Why did Glenn compare Edward Snowden to Luke Skywalker?

In an interview with NBC News’ Brian Williams, former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden spoke out about why he is still in Russia, why he believes he is neither a hero nor a traitor, and the extent of the surveillance capability of the U.S. government. After seeing several parts of the interview last night, Glenn could not help but have a more positive opinion of Snowden. On radio this morning, Glenn played parts of the interview and debated Snowden’s credibility.

“I don't know if you saw Brian Williams' interview with Edward Snowden last night, but that was one hour of absolutely compelling television. And if it didn't raise the hair on the back of your neck… nothing will,” Glenn said. “I don't want to endorse the guy because you never know about people anymore. You just don't know. But… if I had to choose, based just on the interview last night, [I think he is a] patriot.”

When it comes to why Snowden is in Russia, he explained he never meant to end up in the country. He had booked a flight to Latin America via Cuba, but the U.S. government revoked his passport before he was able to board a plane in Moscow. Furthermore, Snowden said he is not a Russian spy, and he is not working for the Russian government.

Snowden told Williams that he would like to return to the U.S. He misses his family, his friends, and even his job, but he refuses to “walk into a jail cell.”

On Wednesday, Secretary of State John Kerry called Snowden a fugitive and urged him to “man up and come back to the United States.”

“If he cares so much about America and he believes in America,” Kerry said, “he should trust the American system of justice.”

“I will tell you, if I were him, I wouldn't come home,” Glenn said. “Because I know what this Administration does… to whistleblowers, which is something else he covered last night.”

After being asked why he chose to go about releasing all of the information in the way that he did, Snowden said he attempted to ring the bell within the NSA, but his concerns were rebuffed.

“I actually did go through channels, and that is documented,” Snowden asserted. “The NSA has records, they have copies of emails right now to their Office of General Counsel, to their oversight and compliance folks, from me raising concerns about the NSA’s interpretations of its legal authorities… The response more or less, in bureaucratic language, was, ‘You should stop asking questions.’”

While the NSA claims there is no evidence of a paper trail, NBC talked to “two U.S. officials who have read an email sent by Snowden to the NSA’s Office of General Counsel on April 5, 2013, a month before he stopped working as an NSA contractor, said the message – the only email found to date, they say – questioned agency policies and practices.”

One of the most interesting parts of the interview came when Snowden detailed the capabilities of U.S. surveillance techniques.

“The NSA, the Russian intelligence service, the Chinese intelligence service, any intelligence service in the world that has significant funding and a real technological research team can own that phone… as soon as you turn it on, it can be theirs,” Snowden said. “They can turn it into a microphone, they can take pictures from it, they can take data off of it.”

He did clarify, however, that such surveillance is “typically done on a targeted basis.”

When asked by Williams if the government could turn on a phone remotely if it’s off, Snowden said “yes.” He answered the same way when asked if they can turn on apps or access Google history.

“It was a pretty chilling thing and what people don't want to think about is the president says that they're not spying on individuals and that's not happening. Well, the president has said a lot of things aren't happening that are happening,” Glenn concluded. “I don't think NBC set out to make this guy look good… I don't think the Death Star set out to make Luke Skywalker look like a good guy. But that's how it came out last night.”

You can watch more highlights of the interview at NBCNews.com.

Eric Weinstein, managing director of investment firm Thiel Capital and host of "The Portal" podcast, is not a conservative, but he says conservative and center-right-affiliated media are the only ones who will still allow oppositional voices.

On "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week, Eric told Glenn that the center-left media, which "controls the official version of events for the country," once welcomed him, but that all changed about eight years ago when they started avoiding any kind of criticism by branding those who disagree with them as "alt-right, far-right, neo-Nazi, etc.," even if they are coming from the left side of the aisle. But their efforts to discredit critical opinions don't stop there. According to Eric, there is a strategy being employed to destroy our national culture and make sure Americans with opposing views do not come together.

"We're trifling with the disillusionment of our national culture. And our national culture is what animates the country. If we lose the culture, the documents will not save us," Eric said. "I have a very strongly strategic perspective, which is that you save things up for an emergency. Well, we're there now."

In the clip below, Eric explains why, after many requests over the last few years, he finally agreed to this podcast.

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Glenn Beck: Why MLK's pledge of NONVIOLENCE is the key to saving America

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Listen to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s pledge of nonviolence and really let it sink in: "Remember always that the nonviolent movement seeks justice and reconciliation — not victory."

On the radio program, Glenn Beck shared King's "ten commandments" of nonviolence and the meaning behind the powerful words you may never have noticed before.

"People will say nonviolent resistance is a method of cowards. It is not. It takes more courage to stand there when people are threatening you," Glenn said. "You're not necessarily the one who is going to win. You may lose. But you are standing up with courage for the ideas that you espouse. And the minute you engage in the kind of activity that the other side is engaging in, you discredit the movement. You discredit everything we believe in."

Take MLK's words to heart, America. We must stand with courage, nonviolently, with love for all, and strive for peace and rule of law, not "winning."

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Conservatives are between a rock and a hard place with Section 230 and Big Tech censorship. We don't want more government regulation, but have we moved beyond the ability of Section 230 reforms to rein in Big Tech's rising power?

Rachel Bovard, Conservative Partnership Institute's senior director of policy, joined the Glenn Beck radio program to give her thoughts and propose a possibly bipartisan alternative: enforcing our existing antitrust laws.

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Dan Bongino, host of The Dan Bongino Show, is an investor in Parler — the social media platform that actually believes in free speech. Parler was attacked by Big Tech — namely Amazon, Apple, and Google — earlier this week, but Bongino says the company isn't giving up without a fight. In fact, he says, he's willing to go bankrupt over this one.

Dan joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he calls a "smear" campaign behind the scenes, and how he believes we can move forward from Big Tech's control.

"You have no idea how bad this was behind the scenes," Dan told Glenn. "I know you're probably thinking ... well, how much worse can the attack on Parler have gotten than three trillion-dollar companies — Amazon, Apple, and Google — all seemingly coordinated to remove your business from the face of the Earth? Well, behind the scenes, it's even worse. I mean, there are smear campaigns, pressure campaigns ... lawyers, bankers, everyone, to get this company ... wiped from the face of the earth. It's incredible."

Dan emphasized that he would not give up without a fight, because what's he's really fighting for is the right to free speech for all Americans, regardless of their political opinions, without fear of being banned, blacklisted, or losing jobs and businesses.

"I will go bankrupt. I will go absolutely destitute before I let this go," he said. "I have had some very scary moments in my life and they put horse blinders on me. I know what matters now. It's not money. It's not houses. It's none of that crap. It's this: the ability to exist in a free country, where you can express your ideas freely."

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