Glenn Beck: Spies Among Us


Spies Among Us

by Ira Winkler

GLENN: So last week we had an author of a fiction book called Daemon and it's actually, the author, this is his first novel. He self-published it. He's an Internet guy and he's been reading the warnings of, you know, cyber attacks and everything else and he's like, the government just doesn't even know how easy this is. And so he wrote this novel called Daemon, he self-published it and it became a big hit in the Internet world and now it is on the best seller list and it was released last week, et cetera, et cetera. We had him on. It was on Wednesday. And he said, "You have to pay attention to botnets," and he explained what they were and he showed how easy and how everybody's personal computer can be linked together and do really vicious things. And he said, it's only a matter of time before it comes.

Then last Friday this was in the New York Times. A new digital plague has hit the Internet affecting millions of business and personal computers in what seems to be the first step of a multistage attack. The world's leading computer security experts do not yet know who programmed the infection or what the next stage will be. Known as Conficker, it is spread by a recent discovered Microsoft Windows vulnerability guessing network passwords and by hand-carried consumer gadgets like USB keys. If you are looking for a digital Pearl Harbor, we have the Japanese ship steaming toward us on the horizon. In a separate story, cyber attack on U.S. banking system more dangerous than 9/11. A top U.S. intelligence official said that a cyber attack on U.S. banking systems could be several times more damaging to the country's economy than the twin tower attacks by September 11th, 2001. Instead of attacking the twin towers, Al-Qaeda had taken down a major bank, the economic cons! equences would have been an order of magnitude ten times greater than the economic consequences of 9/11. I don't say the personal physical damage of 9/11. The information that we create electronically.

All right. Ira Winkler is on the phone. He's the author of Spies Among Us, he is also an Internet security expert, to kind of explain what this is. As of Friday, Ira, they didn't know what this, quote, digital plague was. Do we have any idea what it is at this point?

WINKLER: Well, we've seen this again and again over the last probably at least over the last seven or so years. We've had different versions of worms since 1986 or so. So we've seen this again and again and again. This is just the latest version of it, you know, what it seems to be -- and again just judging by its actions and what it does, it seems to be a resurgence of the group called the Russian Business Network and a few other people who had botnets that were basically taken down a couple of months ago when a group of researchers got together with some ISPs and had them take the McColo Internet service provider off the line because McColo Internet service provider based out of San Diego ironically was hosting the botnet controllers for a variety of other systems and what happened was they were taken off the line, the controllers couldn't get at all the botnets and that left their networks down. So apparently what happened was researchers back! in October found a new computer vulnerability and what they did was they just decided to publish the hell out of it and tell everybody how to exploit it and now what's happened is these botnet herders went ahead, are exploiting that known vulnerability by creating this new worm which is now spreading itself from computer to computer to computer which I think is --

GLENN: Okay. If I'm not mistaken, the computer system that was taken down -- and a lot of this is way over my head -- that was taken down in San Diego, that was a for-profit, that was spam, right?

WINKLER: It was primarily spam but it was used for a lot of criminal purposes. They had things on -- you know, they had child pornography. Spams, everybody thinks they are just advertisements. They are not advertisements. They are criminal efforts to gather credit card numbers because there are people who are -- you know, people say naive. I would rather say stupid enough to think that you can get drugs for a penny a pill. And they give their credit card numbers to these things and they never get their pills and they are too stupid to admit it.

GLENN: Hold it. That's -- wait a minute. That was a scam? Okay, so Ira, you believe that -- because they are saying this is bigger than that other big worm that came out in 2003. I'm trying to remember. What was the name of that?

WINKLER: That was Melissa as one type of virus, there was --

GLENN: They are saying -- the point is they are saying that this is a huge one but you're not so sure?

WINKLER: Well, no, I know it's huge. I mean again, you know, different studies, anywhere from 6 to 13 to 20% of PCs are being infected by this. And this does give somebody massive computing power to do whatever they want with. So far we've only seen primarily profit motivation through these type of botnets because frankly, I mean, everybody gives all these credit to terrorists but they are not as smart as we would like -- as people like to think they are. Potentially they are done by nation states like the Russians, the Chinese or whatever, but they tend to be more covert, and it's the people with the profit motive, for example a lot of the former Eastern Bloc computer specialists go into computer crime because it's the easiest way to gather money from around the world.

GLENN: Okay. So Ira, what would it take -- I mean, could you go after a bank and what kind of debt -- could you -- if somebody wanted to take us down, could they go out and wipe all of the 1s and 0s out of the banks?

WINKLER: I frankly think not. I mean, it would have to be a very, very long-term effort. It's not going to happen with these botnets. You have to infiltrate the bank's computer systems, you have to do a wide variety of activities, and it's just not going to happen this way.

