'Armageddon': New evidence reveals ISIS looking to provoke a nuclear war between Pakistan and India

Filling in for Glenn on radio Wednesday, Buck Sexton exposed new plans of ISIS to initiate chaos in South Asia with the goal of drawing the U.S. into the conflict, ultimately leading to an apocalyptic ending. According to a recently translated document shared by Sara Carter of the American Media institute, part of this plan involves provoking a nuclear war between Pakistan and India to start a "chain reaction" across the Middle East.

"If ISIS can take control of Pakistan and, for example, its nuclear arsenal, this is sort of the nightmare scenario," Buck said. "You can see how quickly those two countries spin out of control. While the Obama administration is sitting around trying to tell us that they have things well in hand and it's going to be fine. Our enemies are mobilizing and they are executing on a strategy that they tell us about. They've made very clear to us time and again."

With guest Sara Carter on the phone, Buck delved into some of the ramifications if such a plan were to be carried out. Watch a clip of the interview here:

Below is a rush transcription of this segment, it may contain errors:

BUCK: Islamic State recruitment document seeks to provoke end of world. This is the piece in USA Today. Let me just give you a little excerpt from it.

An apparent Islamic State recruitment document found in Pakistan’s lawless tribal lands reveals that the extremist group has grand ambitions of building a new terrorist army in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and triggering a war in India to provoke an Armageddon-like “end of the world.” The 32-page Urdu-language document obtained by American Media Institute (AMI) and reviewed by USA TODAY details a plot to attack U.S. soldiers as they withdraw from Afghanistan and target American diplomats and Pakistani officials. AMI obtained the document from a Pakistani citizen.

All right. We have the author of this piece, Sara Carter. She's of the American Media Institute. She's an investigative journalist and a friend of mine. Sara, thank you very much for calling in.

SARA: So glad to be with you here with you Buck. Thank you.

BUCK: Sara, this piece is really astonishing. Tell us how this all came together.

SARA: You know, I've been traveling in and out of the region since 2008, and I've been able to build up a lot of sourcing. And, as you know, these sources have got to be protected. They have to be protected. Their security and safety is of the utmost concern. So I can't go into the details of how this document was given to me, but all I can say is that the document is relatively new. It is written in Urdu, which is significant because according to US intelligence as well as European intelligence and other officials who have had the opportunity to review the document, it signals that the Islamic State is making inroads inside South Asia and able to garner high-level and educated officials on their team. So that's why this document is so significant. Also, it lays out their battle plan for the region. And it's something that lawmakers should be paying very close attention to.

BUCK: Yeah, there's been the expansion, relatively recent expansion, Sara, of al-Qaeda into South Asia. That they now have a branch that is al-Qaeda in South Asia. They're trying to accomplish that. There's also the ISIS affiliated expansion in the Afghanistan Pakistan corridor. When you read through this document though, it seems like they've really thought out the next steps here. Explain to us a little bit of the strategy. They'll attack US troops as they're drawing down on Afghanistan. They'll hope to create instability and chaos there. I would assume assert some level of control and then push into Pakistan. And from there, attack into India. Walk us through the sort of blueprint from the document about what the strategy is.

SARA: Well, it appears that their strategy and part of their recruitment is going after those within the Taliban that are now willing to break ranks with the Taliban and join their side. In the document, it says and it warns, that preparation for Ghazi Ihan (sp) are in full swing and soon the Ummah will hear the tidings of victory on that front as well.

What they're talking about here and Mustafa Samdani is the Urdu translator that helped me translate this 32-page very detailed document. They're referring to an attack in prophecy. Now, it's prophesied there will be a great war or an attack-- some kind of movement in South Asia-- before the final battle, which is where this Armageddon-like battle, will occur. So in order for the leader of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, to move forward with this great battle against the West, he first has to create or start some type of battle within the South Asia region, particularly in India. That attack in India will instigate, and, as you know, both nations, India and Pakistan, both Indian nations, the instability there will be untold. It really will force the West to choose sides. And it will really spread us thin. We're already spread thin. We still have troops in Afghanistan on the ground training. We have Islamic State on the rise in Syria and Iraq throughout North Africa. So this is highly significant that this battle plan was -- was discovered early on. And I think this is the reason why this leaked. This information leaked to me.

