in there with full military might," Glenn said.

Despite the noble goals outlined in the film, Glenn told the audience they needed to look at it with a critical eye.

"This is the way the progressives do it. This is the way Bernays does it. This is the way Cass Sunstein does it. This is the way you build a dictator. You get somebody -- you get something so outrageous and then you just use it," Glenn said.

Stu added that this is undeniably a horrible and serious issue, but "as we've seen from many people in the administration, they do look to take advantage of crisis, crises."

"I believe that they didn't create this crisis. They found this crisis. Maybe somebody really actually believes in this crisis. I think these guys could be dead inside in the White House but I mean, it's a shocking, horrible thing that should be stopped," Stu added.

American troops are already in Uganda, but were sent without Congressional approval and without a justification of how it impacted the United States.

Complaints have also emerged that the video simplifies the situation and is misleading.

"Like I told my kids, we watched it with my two boys last night and we talked about it afterwards and I said, you know, yes, 66,000 children being kidnapped and used in some warlord's army, horrifying, awful thing. We'd love it to stop. Here's the problem. It's a much more complicated mess than they lead you to believe on the 30-minute video," Pat said.

The Telegraph reports:

But Kony and his diminishing troops, many of them kidnapped child soldiers, fled northern Uganda six years ago and are now spread across the jungles of neighbouring countries.

“What that video says is totally wrong, and it can cause us more problems than help us,” said Dr Beatrice Mpora, director of Kairos, a community health organisation in Gulu, a town that was once the centre of the rebels’ activities.

“There has not been a single soul from the LRA here since 2006. Now we have peace, people are back in their homes, they are planting their fields, they are starting their businesses. That is what people should help us with.”

Joseph Kony, a former church altarboy, has spread terror through eastern and central Africa for almost three decades, as he has pursued an aimless war that has killed thousands of people and at one point forced hundreds of thousands from their homes.

Glenn drew comparisons to the situation in Egypt. He said, "We knew about Mubarak. We shouldn't have been propping him up. We knew about him. It's awful. But who's replacing Mubarak? Is it going to be better? No. It's not. It's going to be far, far worse. For not just Egyptians but the entire Middle East. And maybe the world. That's the kind of thing that you need to do and that's why you put a viral video out, you get all of the people who just think with their heart. You know what we need to do? We need to pray, we need to work together, we need to find out about it ourself, find out how we can help, find out how our churches can help. But you don't just say, "Oh, my gosh, this has to be stopped" and send troops in there."

"It's dangerous when you get a situation like this because this one seems very serious. But you're (Glenn) right. When you have the sort of social networking push, you have a slick presentation, a lot of times people don't think about the repercussions of how you deal with those situations," Stu said.

"Again, I have nothing on this Kony thing except it just doesn't feel right to me," Glenn added.

When they returned from a break, Glenn wanted to emphasize that he only had a feeling that something was off with the documentary.

"We're having conversation off the air that I think is important to have on the air and that is, look, I'm not saying this is Obama-funded although you could do ten minutes of work and I'll bet you you'll find somebody involved with Soros behind it, but I could be wrong. This isn't an accusation. This is a warning and -- to all Americans: Stay vigilant. Nothing is as it appears."

"Investigate and question everything," Glenn added.

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Time after time, Americans have taken to the streets to defend our constitutional rights, whether it was our livelihood at stake -- or our lives. But, what was the point of all the civil rights movements that came before, if we're about to let the government take our rights away now?

On his Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck argued that Americans are tired of having our rights trampled by "tyrannical" leaders from state and local governments who are ignoring our unalienable rights during this pandemic.

"Our nanny state has gone too far. The men and women in office -- the ones closest to our communities, our towns, our cities -- are now taking advantage of our fear," Glenn said. "Like our brothers and sisters of the past, we need to start making the decisions that will put our destiny, and our children's destiny, back into our hands."

It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable, but some Americans are fighting back, risking losing their jobs and businesses or even jail time, as they battle to take back our civil rights.

Here are just a few of their stories:

After New Jersey's Atilis Gym reopened in defiance of the governor's executive order, the Department of Health shut them down for "posing a threat to the public health." Co-owner Ian Smith says somebody sabotaged the gym's toilets with enire rolls of paper to create the public health "threat."

Oregon Salon owner, Lindsey Graham, was fined $14 thousand for reopening. She said she was visited by numerous government organizations, including Child Protective Services, in what she believes are bullying tactics straight from the governor's office.

77-year-old Michigan barber, Karl Manke, refused to close his shop even when facing arrest. "I couldn't go another 30 days without an income," he said. But when local police refused to arrest him, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's (D) office suspending his business license instead.

Port of Seattle police officer Greg Anderson was suspended after he spoke out against enforcing what he called "tyrannical orders" imposed amid coronavirus lockdowns.

Kentucky mother-of-seven, Mary Sabbatino, found herself under investigation for alleged child abuse after breaking social distancing rules at a bank. After a social worker from child protective services determined there was no sign of abuse, he still sought to investigate why the Sabbatino's are homeschooling, and how they can give "adequate attention to that many children."

Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther was sentenced to seven days in jail after she defied the state-mandated stay-at-home orders to reopen her business.

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It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable. Leaders from state and local governments across the U.S. have flattened the curve of some of our most basic constitutional rights, but some Americans are fighting back — and risking jail time or losing their businesses.

On Wednesday night's GBTV special, Glenn Beck argued that we're witnessing the birth of a new civil rights movement — and it's time to build a coalition of common sense to keep America as we know it free.

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On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck sat down with chief researcher Jason Buttrill to go over two bombshell developments that have recently come to light regarding former Vice President Joe Biden's role in the 2016 dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

"Wow! Two huge stories dropped within about 24 hours of each other," Jason began. He went on to explain that a court ruling in Ukraine has just prompted an "actual criminal investigation against Joe Biden in Ukraine."

This stunning development coincided with the release of leaked phone conversations, which took place in late 2015 and early 2016, allegedly among then-Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Ukraine's former President Petro Poroshenko.

One of the audiotapes seems to confirm allegations of a quid pro quo between Biden and Poroshenko, with the later admitting that he asked Shokin to resign despite having no evidence of him "doing anything wrong" in exchange for a $1 billion loan guarantee.

"Poroshenko said, 'despite the fact that we didn't have any corruption charges on [Shokin], and we don't have any information about him doing something wrong, I asked him to resign,'" Jason explained. "But none of the Western media is pointing this out."

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A recently declassified email, written by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and sent herself on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration, reveals the players involved in the origins of the Trump-Russia probe and "unmasking" of then-incoming National Security Adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn.

Rice's email details a meeting in the Oval Office on Jan 5, 2017, which included herself, former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former President Barack Obama. Acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, fully declassified the email recently amid President Trump's repeated references to "Obamagate" and claims that Obama "used his last weeks in office to target incoming officials and sabotage the new administration."

On Glenn Beck's Wednesday night special, Glenn broke down the details of Rice's email and discussed what they reveal about the Obama administration officials involved in the Russia investigation's origins.

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