Glenn: NSA Whistleblower's “act of heroism”

As soon as The Guardian released the name of the NSA whistleblower as 29-year-old Edward Snowden over the weekend, Glenn took to Twitter to praise Snowden’s actions as courageous and heroic. This morning on radio, Glenn elaborated on his position – reiterating that he supports Snowden’s decision to come forward.

“My stance on Edward Snowden – I came out over the weekend and said, ‘This guy is a hero.’ At least what he is doing is an act of heroism,” Glenn said. “What he is doing coming out and speaking to the press – he has issued himself a death warrant… He had a decent life. He was making $200,000 a year, living in Hawaii with his girlfriend. He decides, ‘This is wrong and somebody needs to speak out.’ This is, I believe, the first act of real heroism that we have seen.”

Glenn has long talked about his fear that, as a country, we are running out of time. “I do believe this is the last exit. I could be wrong… Hopefully there's more,” Glenn explained. But in the wake of Snowden’s revelations, Glenn believes there may be hope. “If the American people, however, see that what he has done was right, we have a chance of changing things.”

Snowden has now shown the world that the United States government has access to just about every aspect of your life – from phone calls to emails to credit card activity, they have it all. The media and Washington may try to spin these leaks into some sort of political debate stemming from the PATRIOT ACT, but the implications of government overreach in this situation are far more dangerous than any political scandal.

In an interview with The Guardian, Snowden explained the scope of the government surveillance and what lies ahead for Americans if nothing is done to stop it. Glenn played some of the audio from Snowden’s interview and the full interview can be watched below.

Snowden detailed the threat he now faces as a potential traitor who can be tried under the Espionage Act, but he said it is a threat he is willing to live with because he felt it was necessary to inform Americans that they have unknowingly given up their sovereignty. “I will tell you that the country right now that says, ‘we will protect the individual’ – excuse me, used to be the United States of America,” Glenn said. Instead of being the vanguard of individual liberty that attracted people from around the globe, the United States now seems to be leading the way on the surveillance state.

But why does it matter?

REPORTER: Why should people care about surveillance?

SNOWDEN: Because even if you're not doing anything wrong, you're being watched and recorded, and the storage capability of these systems increases every year consistently by orders of magnitude to where it's getting to the point you don't have to have done anything wrong. You simply have to eventually fall under suspicion from somebody, even by a wrong call, and then they can use this system to go back in time and scrutinize every decision you've ever made, every friend you've ever discussed something with, and attack you on that basis to sort of derive suspicion from an innocent life and paint anyone in the context of a wrong doer.

It is easy to be suspicious of Snowden’s motives. Whistleblowers often have more at stake than simply protecting the interests of the American people, and people from the left and right have already come out to discredit him. It remains to be seen what comes of this leak, but Snowden maintains that his intentions are pure.

REPORTER: If your motive had been to harm the United States and help its enemies or if your motive had been personal and material gain, were there things that you could have done with these documents to advance those goals that you didn't end up doing?

SNOWDEN: Absolutely. Anybody in positions of access with the technical capabilities that I had could, you know, suck out secrets, pass them on the open market to Russia. You know, they always have an open door, as we do. I had access to, you know, the full rosters of everyone working at the NSA, the entire intelligence community, and undercover assets all around the world, the locations of every station we have, what their missions are and so forth. If I had just wanted to harm the U.S., you know, you could shut down the surveillance system in an afternoon. But that's not my intention, and I stand before anyone making that argument, they need to think if they were in my position and, you know, you live a privileged life. You're living in Hawaii, in paradise and making a ton of money. What would it take to make you leave everything behind?

“I think this guy is an absolute hero,” Glenn said. “Now let me give you another piece. I got a note from a friend who's in the intelligence community and he said, it's unique at its core, Hong Kong, as it falls under the Chinese umbrella, but the government is still run under the Old English system. It's a court system that is completely separate from China. The Hong Kong Department of Justice shields them from interference with the Chinese government. However, since it ultimately falls under Chinese protection, the United States can't come in and do what they want. It's also one of the most densely populated areas in the world, easy to blend in and stay in the radar, under the radar. He's not defecting. He's following intelligence protocol… Makes a lot of sense and makes him more credible in my opinion. He's doing exactly what our trade craft trained us to do.”

Unlike the Wikileaks situation – where volumes of documents were literally and haphazardly dumped – Snowden did not release any and every piece of information he had access to. “Some things should be safe. Some things should be secret. Some things should be protected,” Glenn said. “However, this should not be. They have lied to us. The American government and its allies in parties have lied to you. They have said none of this is going on. They are pretending now that it's fine. And you'll see who the real progressives are. This is your chance to understand who a progressive is.”

“Now the question is, can we unite instead of, instead of demonizing each other,” he continued. “This is an opportunity to bring people from the libertarians, the Republicans, and the Democrats, people who think differently and say, what do we meet at? What do we have in common? And here it is: The Constitution and civil rights.”

On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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Just days after Canadian pastor James Coates was released from prison for refusing to bow to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, several police officers showed up at another church to ensure restrictions were being followed. But Polish pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Cave of Adullam Church in Alberta, Canada, knew his rights, telling the cops not to come back until they had a warrant in hand.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere played a video of the interaction.

"Please get out. Please get out of this property immediately. Get out!" Pawlowski can be heard yelling at the six officers who entered his church.

"Out! Out! Out! Get out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant," he continued. "Go out and don't come back. I don't want to talk to you. You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here! ... Nazis are not welcome here! Do not come back you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievable sick, evil people. Intimidating people in a church during the Passover! You Gestapo, Nazi, communist fascists! Don't you dare come back here!"

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