Three Things You Need to Know – February 7, 2018

Saudi national arrested in Oklahoma

Yesterday, the FBI arrested a Saudi immigrant who was living in Weatherford, Oklahoma, about seventy miles west of Oklahoma City. The Saudi is charged with visa fraud, but what was he really up to His backstory is troubling.

The man has lived in the U.S. since 2011 and the FBI has been watching him for the past five months. So far, the FBI hasn’t said much about why he was under surveillance, only that they were trying to determine whether he was involved in terrorist activity in the U.S.

Perhaps the most disturbing aspect of the man’s story regarding his activity in the U.S., is that he obtained his pilot’s license in 2016. Whether he got the license for nefarious purposes or not, it led to his arrest. As a non-U.S. citizen, he had to submit his fingerprints as part of the licensing process. Remarkably, the FBI was able to match his fingerprints with prints on a document that was captured in Afghanistan.

The captured document was an application for admission to Al Farooq, which was Al Qaeda’s most notorious training camp. Four of the September 11th hijackers were trained at Al Farooq. Admission to the camp required an invitation to join and a reference from someone Al Qaeda knew and trusted. So far, authorities haven’t disclosed whether this man actually trained at the camp, but he apparently filled out the application in 2000. The camp was destroyed by the U.S. bombing campaign in the weeks after the 9/11 attacks.

The FBI got lucky with this one. It has hundreds of thousands of captured documents, photographs, emails, phone numbers, fingerprints, and DNA samples stored in Northern Virginia and FBI headquarters in Washington that have still not been researched. The agency lacks the resources to process this trove of material collected in Afghanistan and Iraq over the past seventeen years.

The Saudi man in Oklahoma was a good catch by the FBI, but this episode highlights the fact that there is still a mountain of work to be done in counter-terrorism, and a lot of holes yet to plug in the immigration system.

The federal government is set to borrow a trillion dollars this year – how much of that is earmarked for actual important stuff? Like catching terrorists on American soil.

Nothing shows military might like... a parade?

We now have something in common with North Korea. Kim Jong Un is planning a grand military parade set to kick off tomorrow, and - as confirmed by the White House yesterday - plans are in motion for our own version of a large spectacle military show. Is this who we are? When did we become a country that emulates the actions of Communist dictatorships?

Let me tell you what this is not. This doesn’t have anything to do with respect for the military. That’s not the purpose for military parades. North Korea, the Soviets, and any other nation that does these things - Democratic or not - isn’t trying to show admiration for their men and women in uniform, they’re just projecting power.

Let’s make it very clear. There’s a huge difference between a Veteran’s Day or Memorial Day parade, and a military demonstration. Ask anyone in the military. They’ll never ask for this kind of tribute. With the amount of money this will cost, why not put those funds into the VA? Divert some of that cash into a program that will help Veterans find jobs after they come back to civilian life. Show the military your admiration and respect by taking care of them. That’s what they really want, and it’s what they deserve.

Wanna show off American power? True American power isn’t in the government nor is it in our awesome military. True American power is the spirit of the individual. It’s the opportunity that individual has to change their stars and become better than what they were born to. Because of that, American ingenuity has become the most powerful force on planet Earth.

At this very moment, a cherry red Tesla Roadster is in space on it’s way to the Asteroid Belt. A manikin nicknamed “Starman” is sitting at the wheel with David Bowie’s Space Oddity playing on repeat. Yesterday, SpaceX launched the Falcon Heavy. At more than five million pounds of thrust, it is the world’s most powerful rocket. Minutes after reaching space, the two gigantic boosters that lifted the main capsule into space detached and remotely flew back to Cape Canaveral. With synchronization that would rival two Olympic ice skaters, the two boosters simultaneously deployed their landing legs and touched down - side by side - at the same time.

Where else but in America could this be possible? A government didn’t do this. This was one man’s dream, and he pulled it off with other like-minded dreamers at his own PRIVATE COMPANY.

THIS is American power, and it doesn’t need a parade either. The truly powerful don’t need a show to prove their power. The truly intelligent don’t need to prove to people they’re smart. They just are.

The discriminatory Daddy-Daughter Dance

Victoria had her dress and shoes all picked out. She was so excited to go to the Daddy-Daughter dance at PS 65 on Staten Island this Friday.

But yesterday she got some disappointing news. Her school’s Parent-Teacher Association was forced to reschedule the dance because of the Department of Education’s gender-neutral policy—which “requires school events to include all types of students and families."

The Daddy-Daughter Dance was canceled because it only included…daddies and daughters.

Extreme inclusion is taking over our lives. It’s not a Daddy-Mommy-Son-Daughter-Cousin-Godfather-Sister-In-Law Dance. When everyone is invited that’s just called a dance.

For many fathers, daddy-daughter dances offer a much-needed chance to bond with their girls. The madness of political correctness has destroyed this special occasion for them. And that’s really sad.

PS 65 has rescheduled the event to take place in March and is now open to the entire school.

Other schools have followed suit. PS 30 is having a FUDGE Dance. That stands for Fun with Uncles, Dads, Grandpa, Etcetera.

This is just shameful. I would encourage the parents of these schools to organize their own Daddy-Daughter dance—just because the public school system is going crazy doesn’t mean you can’t show your daughters that it’s important to spend time with their fathers.

