UPDATED: New report says Saudi Arabia warned U.S. of Tsarnaev brothers

UPDATE: TheBlaze is now reporting the Saudi Arabian government has formally denied sharing any information, written or otherwise, with the United States regarding Tamerlan Tsarnaev. In a statement, the Saudi embassy said:

“The Saudi government had no prior information about the Boston bombers. Therefore, it is not true that any information, written or otherwise, was passed to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or any other US agency in this regard. The Saudi government also does not have any record of any application by Tamerlan Tsarnaev for any visa to Saudi Arabia.”

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the White House had already denied receiving any information regarding Tsarnaev or the Boston Marathon bombing from the Saudi government.

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We already know that Russia tried to warn us (on multiple occasions) of the potential radicalization of the Tsarnaev brothers. And this morning we found out Saudi Arabia may also have tried to alert the U.S. government to the national security threat the older brother, Tamerlan, posed.

TheBlaze.com reported:

As news about the Tsarnaev brothers continues to emerge, it seems Russia may not have been the only foreign nation to warn the United States that the older brother, Tamerlan, was a potential security risk. A senior Saudi government official told Daily Mail that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia sent a written warning to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in 2012. According to the source, the letter was pertaining to Tsarnaev and potential terror threats.

The report was allegedly “very specific” and warned the U.S. government that “something was going to happen in a major U.S. city.”

The Department of Homeland Security and the White House have both categorically denied ever having seen or received such a report from the Saudi Arabians.

“It's just another exciting day with some developments that definitely did not happen with Saudi Arabia. Pay no attention to Saudi Arabia, they are a dear, dear, close wonderful, almost like family kind of relationship country to us,” Glenn said sarcastically to open the radio show this morning.

“So somehow or another, Saudi Arabia knew about this guy, but we didn't. We had no idea,” he continued. “The Saudi warning was separate from the multiple red flags raised by the Russians. And this one was based on human intelligence developed independently by Saudi Arabia in Yemen. Citing security concerns, the Saudi government also denied entry of the elder Tsarnaev brother when he hoped to make a pilgrimage to Mecca.”

We can all remember the days following the Boston Marathon bombing, when the FBI went on TV with photos of Tamerlan and Dzokar Tsarnaev practically begging the public to help them identify the brothers. But we have since learned we had warning from the Russians and Saudi Arabians, in addition to the FBI having personally looked into Tamerlan in 2011, and yet we still are led to believe the FBI had no idea who these men were.

“Is anybody else insulted by this,” Glenn asked.

The answer, sadly, seems to be NO. “It doesn't make any sense. You're being lied to from top to bottom,” Glenn said.

For those Back to the Future fans out there, Glenn compared this moment to the steam train in Back to the Future Part III. “Remember when they get on the steam train,” he asked. “And they have to hit these certain marks and have to be going a certain speed, otherwise, the train tracks end and the train goes off and they don't go back to the year 1985? That's kind of like where we are now.”

Unfortunately, when our train goes off the bridge, the implications are far worse than zooming back to 1985. “We end up in the canyon,” Glenn said. “We don't zoom back to 1985, even though that would be pretty sweet.  Ronald Reagan would still be president. Instead, we just go off into the canyon.”

“But there is a mile marker that we have hit,” he concluded. “And it's not only just the Saudi Arabians and our denial and our press.”

This story has been updated.

Christians are conflicted when it comes to President Donald Trump. Some proudly support him and his policies, while others just can't accept the man behind the boorish language.

Ruth Graham, daughter of the late evangelist Billy Graham, joined Glenn Beck on "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to make a case for the president from a Christian's point-of-view.

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On Thursday's radio program ,Glenn interviewed Dr. Karlyn Borysenko, who described what it was like attending a President Trump rally as a Democrat. She told Glenn Beck that crossing party lines is nearly forbidden in liberal circles but she branched out anyway — and learned quite a bit about the other side.

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Ryan: Bernie at the airport Holiday Inn

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(Part One) . (Part Two). (Part Three).

Some poor guy booked a hotel at the Holiday Inn Airport Conference Center in Des Moines on February 3, 2020, assuming it would be a harmless Monday night. Only to find himself in the middle of an overflowing Bernie rally on the night of the caucuses.

For the record, the man was not a Bernie Sanders supporter. Far from it. He popped his head backward when I told him where I work, smiling. Well, grinning, to be precise.


After her speech, Klobuchar wandered into the crowd, immediately submerged. Selfies. Everybody wanted them. A minute later, the other candidates began to appear on screen, giving speeches.

"Bernie," asked Justin Robert Young, host of Politics Politics Politics.

"Bernie," I said, and we paced to the car and lurked out onto the depopulated streets and the trenchant cold. But we were both bright with excitement, a couple of detectives. The valet attendants in their satin outfits saw two oddities, and they were right.

Justin Young and I had just left the Des Moines Marriott Downtown for Amy Klobuchar's "Amy for America caucus night party." She gave her speech, in a brilliant maneuver. I skated the Nissan down empty streets, quietly listening to Bernie's speech on the Iowa Public Radio station.

"I love this, what we're about to do," I said, gripping the wheel, words hurried, leaning forward, tapping my left boot. "We're going to hear Bernie talking, then we'll park, then walk through some doors and we will stroll into that very room as Bernie is giving the speech that's being broadcast to millions of people."

It was like how in the game Mario Bros., Mario can jump into giant green storm drains, occasionally. Like leaping into the television and joining the cast.

"There's nobody out on the roads," one of us said. "Holiday Inn, right up there." As broad-winged commercial airplanes floated overhead. We scoured for a parking spot and each second felt wasted. Urgent. We needed to be inside that hotel. But there was nowhere to park. Even the illegal spots were taken. Cars had creviced every inch of parking lot and curb and all that, had even jammed into dark pyramids of sludge.


Rita Dove wrote, "I prefer to explore the most intimate moments, the smaller, crystallized details we all hinge our lives on."


There were so many more journalists press at Bernie's event that the only media spots left were in the overflow room, which itself seemed at capacity. Dank, too. With a heavy vibe, like a sinister library.

The entire hotel exuded gloom. A quietness you hear in locker rooms after a game that should have ended differently.

Bernie supporters, dazed, stomped out into the snow, or to the bathrooms, or just in need of a bit of stomping.


Back to Beechwood Lounge, where we watched the Super Bowl a day earlier. Although it felt like a week had passed since then.

Approaching midnight, by that point.

Because Justin consumes politics with an all-encompassing urgency. As if it's a duty. He's clearly studied history and politics for years. Part historian, part political scientist, but also part reporter and part comedian. On one hand, he's guided by the old school approach to journalism. Objectivity. Solemnity. Accuracy.

An American has the right to tell nobody who they voted for. Or maybe it's a cultural thing.

Snow everywhere you look, piles of it full of gas and oil, and rubbish as well. That day was unseasonably warm. The next would plummet us into literal freezing. The kind of day that slows everyone down. With all that ice, you have to be cautious about every step.

Shame is for the uninitiated.

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In 1990 Michael Bloomberg's employees created a short book full of crude, sexist, and shocking quotes he allegedly said at work, including one story that has him telling a female employee to "kill it" after she announced she was pregnant. Sadly, that story has him fitting right in with the Democratic party in 2020.

The booklet, titled, 'Wit & Wisdom of Michael Bloomberg,' has resurfaced to haunt the Democratic presidential candidate after "The Washington Post" published the full text on Saturday.

On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Monday, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere (filling in for Glenn) shared some of the less colorful (many were too lewd to be repeated on radio,) but no less disgusting quotes.

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