Former Treasury Secretary confirms TheBlaze’s Sept. 2013 report that Russia played a role in the 2008 financial crisis

Back in September of 2013, For The Record looked at the possibility that countries hostile to the U.S., like China and Russia, may have artificially driven up the price of oil and intentionally crashed the stocks of some financial institutions, escalating chaos prior to the 2008 economic crisis. Yesterday, a BBC report seemingly confirmed this investigation.

In a September article for TheBlaze.com, TheBlaze’s senior Washington correspondent Sara Carter explained the threat of economic terrorism to the United States.

Carter writes:

China, Russia and even Al Qaeda, among others, all have one thing in common: They believe that unconventional warfare against America’s economy is the best way to destroy our nation without actually ever having to fire a shot.

And our enemies almost made it happen in 2008.

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[F]ormer senior U.S. officials disclose what the Pentagon and Washington establishment had been hoping to bury — that the near economic collapse of the United States in 2008 was not due to widespread failures in government regulations, but a planned attack to destroy our nation perpetrated by both China and Russia.

Read Carter’s entire report HERE.

Watch the initial coverage from September’s For The Record: Unrestricted Warfare below:

Six months after For The Record’s report, it appears others in the media are starting to pick up the story. In a BBC article published yesterday entitled “Russia ‘planned Wall Street bear raid’”, business editor Robert Peston describes the cynical relationship between the United States and Russia as “deep, rooted in history.” Furthermore, the relationship shows that the “triumph of capitalism over communism wasn’t the end of the power game between these two nations.”

The BBC article relies on excerpts from interviews with former U.S. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson that were conducted for the BBC Two documentary “How China Fooled the World.” These comments didn’t make the film.

In relation to the 2008 financial crisis, particularly Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Paulson explained that the Chinese were the “biggest external investor holding Fannie and Freddie Securities.” As a result, China was “very, very concerned” when Fannie and Freddie began to melt down. At that moment, the Russians allegedly tried to draw up a pact with the Chinese.

“Here I’m not going to name the senior person, but I was meeting with someone… This person told me that the Chinese had received a message from the Russians which was, ‘Hey let’s join together and sell Fannie and Freddie securities on the market,’” Paulson explained. “The Chinese weren’t going to do that but again, it just, it just drove home to me how vulnerable I felt until we had put Fannie and Freddie into conservatorship [the rescue plan for them, that was eventually put in place].”

While Paulson clarified that “this guerrilla skirmish in markets by the Russians and Chinese didn't happen,” Peston believes Paulson’s comments are “pretty jaw-dropping stuff.”

“The Chinese told Hank Paulson that the Russians were suggesting a joint pact with China to drive down the price of the debt of Fannie and Freddie, and maximize the turmoil on Wall Street - presumably with a view to maximizing the cost of the rescue for Washington and further damaging its financial health,” Peston writes.

Read the entire BBC report HERE.

As we watch the Obama Administration flounder on the world stage – especially in relation to crisis in Ukraine – Glenn warned of the consequences on radio this morning.

“Hank Paulson came out and… verified… Russia tried to collapse the United States in 2008… We had [the story], and it was one of those things we were mocked for. For the Record had it in absolute iron-clad spades,” Glenn said. “So we know that Putin has designs on collapsing the United States of America. That's not Glenn Beck. That's Hank Paulson, our [former] treasury secretary.”

As Glenn explained, this report should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with history. The tactics used by the United States collapse the Soviet Union are the same tactics now being by Russia to collapse the U.S.

“We know [Putin] wants to actively engage in collapsing the United States of America, so what do you do? Well, you spend us into oblivion. Stretch us really thin. This is not a new theory. We know this works because we did it to them. We are so stupid. We don't even recognize our own pattern. This is how we collapsed [the Soviet Union],” Glenn explained. “We worked with anyone who would take them apart anywhere in the world. That's how we did it. And then Ronald Reagan went and just schooled their premiers and just made them look like bumbling idiots on the world stage. And that thing closed down.”

Unfortunately, our current President is more concerned about fighting back against the personal attacks he is facing than looking at how dire the situation actually is.

“So what are they doing to us? What's happening to us right now,” Glenn asked exasperatedly. “And our President is making this into a personal attack. Our President, instead of being a statesman, decided to make it about seven people who don't even have any assets. John Kerry comes on the world stage, ‘You had better do this. Otherwise, there will be real consequences!’ Real consequences against seven people who don't even have assets outside of their general country?”

“That's right, Glenn,” Pat responded with his best John Kerry impersonation. “Who's laughing now?”

“The world,” Glenn concluded.

Learn more about the economic warfare threats the United States faces by watching For The Record: Unrestricted Warfare. TheBlaze TV subscribers can watch the episode on-demand HERE. Not a subscriber? Start your 14-day free trial HERE.

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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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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