Louie Gohmert working to close ‘gaping hole’ in NSA surveillance practices

Earlier this month, during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on the proposed merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable, Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX) suggested partisan politics might explain why Comcast does not carry TheBlaze. Glenn has not had a chance to speak to Gohmert since the hearing, but on radio this morning, the Congressman joined the program to discuss two key pieces of legislation he is currently working on.

“Louie, I haven't had a chance to talk to you, since your amazing questioning of Comcast,” Glenn said, “which was awesome.”

“Well, I couldn't believe [Comcast Executive Vice President David Cohen] would sit there and make the comments he did. Deeply offensive. For heaven's sake, you got Al Gore, who is supposed to be all about green, and yet he's willing to sell and accept money – millions and millions of dollars – from people that are dripping with carbon and oil and nasty stuff he's against,” Gohmert said. “That [Current TV] deal would never have gone through, unless Comcast said, ‘Yeah, we'll keep you on the air.’ So [Comcast] would rather have people that want the Constitution to go away and be replaced by Sharia Law, than to have some crazy guy that just wants to talk about hope, love and charity.”

Glenn asked Gohmert to discuss two important pieces of legislation he is fighting for in the House that pertain to the NSA and the right of soldiers to carry on U.S. military bases. To begin, Gohmert explained the amendment he wants added to the USA Freedom Act that passed the House Judiciary Committee with unanimous support earlier this month.

The Gohmert Amendment sought to clarify the bill's definition of "clandestine intelligence activities" to specify only "activities by foreign individuals, foreign entities or foreign governments.” The amendment failed to make it through the Judiciary Committee.

“This is the only remaining loophole for them to spy on American citizens that don't have ties with foreign agent, foreign countries, things like that. I wanted that closed up, and [the Democrats] have fought me tooth and nail,” Gohmert explained. “And then my own party leaders have said, ‘No, they say they don't want that in there. That's going to mess up the deal.’ Well, it is a gaping hole. Let's close it up!”

Gohmert encouraged listeners to call their representatives and senators and ask them to reconsider leaving a “gaping hole to spy on American citizens.”

Switching topics, Glenn also asked Gohmert to talk about the amendment he proposed that would allow military members to carry weapons on U.S. military bases for security purposes.

As TheBlaze reported, on Tuesday night the House chose to delay a decision on whether members of the Armed Forces should be able to carry weapons while on base. Gohmert’s language would have amended the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2015, which the House is considering this week.

“How tragic to go four and a half years [after the Fort Hood shooting], and what did they do? What did they learn from the first one? Absolutely nothing,” Gohmert said. “We have done nothing to prevent it, and now we are going to go about and do nothing to prevent the next one.”

Gohmert explained his amendment sought to allow soldiers to carry the same weapons on U.S. military installations as they do overseas.

“My initial amendment to the NDAA was basically: Anybody who can carry a gun overseas can carry one on an a military installation. But I was trying to work a compromise with generals and colonials that had reservations and give them an option,” Gohmert said. “If a guy can fire RPGs overseas, certainly he can carry a 9-millimeter here. But there's got to be enough push that even the Democrats can feel it. This is an election year. This is when Democrats really get sensitive to what people are thinking back home.”

With that in mind, Gohmert once again encouraged people to call their representatives and demand action.

“I appreciate everything that you are doing,” Glenn concluded. “Call and tell your congressman and your senator to close the foreign clandestine agent loophole. Also call and demand that service members are allowed to carry guns to protect themselves, so we can protect the service members.”

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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