This Wrongful Conviction Will Make You Angry and Inspired at the Same Time

Iva Toguri D'Aquino did not betray her country, her country betrayed her --- grievously so.

Mislabeled by Americans as the mythical "Tokyo Rose" --- the voice of Japan's propaganda machine during WWII --- D'Aquino, an American citizen, had every reason to disown the country that betrayed her. But she remained loyal nevertheless.

Before working on the “Tokyo Rose” episode of Glenn’s hiSTORY series as a producer for the show, I regrettably knew very little about D'Aquino's remarkable story. After researching her life story, I found her story very moving. The losses she endured --- her mother, her only baby, her husband, her citizenship and her freedom --- coupled with the injustices against her perpetrated by the United States government are staggering.

American history is frequently grayer than the black-and-white clarity we often assign to it. We learn so much of it in black-and-white fashion, I suppose, because it’s easier to package and communicate that way. It takes more effort to teach the complexities, the subtleties, the gray reality.

As this pertains to the World War II era, we can get caught up in the rah-rah aspects of America saving the world, and that should be emphasized, of course, because it’s true. But we weren’t always squeaky clean in the process. In fact, in some ways, America's leaders utterly failed many of her own people. Japanese-American internment, for example, is brushed past too often in the teaching of World War II. A more appropriate name might be "American internment," since they were American citizens being interned. Our history books seem to justify this move, perhaps in an effort to maintain Franklin D. Roosevelt’s veneer as the sage savior of the free world.

There are so many lessons to glean from D'Aquino's story. It is at once an inspirational tale of perseverance and unwavering allegiance to one’s country. It is also a cautionary tale about our members of the press acting irresponsibly with their Constitutional freedom --- their willingness to sacrifice an innocent life to appease popular sentiment and to abuse of the power of the microphone. These are areas we still wrestle with today.

If anyone in American history had just cause for jettisoning their American citizenship, it was D'Aquino, yet she did not. Remarkably, she had easy opportunity to do just that, and was even pressured to do so by the Japanese government, and later by her Portuguese husband who urged her to become a Portuguese citizen. But D'Aquino remained an American even when her loyalty was rewarded with eight years of jail time.

In our current “selfie,” celebrity-obsessed culture, we would do well to remember D'Aquino, who didn’t sue anyone when she was finally released from prison, or write a tell-all book, or cash in on movie rights to her story. She didn’t burn American flags or go on the lecture circuit to slam her government. She didn’t make a cottage industry out of her victimhood. In fact, she quietly and gradually paid off the $10,000 fine levied on her by the federal government as part of her treason conviction, finally making the last payment in 1973.

She just wanted to go home. She just wanted to be an American. She continued that desire even after being stamped with a criminal legacy by her fellow Americans under the ironic guise of patriotism.

Glenn’s hiSTORY episode about Tokyo Rose airs tonight at 5pm ET on TheBlaze.


Acclaimed environmentalist and author of "Apocalypse Never" Michael Shellenberger joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to warn us about the true goals and effects of climate alarmism: It's become a "secular religion" that lowers standards of living in developed countries, holds developing countries back, and has environmental progress "exactly wrong."

Michael is a Time "Hero of the Environment," Green Book Award winner, and the founder and president of Environmental Progress. He has been called a "environmental guru," "climate guru," "North America's leading public intellectual on clean energy," and "high priest" of the environmental humanist movement for his writings and TED talks, which have been viewed more than 5 million times. But when Michael penned a stunning article in Forbes saying, "On Behalf of Environmentalists, I Apologize for the Climate Scare", the article was pulled just a few hours later. (Read more here.)

On the show, Micheal talked about how environmental alarmism has overtaken scientific fact, leading to a number of unfortunate consequences. He said one of the problems is that rich nations are blocking poor nations from being able to industrialize. Instead, they are seeking to make poverty sustainable, rather than to make poverty history.

"As a cultural anthropologist, I've been traveling to poorer countries and interviewing small farmers for over 30 years. And, obviously there are a lot of causes why countries are poor, but there's no reason we should be helping them to stay poor," Michael said. "A few years ago, there was a movement to make poverty history ... [but] it got taken over by the climate alarmist movement, which has been focused on depriving poor countries, not just of fossil fuels they need to develop, but also the large hydroelectric dams."

He offered the example of the Congo, one of the poorest countries in the world. The Congo has been denied the resources needed to build large hydroelectric dams, which are absolutely essential to pull people out of poverty. And one of the main groups preventing poor countries from the gaining financing they need to to build dams is based in Berkeley, California — a city that gets its electricity from hydroelectric dams.

"It's just unconscionable ... there are major groups, including the Sierra Club, that support efforts to deprive poor countries of energy. And, honestly, they've taken over the World Bank [which] used to fund the basics of development: roads, electricity, sewage systems, flood control, dams," Micheal said.

"Environmentalism, apocalyptic environmentalism in particular, has become the dominant religion of supposedly secular people in the West. So, you know, it's people at the United Nations. It's people that are in very powerful positions who are trying to impose 'nature's order' on societies," he continued. "And, of course, the problem is that nobody can figure out what nature is, and what it's not. That's not a particular good basis for organizing your economy."

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Dr. Voddie Baucham, Dean of Theology at African Christian University in Lusaka, Zambia, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to explain why he agrees with Vice President Mike Pence's refusal to say the phrase "Black Lives Matter."

Baucham, who recently drew national attention when his sermon titled "Ethnic Gnosticism" resurfaced online, said the phrase has been trademarked by a dangerous, violent, Marxist movement that doesn't care about black lives except to use them as political pawns.

"We have to separate this movement from the issues," Baucham warned. "I know that [Black Lives Matter] is a phrase that is part of an organization. It is a trademark phrase. And it's a phrase designed to use black people.

"That phrase dehumanizes black people, because it makes them pawns in a game that has nothing whatsoever to do with black people and their dignity. And has everything to do with a divisive agenda that is bigger than black people. That's why I'm not going to use that phrase, because I love black people. I love being black."

Baucham warned that Black Lives Matter -- a radical Marxist movement -- is using black people and communities to push a dangerous and divisive narrative. He encouraged Americans to educate themselves on the organization's agenda and belief statement.

"This movement is dangerous. This movement is vicious. And this movement uses black people," he emphasized. "And so if I'm really concerned about issues in the black community -- and I am -- then I have to refuse, and I have to repudiate that organization. Because they stand against that for which I am advocating."

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On last week's Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck revealed where the Black Lives Matter organization really gets its funding, and the dark money trail leading to a cast of familiar characters. Shortly after the program aired, one of BLM's fiscal sponsors, Thousand Currents, took down its board of directors page, which featured one of these shady characters:

Ex-Marxist professor and author of "Beyond Woke," Michael Rectenwald, joined Glenn Beck on the TV show to fill us in on the suspicious change he discovered on the Thousand Currents webpage and the Communist terrorists who is now helping run the organization. (Fortunately, the internet is forever, so it is still possible to view the board of directors page by looking at a web archive from the WayBack Machine.)

Rectenwald revealed the shocking life history of Thousand Currents' vice chair of the board, Susan Rosenberg, who spent 16 years in federal prison for her part in a series of increasingly violent acts of terrorism, including bombing the U.S. Capitol building, bombing an FBI building, and targeting police for assassination.

"Their whole campaign was one of unbelievably vicious, murderous cop killings, assassinations, and bombings," explained Rectenwald of Rosenberg's terror group known as the May 19th Communist Organization or M19.

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