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On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck sat down with chief researcher Jason Buttrill to go over two bombshell developments that have recently come to light regarding former Vice President Joe Biden's role in the 2016 dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

"Wow! Two huge stories dropped within about 24 hours of each other," Jason began. He went on to explain that a court ruling in Ukraine has just prompted an "actual criminal investigation against Joe Biden in Ukraine."

This stunning development coincided with the release of leaked phone conversations, which took place in late 2015 and early 2016, allegedly among then-Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Ukraine's former President Petro Poroshenko.

One of the audiotapes seems to confirm allegations of a quid pro quo between Biden and Poroshenko, with the later admitting that he asked Shokin to resign despite having no evidence of him "doing anything wrong" in exchange for a $1 billion loan guarantee.

"Poroshenko said, 'despite the fact that we didn't have any corruption charges on [Shokin], and we don't have any information about him doing something wrong, I asked him to resign,'" Jason explained. "But none of the Western media is pointing this out."

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A recently declassified email, written by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and sent herself on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration, reveals the players involved in the origins of the Trump-Russia probe and "unmasking" of then-incoming National Security Adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn.

Rice's email details a meeting in the Oval Office on Jan 5, 2017, which included herself, former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former President Barack Obama. Acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, fully declassified the email recently amid President Trump's repeated references to "Obamagate" and claims that Obama "used his last weeks in office to target incoming officials and sabotage the new administration."

On Glenn Beck's Wednesday night special, Glenn broke down the details of Rice's email and discussed what they reveal about the Obama administration officials involved in the Russia investigation's origins.

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Fellow BlazeTV host, Mark Levin, joined Glenn Beck on his exclusive Friday episode of "GlennTV" to discuss why the declassified list of Obama administration officials who were aware of the details of Gen. Michael Flynn's wiretapped phone calls are so significant.

Glenn argued that Obama built a covert bureaucracy to "transform America" for a long time to come, and Gen. Flynn was targeted because he happened to know "where the bodies were buried", making him a threat to Obama's "secret legacy."

Levin agreed, noting the "shocking extent of the police state tactics" by the Obama administration. He recalled several scandalous happenings during Obama's "scandal free presidency," which nobody seems to remember.

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Colleges and universities should be home to a lively and open debate about questions both current and timeless, independent from a political bias or rules that stifle speech. Unfortunately for students, speaking out about personal beliefs or challenging political dogma can be a dangerous undertaking. I experienced this firsthand as an undergraduate, and I'm fighting that trend now as an adjunct professor.

In 2013, Glenn Beck was one of the most listened to radio personalities in the world. For a college senior with hopes of working on policy and media, a job working for Glenn was a ticket to big things. I needed a foot in the door and hoped to tap into the alumni network at the small liberal arts school where I was an undergrad. When I met with a career services specialist in early March 2013 about possible alumni connections to Glenn Beck, she disdainfully told me: "Why would you want to work for someone like him?" That was the beginning and end of our conversation.

I was floored by her response, and sent an email to the school complaining that her behavior was inappropriate. Her personal opinions, political or otherwise, I argued, shouldn't play a role in the decision to help students.

That isn't the kind of response a student should hear when seeking guidance and help in kick starting their career. Regardless of the position, a career specialist or professors' opinion or belief shouldn't be a factor in whether the student deserves access to the alumni network and schools' resources.

Now, seven years later, I work full time for a law firm and part time as an adjunct teaching business to undergraduate students. The culture at colleges and universities seems to have gotten even worse, unfortunately, since I was an undergrad.

College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions.

I never want to see a student told they shouldn't pursue their goals, regardless of their personal or political beliefs. College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions. I never got access to the alumni network or schools' resources from the career services office.

Lucky for students in 2020, there are several legal organizations that help students protect their rights when an issue goes beyond what can be handled by an undergraduate facing tremendous pressure from a powerful academic institution. Organizations like Speech First and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), for instance, are resources I wish I knew about at the time.

When I experienced mistreatment from my college, I spoke up and challenged the behavior by emailing the administration and explaining what happened. I received a letter from the career services specialist apologizing for the "unprofessional comment."

What she described in that apology as a "momentary lapse of good judgement" was anything but momentary. It was indicative of the larger battle for ideas that has been happening on college campuses across the country. In the past seven years, the pressure, mistreatment and oppression of free expression have only increased. Even right now, some are raising concerns that campus administrations are using the COVID-19 pandemic to limit free speech even further. Social distancing guidelines and crowd size may both be used to limit or refuse controversial speakers.

Students often feel pressure to conform to a college or university's wishes. If they don't, they could be expelled, fail a class or experience other retribution. The college holds all the cards. On most campuses, the burden of proof for guilt in student conduct hearings is "more likely than not," making it very difficult for students to stand up for their rights without legal help.

As an adjunct professor, every student who comes to me for help in finding purpose gets my full support and my active help — even if the students' goals run counter to mine. But I have learned something crucial in my time in this role: It's not the job of an educator to dictate a student's purpose in life. I'm meant to help them achieve their dreams, no matter what.

Conner Drigotas is the Director of Communications and Development at a national law firm and is a Young Voices contributor.