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.

CALLER: Wow.

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?

GLENN: Yes.

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 Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

Watch the video below to hear Ezra describe the religious persecution taking place in Canada.


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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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Just days after Canadian pastor James Coates was released from prison for refusing to bow to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, several police officers showed up at another church to ensure restrictions were being followed. But Polish pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Cave of Adullam Church in Alberta, Canada, knew his rights, telling the cops not to come back until they had a warrant in hand.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere played a video of the interaction.

"Please get out. Please get out of this property immediately. Get out!" Pawlowski can be heard yelling at the six officers who entered his church.

"Out! Out! Out! Get out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant," he continued. "Go out and don't come back. I don't want to talk to you. You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here! ... Nazis are not welcome here! Do not come back you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievable sick, evil people. Intimidating people in a church during the Passover! You Gestapo, Nazi, communist fascists! Don't you dare come back here!"

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