How are the FBI & other authorities working to apprehend the Boston bomber?

With so much misinformation being tossed about in the wake of the Boston bombings, it is hard to make heads or tails of what is really going on. On radio this morning, Pat and Stu spoke to TheBlaze’s counterterrorism expert and Real News contributor, Buck Sexton, to get a better idea of how authorities proceed in the aftermath of an event like this.

Buck has tremendous experience in the field, working as an officer in the CIA, assigned to the Counterterrorism Center and Office of Iraq Analysis. He also served as an analyst for the NYPD Intelligence Division. He has experience in the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa.

When Faisal Shahzad attempted to bomb Times Square in May 2010, Buck was with the NYPD. Though that attempt was ultimately thwarted, he explained the franticness at the scene in the hours following the event. “We started pulling out black boards and white board and preparing for staying in the office for days on end if we have to,” Buck said. “There's a sense of responsibility. I don't want to speak for any of the law enforcement in Boston… but we wanted to get in as quickly as possible to stop the perpetrator.”

It has become easy to forget the constant threat the United States is under because in the wake September 11, 2011, the majority of terrorist plots against the U.S. have been averted in the early stages. Buck reiterated that while we have grown somewhat accustomed to hearing about the foiling of such plans, we are immune from attack.

“It's weird to think about it in these terms,” he said. “We've gotten very lucky a couple of times in the past few years. The underwear bomber – if he was better at what he was doing, he would have blown up the plane. And the Times Square bomber – it was faulty bomb making that stopped him.”

In this particular situation, the high-profile nature and sheer size of the event made it nearly impossible to completely secure the entire marathon course. “Everything I've seen and read about thus far for the precautions beforehand would be what I would expect, quite honestly, for an event of this profile that draws the kind of crowd the Boston Marathon does.”

Many people have questioned why there is not more information available about potential suspects given the fact that most major cities in the U.S. have come to resemble a surveillance state. Buck explained that at this time it is possible the investigators are withholding such information for security purposes. “We don't know what they have at this point. I am surprised we don’t have more at this point,” Buck said. “But they could be playing it close to the vest. Anything they have that is actionable intelligence, they're going to want make sure they are tight-lipped about for obvious reasons.”

“I think they're going to figure out who did this,” he continued. “I'm even more confident that they'll be able to track them down quickly. I think they're going to know. There are too many cameras; too many eyes on this area.”

Glenn spoke on radio this morning of how Boston looked and sounding more like the war-torn Middle East than a bustling U.S. metropolis in the aftermath of the bombing. It causes somewhat of a helpless feeling because using the IED approach, this kind of attack seems virtually impossible to prevent.

“This is the nightmare scenario,” Buck said. “You've got 26 miles of target when you're talking about a marathon with terrorists casing and surveying this area. They have the ability to try to get a sense of where the weak spots will be and quick routes of egress for them to get away. We're very fortunate the vast majority of the world has no interest in doing this kind of horrific and psychopathic violence. The best thing we can do is stop the guys that are trying to do it.”

Ultimately, Buck warned Americans against exchanging liberty for an inflated sense of security. Major cities like Boston, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, and others already have tremendous surveillance mechanisms in place, but the government has already proven its willingness to implement more in the wake of events like this.

“After an incident you're going to see more calls for federal funding – more data bases and digital encroachments on our daily lives. And right now people are going to want it,” Buck explained. “Right now people will say, ‘Why don't we have the data we need?’ If we don't have it, the government is going to make sure we do for next time. Unfortunately at some point, and it may be years away, there will be another attack. We have to understand that.”

Eric Weinstein, managing director of investment firm Thiel Capital and host of "The Portal" podcast, is not a conservative, but he says conservative and center-right-affiliated media are the only ones who will still allow oppositional voices.

On "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week, Eric told Glenn that the center-left media, which "controls the official version of events for the country," once welcomed him, but that all changed about eight years ago when they started avoiding any kind of criticism by branding those who disagree with them as "alt-right, far-right, neo-Nazi, etc.," even if they are coming from the left side of the aisle. But their efforts to discredit critical opinions don't stop there. According to Eric, there is a strategy being employed to destroy our national culture and make sure Americans with opposing views do not come together.

"We're trifling with the disillusionment of our national culture. And our national culture is what animates the country. If we lose the culture, the documents will not save us," Eric said. "I have a very strongly strategic perspective, which is that you save things up for an emergency. Well, we're there now."

In the clip below, Eric explains why, after many requests over the last few years, he finally agreed to this podcast.

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Glenn Beck: Why MLK's pledge of NONVIOLENCE is the key to saving America

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Listen to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s pledge of nonviolence and really let it sink in: "Remember always that the nonviolent movement seeks justice and reconciliation — not victory."

On the radio program, Glenn Beck shared King's "ten commandments" of nonviolence and the meaning behind the powerful words you may never have noticed before.

"People will say nonviolent resistance is a method of cowards. It is not. It takes more courage to stand there when people are threatening you," Glenn said. "You're not necessarily the one who is going to win. You may lose. But you are standing up with courage for the ideas that you espouse. And the minute you engage in the kind of activity that the other side is engaging in, you discredit the movement. You discredit everything we believe in."

Take MLK's words to heart, America. We must stand with courage, nonviolently, with love for all, and strive for peace and rule of law, not "winning."

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Conservatives are between a rock and a hard place with Section 230 and Big Tech censorship. We don't want more government regulation, but have we moved beyond the ability of Section 230 reforms to rein in Big Tech's rising power?

Rachel Bovard, Conservative Partnership Institute's senior director of policy, joined the Glenn Beck radio program to give her thoughts and propose a possibly bipartisan alternative: enforcing our existing antitrust laws.

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Dan Bongino, host of The Dan Bongino Show, is an investor in Parler — the social media platform that actually believes in free speech. Parler was attacked by Big Tech — namely Amazon, Apple, and Google — earlier this week, but Bongino says the company isn't giving up without a fight. In fact, he says, he's willing to go bankrupt over this one.

Dan joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he calls a "smear" campaign behind the scenes, and how he believes we can move forward from Big Tech's control.

"You have no idea how bad this was behind the scenes," Dan told Glenn. "I know you're probably thinking ... well, how much worse can the attack on Parler have gotten than three trillion-dollar companies — Amazon, Apple, and Google — all seemingly coordinated to remove your business from the face of the Earth? Well, behind the scenes, it's even worse. I mean, there are smear campaigns, pressure campaigns ... lawyers, bankers, everyone, to get this company ... wiped from the face of the earth. It's incredible."

Dan emphasized that he would not give up without a fight, because what's he's really fighting for is the right to free speech for all Americans, regardless of their political opinions, without fear of being banned, blacklisted, or losing jobs and businesses.

"I will go bankrupt. I will go absolutely destitute before I let this go," he said. "I have had some very scary moments in my life and they put horse blinders on me. I know what matters now. It's not money. It's not houses. It's none of that crap. It's this: the ability to exist in a free country, where you can express your ideas freely."

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