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.”

Countless leaders on the left are now arguing that removing President Donald Trump from office won't be enough — they're now calling for the president's "cult-like" supporters to be "deprogrammed." And it's not just fringe politicians.

During an appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher" last week, former NBC anchor Katie Couric said, "The question is, how are we going to really almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump."

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi questioned whether the nation needs "a 9/11-type commission" to determine whether President Trump was colluding with Russian President Vladimir Putin "the day that the insurgents invaded our Capitol." Clinton also made sure to include her favorite "deplorables" in her unsubstantiated conspiracy theory:

"But we now know that not just [Trump] but his enablers, his accomplices, his cult members, have the same disregard for democracy," Clinton said to Pelosi.

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson and New York Times Magazine's Nikole Hannah-Jones agreed that there is a need for "millions of Americans, almost all white, almost all Republicans" to be deprogrammed and punished, during an MSNBC interview last week.

Now, a story from the Washington Post is also preaching that narrative and even added that we need more restrictions for conservatives on social media and in the broadcast industry.

"So now we have to be deprogrammed? We've heard this over and over and over and over again, for months," said Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday. He read through the shocking details of the Washington Post op-ed and discussed the extraordinary dangers of the latest anti-conservative movement in America.

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As calls for censorship and restrictions against conservative voices get louder, Glenn Beck said he feels an "awesome responsibility" to speak, not the words he'd personally like to say, but those he believes the Lord would want him to share.

"It's an awesome responsibility, and one that I am not worthy of," Glenn said. "I want to say ... what He wants me to say. And I have to listen very carefully, because I feel the same way you do. But that will get us nowhere."

Glenn said it's time for Americans who are awake — not woke — to come together, no matter which side of the political aisle you're on, and stand with the truth.

"We are the Alamo, we will stand. But we desperately, desperately need you," Glenn said. "We need the people who are awake — not woke — awake. You may disagree with us. We are your allies, not your enemies. And if you will not stand with us in our hour of need, there will be no one left to stand with you in your hour of need. We must all come together, anyone who is awake."

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The incoming Biden administration plans to waste no time in overturning much of the progress achieved by President Donald Trump.

On his radio program Monday, Glenn Beck ran through 10 executive orders President Joe Biden plans to announce on "day one" of his time in office — including rejoining the Paris climate accord, canceling the Keystone pipeline, mask mandates on federal land and during interstate travel, and a proposed federal minimum wage of $15 an hour.

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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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