Glenn Beck: Rules of Deception


Rules of Deception

by Christopher Reich

GLENN: Tomorrow in bookstores there is a book out called Rules of Deception by Chris Reich. It is -- again Chris is here in the studio with me. Have you seen the review of the New York Times?

REICH: It was a great thing to read. Thank you, yes.

GLENN: They never review a book like this.

REICH: I was very fortunate. I'm glad they liked it.

GLENN: What the heck, did you think to yourself, holy crap, maybe it sucks, the New York Times loves it.

REICH: That is a nerve-wracking moment, when you open that paper.

GLENN: What did you think it was going to say.

REICH: Well, I hoped they would like the book, something I worked very hard, the kind of book that I love reading, fast pace page turner. So this was really a work of love for many years. And then I just got my fingers crossed.

GLENN: You've been writing this for three years. You had this idea, what, three years ago?

REICH: Three years ago, yes.

GLENN: I love the way this works because it starts with a butterfly. Just explain the opening scene.

REICH: It opens up with a small butterfly flying over this kind of perimeter of neatly toiled glass in an unknown location. All of a sudden the butterfly crashes and a guard happens upon it and he sees this is not a regular butterfly; this butterfly has a microwave transmitter in it, some wires, and he goes, uh-oh, we've been discovered.

GLENN: That's just fascinating. And the technology in the book like the butterfly, do we use that stuff?

REICH: All this, one of the fun things about writing the book, Glenn, was that everything you read in this book, whether you heard about it or not, is true. Everything I've gotten exists now is being used by the defense department, by the army, by the CIA including butterflies, little unmanned aerial vehicles that can be absolutely tiny. They are being used.

GLENN: Serious, like a little --

REICH: Oh, they can make them even smaller than the book. They can make them several inches across now. You program, they could fly for, you know, hours and hours and then transmit data back to.

GLENN: That's a little frightening, isn't it?

REICH: More and more we live in the surveillance world.

GLENN: It is. It's really frightening. The thing that's interesting about the book is you take on Iran and what's happening over in Iran. I have said on this program over and over again, I'm not this smart. How is it I can see these things coming and, boom, all of a sudden here they are. Everything that you write about in this book is all starting to come true now.

REICH: Unfortunately it is. These are trends that I saw, you know, several years ago. Namely our move toward let's say a war status with Iran that's basically unavoidable. Now, the book takes as its premise the fact that Iran is making a very close to weaponizing nuclear weapons, nuclear materials.

GLENN: No.

REICH: No. And as they are, and we discover it, that little butterfly discovers the fact that, uh-oh, they are ready, they have crossed the red line and what are going to be the consequences now.

GLENN: What is the red line?

REICH: Well, the red line is the level let's say that Israel says once Iran crosses this line, which means once they have a certain amount of enriched uranium that they could put on the tip of a nuclear weapon, boom, end of story, we are going to act. We have crossed that line, Glenn. This is going down this year.

GLENN: You really think so?

REICH: I am absolutely convinced.

GLENN: You know, I said two years ago, before Bush leaves office he will go -- he was not going to leave Iran in place. However I can't remember the name of that report that came out that said, oh, no, don't worry about it, they're --

REICH: National Intelligence Estimate.

GLENN: Yes. And it took him off that track and I didn't think that he would be able to do it. But I am back to the place to where I think Israel is going to do it and we will be involved in it one way or another. You printed in the book, and I want to know if you think this is true, that they are like spray -- that we have people, operatives in Iran spray-painting targets on buildings?

REICH: Well, one of the reasons the idea, how I got the idea for this book was about three and a half years ago I was working on a TV pilot with General Tommy Franks as the consultant and he was talking about these special secret operators that work behind enemy lines and one of the missions they were on that they had completed was to go inside Iran and to paint all these buildings where they suspected nuclear weapons were being made with certain radioactive substances that could later then be picked up by overflying aircraft, programmed in the munitions, bang, you won't miss.

GLENN: So then one of the trip wires that I have been looking for is when they kick out the UN inspectors because unlike plutonium, enriching uranium, you'll see it all over the ground. If you're in there with -- am I right on this?

REICH: I think so, yes.

GLENN: Yeah, that you'll see it all over the -- that they can't enrich it up to, what is it, 95% enriched or whatever it needs to be without it being seen. So the trip wire that you're looking for is really the kicking out of the inspectors because that means they are ready to produce and they will begin producing it without anybody being able to see and then it's just a matter of really very short period of time of making it into a bomb.

So the idea behind the book is do we -- because I haven't read it yet. Please tell me we win in the end.

REICH: Well, it depends who you're rooting for but, of course, --

GLENN: Holy cow. Now that I realize the New York Times loves it, Iran wins, huh?

