Sen. Ben Sasse Explains the Devastating Potential of Cyber Blackmail

What worries Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) the most about cyber crime and warfare? The devastating impact it will have on people's privacy.

In a recent interview, he fabricated a situation that could prevent citizens from running for office:

Here's what comes next in things like Russian interference in America and in other countries in the age of cyber war over the next decade. I'm obviously concerned about 2016. But I'm far more concerned about 2018 and 2020. Because here's what comes next: John Dickerson decides to run for office in 2018, and all of a sudden your credit card records get dumped in some sort of a cyber hack leak. And 97 percent of those records are going to be real. And there's going to be texture to it. And you were in City X on this day, and you were in City Y on this other date.

But 3 percent of the records are going to be fabricated. And they're going to be interwoven. And, John, you've been spending a lot of money at a women's clothing store in Chattanooga, but your wife isn't in Chattanooga. So that's weird.

"He's exactly right," Glenn said Monday on radio. "This is why I've said get rid of all the secrets that you're hiding. Be completely transparent with everybody. Tell everybody the truth. Even the worst parts about you. Get it out. Let people know who you are."

Listen to this segment from The Glenn Beck Program:

GLENN: Listen to Ben Sasse. This is Ben Sasse over the weekend on this.

BEN: And here's what comes next in things like Russian interference in America and in other countries in the age of cyber war over the next decade. I'm obviously concerned about 2016. But I'm far more concerned about 2018 and 2020. Because here's what comes next: John Dickerson decides to run for office in 2018, and all of a sudden your credit card records get dumped in some sort of a cyber hack leak. And 97 percent of those records are going to be real. And there's going to be texture to it. And you were in City X on this day, and you were in City Y on this other date.

But 3 percent of the records are going to be fabricated. And they're going to be interwoven. And, John, you've been spending a lot of money at a women's clothing store in Chattanooga, but your wife isn't in Chattanooga. So that's weird.

And then there's public doubt about you. And then five days later, your phone records are dumped, and they're 99 percent accurate. But 1 percent, you're calling a brothel in Chattanooga on Tuesday nights when your wife is at bridge club.

PAT: Wow.

BEN: That's what's coming next in the era of cyber war.

GLENN: He's exactly right.

BEN: And we're going to need to have some institutions that we can rely on and believe are apolitical when the public has more and more doubt. And right now, Washington isn't at all focused on the long-term challenge of rebuilding a shared narrative about America and institutional trust in our servant.

GLENN: So he's exactly right. And it's why I went, at the beginning of this hour, to talk about the FBI agents. We have to separate the good people of -- of America, that are in these institutions. And they need to stand up and make sure, good guys, please don't leave. Please don't leave. You have to fight it from the inside. And if there's political nonsense going on, you've got to whistle-blow.

Now, who are you going to whistle-blow to? I don't know. But it was the same thing I said about journalism under Barack Obama. And they didn't whistle-blow. And look at them now. Look at them now.

You have to -- this is the problem with the NSA record banks that are sitting there in Utah. You don't have access to them. They have everything in your life. And, yes, they're not listening. But if somebody would get a hold of those and be able to take every phone call, every text message, everything, and they dump 99.9 percent that is real, however you don't have -- you don't have copies of those things. You don't know what else. You can't put it into context. Because they're dumping this.

And then they're presenting it in a different way. Or they're adding one thing that isn't right. This is how disinformation works. This is how the former Soviet Union used to destroy people.

PAT: And this is why the phrase, well, I don't care if they're snooping. Let them. I'm not doing anything wrong. This is why that's so flawed. Because --

GLENN: And this is --

PAT: -- they'll make it look like you've done something wrong.

GLENN: And I want to talk to you clearly about one thing. This is why I've said get rid of all the secrets that you're hiding. Be completely transparent with everybody. Tell everybody the truth. Even the worst parts about you. Get it out. Let people know who you are.

And -- because what's going to happen is you will be afraid. If -- if this kind of stuff happens, you will be afraid of people finding out -- everybody has a secret. And it doesn't have to be criminal or -- it's just something that you fear. And it could just be as simple as, I don't want to lose my job. I don't want to lose my money. I don't want to lose, whatever.

If you are in that place when this world comes to visit, you are going to go to the dark side. Because you will be too afraid to lose your job, to lose your house, to lose whatever. You'll be too afraid. And you're seeing with this malware now, what can be done. And Ben Sasse is right. And, by the way, Ben Sasse will be joining us on Thursday on this program, live in studio. You don't want to miss it.

Fortunately, President Trump walked away from his attempted assassination with very minor injuries. The bullet that wounded Trump's ear could have just as easily ended his life, and his survival is nothing short of a miracle.

Sadly, that miracle didn't extend to everyone attending Trump's ill-fated Pennsylvania rally. Three other people were shot. David Dutch and James Copenhaver, both Pennslyavia residents, are thankfully in stable condition. Corey Comperatore, however, tragically died after being shot while protecting his wife and daughter from the hail of gunfire.

“Corey died a hero."

Camperatore, a 50-year-old loving father and husband from Buffalo Township, Pennsylvania leaves behind his daughter Allyson, his wife Helen, sister Dawn, and many other friends and family. Camperatore was a man of service, having spent 43 years as part of the Buffalo Township Volunteer Fire Company and had worked his way to becoming the fire chief when he stepped down to spend more time with his daughter.

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Corey's friends and family have nothing but good things to say about him, and judging by their testimonies, Corey's final heroic act was consistent with how the volunteer firefighter lived his life.

According to many people who knew Compertore, he was a true patriot who loved his country. He was a fan of President Trump. Compertore was very excited to attend Saturday's rally, which he expressed in his last social media post.

