Glenn Beck: Compean and Ramos update


Glenn Beck talks to the wives of Compean and Ramos on Fox News, January 19th, 2009. Watch Glenn Beck every weeknight on Fox News at 5pm ET.

GLENN: The two border agents, Compean and Ramos, were commuted. Last night President Bush commuted their sentences. They will be going home March I think 16th. I spend the day yesterday with Patty and Monica, their wives, and it was an amazing emotional day for them and many Americans who have been following this story. They are with me on the phone now. Hello, Patty and Monica.

CALLER: Hi.

GLENN: How are you?

CALLER: Good, great.

GLENN: What an amazing day we had yesterday.

CALLER: Yes.

GLENN: You guys fly into Manhattan to be on the show where we were going to make one last plea to the president, and he pardons your husbands yesterday about 1:00 in the afternoon. You didn't even know. Somebody from my staff actually called -- Virginia from my staff called and I think talked to you, Patty, right?

CALLER: Right, she did.

GLENN: And told you the news. Have you guys talked to your husbands?

CALLER: Yes, I have. I have spoken with my husband and actually he should be listening right now. He listens to your show religiously. And I can tell you right now he heard it over one of the radio stations there as they were announcing it. However, he had to kind of do a double-take not really knowing if what he heard was correct and not believing it. So he waited again after a commercial. The deejay came back and said, you know, we have some breaking news, and he announced it again. And it was when my husband said he just, he was overwhelmed with such a feeling that his immediate reaction was he dropped to his knees and started praying. And it was very emotional for him.

GLENN: I have to tell you, guys, I really didn't think Bush was going to do this. I thought our best hope was for President Obama to do this, and I was really mentally gearing for, "Okay, let's go after President Obama and see if he'll try to make up some ground here with the right" and then George Bush does this. Which, have you thought, have either of you thought last night that's all about how you feel about President Bush? Has it changed since before you heard this news?

CALLER: President Bush, you know what, I just, all I am with him is grateful and just that's it. It's just very grateful and appreciative for him doing this. Even if it was at the eleventh hour, as they say. It's just, I think I will be grateful for him, to him for the rest of my life.

GLENN: We're talking to the wives of Nacio Ramos and Jose Compean, and they were -- their sentences were commuted last night, which means, if I can paraphrase what President Bush said in his statement yesterday, they will still have to live with the shame of breaking the law and dishonoring, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera, which we happen to disagree on this. Do you guys feel that you will -- the guys will want to pursue cleaning up their name, or do you think you are all just pretty good at just walking away and saying, "All right, whatever"?

CALLER: Well, actually, you know, with the President saying that, you know, first of all let me just say that I am extremely grateful to the president. You know, we didn't expect it as well. So it was a decision that really probably weighed heavy on him, and we're extremely grateful. However, with that being said, you know, we are still fighting this. This is I guess the glory of having the commutation in a sense is that we will get to fight this still and continue to fight it in the United States supreme courts. If not, we have other avenues to pursue this. And yes, these men will continue to fight. I know on behalf of my husband I will say we will continue to fight to clean his name. The charges that still stands were those of, you know, the assault and the weapon charge, but we have to remember now with Davila pleading guilty, he's actually now come forward as, it just shows that he perjured himself in trial. And so there is a lot of avenues still not -- that was not, you know, taken that we will continue to take, to pursue, clear his name.

CALLER: That's guys were just doing their job -- I'm sorry, Glenn. These guys were just doing their job that day and because of that it's not over. This is just another -- this is a beginning of another chapter in this fight.

GLENN: You know, I have to tell you, I was thinking about it last night and I was thinking that this story bothered me from the beginning. At the very first I was on this story and I said, this is an outrage. Look at these, look at what is happening. And then I immediately backed off because I started getting word from very credible sources, "No, no, no, no." All of the things that the Senate had received, all of the things that the House had received that, "No, you don't know the whole story." All the things that Johnny Sutton had said. And I backed off this story, and I never said I wasn't for the guys but I was invisible on it and did it because something just didn't feel right. And it took me I think about three months of sitting with it and looking at it and doing some more homework before I realized, "Oh, my gosh." I mean, this story changed my point of view of the government in many ways. This story changed my point of view of what was even possible in America and our government, and do you feel how torn the country has been on both sides when they haven't examined it? They might think that you guys are, you know, your husbands are guilty but then as they start to examine it, did you ever want to shake America and just say, "No, please don't listen to the official story. Look for yourself and open your eyes."