REICH: I don't think Iran wins and we certainly don't want them to. But, you know, it is, really it's about an American doctor. It's also a love story about an American doctor, Jonathan Ransom who works for doctors without borders, kind of in the real hot spots around the world with his lovely English wife and as the book opens up, his wife is killed in this terrible accident in the Swiss Alps and in no time he starts discovering this woman, they are soulmates, they spent eight years together, he loves her completely, he starts going, uh-oh, I don't have a clue who this woman really is.

GLENN: She was actually -- it's kind of, I hate to compare it to the movie but it's the only one I can compare like this, what was the Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie movie.

REICH: This is a very serious Mr. and Mrs. Smith.

GLENN: So he had no idea absolutely who she was.

REICH: The whole idea is this organization for whom she was working which shall remain nameless might have been using him to put her in place to do these kind of nefarious deeds or depends what side, very practical deeds or nefarious depending on who side you are.

GLENN: Give me the practical nefarious deed. Give me one.

REICH: One of the things that they -- her job, for example, one of the things she did was to go in the old Yugoslavia, in those war-torn areas and help take out one of the warlords who had evaded capture and remission or being sent over to the UN war crimes trials.

GLENN: Are you a rendition kind of guy? Do you believe in rendition, or not?

REICH: I do.

GLENN: Do you really?

REICH: I'll just say that I do. It's necessary. We have to take steps. You know, this is a world that's changed dramatically. I do not believe the Geneva convention applies now to these sort of --

GLENN: Are you for Guantanamo?

REICH: I think Guantanamo definitely serves a point. The problem is that when you go too far, you have too many people or you are keeping the wrong people. But sometimes you have to err on the side of being conservative to make sure you do keep the dangerous ones.

GLENN: I think I agree with you. This is the argument here that gets so fuzzy is rendition, we pick them up and then we take them some place else. We take them to Saudi Arabia and let them torture them over there because we're too good to do it. If we really believe in that, shouldn't we be the ones, shouldn't we stand up and square our shoulders and say, you know what, there are that I think so that you don't want to know we do and there are things that we do that we do that we have to do. Isn't it better to say --

REICH: It is better to say to man up, man up and say we took this guy off the streets, he's our responsibility and we will, you know, fess up and do what's necessary.

GLENN: Just to be completely frank with you because you know that I'm -- if you listen to this program, you know that I'm completely straight up with you. I have not read this book. However, it is on the top of my list to read when it comes out tomorrow. The guys on my staff who have read it said it is the best summer book they have read yet. I cannot read it -- I can't wait to read it. It's Rules of Deception out tomorrow.

The FBI recently sent more than a dozen armed agents to the home of well-known pro-life activist Mark Houck to arrest him for allegedly violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances or FACE Act. Now the father of seven faces up to 11 years in prison over claims that he blocked a man from entering an abortion clinic and shoved him when he wouldn't stop verbally harassing Mark's 12-year-old son. Now, if that doesn't sound insane enough, this all happened after local authorities dropped the case. So, what's the full story here?

Attorney Peter Breen joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to tell the family's side of the story, including how the case was already "won" three years ago, and how, after receiving a target letter from the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Mark's legal team agreed to cooperate fully, only to hear nothing back until the day the FBI showed up on Mark's doorstep.

Breen also explained how the FBI has tried to downplay "abuse of power" claims, accusing Mark's wife of making "inaccurate claims" about the terrifying experience.

"Ryan-Marie, who is Mark's wife, she thought she saw 25 [FBI agents.] The FBI came back and said it wasn't 25, it was no more than 15 or 20 heavily armed federal agents. And she had called them a 'SWAT team' because she's a lay person. I don't know the difference between a SWAT team and a bunch of heavily armed, armored, and shield-bearing federal agents," Breen said.

According to Fox News, a senior FBI source said:

There may have been 15-20 agents at the scene, but denied 25 were there. The agents who came to the door had guns out and at the ready, according to this FBI source, but the guns were never pointed at Houck or his family and were lowered or holstered as soon as Houck was taken into custody. Houck was handcuffed with a belly chain.

"So, yeah, they had guns drawn and pointed at Mark in front of his wife and their children. And that whole show of force was done against a man who was not a drug lord, not a mafia boss, but instead, a law-abiding pillar of the community whose attorney said, 'we'll bring him in if you decide to charge, even though you have no case.'"

Breen went on to assert that he believes Congress "needs to" hold Attorney General Merrick Garland accountable for the arrest. "I can't imagine that those 20 federal agents were excited about being called out to a peaceful man's home, guns drawn," he said.

In the video clip below, Breen goes on the explain what he believes should happen next, and why Houck's arrest "should frighten all of us." Can't watch? Download the podcast here.

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Gavin McInnes broke the internet last month when his live show was interrupted, and it appeared that he was arrested. He broke the internet again a few weeks later when he admitted that the arrest was staged as part of what was intended to be an elaborate prank.

McInnes joined Glenn Beck on "Glenn TV" to explain the real reason behind his disastrous prank.

