The Athena Project by Brad Thor




The Athena Project


by Brad Thor

GLENN: One of my favorite writers is Brad Thor. He has what will be another New York Times number one best seller, The Athena Project. It is a thriller and Brad is here. It's in stores available everywhere now. Brad, welcome to the program.

THOR: Hi, Glenn.

GLENN: You are one of the first guys I think that I connected with in the book world that you were completely open, honest and just told me what was really going on, and you have all kinds of CIA connections and everything else. And you are probably I was just telling Pat because you've never been on the air with Pat before, have you?

THOR: I have, yeah.

PAT: Yeah, he's been here.

GLENN: Okay. How did you not know

PAT: I was here.

GLENN: How did you not know that he was

PAT: I don't think I remembered or I didn't sense last time anyway that you were even more apocalyptic than Glenn? Is that

THOR: To a certain, to a certain degree.

PAT: Yeah?

THOR: It's just one of the many things Glenn and I have in common.

GLENN: Yes, we like to sit around and talk about how

THOR: Somebody I read this morning said, you know, this is obviously an anti American group. You know, the world is coming apart.

THOR: How it's going to happen.

PAT: So when do you think the world is all going to fly apart?

THOR: Well

GLENN: Strangely a serious question.

THOR: It is a serious question. Obviously it can go either way. Nobody knows it's definitely the wheels are going to come off the bus.

PAT: Yeah.

THOR: But I certainly think there's a lot of stuff out there

GLENN: Brad.

THOR: to pay attention to.

GLENN: Brad. You're thinking that the wheels don't come off this bus?

THOR: March 3rd at 2:32 p.m.

GLENN: Seriously tell me how the wheels don't come off this bus?

THOR: It's I don't see how entitlement spending, which is one of the biggest ways to staunch the bleeding, it's the best quick clot we could use to save our republic. Our republic is bleeding out and we need some pressure bandages fast and

GLENN: Can you believe that Al Qaeda, they are calling this now Operation Hemorrhage? I mean, it's amazing.

THOR: It makes sense.

GLENN: What do you think of WikiLeaks?

THOR: I think WikiLeaks is very interesting. You know, somebody, and it wasn't me, somebody I read this morning had said, you know, this is obviously an anti American group. You know, Noam Chomsky is out there defending Bradley manning, the PFC who got all this up. By the way, how does this guy

GLENN: Thank you, thank you.

THOR: get this amount of stuff? That's the big story here. You know, I would think

GLENN: Three million people they say have had access to this, three million people.

THOR: When you I would imagine that after a couple of documents, all of a sudden something pops up, that big red light from 2001, a space in Odyssey and it says, Glenn, why are you accessing these documents?

GLENN: Yeah.

THOR: Why do you want so many, Glenn? There's no safeguards. This guy walks in with a rewritable disc which

PAT: Amazing.

THOR: Did they suddenly decide not to bring a video camera in? Would that have been too obvious? How do you walk in and get this information? What I also find interesting is the left is starting to set them up as a victim. He's a gay man who broke up with his boyfriend allegedly. That's the big story. And I wouldn't be surprised if this evolved into his disgust with "Don't ask, don't tell" that this will be the way the left spins it, to really turn this guy into a victim the way we saw with Faisal Shahzad who was the Times Square would be car bomber who couldn't pay his mortgage. He stopped paying his mortgage. And my bottom line on this when it comes to Manning and Shahzad who got six life sentences, he is a naturalized citizen. Why wasn't he tried for treason and put to death? I think Bradley Manning has done a tremendous amount of damage. And treason should be we don't try for treason anymore. So why would we expect this behavior to stop?

GLENN: So Brad, you think it is just an anti American I mean, because look at what he's releasing. Were you surprised by anything that was released?

THOR: No. I think it confirms what a lot of us know.

GLENN: Yeah.

THOR: And, you know, look at what it does to President Saleh in Yemen where he says to Petraeus, listen, we get it; we don't want these Al Qaeda guys here but it's tricky with public perception and everything. You keep whacking them; we'll keep taking the credit.

GLENN: You get

THOR: That's tough.

GLENN: You get you're around enough spooks, you're around enough people. How do we do business around the world anymore?

THOR: Well, I don't know how you can do this. I don't know, how do you trust somebody who's looked you in the eye and shook your hand and then went behind your back and said X, Y and Z? I mean, this is incredibly damaging for our State Department that already has granted there's a lot about the State Department I do not like but there are some great Americans there doing yeoman's labor and diplomacy if nothing else.

GLENN: I think I would fire everyone in the State Department. I think I would fire everyone in the state department.

THOR: And just start it all over again?

GLENN: Yep. Yep, I would fire everyone in the State Department. The State Department has been the problem in this country since the 1940s?

THOR: I would

GLENN: Am I wrong?

THOR: You are not wrong.

GLENN: Yeah. And they never go away. They never go away. And they have fought with our presidents and everything else. It's, the State Department and the Fed are nightmares, absolute nightmares and should be shut down.

THOR: I would agree with you 100%.

