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The Death of Otto Warmbier: Nothing Short of a Mob-Style Body Drop on America's Doorstep

Since the 1990s, 16 Americans have been detained by North Korea, and evidence of abuse or torture has been incredibly rare. The brutal regime, as a rule, carefully avoids ruffling the feathers of the United States --- until now.

When imprisoned Ohio college student Otto Warmbier was released last week by North Korea, he returned home in a vegetative state, unable to speak, see or respond to verbal commands. His parents noted the look of pain and anguish on his face which, according to them, vanished a day after being home. Yesterday, Otto Warmbier succumbed to his brutal treatment in North Korea and passed away.

Why did North Korean break decades of history to deliver a broken, beaten and clearly tortured American citizen to his home country? Glenn believes his death was no accident --- it was a message.

"He was murdered by the Kim family syndicate, and I want you to understand that. Because it's not a nation. This is a group of people held hostage by gangsters. Kim Jong Un made this 20-year-old Cincinnati resident into a Corleone-style message. This is what the mob does. They beat or kill and dump the body on your doorstep. And that's exactly what they did," Glenn said on radio Tuesday.

Warmbier was not beaten and killed because he tried to take a poster, as the Kim regime would have the world believe.

"He was beaten because he was an American citizen. And his death was meant to intimidate us," Glenn said.

Enjoy the complimentary clip or read the transcript for details.

GLENN: In Cincinnati, there's a 22-year-old American college student that returned home last week. He had been imprisoned in North Korea for 17 months. He died in a Cincinnati hospital. He had been home less than a week.

Now, the reasons why the North Koreans sent him home is because they said, "He got botulism. He was in prison and somehow or another, he got botulism, and he went into a coma." That excuse, doctors are now saying, is not an excuse. It is a slap in the face, to America, to our intelligence.

As Otto Warmbier came home to Cincinnati, greeted by his parents, he was unable to speak. He was unable to see. He was unable to react to any verbal commands.

His parents said he looked so uncomfortable and in so much pain. They knew they would never hear his voice again, but they said the look of anguish on his face within a day was gone. They believe that he knew he was home.

He had severe brain damage. One senior US official told the New York Times that intelligence reports show that Warmbier had been repeatedly beaten, beaten into a vegetative state.

Now, since the 1990s, 16 Americans have been detained by North Korea. And during that time, it's incredibly rare to see evidence of abuse or torture. North Koreans have been very, very careful. They don't want to give humanitarian groups any, you know -- any cause to protest. They don't want to hand anybody more ammo for criticism.

We're, by the way, still technically at war. I don't know if people really understand this, but no peace treaty was ever signed during the Korean War. We are still technically at war. We have an armistice. We have a -- a standoff.

So now, why, at the brink of war, with three carrier battle groups -- the only time the United States has ever had three carrier battle groups in one region, it has been because we were about to go to war. War always follows -- in the past, war always follows three carrier groups in a region.

So why, when we have all of that firepower, did the North Koreans break decades of pattern to deliver us a broken, beaten, and clearly tortured American citizen?

He was murdered by the Kim family syndicate. And I want you to understand that. Because it's -- it's not a nation. This is a group of people held hostage by gangsters. Kim Jong-un made this Cincinnati -- 20-year-old Cincinnati resident into a Corleone-style message. This is what the mob does. They beat or kill and dump the body on your doorstep. And that's exactly what they did.

He was killed and beaten, not because he took a poster or tried to take a poster. He was beaten because he was an American citizen. And his death was meant to intimidate us.

Why would he break decades of a standoff? Well, I think the answer is found here: How exactly do we respond to this? We're at war. Is this not a war crime?

The State Department should be demanding those responsible to be held accountable. But North Korea is never going to comply. But we at least owe that to the family of this victim.

Why would Kim Jong-un do this at this time? Secretary of Defense James Mattis said that a war with North Korea, quote, will be catastrophic, and the worst kind of fighting in most people's lifetimes, end quote.

