5 ways to survive the surveillance state

In the wake of the NSA whistleblower shedding light on the scope of the government surveillance practices, it may seem nearly impossible to maintain any type of cyber related security. But there are a few things you can do to protect your privacy, and yesterday TheBlaze reported “The Top Five Ways to Thwart the NSA and Government from Spying on You.”

“There’s a couple of things up on TheBlaze. There’s one: Five ways to thwart government spying,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “I don’t think any of them are any good, but let's count down from number five.”

While Glenn may not have been hugely impressed with the list, it does provide some feasible solutions that will help keep some of your information private.

NUMBER 5: Avoid cellphone tracking

Your cell phone company automatically records location data every time you make a call, so the only true way to avoid location tracking is to turn off your phone and remove the battery.

It is easy to think about tracking in regards to location services, but Glenn extended the concept even further – highlighting the risks associated with the microphones located in mobile devices.

“They offered a clue on how to save your cell phone, turn off the microphone,” Glenn said. “These things that we were talking about, we are talking about with the NSA, but remember, these are the things that the government's partner, Google, talked to me about. They said, ‘It's a good thing.’”

Take, for example, Apple’s Siri. “Siri will answer your questions before you even think of them. I said how is that even possible? Because it's going to read everything that you are reading, it is going to listen to all of your conversations, because it's an open mic,” Glenn explained. “When this thing is sitting here, my iPad is sitting here, your cell phone, it is an open mic, even if it is turned off, it is an open mic. The only way to stop it is to have a battery taken out of that device, which you can't do be with an Apple product.”

NUMBER 4: Secure phone conversations

Since the days of payphones have come and gone, there fewer ways to keep your phone conversations secure. Mobile encryption is one option – though when dealing with an agency as powerful as the NSA, attempts at private encryption will probably prove futile at best.

“There’s mobile encryption, but that doesn't work,” Glenn said. “I'm sorry, to say, if you are going up against the federal government, you don't have an encryption device that can really go up against the federal government.”

NUMBER 3: Encrypt, encrypt, encrypt

For companies that rely on cloud computing, encryption is key. Since companies like Microsoft, Apple, and Google provide the cloud services, the federal government can court order them to turn over the data.

“Encryption, again, is good. We have talked about it here. We have everything encrypted, but encryption is not something – encryption will stop your ordinary people,” Glenn said. “But if your enemy, for instance, because I'm in the news business, because we deal with hackers, we don't even trust the encryption. We are not dealing with hackers. We are trying to protect whistleblowers. We are dealing with the federal government. I don't know how much encryption I trust.”

NUMBER 2: Keep your browsing private

Despite how disenfranchised you might feel after reading through these privacy tips, there are several precautions you can take to keep your browsing private. From private mode to hiding your IP address, there are precautions you can take.

“Now, there are things that you can do,” Glenn said. “You can shutoff cookies and everything else off. And there are browsers, for instance, you can get a browser that is on a thumb drive, that you stick it into your computer and you browse and then you pull it out of the computer and it doesn't leave anything on the computer, but even that is really not effective when you are going against the government.”

NUMBER 1: Go off the grid

This is certainly extreme, but the only way to truly ensure your digital security is to get off the grid.

“That one would work,” Pat said laughing.

At his new ranch, Glenn is completely off the grid – a feat he is especially proud of.

“At my ranch, we are off the grid. We are entirely off the grid. There is not a piece of fiber or wire that runs,” Glenn explained. “I go up to the ranch, and we are off the grid, and I watch my kids, and I recognize their life. I urge you to do it as much as you possibly can. Get off it as much as you can.”

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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