What has happened to our Secret Service?

A 40 year old man jumps the fence outside the White House and rushes the front door, and makes it too close for comfort. A reality TV star crashes a state dinner. Strippers brought back to hotel rooms in Colombia before a Presidential visit. What is going on with our Secret Service agents? Ronald Kessler, author of The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents, joined Glenn to discuss the issue on radio this morning.

Below is a rush transcript of this interview

GLENN: What has happened to our secret service?

RONALD KESSLER: You know, as you -- see, the agents themselves are brave and dedicated, but the management has this culture of laxness and corner cutting.

GLENN: Corner cutting for what reason? I never heard an American say we spend too much money on the president's security keeping him safe in the White House, maybe having these lavish trips and everything, but not his security.

RONALD KESSLER: No, it makes no sense. It's like any scandal. You can't figure it out. You can't believe it could be so bad. When you have a culture of covering up and this attitude that they have of, we make do with less, that's what happens.

Now, we've seen a lot of public indications of this, the fact that the Salahis were allowed to crash the state dinner at the White House.

GLENN: How did that happen? How did the Salahis get in? What happened?

RONALD KESSLER: The uniformed officers at the White House gate simply ignored the fact they were not on the guest list and let them in. Why would they do that? I'll tell you one act that suggests a reason, and that is, when Mary Cheney, Dick Cheney's daughter was in the protection, she tried to get her agents to take her friends to restaurants, and they refused as they should. They're not taxi drivers.

So she threw a fit and got her detailees removed over this. So what message does that send the uniformed officers at the White House gate? It tells them, gee, if we turn away this glamorous couple and it turns out they were supposed to be on the guest list and it was an error, our own management may not support us. So let's just let them in. That's the kind of spineless attitude that the management has, which contributes to all these problems.

GLENN: So let me put you on the spot with that very thing, historically, Abraham Lincoln is giving a speech and Frederick Douglass is turned back by the security and the White House staff. There was no secret service staff at the time, but they won't let him because you're not a friend of Abraham Lincoln. How could you possibly be a friend of Abraham Lincoln, you're black. So what happens, he actually climbs through a window, and I think it's in the -- what is that dining room called the west room or east room or whatever it is, he climbs through a window and Abraham Lincoln is giving a speech. And there's a clamor and they start to grab him and take him out. And he said, whoa, whoa, Frederick, how are you? And he said, they didn't believe me, that I was your friend. I had to come to through the window.

So it's kind of the same thing. I mean, would we have let Frederick Douglass come into the White House? What rules do you have that make sure that, you know, the president is protected, but also the right people are getting around the president?

RONALD KESSLER: I don't think it's a problem. I don't think there's any conflict. If a person has an appointment and is approved, there's a background check, and they find out he's a terrorist or there's a warrant out for his arrest, they don't let him. But otherwise they let him in and everything is fine. It's like airline security. Yet the secret service cuts corners there. They will under pressure from White House staffs or campaign staffs let people into events without metal detection screening when there's a line outside. They haven't been screened. The secret service hasn't provided enough scanners and the pressure is applied. And sure enough, the management says, let them in.

And, you know, any individual or -- if you come in with grenades and take out the president that alone is unthinkable and yet the secret service has this bossy attitude and this statement that officers are used for strength just tells you how arrogant the secret service is. They're going to fall for that.

GLENN: I have to tell you I'm wildly concerned because of the state department and the secret service. They are -- the management is arrogant. The culture is going, you know, to -- to, you know, prostitutes and to booze, and it's no way to run a credible organization.

Tell me, Hillary Clinton you say is the worst. That is the dog assignment. Why?

RONALD KESSLER: Yeah. This is considered a form of punishment to be assigned to her secret service detail because she is so nasty to agents, and yet here's this woman who professes to be compassionate and care about the little people and she's a champion of the middle class, but behind the scenes on a daily basis she treats those people with contempt.

GLENN: And is it the same with the Obamas? Is it President Obama or is it Michelle Obama that is --

RONALD KESSLER: Actually, they both treat their agents well. My book tells it like it is. On the other hand agents are made to overhear Michelle try to urge her husband to be more aggressive in attacking Republicans and in siding with blacks and racial controversies which, of course, we've seen him doing over and over again.

GLENN: But they've treated your agents with respect. I'm really glad to do that. Ron, thank you so much.

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?

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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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