"This was a $10,000 joke. I lost 100 subscribers because of it, but I was going away to Paris for a week because my daughter is going to college and I thought let's make it interesting," McInnes said of his decision to fake an on-air arrest in the middle of his live "Get Off My Lawn" podcast on August 25.

"There was a method to the madness, with the prank ... my point was, first of all, this is happening to people in real-time. Tim Poole has been swatted a million times," he explained to Glenn. "The thought police are in full effect. I also wanted to lampoon the media's bloodlust for us suffering."

Glenn played a clip of the now-infamous hoax while McInnes explained what was really going on behind the scenes, including how his very drunk friend "Unrelia-Bill" was supposed to act the part of the arresting officer but ended up being much too intoxicated (at "2 pm") to speak even a few lines, and how smugly gleeful the "far left" was when they thought McInnes had actually been arrested.

Watch the video clip below to catch more of the conversation:


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Glenn Beck joined Fox News' Tucker Carlson on Thursday night to discuss Visa Inc.'s "horrifying" new plans to flag firearm sales by separately categorizing purchases at gun shops, a move that Glenn aptly described as "the next step in banning guns."

In what's been hailed as a major victory for gun control activists, Visa agreed to adopt the International Organization for Standardization's (ISO) new set of standards by creating a special merchant category code for gun and ammunition sales.

In his appearance on "Tucker Carlson Tonight," Glenn shared a letter written by Robert B. Thomson III, a senior vice president at Visa, showing that the credit card company initially pushed back on the ISO's new rules.

“We believe that asking payment networks to serve as a moral authority by deciding which legal goods can or cannot be purchased sets a dangerous precedent,” Thomson wrote in the letter to pro-gun-control lawmakers, including Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

Just days later, however, Visa had agreed to comply with the ISO's plan to establish a new merchant category code for gun stores. So why did Visa suddenly flip?

As Glenn explained, it all comes down to pressure from America's largest union-owned bank, the Amalgamated Bank, one of the only unionized banks in the United States and a proud proponent of ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) investing.

"This is the next step in banning guns," Glenn asserted.

"It's horrifying!" Tucker responded after several seconds of stunned silence.

"I'm so grateful you did the reporting on this," he told Glenn. "I'm not sure why it falls to you since we have a couple of very large daily newspapers in this country you'd think would want to report this, yet none of them did. So, Glenn Beck did."


On a recent episode of "The Glenn Beck Program," Glenn broke down the details of this latest attack on the Second Amendment and revealed how this is a step toward something even worse than federal gun registration. Watch the video clip below for more details. Can't watch? Download the podcast here.


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Glenn Beck: Here's why Stacey Abrams' fetal heartbeat remarks are hilarious but TERRIFYING

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Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has a new pro-abortion conspiracy theory: "There is no such thing as a [fetal] heartbeat at six weeks ... it is a manufactured sound designed to convince people that men have a right to take control of a woman’s body."

On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck and producer Stu Burguiere agreed Abrams' latest "misinformation" is not just ridiculous but could be dangerous if people are actually willing to believe her.

"If you want to defend abortion, go ahead and defend it. Defend what you're actually doing. Stop denying what is reality," Stu said. "If this is such a great defensible policy, then just come out and defend it, but they never can ... you notice how they can't go to the actual thing they say is so important. They keep defending these other things that aren't true."

Glenn said the pro-choice movement was successful for a long time because most people want the decision to be up to the woman and her doctor and that abortion should be safe, legal, and rare. But when leftists began "celebrating" their abortions or calling for "abortion on demand" at any point in the pregnancy, that's when they start to lose support.

"Because they've celebrated abortion and are losing regular people, you can't put that genie back in the bottle. So, what do they have to do now? They have to take the insane step of discrediting medical machines and technology," Glenn said.

"This is after two years, by the way, of them claiming the biggest scandal in the world was people suggesting the voting machines were hacked — after they previously said that voting machines were hacked in elections they [Democrats] lost," Stu pointed out.

"Honestly, gang, think this through because this is where life gets very scary. This is where you go to authoritarian rule and you can kill millions of people because you're truly now discrediting things that everyone knows is true," Glenn warned.

"So, if you disagree ... you can say that is an evil magic box that has made up sounds in it to convince people. If they will buy that, you're at the Salem witch trials. 'If she doesn't float, she wasn't a witch.' That's what you're looking at right now — and what's frightening is, [Abrams] can say this with a straight face and no one discredits her," he continued.

"You don't think that they can convince those people that you are a terrorist because of the way you vote? [...] You don't think they can convince half the country that you should be eliminated, liquidated, put into a camp, whatever authoritarians love to do? ... We are headed towards dangerous, dangerous times. We better wake up and stand together because this is frightening — it's hilarious — but because people are taking it seriously, it is terrifying," Glenn added.

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