Is it possible that we have waited and waited and waited and waited and pussy-footed around with North Korea, to the point of no return, and now North Korea knows we don't want to fight. They know they have the upper hand. And now the tail is going to wag the dog.

Multiple battle carrier groups are sitting off the coast of North Korea. They can't sit there forever. Capitulation on our side is not an option.

The only way out, we have said, is if Kim Jong-un gives up and dismantles his nuclear and missile programs.

Do you think he's going to do that? Was this the sign of a guy dumping a body off on our doorstep? Is that not the answer of what I'm going to do with our nuclear missiles?

Yeah, am I going to stop them? No, I just dumped a body on your front doorstep.

Here's the thing: He's worried about the survival of his regime. He can't be perceived as giving into the United States of America. He is escalating this. And we're moving closer to war.

The question is: What will we do? What should we do?

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'They believe their job is to REMAKE your child': WSJ writer warns public schools may be LOST to woke trans activism

There's a new "reality" spreading, and the mere act of questioning it has become incredibly dangerous, Wall Street Journal investigative journalist Abigail Shrier told Glenn on the most recent episode of "The Glenn Beck Podcast."

Shrier's book, "Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters," exposes the radical gender activism that — like critical race theory — has overtaken our children's schools and culture. But even worse, she warned, it could end your parental rights for good.

Shrier made it clear she is by no means "anti-trans," but simply speaking up against the extremes of this new "reality" has made her enemy No. 1 to many activists. Her book has been bashed so hard by the Left that Target has stopped selling it twice, Amazon once banned ads for it, and the American Booksellers Association even called sending it to others "a serious, violent incident."

In the clip below, Shrier explained why she believes "there may be no hope for the public school system."

"You have teachers behaving like activists across the country who have no interest in actually teaching. They believe their job is to remake your child," she asserted. "We're seeing so much evidence of that, I think it's fair to say that it may be too deeply rooted in the ideology being taught in public school. I'm not sure that the public school system is redeemable at this point."

Watch the video clip below for more or find the full podcast with Abigail Shrier here:

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Is California ‘PURPOSEFULLY’ destroying this small business?

It seems like some politicians are purposefully trying to destroy the lives and dreams of certain Americans, specifically small business owners. Dave Foldes spoke to Glenn over six months ago after THIS audience raised thousands of dollars for his restaurant that refused to close: Cronies Sports Grill. Now, despite making progress in his administrative battle against LA, the city of Agoura Hills, California is coming for Cronies instead. And the reasoning is INSANE. But Foldes isn't giving up, and neither are his supporters. It's the ultimate David vs. Goliath showdown.

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Trans Activism Will End Your Parental Rights | Abigail Shrier | Ep 110

There's a new "reality" spreading, and the mere act of questioning it is incredibly dangerous. Just ask Wall Street Journal investigative journalist Abigail Shrier. Her book, "Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters," exposes the radical gender activism that — just like critical race theory — has overtaken our children's schools and culture. But even worse, Shrier argues it could end your parental rights for good. She is by no means "anti-trans," but simply speaking up against the extremes of this new "reality" has made her enemy number one to the activists. Recently, the American Booksellers Association even called sending her book to others "a serious, violent incident." Abigail joins Glenn to lay out just how slippery this slope has proven to be and what we — conservatives and liberals — must do to protect our children.

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DEADLY Negligence: Exposing the REAL Origins & Coverup of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Who were the people and groups involved with coronavirus research, and what really went down before and after the pandemic began? On "Glenn TV" this week, Glenn Beck heads to the chalkboard to outline a tale of negligence and then, coverup. The elites of the world - the people calling themselves experts - trusted the Chinese Communist Party with one of the most dangerous weapons we can imagine on this planet--a virus.

Glenn reveals who was involved in a definitive timeline, and argues: If proof of a lab leak does come out, the worlds needs to know EVERYONE that was involved. We must expose the coverup and attempt to control the narrative of the pandemic origins. Everyone from Big Tech, the media, the Chinese and even our own government have been involved. What lies behind the coverup could reveal the dirty secret that, in order to cut corners, the academic elites and government entrusted Communist China with a civilization-killing virus.

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