GLENN: So then what are we worried about with the botnets? Why are they saying -- I mean, I'm reading the stories over the weekend on this thing and they are all hair-raising. What is the worst thing these botnets could do then?

WINKLER: Theoretically the botnets can cause what I consider a lot of tactical damage. Now, there's a difference. Pearl Harbor was a strategic attack. It knocked out the entire U.S. military infrastructure in the Pacific, or a large portion of it. It takes six months to a year. In that case it took two years to rebuild this. In the case of these botnets, the reality is that the banks have lots of good backup systems and things like that, and you can knock their computers off the line.

GLENN: What about our grids? What about our grids?

WINKLER: The power grids again you can probably knock them off the line. There are ways of potentially causing -- I'm just laughing because I gave a presentation a while ago and had five federal agents show up at my house on how to take down the power grid.

GLENN: Okay, don't spread that information, Ira.

WINKLER: But, yeah, you can go ahead and create cases of damage, but that doesn't occur necessarily because of the botnets, which are good for creating what's known as denial of service attacks where you basically have a computer and you flood it with data.

GLENN: Right.

WINKLER: And that has the effect of like basically -- you know, if everybody yells at you at the same time, you can't hear the important stuff. That's what, you know, a denial of service attack is. In this case in order to knock -- you can do that and possibly have effects on the power grid for a week, maybe a month. That is going to be -- that is going to be again a tactical attack.

GLENN: All right.

WINKLER: It's not going to be a Pearl Harbor attack.

GLENN: Ira, thank you very much. We'll talk to you again. We have more and your phone calls coming up next. By the way, Ira Winkler, the name of the book is Spies Among Us.

BlazeTV host Mark Levin said his new book, "American Marxism," provides proof that we're not just facing a coming Marxist revolution — it's already here.

Many Americans remain unconvinced, believing recent moves from the far left and the Democratic Party are just passing phases. But this is not a "fad," Levin told Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday.

"This isn't progressivism, or social activism, or democratic socialism. This is Marxism. Now, it may not be Marxism in every particular. But it's an Americanized form of Marxism," Levin explained.

"You need to pay attention to what's taking place ... You've seen it with your own two eyes. You saw the riots all summer long. You saw Black Lives Matter, which is headed by an openly proud Marxist. You see Antifa, which is a Marxist anarchist organization. You see the media, that you have been watching and reading, endorse every single one of these movements," he added.

"People have been brainwashed, or ... haven't been paying attention. They view this as a passing fad," Levin went on to say. "It's not. We all need to wake up to this. And if we have little differences, moderate Democrats, Libertarians and so forth, you better put them aside right now. Because we have a common enemy. I say enemy, not opponent. Not adversary. Enemy. And we need to be focused on defeating that enemy, rather than fighting among ourselves."

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Electric vehicles are the wave of the future. They are so much better for the environment. At least that's what we have been told, but is this correct?

On his TV special, Glenn Beck explained how electric vehicles (EVs) might not actually be the environmental solution we've been led to believe. In fact, they may not be a solution at all.

Glenn shared a recent article from LiveScience that reported:

A 2014 study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences looked at the entire life cycle of an EV's emissions, from mining the metals required for the batteries to producing the electricity needed to power them, and then compared this with the average emissions of a gas-powered vehicle. The team found that when electric vehicles are charged with coal-powered electricity, they're actually worse for the environment than conventional gasoline cars.

He next shared an article from The Greenage, which stated:

The Union of Concerned Scientists has calculated that manufacturing a mid-sized EV with an 84-mile range results in about 15 percent more emissions than manufacturing an equivalent gasoline vehicle. For larger, longer-range EVs that travel more than 250 miles per charge, the manufacturing emissions can be as much as 68 percent higher.

Noting how electric vehicles and other fossil-fuel alternatives require the use of mined minerals like lithium, cobalt, zinc, copper, and nickel, among others, Glenn quoted an International Energy Agency report that warned reaching the goals of the Paris Agreement "would mean a quadrupling of mineral requirements for clean energy technologies by 2040. An even faster transition, to hit net-zero globally by 2050, would require six times more mineral inputs in 2040 than today."

"Can [you] predict which country is the world leader in processing the minerals needed for these batteries? Right, China," Glenn stated. "The average EV requires over 200 kilograms of minerals. The average gas vehicle requires 40 kilograms of minerals, mostly copper. A single EV has 22 pounds of lithium in it ... yet another way that the green reset of American energy is putting us all at the mercy of Communist China."

"Oh, and remember during the Obama administration when the world was gonna end' over fracking?" Glenn asked. "Well, the Institute for Energy Research now says, and I quote, 'Mining and processing of lithium, however, turns out to be far more environmentally harmful than what turned out to be the unfounded issues with fracking.'"