CALLER: You know, it's funny that you say that because at home in El Paso, we're still hearing, yeah, they are saying, they've been commuted but, you know, they still committed a crime. You know, they keep on holding onto that, and that's a little frustrating for both of our families and people who actually know all the facts. A lot of people are just basing opinions -- because that's what it is. It's an opinion of this case on different pieces that they get, they get from the media. And yeah, it's a little frustrating but as long as we know the truth and we're fighting to clear their names, I think, you know, thank you very much for your opinion and move on, not let it affect our lives, I think.

GLENN: This audience, as well as many other groups of people all around the country, they have been praying, they have been financially supportive, they have written, they have called, they have done so much for such a long period of time. I'm sure there's something that I don't even know if you can verbalize. Do you want to say anything to the people who are listening now, who have been with you the whole time?

CALLER: I would just like to send my heartfelt appreciation, much gratitude for everybody including you, Glenn, who have completely supported us in this, who actually took the time to look into this case, see that there was an injustice here, you know, for never giving up on us. It's because everybody who has helped us and written those letters. I don't know that it would have gotten to this point without their help, and on behalf of my husband and I, we would just love to say thank you for everything you've done and I hope that you-all will continue on this journey with us because it is far from over. It's like Compean said, it's just the beginning of a new chapter.

CALLER: And then I would like to thank on behalf of my family and my husband, also, just, it's been a ride and, you know, this is the beginning of another one, like I said and, you know, just thank you. We would not have gotten this far without everybody's love and support. And, you know, the cards, they talk about our husbands being heroes. Well, in our guys you guys are our heroes because you guys decided, chose to be our voices and stand up for us and were so passionate about it and still are. You guys spoke when we couldn't and we're just completely grateful and for having the courage and just putting your integrity and your names out there, you know, on the line for us. You know, it's just been wonderful. Just thank you so much.

GLENN: Patty and Monica, I so appreciate you two and the way you've kept your family together and you fought with your men on this valiantly the whole time. And Monica, you know that -- I mean, you know how hard it was for us to get in to see both of your husbands. I mean, I think I was with you in Texas when we were going through this and, you know, they made it impossible for me to go and sit with them. So they wouldn't allow me to have a camera, they wouldn't allow me to have a tape recorder. I could come in with a pencil and paper. We can have Charlie Manson, but we couldn't have your husbands on television or radio. I hope we get the opportunity to talk to them when they get out and we would love to be there not in the personal side of it for, you know, you need your family time, but I hope we can show America your family finally being reunited when your men finally come home.

CALLER: Yes. Well, you will definitely be first.

GLENN: When you told the kids yesterday, because you weren't there, what was that phone call like?

CALLER: Actually I haven't told my two boys yet. I've told the family to hold off until I get home and actually be able to talk to the two little ones. My daughter, I didn't get a chance to tell her. My brother-in-law beat me to it. But when I did finally get to talk to her, she was very excited, very happy right now. I mean, it's a miracle for my children when my little one called me right away and said, is it true? Is Dad coming home? And I said, yes. And he says, today? And I said, no, baby, not today. As far as my 11-year-old, he's the one that fought on TV and he's not said much. He's the one that we're really worried about. This has really extremely affected him. He was pretty much connected to the hip with my husband. I think seeing is believing. When we cross that, he will really truly believe Dad's home.

GLENN: Well, anything we can do to help your son realize that what has been said about your husband in the media in his dad was not true, and your husband has been a remarkable servant of this country. Anything we can do to help your son understand that, you let us know.

CALLER: Thank you. I appreciate that.

GLENN: We love you very much, and congratulations to the whole family.