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During his speech addressing the shooting, President Biden expressed his condolences to the Comperatore family, stating that "He was a father. He was protecting his family from the bullets that were being fired.”

Democrat Mutiny? These prominent Progressives and Democratic leaders DEMAND that Biden withdraw

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Biden is still taking hard blows from both sides of the aisle after his abysmal performance in last month's presidential debate. As Glenn pointed out in his post-debate coverage, Biden came across as so incompetent that it has made many Americans scared that, should the country face a major threat, Biden would be unable to respond to it. This includes many Democrats, who are finally admitting that Biden isn't as fit as they have been claiming for the last four years.

Many names have already been suggested as potential replacements for the Democratic nominee, but many people, including some Democrats, don't believe Biden should even stay in office for the election. Here are some prominent progressives and Democratic lawmakers who have called for President Biden's resignation:

Rep. Lloyd Doggett (Texas)

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Rep. Raúl Grijalva (Arizona)

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Rep. Seth Moulton (Massachusetts)

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Rep. Mike Quigley (Illinois)

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Rep. Angie Craig (Minnesota)

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Rep. Adam Smith (Washington)

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Rep. Mikie Sherrill (New Jersey)

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Rep. Pat Ryan (New York)

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Rep. Hillary Scholten (Michigan)

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Senator Peter Welch (Vermont)

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Rep. Earl Blumenauer (Oregon)

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BONUS: Actor George Clooney

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These TOP 5 new technologies left Glenn SHOCKED

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Glenn has been covering some of the most groundbreaking, exciting, and often terrifying technological advances. Some new tech has the potential to make a positive impact. Some tech is just SUPER cool, like a flame-throwing robot dog. However, there is also a dark side to technology. Glenn exposes how some new technological developments, particularly in the realm of AI, pose serious ethical questions.

Here are the top five new technologies that Glenn covered that will make your jaw drop:

Anti-gravity device

This new technology developed by Dr. Charles Buhler and his team may change everything we know about transportation and travel. Described as "propellant-less propulsion" by Dr. Buhler, this technology appears to defy gravity and is potentially a way for people to travel into and through space without the need for rockets. It doesn't stop there either, this tech could be used to forever change the way we travel here on Earth.

Human embryo-powered supercomputer

To have massively powerful AI, something, which many people seem to have an invested interest in, you need a lot of electricity to power the computers that host the artificial intelligences. Naturally, this energy consumption upsets the environmentalists so in response a terrifying solution was developed. Bio Processors are essentially computer chips powered by human cells, specifically stem cells, which are predominantly harvested from embryos. These Bio Processors have a limited shelf life, meaning they need a steady supply of stem cells to keep the computers that use them operational. What could be more terrifying than an AI that eats human cells?

Voice-stealing AI

When ChatGPT came out in late 2022 its power and versatility took the world by storm. Suddenly, students had it write entire essays in mere seconds, and it was creating songs and poems with ease. The capabilities of the ChatGPT AI were as disturbing as they were impressive, but after a recent update, it took a hard turn towards disturbing. OpenAI, the company behind ChatGPT, decided to give the program a voice and tried to recruit famous actress Scarlett Johansson to lend her voice to the machine. After she declined the offer, OpenAI went ahead and released the update for ChatGPT featuring a voice that sounded eerily similar to Johansson's. While OpenAI claims it's a different, similar-sounding voice actress, the idea that a computer is going around with your stolen voice is terrifying.

Flamethrower robot dog

How could you possibly ever make something cooler than a flamethrower? Simple, strap it to the back of a robotic dog of course! Originally built to help fight forest fires (ironically enough) by creating backburns, Glenn pointed out that a pack of these bad boys patrolling your property would be the ultimate home defense. Nobody would come anywhere near your house if it was guarded by a few of these firey companions.

Wormhole-generating UFO's

It's been a decade since the tragic disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. No trace of the aircraft or any of its passengers, except a few small pieces of debris, were ever found nor was an official cause of the disappearance ever given. There have been an infinite number of theories explaining what might have happened, but this one from investigative journalist Ashton Forbes might take the cake for the wildest. Forbes joined Glenn on his radio show and brought with him convincing video evidence that seemed to show the now-missing aircraft being circled by three mysterious orbs before suddenly disappearing in a flash of light. Does this video show the doomed aircraft being sucked into an artificial wormhole, or is it an amazing piece of hoaxwork?

THESE TOP 10 Founding Fathers' quotes help us remember America's original vision

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Independence Day is one of the few days when Americans come together to celebrate our country and the continued vision that our Founding Fathers crafted in 1776. But what is that vision? It seems with every passing July 4th, Americans lose even more of a sense of what the original intent of our nation was supposed to be. It's becoming increasingly important to read the Founding Fathers in their own words and to remember the vision that they cast for our nation. Here are our TOP 10 favorite Founding Fathers' quotes to help us remember their original views of government, freedom, and the American vision.

"The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty." —James Madison

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"Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing." —Benjamin Franklin

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"Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light." —George Washington

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"The people are the only legitimate fountain of power." —James Madison

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"I agree with you that it is the duty of every good citizen to use all the opportunities, which occur to him, for preserving documents relating to the history of our country." —Thomas Jefferson

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“Human passions unbridled by morality and religion… would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net.” —John Adams

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"Those who stand for nothing will fall for everything." —Alexander Hamilton

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“The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.” —James Madison

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"I fear that in every elected office, members will obtain an influence by noise, not by sense. By meanness, not greatness. By ignorance, not learning. By contracted hearts, not large souls. There must be decency and respect." —John Adams

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“We must go home to be happy, and our home is not in this world. Here we have nothing to do but our duty.” —John Jay

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