I also have some breaking news for you. I'm waiting right now to find out mullah Omar. (?) that he may have been killed. He's leader of the Afghan Taliban. Right now, a source of mine is awaiting -- I'm awaiting comment from the Taliban. But they are saying, now, this is according to sources I have in the region that mullah Omar was suffering from hypertension and (?) diabetes, and he had suffered severe kidney problems for the last four years. This has not been reported yet. It's not out in the media. As far as whether he's alive or dead, I'm still waiting for the statement from the Taliban spokesmen on that.

So they're -- what they're saying right now is that he has been suffering from hypertension and diabetes for the last four years. And this led to kidney problems. So we still don't know yet whether or not mullah Omar is alive or dead. Obviously, we do know is that he's been very ill over the last four years. I think that's significant. Because it shows there's been a breakdown in the Afghan Taliban. We've seen a breakdown with the TPP. (?) so we have a wide faction looking for leadership and ISIS -- Islamic State is certainly filling that void. This is a cause for concern among US intelligence. Officials. As well as others who are operating in this region.

BUCK: I have to say, based on all the false reports we tend to see or reports that turn out to be premature, inaccurate or however you want to describe it about other senior leaders, Sara, the smart money is always on, no, he's still alive. We'll see if that's the case with mullah Omar. How many times was Osama bin Laden. Dead. Well, czar herey is still alive. We'll have to see on that. (?) the information is health. It's not out in the media. That's also of high interest. Because if -- he's been a figure that's sort of uniting the Taliban for a long time to his banner. When someone like that goes away, there's a high likelihood of factional infighting. As we know there are these other jihadist entities that are trying to pull (?) that would be interesting I think from the perspective of ISIS recruitment at a minimum.

I also want to pull back to the strategy and the strategy outlined in the document. It seems to line up with some of the Hadiths, Sara, that are well-known about the area of Khorasan and that the black flags will come from the east led by mighty men with long hair and beards, their their surnames are taken from their hometowns. Their first name is Acunia. If you see coming from Khorasan, go to them immediately, even if you must crawl over ice, because among them is the Calif, Al-Mahdi. This is all ends of time theology. Interesting to me, this ties into what's already known about jihadist lore and legacy. But also, the idea that they're going after South Asia specifically shows they have an understanding of where the real seams are. Jihadists hate polytheists, which is how they refer to Hindus. Even though it has a massive Muslim population, as a Hindu majority state, it would be something that the world would be completely unprepared for if they were able to start this war in Pakistan. Which has already been something that the jihadist groups have discussed in the past and thought about. It seems like this is going to focus energies of the Islamic State on exactly that, igniting wars between India and Pakistan.

SARA: Absolutely. You hit it right on the nose, Buck. I mean, this is -- this is a strategy that is so incredible because while everybody is focused on Iraq and Syria, while all of our focus has shifted towards that region of the world, they are planning, al-Baghdadi is planning an attack in India. And imagine what this would do to all of the plans. To everything that the US and other European officials and intelligence officials and governments have been trying to do to quell the growth of the Islamic State. It would solidify. It would solidify their presence in South Asia and recruitment would go up extraordinarily, according to the sources that I've spoken to. I mean, this is -- what Bruce Rydell (SP) calls in my story, (?) the holy grail for south -- you know, for south Asia and jihadists in the region. If the Islamic State is able to conduct such an attack, such a massive attack that it would throw South Asia into war, it would really tumble across the entire planet. So, yes, it certainly affects our national security. The document -- and you've brought up some very, very good points here. The Hadith that deal with the end times. The prophecies in the Koran about the end times. This is what al-Baghdadi is centered on. This is his expertise. The document explicitly states that. That was not in my story. But it is in the document. I will be writing about that in the upcoming days. But this is where al-Baghdadi focuses all his attention. And, in fact, in one area of the document, it talks about how he's an expert at inciting violence. He understands that this type of violence, these gruesome, gruesome, brutal atrocities that are being committed all serve a purpose. And they all serve a purpose in the end. Not only to strike fear into our hearts and the hearts of the people that they are ruling over, but it's to lead towards this apocalyptic ending. This shift in world power. It's a little different than Christianity. Because if you think of Christianity, we think about an Armageddon. Christians believe that an Armageddon will come to this end of the world where Jesus will return. While in the mind of Baghdad, according to the document and according to those I spoke to, it's not that same kind of end times. What he wants to see is the caliphate rule the world. And that the West will be submissive. (?)