CALLER: Thank you.

GLENN: Thanks, guys.

 

Hey Joe, THIS is how you handle terrorists

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If you haven't seen the new Apple TV+ drama Tehran, it's definitely worth your time. It tells the story of an Israeli spy who sneaks into Iran to set up an attack on Iran's nuclear program. Now that the new Bond movie is delayed, this show has a little bit of everything to hold you over: international spies, hackers, double agents.

But I digress...

No matter how Hollywood tries to invent these stories — and this one is definitely good — they always fall short of what happens in real life. What happened in Iran this past Friday is a movie waiting to happen.

What happened in Iran this past Friday is a movie waiting to happen.

Iran's top nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, was assassinated as he was traveling to his private villa just a few miles east of Tehran. The operation involved a team of over 60 people. Around 50 logistical support agents backed up a dozen gunmen. They knew everything. His schedule, his private address, his classified movements, the route...

Fakhrizadeh was traveling in the middle of three armored vehicles. When they approached the ambush site, the hit team cut off all the electricity in the surrounding area. A car bomb was then remotely detonated, taking out the rear vehicle in the convoy. 12 gunmen proceeded to open fire on the other two cars. Iran's top nuclear scientist was dead, and NONE of the hit squad were wounded or arrested.

Now you can already guess where the blame is being directed this morning. Almost immediately, the fingers began to point at both Israel and the United States. The mainstream media is trying to paint this as an effort by Trump to sabotage a Biden effort to restart the Iran Nuclear Deal. Remember that "masterful" stroke of Middle East foreign policy? You know, the deal that included $150 BILLION — in cash — that Obama and Biden knew would be used to kill Americans and destabilize the entire region. Remember that?

They said it was impossible... but Trump did it.

They claimed their way was the only path to peace. What did they get from it? Iran spread out all the way to the literal doorstep of Israel. The elite Iraqi troops of the Republican Guard were staging in Syria, plotting that ultimate attack to take back Jerusalem. The entire region was set to explode... but then Trump scuttled the deal. What did it lead to? Historic peace agreements between the Arab world and Israel.

They said it was impossible... but Trump did it. He reimposed sanctions and launched a campaign to kill terrorists rather than give them money.

John Brennan took to Twitter this weekend to call the assassination a criminal act.

It echoes what they said when the top terrorist in the world — Qassem Soleimani — was assassinated in Iraq. Coincidentally, the Iranian government published artwork over the weekend depicting Soleimani and the, now dead, nuclear scientist standing side by side.

You see, now matter how people like Brennan and Biden might try and say otherwise, this is exactly the type of person Iran's "Robert Openheimer" was: a terrorist in the same category as Soleimani (but obviously with a lot more dangerous capability).

Iran has been protecting this man for two decades. They called him merely "an academic," but denied the UN IAEA inspectors to ever question him.

The rhetoric Iran fed the global community was that their nuclear program didn't have anything to do with weapons, and that this nuclear scientist was involved in research to improve their energy programs. But in 2007, the CIA said this was a cover story. In 2008, the United States froze his assets, and the IAEA made it public that this scientist was leading Iran's nuclear weapons project.

Iran called it "Projects 110 and 111." Fakhrizadeh was tasked with finding out how to miniaturize a nuclear warhead and make it durable enough so that it could survive re-entry into the atmosphere on top of an ICBM.

There can be no accommodation with terrorists.

Obama and Biden's nuclear deal didn't stop ANY of this. Israel revealed in 2018 that Projects 110 and 111 continued. Fakhrizadeh was specifically called out as still being the main man in charge.

Biden thinks his policy of accommodation will somehow bring us the peace that Neville Chamberlain once thought was possible with Hitler. When has this borne fruit with any maniacal tyrant or terrorist... ever?!

And that's exactly what Iran and their thugs are. They're terrorists! They're not a legitimate regime. Long before ISIS, the terrorists in Iran stole a country, planning to spread their caliphate all over the world. Members of Al Qaeda, despite being Sunni, enjoy free sanctuary under their protection. They want to burn Israel to the ground. They chant "death to America"... It's actually a holiday there.