GLENN: So where do we go from here? First of all, what happens with North Korea do you think?

THOR: Well, here's the deal. I don't think the Chinese want millions of refugees pouring across their border. I think they would like to keep it contained. Is there some sort of reunification where there's a little bit of North Korea, a third left? I don't know. This is a sticky thing. But now the North the South Koreans have backed off of the artillery.

GLENN: Can you believe it?

THOR: "All right. Well, we're going to let you off this time, but don't do it again," you know?

PAT: Every time. They do that every time.

THOR: Every single. The North Koreans sunk one of their naval vessels.

PAT: They have no credibility anymore.

THOR: Killed a bunch of their sailors. Nope.

PAT: None.

THOR: And what happens on the schoolyard? You don't punch the bully right in the nose, he keeps coming for your lunch money.

GLENN: Why not?

THOR: Why not?

GLENN: Why not pour across that border? Why not pour across that border? They are not going to do anything. The only thing you have to worry about is China. And is China will China? I mean, other than the refugees coming across their border, I mean, really are you going to let them China? I mean, that's as good as it gets? You are going to be South Korean and run across the border to China? Oh, that's going to be better for you than Kim Jung Il.

THOR: No. If anything the north wants people in the north would be better off running into South Korea, exactly. The thing is, you know, you look at this and Bill Crystal yesterday

GLENN: Wait, hang on just a second. I'm saying the other way. I'm saying that North Korea South Korea doesn't stop North Korea from coming down. And South Koreans try to get away from Kim Jung Il, where do they go?

THOR: Oh, that's

GLENN: Where are they going to go?

THOR: Well, we would have to step in and help them, wouldn't we?

GLENN: Right. Not going to happen. What do you think of the missile launch in I'm sorry, the plane, the contrail?

THOR: Contrail? Well, I saw your piece on it and I agree with you 100%. If this is such you know, where is all the other evidence that this has happened multiple times, that a plane contrail looks like this?

GLENN: Did you watch the video? Did you see the what definitely was not flame at the end? What definitely was not a missile separation? Definitely not.

THOR: Yeah.

GLENN: That was sunlight hitting the back wing or the back tail.

THOR: Listen, I'm one of these people who thinks that we got sent a message. And there's a reason that thing was going Chinese. Going out over the ocean.

GLENN: I agree with you.

THOR: And I've talked to some pretty smart guys, as I know you have, and that has been the consensus of people who I know and respect who know what they're talking about.

GLENN: Okay. So Brad has written another great book. It's called The Athena Project. It's available in bookstores everywhere. Give me the synopsis of it.

THOR: Well, it's a thriller and it's based upon, I found out from some of thigh contacts that Delta Force has quietly been haunting high end female athletic events, particularly triathlons in Hawaii, tapping some of these women on the shoulder saying, hey, you know what? How about you come be of service to your nation. And Delta Force has been training up some pretty high speed women to go out there and do some of this nation's most dangerous business. And I thought that's a great premise for a thriller. I did it and now Warner Brothers has picked it up and they are going to be turning it into a movie.

GLENN: This book?

THOR: Yep.

GLENN: It just came out.

PAT: That's pretty cool.

THOR: Yep. They got an advance copy, they went nuts for it, and Hollywood's talking about it. Everybody wants to be in the movie, attached to the movie. That's a big deal, very exciting.

PAT: Jennifer Gardner.

GLENN: Is she great?

PAT: Got to get her.

GLENN: Is she great?

THOR: And double the salary. I'll match her salary if she'll leave Ben Affleck. That would Santa, if I could have anything for Christmas.

GLENN: Hang on just a second. Aren't you married?

THOR: I'm married. I just don't like Ben Affleck and I used to love the show Alias and that guy killed one of the best shows on television by

GLENN: Alias was great.

PAT: It was a great show.

GLENN: It was one of the best shows.

THOR: It was

GLENN: J. J. Abrams is unbelievable.

THOR: Lost, Alias. I've got pictures on my website, BradThor.com. People like why are you so anti Ben Affleck. I've got a picture of Jennifer Garner in one of her outfits on Alias and I have her and Ben Affleck, and then I have her coming out of a Starbucks, pregnant, no makeup on and then six lattes in her arms. And then Alias, final season cancelled. That's why I hate Ben Affleck. The guy destroys everything he touches!

GLENN: (Laughing). He doesn't feel passionate about it at all.

THOR: Why can't we get him in the White House instead of that guy from Harold and Kumar? Go to White Castle. Let him work some of that great Affleck magic in the White House.

Critical Race Theory: A special brand of evil

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Part of what makes it hard for us to challenge the left is that their beliefs are complicated. We don't mean complicated in a positive way. They aren't complicated the way love is complicated. They're complicated because there's no good explanation for them, no basis in reality.

The left cannot pull their heads out of the clouds. They are stuck on romantic ideas, abstract ideas, universal ideas. They talk in theories. They see the world through ideologies. They cannot divorce themselves from their own academic fixations. And — contrary to what they believe and how they act — it's not because leftists are smarter than the rest of us. And studies have repeatedly shown that leftists are the least happy people in the country. Marx was no different. The Communist Manifesto talks about how the rise of cities "rescued a considerable part of the population from the idiocy of rural life."