BUCK: The end of the world as we know it. Not the end of the temporal human world. It's the end of the world where the Islamic State or the caliphate isn't in control of every last bit of territory.

SARA: Absolutely.

BUCK: Sara, also the possibility of the sectarian in the Indian skub continent. (?) India and Pakistan are separated because of sectarianism. Pakistan was founded as a Muslim nationalistic experiment. (?) if they can exploit the fissures in Syria, we'll see what we see in Iraq, but on a much larger scale with a billion people on the subcontinent and nuclear weapons pointed at each other. (?) it's a terrifying strategy. From their perspective, it's very devious. It's something we should pay attention to.

Sara, your piece is great. It's in USA Today. Sara Carter. Islamic State Recruitment Document Seeks to Provoke End of the World. Sara Carter, the American Media Institute, thank you very much for joining.

SARA: Hey, thank you, Buck, for having me on. And if you want to keep up with my stories, @SaraCarterDC, you can follow me on Twitter.

On Wednesday's TV show, Glenn Beck sat down with radio show host, author, political commentator, and film critic, Michael Medved.

Michael had an interesting prediction for the 2020 election outcome: a brokered convention by the DNC will usher in former First Lady Michelle Obama to run against President Donald Trump.

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On Thursday's "Glenn Beck Radio Program," BlazeTV's White House correspondent Jon Miller described the current situation in Virginia after Gov. Ralph Northam (D) declared a state of emergency and banned people carrying guns at Capitol Square just days before a pro-Second-Amendment rally scheduled on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Jon told Glenn that Gov. Northam and the Virginia Legislature are "trying to deprive the people of their Second Amendment rights" but the citizens of Virginia are "rising up" to defend their constitutional rights.

"I do think this is the flashpoint," Jon said. "They [Virginia lawmakers] are saying, 'You cannot exercise your rights ... and instead of trying to de-escalate the situation, we are putting pressure. We're trying to escalate it and we're trying to enrage the citizenry even more'."

Glenn noted how Gov. Northam initially blamed the threat of violence from Antifa for his decision to ban weapons but quickly changed his narrative to blame "white supremacists" to vilify the people who are standing up for the Second Amendment and the Constitution.

"What he's doing is, he's making all all the law-abiding citizens of Virginia into white supremacists," Glenn said.

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Ryan: Trump Louisiana Finale

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Part One. Part Two. Part Three.

At the end of Trump rallies, I would throw on my Carhartt jacket, sneak out of the press area, then blend in with everyone as they left, filing out through swinging doors.

Often, someone held the door open for me. Just 30 minutes earlier, the same person had most likely had most likely hissed at me for being a journalist. And now they were Sunday smiles and "Oh, yes, thank you, sir" like some redneck concierge.

People flooded out of the arena with the stupidity of a fire drill mishap, desperate to survive.

The air smacked you as soon as you crossed the threshold, back into Louisiana. And the lawn was a wasteland of camping chairs and coolers and shopping bags and to-go containers and soda cans and articles of clothing and even a few tents.

In Monroe, in the dark, the Trump supporters bobbled over mounds of waste like elephants trying to tiptoe. And the trash was as neutral to them as concrete or grass. They plodded over it because it, an object, had somehow gotten in their way.