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We've heard a lot about the 1776 Commission over the past several months. From the mainstream media, you've heard lies and slander: It was a racist panel put together by President Trump to peddle a whitewashed version of American history.

In reality, the 1776 Commission was established by President Trump in the fall of 2020 with the purpose of promoting "patriotic education." Not to mandate it, not to propose legislation – simply to PROMOTE it. The media and academia lost their minds over this now controversial idea that we should teach young Americans to appreciate the nation they've inherited. And predictably, just hours after Biden took the oath of office, he signed an executive order to dissolve the 1776 Commission, calling the commission's report "offensive and counterfactual."

Glenn Beck presents the 1776 Commission's report in its entirety, because unlike the media and President Biden who want to hide it from you, Glenn wants you to seek the truth and celebrate Independence Day with pride.

Watch a preview below or catch the FULL, 5-part presentation of the 1776 Report on BlazeTV.com or Glenn Beck's YouTube channel.

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I am an Irishman and in 2006, I was blessed with the opportunity to spend Independence Day in America. It was a magical experience I will never forget and one I am desperate to repeat.

Everything about the day was magical. I can remember every little detail: seeing the pure joy on people's faces when they saw family members, not seen since Christmas; enjoying burgers and hot dogs being grilled to perfection in the mid-afternoon; jumping on a boat and witnessing an awe-inspiring fireworks display with the feel of a cold beverage in my hand; coming ashore and sitting around an open fire, toasting marshmallows.

As fun as these activities were, they are NOT what made the day magical.

The day was and is made magical remembering WHAT Americans are celebrating: being thankful for the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence and the idea of America which improved EVERY aspect of our world.

I would be honored if you would allow me to share five pivotal points from the Declaration, explaining how they started America on the path to becoming an exceptional nation, and how you can learn from the founders' example today.

1 The Layout

Take a look around society today, and you will notice a prevalent theme. The majority of people are angry, upset, and frustrated. They love to highlight the parts of society they view as a problem and tear it down. This requires zero talent. Even newborn babies with no verbal skills and very little knowledge of the outside world will let you know when they are unhappy by crying for a clean diaper, food or attention.

History is filled with people complaining and starting wars because they feel they have been wronged and sought a future "free from their oppressor".

Thomas Jefferson and your founders were different. Before mentioning any issues with the King (they waited 1338 words), they first explained their vision and how America would be different from other nations. They boldly declared that all men were created equal and have a God-given right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

This principle of explaining what you are for has a long track record in American society and has long lead to effective change.

This principle of explaining what you are for has a long track record in American society and has long lead to effective change. This includes famous speeches by John F. Kennedy declaring, "We will go to the moon by the end of this decade," or the great Martin Luther King Jr. telling everyone how he "had a dream."

LESSON: Tell the world what you stand for -- not what you stand against!

2 Role of Government

I have spent over seven years with The Blaze, promoting your founding principles and explaining how America is unique and different to every other nation in the world. Every principle, policy, plan and idea can be traced back to one core principle: How we view government and its role in society.

On the surface of history, it is very easy to believe that our world is very different and would provide many different answers to this simple question.

Just look at our world today and you see many different power structures. England retains a monarch. European countries, like mine, are democracies. Iran is a theocratic-controlled country. Russia is an oligarchy. Inside those countries, you will notice differences in ideologies between communism, socialism, fascism, liberalism and even conservatism.

YES, they all look very different. However, if you look deeper into those countries, you will notice they all view government the exact same.

Government is a central agency that possesses the power to be the moral arbiters of society, the ability to be the great equalizer and most importantly they are the provider of rights.

Does this mean every government uses this power every day?

NO.

Clearly, there are governments around the world who are more open to freedom and view government as the last resort. However, every country believes government always has that power and there are situations when government must take control for the "greater good".

If you doubt this, look at the response to the coronavirus pandemic. Even countries that love to talk about freedom and identify as freedom-loving, removed their citizens' rights in the name of public safety. You witnessed everything from governments shutting down businesses, banning you from traveling more than three miles from your home, limiting the number of people you could have to visit your own house and enforcing you to wear a mask.

How could they do this? Because government is the power structure of all these countries and providers of rights. Any government that has the power to confer can also rescind them under the right circumstances.

Your founders were very clear that they did not share the world vision of an all-powerful government.

The idea of America is different. Your founders were very clear that they did not share the world vision of an all-powerful government. You can see this by reviewing the structure of the Constitution, but that foundation was started in the Declaration of Independence when they spoke about the Law of Nature and Nature's God, which highlights ALL rights come from God. You are born with these rights and it is the government's sole responsibility to ensure these rights are never taken away.

