'The Root': A history of government surveillance

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Segment 3: SIGABA; Sarnoff; codes lead to Japanese internment

SIGABA

 Glenn continued going through history in this segment, showing the ongoing pattern of government surveillance and partnerships between government and private communications corporations. Thanks to Hollywood’s Imitation Game, you’ve probably heard of the German ENIGMA cipher machine. It was extremely difficult and crucial to crack its coding, but Alan Turing and his team managed to do it. William Friedman and his team, however, receives far less attention but deserves just as much, because he pioneered the SIGABA cipher machine. To this day it has never been cracked, deciphered, or broken.

While SIGABA was critical to the Allied success in World War II, technology like it also played a role in a darker part of America’s past: Japanese Internment. Code named ‘Magic’, Friedman’s signals team managed to crack nearly every Japanese code in the build up to war. We were monitoring every diplomatic and civilian message going to and fro Japan. As messages came in, intelligence officials began painting a picture. One that put all Japanese Americans squarely in the line of fire.

Sarnoff

One month before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor the President of RCA David Sarnoff visited Hawaii. Naval District Intelligence officer Captain Irving Mayfield seized the opportunity and requested a meeting.

Mayfield had a problem. The Japanese command and control code JN-25 wasn’t broken yet. If the Japanese decided to attack, the U.S. would have little to no warning. RCA’s commercial lines were responsible for most communications going into and out of Hawaii. That included the Japanese Embassy. Captain Mayfield pleaded with Sarnoff to allow the government to listen in on RCA’s lines. Both Japanese and U.S. citizens were being spied upon. Similar to Herbert Yardley’s deal with Western Union, Mayfield’s deal with RCA and David Sarnoff had crossed the line. The deal was in complete violation of both the 4th Amendment and section 605 of the Federal Communications Act of 1934. Spying on Americans was against federal law but in a time of war the government asked and Sarnoff allowed it.

David Sarnoff re-enabled activities that should have been forever decommissioned with the closure of Yardley’s Black Chamber. Sarnoff’s cooperation with the government would expand. He would serve on Eisenhower’s communications staff and would pioneer the broadcasts of both Radio Free America and Voice of America. He would even be commissioned as an officer in the Army and given the rank of Brigadier General. All the while being the head of the largest private communications company of the time.

Under Sarnoff’s leadership RCA would become THE communications company after WW2. Having a hand in establishing both NBC and ABC. The pioneer communications companies of the United States were born during this era. Snowden’s leak that the NSA gets information from companies such as Verizon, Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Yahoo may be a new revelation, but it is not a new practice. These companies were simply continuing an illegal tradition that began after WW1, was improved during WW2, and has now been perfected.

Japanese Internment

In 1940 William Friedman and SIS were frantically at work trying to break Japan’s newest code. The code was named PURPLE and was encrypted using a version of Germany’s ENIGMA cypher machine.

While the British worked on ENIGMA in Europe Friedman and SIS worked on PURPLE. The British and Alan Turing had a distinct advantage. They had a stolen ENIGMA machine and parts of the code already having been deciphered by Polish cryptanalysts. SIS had none of that. Remarkably the Americans were able to reverse engineer a PURPLE cypher machine without ever having seen one in person. Based off of pure theory Friedman and SIS built a fully functioning PURPLE cypher and broke the code.

Communications at first were random and not of much strategic value. Primarily dealing with the Japanese effort at attempting diplomatic rapprochement or enabling various propaganda campaigns. That all changed on January 30th 1941. PURPLE traffic had been intercepted from Tokyo to the Japanese Embassy in Washington D.C. It would immediately be logged as MAGIC message #44.

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The contents of which described a dramatic shift in Japanese intelligence. Tokyo was ordering the activation of intelligence assets already in country under cover and mapping out an aggressive collection program.

What really disturbed Washington was a part of the message that used the term “Nisei”. Tokyo specifically called on the Japanese intelligence agents to reach out and activate the Nisei. Translated into English this meant “Second Generations”.

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The Japanese considered people that were born in Japan but lived out of the country as first generations (Issei). Their children were called Nisei (second generations). Regardless of wherever they lived in the world both the Issei and Nisei were considered full citizens of Japan. They enjoyed all the rights of a native Japanese citizen, and it was emphatically believed they would be loyal to the Emperor.

This alarmed the Director of Naval Intelligence. He immediately sent a message to the Chief of Naval Operations urging him to report this activity directly to the President (reference Navy letter 2.12.41). Notice they didn’t reference the Magic program in the letter. To do so would reveal the existence of SIS and their program. The fact that they had broken PURPLE was highly classified. They list the source as a “highly confidential and reliable source by the Domestic Intelligence Branch”.

Message traffic continued to come in. We opened up the program to monitor multiple locations across the U.S. Soon we were getting a flood of deciphered messages referencing the activation of Japanese intelligence programs in California and as far North as Seattle.

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The program was growing rapidly. By June Tokyo was already appropriating additional funds to continue its growth.

The appearance from intercepted message traffic was that a huge Japanese intelligence net was being woven all up and down the west coast. The way the Japanese described the loyalty of their “second generations” the threat was perceived to be everywhere. It didn’t help matters when Japanese citizens that were perceived to be trusted were found out to be spies. In one Magic intercept the name of a Japanese spy was revealed in a message ordering one of his bribe payoffs. Toraichi Kono was to be paid 25,000 to provide false testimony in a court case involving another spy. Kono was the personal confidant, assistant and chauffeur to one of the most famous people in the world - Charlie Chaplin.

By late November the paranoia had reached a boiling point. The FBI drafted a letter suggesting the “Custodial Detention” of Japanese, German and Italian aliens in case of war.

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This letter was sent on December 4th 1941. War would come to Pearl Harbor just 3 days later.

2 months later on February 19th 1942 President Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066. This authorized the forced relocation and incarceration of up to 120,000 Japanese. Of all the Germans, Italians and Japanese put into camps only the Japanese were incarcerated purely on their racial background. We were reacting on intelligence that made it seem that the threat could come from anywhere. Somehow that became justification enough to round up an entire race of men, women and children of our own citizens and put them in internment camps.

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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.