It did not matter that they were responsible for this wreckage.Out in the sharp-edged moonlight, rally-goers hooted and yapped and boogied and danced, and the bbq food truck was all smoke and paper plates.

They were even more pumped than they had been before the rally, like 6,000 eight year olds who'd been chugging Mountain Dew for hours. Which made Donald Trump the father, the trooper, God of the Underworld, Mr. Elite, Sheriff on high horse, the AR-15 sticker of the family.

Ritualistic mayhem, all at once. And, there in Louisiana, Trump's supporters had gotten a taste of it. They were all so happy. It bordered on rage.

Still, I could not imagine their view of America. Worse, after a day of strange hostilities, I did not care.

My highest priority, my job as a reporter, was to care. To understand them and the world that they inhabit. But I did not give a damn and I never wanted to come back.

Worst of all, I would be back. In less than a week.

Was this how dogs felt on the 4th of July? Hunched in a corner while everyone else gets drunk and launches wailing light into the sky? configurations of blue and red and white.

It was 10:00 p.m. and we'd been traveling since 11:00 a.m., and we still had 5 hours to go and all I wanted was a home, my home, any home, just not here, in the cold sweat of this nowhere. Grey-mangled sky. No evidence of planes or satellites or any proof of modern-day. Just century-old bridges that trains shuffled over one clack at a time.

And casinos, all spangles and neon like the 1960s in Las Vegas. Kitchy and dumb, too tacky for lighthearted gambling. And only in the nicer cities, like Shreveport, which is not nice at all.

And swamp. Black water that rarely shimmered. Inhabited by gadflies and leeches and not one single fish that was pretty.

Full of alligators, and other killing types. The storks gnawing on frogs, the vultures never hungry. The coyotes with nobody to stop them and so much land to themselves. The roaches in the wild, like tiny wildebeests.

Then, the occasional deer carcass on the side of the road, eyes splayed as if distracted, tongue out, relaxed but empty. The diseased willows like skeletons in hairnets. The owls that never quit staring. A million facets of wilderness that would outlive us all.

Because Nature has poise. It thrives and is original.

Because silence is impossible. Even in an anechoic chamber, perfectly soundproofed, you can hear your own heartbeat, steady as a drum. A never-ending war.

I put "Headache" by Grouper on repeat as we glided west. We were deadlocked to asphalt, rubber over tarface.

And I thought about lines from a Rita Dove poem titled "I have been a stranger in a strange land"

He was off cataloging the universe, probably,
pretending he could organize
what was clearly someone else's chaos.

Wasn't that exactly what I was doing? Looking for an impossible answer, examining every single accident, eager for meaning? telling myself, "If it happens and matters the next year, in America, I want to be there, or to know what it means. I owe it to whoever cares to listen."

Humans are collectors and I had gone overboard.

Because maybe this wasn't even my home. These landmarks, what did they mean? Was I obvious here? When I smiled, did I trick them into believing that I felt some vague sense of approval? Or did my expressions betray me?

Out in all that garbage-streaked emptiness — despite the occasional burst of passing halogen — I couldn't tell if everything we encountered was haunted or just old, derelict, broken, useless. One never-ending landfill.

Around those parts, they'd made everything into junk. Homes. Roads. Glass. Nature. Life itself, they made into junk.

I cringed as we passed yet another deer carcass mounded on the side of the road.

As written in Job 35:11,

Who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth and makes us wiser than the birds in the sky?

Nobody. Look at nature and you feel something powerful. Look at an animal, in all of its untamable majesty, and you capture a deep love, all swept up in the power of creation. But, here, all I saw were poor creatures who people had slammed into and kept driving. Driving to where? For what reason? What exactly was so important that they left a trail of dead animals behind them?

So I crossed myself dolorously and said an "Our Father" and recited a stanza from Charles Bukowski's "The Laughing Heart"

you can't beat death but
you can beat death in life, sometimes.
and the more often you learn to do it,
the more light there will be.

Out here, nothing but darkness. Needing some light, by God. Give me something better than a Moon that hides like an underfed coward.