3 RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Take a step back and look at the public discourse today. You will notice the majority of people love to talk about their rights. My friends on the right love to talk about their right to free speech and guns. My friends on the left love to talk about their right to healthcare and abortions. When was the last time you saw anyone online talk about their duty and responsibilities? It's not a very popular topic.

Your founders were not dumb men.

Their genius was understanding the laws of nature and basic first principles. They researched world history -- from the great empires of the past to senates that were supposed to last forever, examining why they failed. While there are countless reasons for each, understanding one concept is critical. When freedom becomes all about rights and forgets about responsibilities, it creates a vacuum. Historically, the government always fills that vacuum. This creates a prime opportunity for a tyrant to come to power and solve a public need and always ends the same way - gaining more power and stripping you of your individual rights.

Your founders feared this vacuum and warned against it TWICE in the opening paragraphs of the Declaration of Independence. They spoke about your right to alter and abolish your government, instituting new safeguards. Then they spoke about your right, and duty, to throw off the government and provide new guards.

LESSON: Freedom without responsibility will always lead to tyranny.

4 RACIST FOUNDERS

As an outsider, nothing annoys me more than the constant attacks on your founders and their brilliance. Were they perfect? NOPE. Should they be worshipped like Idols? NOPE. Are there things we can improve upon? Yes. For example, it's 2021; why does the post office need to be included in Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution?

Despite their flaws, they provided America with a great platform on which to build. If America is to survive and prosper, the IGNORANT attacks that America's founders were old racist white men with wooden teeth must stop. Why? Because it is a LIE!!!

I could write at length about this issue alone, but I will provide two simple facts.

Firstly, please close your eyes and imagine an actual racist (no, not your typical Donald Trump supporter). Imagine how they look, how they sound, what words they use and everything down to what aftershave they wear. Got that vision? Good. Now try imagining that vile, disgusting racist say the following:

ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL!

Did your vision say those words? Do you think people like David Duke would say them, let alone sign their name to a statement declaring this as a self-evident principle for the world to see?

Answer: NO!

The second fact requires you to have a reading of history before America. Thomas Jefferson could have very easily left these five powerful words out entirely or just use the accepted language of the day from the Magma Carta which stated:

"All FREE men are created equal."

If Jefferson and the founders were racist, why did they improve on the language of the day and declare this truth as self-evident?

If ...the founders were racist, why did they improve on the language of the day and declare this truth as self-evident?

5 FORGOTTEN FOUNDERS

If you look at culture and politics today, you will notice a common theme where everyone just wants to win, regardless of the cost. Society tells us winning is everything, and there is no room for failure. Is this true? Can society progress really progress without failure and sacrificing everything they have for the greater good?

American history is so vast and deep that it can be straightforward to focus on the great and famous leaders who survived like Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Madison and Franklin.

This particular weekend, I would like to briefly highlight three patriots who took the ultimate risk by signing the Declaration of Independence. They lost everything, and are sadly forgotten by many who teach history.

JOHN HART: John was a widowed farmer in New Jersey with 12 kids. He was rich, well-known in society, and employed many. When he signed the Declaration, troops attacked his farm with orders to execute him in Hopewell. He fled and eventually died in hiding.

FRANCES LEWIS: Frank was involved in international business and made a fortune on the mercantile exchange. Like John, he was rich, powerful and employed many. When he signed, he returned to find armed troops at his home, taking possession of it. They arrested his wife, starved and mistreated her and although she was later released, she soon passed away due to the horrific treatment.

RICHARD STOCKTON: Richard was a wealthy lawyer who studied at Princeton. He served on the New Jersey Supreme Court and had the respect of his peers. After signing, he was locked up, starved, tortured, and robbed of his possessions. His treatment was so bad that his final days were spent living on the charity of friends.

These brave men could have chosen a much easier road in life. They could have ignored the calls for Independence, paid any additional taxes to the King and still lived a great life. They had everything you would deem desirable in society -- money, earthly possessions, name recognition, and respect.

...these men... risked everything they had so everyone could have a brighter and freer tomorrow.

When they signed the Declaration of Independence, the only thing they could gain was an opportunity for absolute freedom. This ideal was so powerful that these men, and countless others, risked everything they had so everyone could have a brighter and freer tomorrow.

LESSON: Pursuing a higher aspiration is more important than winning.

Personal Request:

It is popular for Americans to say "Happy 4th" or "Happy 4th of July."

PLEASE STOP SAYING IT!

After reading this, realize how important and significant your founders to America and the world. It is disrespectful to them, their memory, their sacrifice, and everything they fought for. After all, would you go up to a Christian and say "Happy 25th?"

NOPE.

May I wish you and your exceptional nation a very HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!

If you enjoyed this column, I released a special on The Blaze this week where I did a deep dive into the Declaration of Independence with KrisAnne Hall. You can listen for free on Apple or Spotify or The Blaze.