Author explains how the Obama Administration is involved in a Soviet-style disinformation campaign

Over the last few days, Glenn has been talking about a fascinating book he has been reading by Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa, the highest-ranking Soviet bloc intelligence official ever to defect to the West, and historian and law professor Ron Rychlak. Disinformation: Former Spy Chief Reveals Secret Strategies for Undermining Freedom, Attacking Religion, and Promoting Terrorism exposes some of the most significant and largely unknown disinformation campaigns of our lifetime, and Rychlak joined Glenn on radio this morning to talk about some of the most eye-opening information shared in the book.

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“I spent some time this weekend reading a book called Disinformation. It is by Ion Mihai Pacepa and Ron Rychlak. General Pacepa… came over in 1978 and defected… and Jimmy Carter wouldn't listen to him. Instead he decided to listen to all the Soviets,” Glenn explained. “And then Ronald Reagan got into office and started listening to the good general, and that changed the course of history… Now we have another Jimmy Carter in office. When you read this book… it will change your perspective on just about everything that you think you know in history.”

The Soviets perfected the “science” of disinformation, and General Pacepa witnessed it first hand during his time as a leader of communist Romania’s equivalent of the CIA. General Pacepa has remained in the United States, living undercover, since his defection. As Rychlak explained, “he watched and he saw from the inside how they built up the false leadership and false greatness.”

The danger of disinformation is that it comes from within, which disrupts cultural norms and trust in a way that is irreparable. During the Cold War, the Soviets worked to infiltrate ‘trusted’ sources around the world to begin to plant those seeds of doubt.

“The worst harm is implanting false ideas. You implant doubt, cause people to question their values, their beliefs by tearing down Western values, you create a vacuum that allows Marxist thought to expand,” Rychlak told Glenn. “When you know it is coming from your enemy, you don’t trust it. If they can get it to come from the United States, if it comes from Washington, if it comes from The New York Times or one of those sources, people tended to believe it. We are starting to be suspicious of those [sources] today, but they tried to intentionally implant false ideas into trusted sources [at the time].”

One such example is the how Pope Pius XII transformed from being considered someone who personally saved Jewish people during the Holocaust to being considered a Nazi sympathizer.

“I had written books about Pope Pius XII. He was people during World War II, recognized as a hero during the war, after the war, at the time of his death… a concert was played at the Vatican by the symphony from Israel as thanks of everything he had done… That was not really doubted until the 1960s,” Rychlak explained. “And in the 1960s, there was an active campaign, a play was at the heart of it, but the play wasn't the only thing. There were books, lectures, speakers, and articles implanted. It's not because they cared about the Pope. It's because they cared about Western values. For example you take down a

Pope, associate a pope with the Nazis – how can you trust that church? How can you trust Christianity itself? How can you really trust religion at some level?”

In order to take control of the Catholic-dominated European countries, the Soviets needed to fracture the Catholic Church. More broadly, they needed to fracture religion in general.

“It is absolutely fascinating because it opens your eyes,” Glenn said.

In the book, Rychlak and General Pacepa explain that disinformation is alive and well under the Obama Administration, and Rychlak explained why the aftermath of the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack on our consulate in Benghazi is an example.

“Disinformation begins within a nation, and it is all about building up the current leader and criticizing the previous leader. You have to control the flow of information to do that, and you implant false ideas,” Rychlak explained. “Benghazi, what do we have? We have a false story coming from our government, coming from a trusted source. They cared about this video. I was teaching a course on terrorism and the law when this all happened. I came into my class next morning and said, ‘Let's pull up the video.’ In 30 seconds I said, ‘Turn it off. This isn't it’… It was a preposterous show, and my students knew that. We all knew this couldn't be it. That's the lie we got from our government. A trusted source, pushing us in a different direction, so we don't notice in fact what is happening.”

Rychlak will also be joining Glenn on tonight’s Glenn Beck Program to further discuss some of the more recent examples of disinformation in our country. Don’t miss the Glenn Beck Program, Tuesday at 5pm ET only on TheBlaze.

Watch the full interview below:

I'm going to introduce you to what is by far the most annoying trend on social media involving a particular emoji. The annoying online trend features the clapping emoji 👏 in 👏 between 👏 each 👏 word.

The technique is most often used — unironically — by the social justice types to express indignation or condescension.

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It's meant to imply that the person who is writing the message is so much more "woke" than you that they are righteously allowed to clap in your face. Just looking at it is enough to test your blood pressure. Among the most recent standouts is the controversy surrounding Scarlett Johansson's decision to play a transgender character, which LGBTQ advocates would view as a good thing, right? You know, her being an ally to their cause and all. Here's one of the myriad tweets that sums up the feeling:

For weeks, the social justice types had been raging about Johansson, who was slated to portray a crime kingpin who was born a woman but identified as male in the film Rub & Tug.

In an interview with NPR — naturally — a trans activist had this to say about it:

Casting male actors to play trans women and female actors to play trans men really reinforces the idea that trans men are really women who are pretending to be men and tricking people into thinking they're men as opposed to the truth, which is that transgender men are living authentically as themselves. And we look like men and we feel like men, and we are perceived as men, and there's no reason, like, women should be playing us.