Jade told me about some of the more traumatic things she'd seen while working at the State Fair.

"Bro, they pull roaches out of the iced lemonade jugs and act like nothing happened."

"All right but what about the corn dogs?"

"You do not want to know, little bro."

She looked around in the quiet. "Back in the day, the Louisiana Congress refused to raise the drinking age from 18 to 21," she said. "They didn't want to lose all that drunk gambler money. So the federal government cut off funding to highways."

We glided through moon-pale landscape for an hour before I realized what she had meant. That there weren't any light poles or billboards along the road. Nothing to guide us or distract us. Just us, alone. And it felt like outer space had collapsed, swallowed us like jellybeans.

Like two teenagers playing a prank on the universe.

In the cozy Subaru Crosstrek, in the old wild night, brimming with the uncertainty of life and the nonchalance of failure, we paraded ourselves back to Dallas. Alive in the river silence that follows us everywhere.

New installments come Mondays and Thursdays. Next, the Iowa caucuses. Check out my Twitter. Email me at kryan@blazemedia.com

The Iowa primary is just around the corner, and concerns of election interference from the last presidential election still loom. Back in 2016, The Associated Press found that a majority of U.S. elections systems still use Windows 7 as an operating system, making them highly susceptible to bugs and errors. And last year, a Mississippi voter tried multiple times to vote for the candidate of his choice, but the system continuously switched his vote to the other candidate. It's pretty clear: America's voting systems desperately need an update.

That's where blockchain voting comes in.

Blockchain voting is a record-keeping system that's 100% verifiable and nearly impossible to hack. Blockchain, the newest innovation in cybersecurity, is set to grow into a $20 billion industry by 2025. Its genius is in its decentralized nature, distributing information throughout a network of computers, requiring would-be hackers to infiltrate a much larger system. Infiltrating multiple access points spread across many computers requires a significant amount of computing power, which often costs more than hackers expect to get in return.

Blockchain voting wouldn't allow for many weak spots. For instance, Voatz, arguably the leading mobile voting platform, requires a person to take a picture of their government-issued ID and a picture of themselves before voting (a feature, of course, not present in vote-by-mail, where the only form of identity verification is a handwritten signature, which is easily forgeable). Voters select their choices and hit submit. They then receive an immediate receipt of their choices via email, another security feature not present in vote-by-mail, or even in-person voting. And because the system operates on blockchain technology, it's nearly impossible to tamper with.

Votes are then tabulated, and the election results are published, providing a paper trail, which is a top priority for elections security experts.

The benefits of blockchain voting can't be dismissed. Folks can cast their vote from the comfort of their homes, offices, etc., vastly increasing the number of people who can participate in the electoral process. Two to three-hour lines at polling places, which often deter voters, would become significantly diminished.

Even outside of the voting increase, the upsides are manifold. Thanks to the photo identification requirements, voter fraud—whether real or merely suspected—would be eliminated. The environment would win, too, since we'd no longer be wasting paper on mail-in ballots. Moreover, the financial burden on election offices would be alleviated, because there's decreased staff time spent on the election, saving the taxpayer money.

From Oregon to West Virginia, elections offices have already implemented blockchain voting, and the results have been highly positive. For example, the city of Denver utilized mobile voting for overseas voters in their 2019 municipal elections. The system was secure and free of technical errors, and participants reported that it was very user-friendly. Utah County used the same system for their 2019 primary and general elections. An independent audit revealed that every vote that was cast on the app was counted and counted correctly. These successful test cases are laying the groundwork for even larger expansions of the program in 2020.

With this vital switch, our elections become significantly more secure, accurate, and efficient. But right now, our election infrastructure is a sitting duck for manipulation. Our current lack of election integrity undermines the results of both local and national elections, fans the flames of partisanship, and zaps voter confidence in the democratic system. While there's never a silver bullet or quick fix to those kinds of things, blockchain voting would push us much closer to a solution than anything else.

Chris Harelson is the Executive Director at Prosperity Council and a Young Voices contributor.