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.

Soros is trying to elect MORE TEXAS RINOs. Here's how YOU can stop him.

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Texas is under threat of a George Soros-backed takeover.

Soros-funded RINO judges have been elected in some of the highest courts in Texas. These judges implemented restrictions that have blocked nearly a thousand cases of voter fraud from being investigated or prosecuted from across the state. These new restrictions are similar to ones in place in states like George, Arizona, and Wisconsin, leaving Texas more susceptible to election corruption than ever. If Texas falls to corruption, America will lose its largest bastion of conservative electoral power in the nation. Without Texas, Republicans WILL NOT be able to win national elections and liberal corruption will go unchecked across the country.

Fortunately, there is a way to stop this: YOU.

If you live in Texas you have a chance to stand up against corruption and to fight back! Starting Tuesday, February 20th, early voting for the primaries begins, where three of these judges are up for election. Go out and vote. If the right people are voted in, there's a good chance the restrictions will be lifted and election fraud can once again be prosecuted.

But remember, you can't just go in and vote for anyone who has an "R" next to their name. Sorors knows that a registered Democrat would never stand a chance in Texas, so his lackeys register as Republicans and ride the little "R" right into office. So who do you vote for?

Fortunately, Glenn had Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on his show today and Ken gave us his list of judges that he vouches for. His list is as follows:

  • Gina Parker
  • Lee Finley
  • David Schenck
The Primary Election runs from February 20th to March 5th. This is your chance to get out there and make a difference. It might be the most important election you ever participate in. If you need to know where your nearest polling location is, or any other information regarding the election, you can go to votetexas.gov to find out more.
It's time to stand up.

Hypocrisy EXPOSED: The 'Amazon Files' and what WE are doing about it

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Who is really banning books?

For years now, Conservatives have been taking flak from the left for supposed "book bans." The left likes to compare these "bans" to Nazi book burnings, accusing the right of sweeping authoritarian decrees designed to suppress information. In reality, this is a movement largely motivated by parents, who want to remove inappropriate books from children's libraries.

But if you want to discuss authoritarian book bans, look no further than the White House. As Glenn recently covered, the Biden administration has been pressuring the world's largest bookseller, Amazon, into suppressing books they disagree with.

On February 5th, 2024, Ohio Representative Jim Jordan released a slew of subpoenaed documents that exposed pressure placed on Amazon by the Biden Administration. The documents, which Jordan dubbed "The Amazon Files" after Elon Musk's "The Twitter Files," revealed an email conversation between Andrew Slavitt, a former White House senior adviser, and Amazon employees. In these emails, Slavitt complained that the top search results for books on "vaccines" were "concerning" and then requested that Amazon intervene. Amazon initially refused, not out of some altruistic concern for the free exchange of information. They thought any action taken would be "too visible" and would further exasperate the “Harry/Sally narrative,” referring to the outrage that followed Amazon's removal of Ryan T. Anderson’s book When Harry Became Sally.

Despite this initial refusal, Amazon agreed to meet with the White House a few days later. The number one item on their agenda was removing books from the website. An Amazon employee even admitted that the reason they even took this meeting was due to the pressure being placed on them by the Biden Administration.

What was the result of this meeting? Amazon caved. They began to implement ways of limiting the outreach of books that challenged the mainstream vaccine narrative and other books the White House might not like.

The White House was caught red-handed pressuring the world's largest bookseller to restrict the sale of books they consider in opposition to their narrative, and they have the gall to accuse conservatives of information suppression. This is just ONE of many actions committed by the Biden Administration that are more characteristic of a dictator than a president.

What can you do about it? Fortunately, you are not dependent on Amazon and its corrupted algorithm to help you find books. Every week right here on GlennBeck.com, we highlight books that Glenn is reading or talking about in our "Glenn's Bookshelf" series. Here you can find a wide selection of books free from Amazon's filters. Be sure to sign up for Glenn's newsletter to find out about new additions to "Glenn's Bookshelf" every week.

10 times Biden has acted like a DICTATOR

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The left-wing media's most recent tirade is accusing Trump of being a dictator. But, as Glenn said, "Everything they're accusing us of, they're doing."

Since day one, the Biden administration has overstepped the bounds placed on the executive branch set by the Constitution. In Glenn's most recent TV Special, he examined ten times Biden acted like a dictator, NOT a president. Here are 10 of Biden's Dictator Moves, and click HERE to get ALL of the research that went into this week's Glenn TV special:

5 ways to protect your First Amendment rights. Number 4 will surprise you.

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Every day it seems Glenn covers another story revealing how people across the world at all levels of power DESPISE the fact that YOU have rights, and they are actively trying to curtail them. Recently, there has been a string of attacks against the rights outlined in the First Amendment: the freedom of religion, the freedom of speech, the freedom of press, the freedom of assembly, and the freedom to petition.

As a refresher, the First Amendment reads as follows:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

This is powerful stuff, there is a good reason the Founding Fathers made it the FIRST Amendment. It's also the reason why power-hungry elites are attacking it. These attacks are designed to control the way you think, speak, and believe, vote, what you read, and who holds your representatives responsible. The First Amendment is our strongest weapon against tyrants, and they know it.

So what can you do about it? Hope that some wig in Washinton will eventually do something? We know how well that works. The best thing to do is to stay active, engage in the issues you care about, and exercise your rights.

So where to start? Here are a few things YOU can do to protect your First Amendment rights:

Religion

The best way to flex your Freedom of Religion is to—you guessed it—practice your faith. Become an active member in your place of worship, go to scripture studies, invite your friends to that late afternoon event, and walk the life. This can impact the way you spend money as well. Shop the businesses and brands that share your values, and don't shop at the ones that scorn them. Keeping the community alive and healthy is the best way to ensure that generations to come will be able to experience the freedom you enjoy.

Speech

Much like religion, the best way to protect your freedom of speech is... to speak. Engage your friends and family in polite, civil conversation. Stand up for what you believe in, and make your case to your peers. Just remember to keep it friendly. No one ever won an argument by shouting down their opponent. The civil exchange of ideas is the cornerstone of our republic, and a dialogue where the participants are well-informed, considerate, compassionate, and open-minded can have permanent impacts on all involved.

Press

Freedom of the Press seems a little tricky at first. Unless you work for the media, what are you supposed to do? Quit your job and go work for the local newspaper? The good news is that exercising this right is not nearly that difficult. In fact, you are currently doing it. The best thing you can do is to read from outlets that produce informative content. Want to know what Glenn consumes to stay informed every day? Sign up for Glenn's Morning Brief newsletter to get all the stories Glenn gets sent to his desk every day sent straight to your inbox.

Assembly

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Freedom of assembly is one of the more impactful yet underutilized freedoms in the First Amendment. Peaceably assembling and protesting with like-minded individuals can hugely influence politicians and policies while simultaneously creating community and fellowship between attendees. It's understandable why more people don't turn out. We're all busy people with busy schedules, and flying out to D.C. for the weekend seems like a daunting task to many. Thankfully, you don't have to go out all the way to D.C. to make a difference. Gather some like-minded people in your town and bring awareness to issues that impact your community. Big change starts locally, and exercising your freedom to assemble can be the catalyst to lasting impact.

Petition

If you've been a long-time listener of Glenn, then you will have heard a few of his calls to action where he asks his audience to contact their representatives about a particular piece of policy. There is a good reason Glenn keeps on doing those: they work. Whether it's your local mayor or your senator, a call and an email go a long way. If you really want to make a change, convince your friends and family to reach out as well.