Listen to the full interview here:

Boy, if it weren't already confusing enough…

In response to this so-called backlash, Scarlett Johansson released a statement to her critics, noting to "tell them that they can be directed to Jeffrey Tambor, Jared Leto and Felicity Huffman's reps for comment."

But, finally — as most people do these days — she buckled. She released the following statement:

In light of recent ethical questions raised surrounding my casting as Dante Tex Gill, I have decided to respectfully withdraw my participation in the project. Our cultural understanding of transgender people continues to advance, and I've learned a lot from the community since making my first statement about my casting and realize it was insensitive.

What's the source of all this outrage? Because, we all know that the small but vocal mob — who the mainstream media has for some reason given a platform, and whose voice is louder than the rest of ours — is able to bully until they get what they want.

There's no winning.

Let's say that Scarlett Johansson had refused the role to begin with, on the grounds that she will not play a transgender character. You can guarantee the same crowd that's outraged now would be in fits. There's no winning. The best we can do is treat those around us with respect, live humbly and, for heaven's sake, don't clap between every damn word.

We should all be praying for success at the Trump/Putin sit-down

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92 percent of the world's nuclear weapons are in TWO countries: the U.S. and Russia. And as I'm speaking right now, the leaders of both countries are sitting down at a table to try and figure out how to coexist with one another. Sounds kind of important right? And even though the media will slap-fight each other to death today in an attempt to turn the Trump/Putin summit partisan, what's happening right now in Helsinki is probably the least most partisan thing happening right now… like anywhere. As in, the entire planet.

If there was ever a time to be partisan… this isn't it. To any Democrat, Republican or mainstream media pundit looking to turn this into some gotcha political narrative… what the hell is wrong with you? The last time the U.S. and Russian presidents sat down for a summit was in 2010… eight years ago! Here's a small rundown of how "cold" our relationship has been since then.

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Russia still has troops in Georgia after their invasion during Obama's first term. Keep in mind, Georgia was a country considering joining NATO. That invasion was Russia's coming out party. It was a warning to the world that things were about to change, and they were just getting started. They would then invade, steal and annex Crimea from Ukraine. They'd also invade, destabilize and wage war in Eastern Ukraine. That war is still going on to this day, but rarely does the media talk about it anymore. And the backdrop to that invasion and silent war was an accusation from the Russians that the United States deliberately encouraged the fall of the Ukrainian president and government.

Meanwhile, Russia continues supplying troops and equipment to their side, and we are now providing military training and anti-tank missiles to ours.

And Ukraine is just one of the proxy wars currently being fought between the two nuclear powers. Syria is the other. In April, we admitted to killing nearly 200 Russians in that conflict.

Over the past four years, over 700 Russian citizens and companies have been sanctioned, 35 diplomats have been declared persona non grata, 2 Russian diplomatic compounds have been closed, one consulate and two diplomatic annexes. Oh… and Russia has ejected over 700 U.S. diplomatic staff.

Between cyber attacks and indictments on Russian intelligence personnel, tensions have never been higher.

Between cyber attacks and indictments on Russian intelligence personnel, tensions have never been higher. Russia currently maintains an arsenal of 6,600 nuclear weapons. We have 6,450. The next closest nuke holders are France with 300 and China with 280. It's not even close. Between Washington and Moscow, there are over 13,000 nuclear weapons pointed at one another.

Forget partisan politics. The two toughest kids on the block just met for a sit-down, and we should all be praying for their success.

It's not just the Twitter mobs, the Leftist extremists and the flagrant fourth-wave feminists who want ICE abolished. As we've seen, there's a growing number of politicians who want to see it as well.

Cue Alejandro Alvarez, who in his 32 years has managed to cultivate his brand as a "serial immigration violator." Alejandro has been deported 11 times. Well, he's facing deportation once again, after allegedly "slashing his wife with a chainsaw." His wife is in recovery and is expected to survive.

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Around 3:00 pm last Wednesday, police arrived at Alejandro's. When they arrived, they found Alvarez's wife suffering from "traumatic physical injuries, believed to have been inflicted by a chainsaw." The couple's three children were huddled in fear inside the home. Alejandro's wife was rushed to a nearby trauma center for an emergency surgery.

Alejandro fled the scene of the crime, but was eventually hauled in by police and booked under "suspicion of attempted murder, child endangerment, hit and run, and grand theft auto."

Sounds like the kind of guy who should be in our country illegally, right?

ICE spokeswoman Lori Haley noted that "Immigration officers have lodged a detainer against Alvarez, requesting that local authorities notify Immigration and Customs Enforcement before his release to allow them to take the man into custody."

This is the new reality.

This is the new reality. The immigration agency has to ask for permission, to file requests, to have illegal immigrants who are guilty of crimes dealt with. Luckily for Alejandro, Los Angeles is a sanctuary city, so maybe he'll get another pass and be back on the streets in no time.

UPDATE: Here's how the discussion went on radio. Watch the video below.

Why is nobody talking about this?

Alabama law enforcement officials say that an illegal immigrant and an immigrant in the United States on a green card are responsible for the brutal murders of a grandmother and her 13-year-old special needs granddaughter in what investigators say is violence related to Mexican drug cartels.