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.

Terry Trobiani owns Gianelli's Drive Thru in Prairie Grove, Illinois, where he put up a row of American flags for the Fourth of July. But the city claimed he was displaying two of them improperly and issued him a $100 ticket for each flag.

Terry joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to explain what he believes really happened. He told Glenn that, according to city ordinance, the American flag is considered "ornamental" and should therefore have been permitted on a federal holiday. But the city has now classified the flag as a "sign."

"Apparently, the village of Prairie Grove has classified the American flag as a sign and they've taken away the symbol of the American flag," Terry said. "So, as a sign, it falls under their temporary sign ordinance, which prohibits any flying, or any positioning of signs on your property — and now this includes the American flag. [...] The only way I could fly the American flag on my property is if I put it on a permanent 20 to 30-foot flagpole, which they have to permit."

Terry went on to explain how the city is now demanding an apology for his actions, and all after more than a year of small-business crushing COVID restrictions and government mandates.

"COVID was tough," Terry stated. "You know, we're in the restaurant business. COVID was tough on us. We succeeded. We made it through. We cut a lot of things, but we never cut an employee. We paid all our employees. I didn't take a paycheck for a year just to keep our employees on, because it was that important to me to keep things going. And, you know, you fight for a year, and you beat a pandemic, and then you have this little municipality with five trustees and a president, who just have no respect for small businesses. And right now, what I see is they have no respect for the republic and the United States ... I think it's terrible. The direction that government, at all levels, have taken us to this point, it's despicable."

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The Biden administration is now doing everything it can to censor what it has decided is COVID-19 "misinformation." But Glenn Beck isn't confident that the silencing of voices will stop there.

Yeonmi Park grew up in North Korea, where there is no freedom of speech, and she joined Glenn to warn that America must not let this freedom go.

"Whenever authoritarianism rises, the first thing they go after is freedom of speech," she said.

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Most self-proclaimed Marxists know very little about Marxism. Some of them have all the buzzwords memorized. They talk about the exploits of labor. They talk about the slavery of capitalist society and the alienation caused by capital. They talk about the evils of power and domination.

But they don't actually believe what they say. Or else they wouldn't be such violent hypocrites. And we're not being dramatic when we say "violent."

For them, Marxism is a political tool that they use to degrade and annoy their political enemies.

They don't actually care about the working class.

Another important thing to remember about Marxists is that they talk about how they want to defend the working class, but they don't actually understand the working class. They definitely don't realize that the working class is composed mostly of so many of the people they hate. Because, here's the thing, they don't actually care about the working class. Or the middle class. They wouldn't have the slightest clue how to actually work, not the way we do. For them, work involves ranting about how work and labor are evil.

Ironically, if their communist utopia actually arrived, they would be the first ones against the wall. Because they have nothing to offer except dissent. They have no practical use and no real connection to reality.

Again ironically, they are the ultimate proof of the success of capitalism. The fact that they can freely call for its demise, in tweets that they send from their capitalistic iPhones, is proof that capitalism affords them tremendous luxuries.

Their specialty is complaining. They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They sneer at Christianity for promising Heaven in exchange for good deeds on earth — which is a terrible description of Christianity, but it's what they actually believe — and at the same time they criticize Christianity for promising a utopia, they give their unconditional devotion to a religion that promises a utopia.

They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They think capitalism has turned us into machines. Which is a bad interpretation of Marx's concept of the General Intellect, the idea that humans are the ones who create machines, so humans, not God, are the creators.

They think that the only way to achieve the perfect society is by radically changing and even destroying the current society. It's what they mean when they say things about the "status quo" and "hegemony" and the "established order." They believe that the system is broken and the way to fix it is to destroy, destroy, destroy.

Critical race theory actually takes it a step farther. It tells us that the racist system can never be changed. That racism is the original sin that white people can never overcome. Of course, critical race theorists suggest "alternative institutions," but these "alternative institutions" are basically the same as the ones we have now, only less effective and actually racist.

Marx's violent revolution never happened. Or at least it never succeeded. Marx's followers have had to take a different approach. And now, we are living through the Revolution of Constant Whining.

This post is part of a series on critical race theory. Read the full series here.

Americans are losing faith in our justice system and the idea that legal consequences are applied equally — even to powerful elites in office.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he believes will come next with the Durham investigation, which hopefully will provide answers to the Obama FBI's alleged attempts to sabotage former President Donald Trump and his campaign years ago.

Rep. Nunes and Glenn assert that we know Trump did NOT collude with Russia, and that several members of the FBI possibly committed huge abuses of power. So, when will we see justice?

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