There can be no accommodation with terrorists. Biden wants peace with Iran, and he'll probably roll out a red carpet and offer them a few hundred billion more dollars. We know this doesn't work. To quote Reagan, "there's one way to have peace and you can have it in this second... surrender."

That's how you deal with terrorists, and — whether we were involved or not — another one was just taken out.

How does a sports writer know how to fix America, and America's racial dilemma?

In a special edition of the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Outkick sports columnist Jason Whitlock filled in Tuesday for Glenn to explain how we can bring America back together, lean into racial harmony, and restore the values of our Founding Fathers. Because if not us, then who will?

Jason started out by explaining how, during a recent appearance on the program, he felt a spiritual connection with Glenn, regardless of physical differences, as both share a common passion for God and country.

"Glenn and I share a kindred spirit. A kindred passion," Jason said. "We have two things that we love and are passionate about: God and country. I am not a minister. I'm a flawed sinner just like Glenn and just like you. But I am a believer. Believers share an energy that connects them, that cuts through our physical differences and makes those differences irrelevant relevant. That's what I felt when I met Glenn, an energy and a spirit that connects us. We are broadcasters, media personalities, operating in separate spaces, trying to talk to Americans, who share our passion."

Jason went on to say that he believes there are forces operating, both outside of and inside America, that are working to separate America from God, and that much of what we've witnessed in 2020 — from the racial division stirred by the mainstream and social media, to the rioting and looting by Antifa and Black Lives Matter, to the "remaking of the sports world into a shrine that celebrates resisting criminal suspects and denigrates this great country at every turn" — are symptoms and consequences of America's enemies separating God and country.

"We are one nation under God. We are nothing without Him," Jason continued. "The flawed sinners who founded this nation baked God into this country with their Declaration of Independence. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights. That among those, are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The foreign and domestic enemies of this nation are baking a new American cake. God isn't an essential ingredient in this new cake. He isn't an ingredient at all. The removal of faith is sewing the disharmony that is terrorizing and destroying the United States of America.

"Why am I here today? I'm here to tell you how we take our country back, how we restore the freedoms and the liberties our enemies seek to remove in their remaking of a godless America."

Watch the video below to hear more from Jason Whitlock:

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One of the most shocking things British journalist, political commentator, and author of "The Madness of Crowds," Douglas Murray witnessed during his recent stay in America, was how many Americans are acting as if they live in 1930s Germany or behind the Iron Curtain, afraid to stand up and speak out because they're afraid of the consequences.

Murray joined the "Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to explain why he believes the state of America is actually worse than we realize, and how the Left's obsession with rewriting history has ushered in guilt, fear, and a "silent majority."

Murray said he's particularly "fed up" with those on the Right who are afraid to voice their opinion because they don't want to become the target of leftist mobs on social media.

"Do you think anyone in history who told the truth had an easy time? You've got the easiest time that any opposition movement ever did in history," Murray said.

"You cannot have these people in America living in a free society — which is for the time being free — pretending that they live under the circumstances of Jews in 1930s Germany," he added. "Speak up. Speak out. Don't be a silent majority; be a very damn noisy majority. And don't put up with the oppression of people who are totally insincere ... they want to make money. They want to win. Nothing more. Call them out ... and get back to what you should be doing as a nation."

Watch the full interview with Douglas Murray below:



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New York City shut down its schools over the coronavirus with barely any notice. But even before that, Governor Andrew Cuomo apparently wasn't in the mood to be asked about it, and he made that very clear to reporters.

Asked on Wednesday whether parents could expect schools to be closed as soon as Thursday, Cuomo mocked reporters for their "obnoxious and offensive" questions and accused them of not paying attention. Watch the testy exchange for yourself here.

On Thursday's radio program, Glenn Beck and producer Stu Burguiere had plenty to say about Stu's least favorite governor and the decision to close schools. But Glenn also offered his own theory on why coronavirus restrictions have become so political: Americans refuse to be forced into submission.

Watch the video below to catch the conversation:

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