Glenn speaks with Laurie Dhue about the brand new For The Record

This morning on radio, Glenn interviewed the host of For The Record, Laurie Dhue about the third episode of the program.

The third installment of the For The Record airs tonight at 8PM ET only on TheBlaze. On August 6, 2011, the Taliban shot down a Chinook helicopter in Afghanistan’s Wardak Province leaving 30 American soldiers dead, including 15 members of the elite Navy SEAL Team Six. This incident marked the largest American loss of life since the Afghan war began.

For The Record, Episode 3: Fallen Angel takes an unflinching look at how tactical errors and the military’s mismanagement of its special operations forces factored into this tragedy. Plus, hear from the victims’ families as we celebrate the extraordinary character of these brave, fallen heroes.

In the aftermath of the tragic helicopter crash, many questions were raised about potential mismanagement and tactical failures that may have been lead to the horrific loss of life. Laurie explained that while there are far more questions than answers, the For The Record team did find some interesting information.

“I mean, I think the bigger question here, and I'll talk specifically about the story of Extortion 17, which is the Chinook helicopter that was shot down by a rocket propelled grenade almost two years ago. The bigger question is that is our military really driven with a steady resolve for American victory around the world, or is it directed based on policy and politics,” Laurie said. “And when you look at what happened here, this was kind of a lost story until we decided to tell it. It is the story of Extortion 17, and the mission of Extortion 17 was to capture or kill a bad guy, a Taliban leader named Qari Tahir and so a 38 man immediate response team was sent in to try to capture or kill this guy. It ended up being shot down by the rocket propelled grenade. And as you said earlier, everyone on board was killed. You have 30 Americans of which 15 were members of Navy SEAL Team 6 which, don't forget, this helicopter was carrying many of the men who had killed Bin Laden 93 days before. The timing's interesting here.”

Many questioned the Obama administration’s decision to release details from the Osama Bin Laden raid. On tonight’s episode, the families of some of the fallen explain that their son’s had expressed fear for their lives in the aftermath of the Bin Laden kill.

“And, you know, what's interesting about this is that Navy SEAL Team 6 was publicly identified, you know, one or two days after the mission, which is somewhat unusual although some people say, look, in the days of social media that we're in right now, no, it's not that unusual that, you know, Joe Biden revealed, ‘Oh, it was Navy SEAL Team 6.’ But the families that we talked to in the episode tonight think that based on what their sons told them, they had a target on their back,” Laurie said.

Among some of the unanswered questions is why were the Afghani forces removed from the mission at the last moment? Why were they flying in a Chinook [helicopter] from 1989? Why were they not using a more powerful MH 47?

The Chinook is a good helicopter, but it is not known to maneuver particularly well. Considering the mission was flying into one of the real hotbeds in the area, it is unclear why the equipment was chosen.

“We're talking about the Tangi Valley, which has historically been a really tough spot,” Laurie explained. “And so what happened is Extortion 17 lifted off and in a few minutes it was close to the hot landing zone which is called the HLZ, which some of your listeners will probably know. The AC 130 that is overhead that was accompanying the Chinook here said, ‘Oh, the HLZ is okay, there's no enemy activity in the landing area,’ but it was still an active combat zone. And so they were in the area for close to three hours and one of the people we interviewed, one of the crewmembers of the AC 130 said, you know, we've been burning holes in the sky for three hours. You've got air weapons teams flying around. So there was an awful lot of noise going on, and basically the whole valley knew that there was something happening. And unfortunately air support was never used to soften that landing zone… And that is why when Extortion 17 was making its final approach, it was hit by the RPG and everyone on board was killed.”

“There's also the question why were so many elite forces on this Chinook at one time,” she continued. “There are a lot of unusual events here, a lot of unanswered questions that we can't necessarily answer right now.”

Glenn reiterated that For The Record is an investigative news magazine that is based in fact. “We are not alleging anything in this. We're being very careful,” Glenn said. “When you listen to my program, you hear opinions. When you hear Laurie or you are watching For The Record, I want you to know you're not getting my opinion or you're not getting their opinion – you're getting the facts. And so it's not being alleged. There are more questions to this… Tonight we do, and we also speak with the victims' families who will tell you a little bit about these really brave fallen angels.

Tonight’s episode, For The Record: Fallen Angel, airs at 8PM ET only on TheBlaze.

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A virus has escaped the university labs and is super-spreading through our culture. It's called Critical Race THEORY and what used to be a fringe topic in the academic world is now a dangerous Marxist REALITY infecting our public schools where students are taught the U.S. is a "parasitic system" based on the "invasion" of "white male settlers."

On Glenn TV this week, Glenn Beck exposes how some teachers are being instructed to "cash in on kids' inherent empathy" in order to train them to become "activist intellectuals," starting as early as first grade.

CRT is an absolute toxin to America and Glenn warns that in just one generation the Constitution, freedom, and true equality will be totally destroyed. Yet, any opposition to the spread of this disease is shouted down as racism and bigotry. If Critical Race Theory is not already in your local school curriculum, it will be soon.

Joined by Asra Nomani, Vice President for Strategy and Investigations at Parents Defending Education, Glenn arms you with the facts about CRT so you can stand up to this tyranny in your community.

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Ezra Levant, founder of Rebel News, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to describe the shocking footage he and his team captured of Canadian police harassing and even arresting Rebel News reporters during a protest in Montreal.

Video clips show officers making remarks about the "Jew" reporters and calling Rebel News "Jew media." Reporters are pulled out of crowds, handcuffed, slammed against vehicles and arrested. Some have been fined "thousands and thousands" of dollars "because they had cameras pointed at the police," said Levant.

Another video clip shows Canadian police demanding entrance to a rented Airbnb houseboat without a warrant.

"They the claimed it was an illegal gathering. It was just a B and B," Levant explained. "I told them to get a warrant. I went out there ... and they wouldn't let me back in.... It turned into a ten-hour standoff. They couldn't find a judge willing to give them a search warrant, so to punish us, they called the whole thing a crime scene. They actually wouldn't let any of my team off the boat unless they submitted to a personal search, which is illegal. And the craziest part, is that they arrested one of my guys, took him to jail, and they said this to us: We will hold him in jail until you let us search the Airbnb without a warrant."

Levant said nearly all Canadian media have ignored the insane attacks, warrantless searches and seizures, and the jailing of journalists, and warned Americans to take note and protect our First Amendment rights.

"If you do not protect your First Amendment, if you do not hold those hard-won freedoms, you will be like what we are," he said. "This is your future if you don't protect your First Amendment."

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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?

Watch the video below to hear Ezra describe the religious persecution taking place in Canada.


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