Glenn Beck: TSA 'men in black' intimidate man?

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GLENN: We want to talk a little bit about what's happening with the TSA and first I want to go to the college student who is in the Salt Lake City airport last week. You saw on the Drudge Report the picture of the kid, the video of the kid taking ‑‑ his dad taking off his shirt. But there's more to this story. And Luke Tate is on with us. And then we go to the host of Freedom Watch, a fantastic show with a very good friend of mine, Judge Andrew Napolitano, weeknight 8:00 every night on the Fox Business channel. So let me go to Luke first, the college student who took this video. Luke, tell me what you saw at the airport.

CALLER: Well, basically what happened was I was standing in line and had my stuff on the conveyor belt and was just waiting in line at the checkpoint, and you kind of, always just kind of glance at the front and I saw the father and son. And I saw the boy basically, one of the TSA agents was trying to give him a pat‑down but he's kind of shy and so he ‑‑ I guess the TSA agent couldn't really, you know, get a full pat‑down on him. So the father came over and kind of helped with the boy and the TSA agent. He held up his son's arms the first time and the TSA agent kind of gave him a little pat‑down and the father ‑‑

PAT: Luke, did he set off, did he set off the alarm? Is that why he was getting the pat‑down in the first place or not?

CALLER: You know, from what I remember, I don't remember him setting off the alarm ‑‑

GLENN: No, I have ‑‑

CALLER: ‑‑ when I was watching.

GLENN: Here's infor ‑‑

CALLER: I know TSA's come out and said that he did.

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: No, here's the truth.

CALLER: (Inaudible).

GLENN: Here's the truth, and I have it from a refounder. Here is the truth: He did not set off the alarm. He was wearing a baggy shirt and that's why they did it. And the reason why the father had to help is because the child is autistic.

CALLER: Oh, wow.

GLENN: And so they couldn't get him to cooperate and so the father just was finally like, just take the shirt off, and took the shirt off.


GLENN: That's the truth and that's not been released. It has now.

PAT: And so after you took the video on your, just an iPhone or whatever, then the TSA approached you, right? What did they say to you?

CALLER: Yeah. Well, once I got through the checkpoint and picked up my phone and my bags from the conveyor belt, I was going to walk over to the father and the son and kind of talk to him a little bit, let him know that I had recorded what happened to him. But before I got there, there was a man in a black suit who came up to me and he asked if he could speak with me and I said that was fine. And so I kind of took me a little ways away from where the father and son were and he asked me why I was taking video of TSA procedures. And I said, well, it was a crazy situation going on, you know. I had never seen that before, a young boy with his shirt off getting patted down at a TSA checkpoint. And he, you know, then kind of starts to, you know, basically interrogate me asking me, you know, well, why did ‑‑ you know, why are you taking this, what are your plans with this, what are your motives. And I'm just like, I don't know what you're talking about. I just took the video and I don't really have any plans for it right now. And at that point I didn't, you know, before he talked to me. I didn't have any plans for the video. And so he says, well, I'd like you to delete the video. And I said, well, I'm not going to do that. And then he says, well, it's an invasion of their privacy and they're upset about it. And I said, I feel like their privacy has been invaded up to this point and I didn't see you speak with them. So I don't know how you can tell me that they're upset with me taking a video of the situation. And then he asked, well, I really want you to delete the video and so will you delete it here in front of me? I can't command you to delete it but I'd like you to delete it. I said, no, I'm not going to do that. And that's when I went to my gate.

GLENN: Now, they claim that this is not true. You know that?

CALLER: That the man in the black suit approaching me is not true?


CALLER: Oh, wow.

GLENN: They claim that that is ‑‑

CALLER: I wish I would have had that on video, too.

GLENN: I wish you did, too. However I have independently confirmed this with an official in the TSA, very high level, that it did happen exactly as you say it did. But you will see if you read reports that they are saying that it did not happen. That you're making that up.

CALLER: Yeah, it definitely seems like they are trying to discredit everything that I've said.

GLENN: Are you an activist in anything?

CALLER: What do you mean?

GLENN: Are you, like, you know, are you college Republican, are you, you know, a communist, you know, are you Organizing For America? Do you ‑‑ what do you ‑‑ are you an organizer for anything?

CALLER: No, a pretty simple college student. I just study finance and go to UVU, you know. I'm not really a member of any association or group or things like that, you know.

GLENN: Why did you ‑‑ why did you release this? Because you sent this to your brother. After you heard the men in black come to you, you sent this out to your brother right away, right?

CALLER: Yeah. Well, you know, at first I was just totally shocked that that guy came up to me, you know, and he was really adamant about me deleting it and, you know, trying to be intimidating to me. And I just thought that was super weird. So I called my brother and I told him about the situation and he said, hey, send me that video, you know; I want to see I want and so I sent it to him. Because he said it might be something that people want to see because it's a really big issue right now. And so I sent it to him and it was at that point after he called me back, you know, we're talking about it and then I got here into Oxford, Mississippi where I am right now and was talking to some of my family and they said that it was going on, that it would be a good idea to let people see it on YouTube.

GLENN: You should ‑‑ I'm going to put you on hold and I want you to get one of the names and the e‑mail addresses and phone numbers of one of my producers, but Luke, I'd be interested to see if you ever have a problem at the airport or the TSA or anybody else, if anything else happens to you, you just make sure you call us, okay?

CALLER: Sounds good.

GLENN: All right. Luke, God bless you. Thank you so much.

CALLER: All right. Have a good day, man.


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.