Studies have repeatedly shown that leftists are the least happy people in the country.

Instead of admitting that they're pathological hypocrites, they tell us that we're dumb and tell us to educate ourselves. Okay, so we educate ourselves; we return with a coherent argument. Then they say, "Well, you can't actually understand what you just said unless you understand the work of this other obscure Marxist writer. So educate yourselves more."

It's basically the "No True Scotsman" fallacy, the idea that when you point out a flaw in someone's argument, they say, "Well, that's a bad example."

After a while, it becomes obvious that there is no final destination for their bread-crumb trail. Everything they say is based on something that somebody else said, which is based on something somebody else said.

Take critical race theory. We're sure you've noticed by now that it is not evidence-based — at all. It is not, as academics say, a quantitative method. It doesn't use objective facts and data to arrive at conclusions. Probably because most of those conclusions don't have any basis in reality.

Critical race theory is based on feelings. These feelings are based on theories that are also based on feelings.

We wanted to trace the history of critical race theory back to the point where its special brand of evil began. What allowed it to become the toxic, racist monster that it is today?

Later, we'll tell you about some of the snobs who created critical theory, which laid the groundwork for CRT. But if you follow the bread-crumb trail from their ideas, you wind up with Marxism.

For years, the staff has devoted a lot of time to researching Marxism. We have read a lot of Marx and Marxist writing. It's part of our promise to you to be as informed as possible, so that you know where to go for answers; so that you know what to say when your back is up against the wall. What happens when we take the bread-crumb trail back farther, past Marxism? What is it based on?

This is the point where Marxism became Marxism and not just extra-angry socialism.

It's actually based on the work of one of the most important philosophers in human history, a 19th-century German philosopher named Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel.

This is the point where Marxism became Marxism and not just extra-angry socialism. And, as you'll see in just a bit, if we look at Hegel's actual ideas, it's obvious that Marx completely misrepresented them in order to confirm his own fantasies.

So, in a way, that's where the bread-crumb trail ends: With Marx's misrepresentation of an incredibly important, incredibly useful philosophy, a philosophy that's actually pretty conservative.

We've heard a lot about critical race theory lately, and for good reason: It's a racist ideology designed to corrupt our children and undermine our American values. But most of what we see are the results of a process that has been underway for decades. And that's not something the mainstream media, the Democrat Party, and even teachers unions want you to know. They're doing everything in their power to try and convince you that it's no big deal. They want to sweep everything under the rug and keep you in the dark. To fight it, we need to understand what fuels it.

On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn Beck exposes the deep-seated Marxist origins of CRT and debunks the claims that it's just a harmless term for a school of legal scholarship. Newsweek opinion editor Josh Hammer joins to argue why we must ban critical race theory from our schools if we want to save a very divided nation.

Watch the full "Glenn TV" episode below:

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On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck blasted the Democrats — and anyone else on the left — who have been so eager to open our southern U.S. border for the past several months, but also willing to turn a blind eye to the Cuban people in need of help today.

"While we are welcoming people from any country, all over the world, without any kind of information, and setting them into our country, putting them on American planes paid for by American taxpayers," Glenn began. "And our Coast Guard Cutters are turning these [Cuban] people away. Shame on you! Shame on you!"

Glenn said that he's "sick and tired" of hearing about "brave" leftist activists like Colin Kaepernick, who protest the America flag while wearing Che Guevara and Fidel Castro t-shirts. Meanwhile, the Cuban people are risking their lives by taking to the sea to escape their oppressive regime and come to America.

"Anybody who glorifies Che doesn't know their ass from their elbow. You can't call them a human rights activist. You're protesting the American flag, because you so deeply believe in the right to be free? And yet, you wear a Che T-shirt?" Glenn said.

Glenn went on to argue that, even though the left has "bastardized" the meaning of our country, he still believes America is the best nation on Earth. In fact, he'd give up his citizenship "in a heartbeat" if another country could prove to be better, more noble, and more free. But no other nation exists like ours, he said, which is why it's so imperative we fight for freedom here, in Cuba, and around the world.

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There's a new "reality" spreading, and the mere act of questioning it has become incredibly dangerous, Wall Street Journal investigative journalist Abigail Shrier told Glenn on the most recent episode of "The Glenn Beck Podcast."

Shrier's book, "Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters," exposes the radical gender activism that — like critical race theory — has overtaken our children's schools and culture. But even worse, she warned, it could end your parental rights for good.

Shrier made it clear she is by no means "anti-trans," but simply speaking up against the extremes of this new "reality" has made her enemy No. 1 to many activists. Her book has been bashed so hard by the Left that Target has stopped selling it twice, Amazon once banned ads for it, and the American Booksellers Association even called sending it to others "a serious, violent incident."

In the clip below, Shrier explained why she believes "there may be no hope for the public school system."

"You have teachers behaving like activists across the country who have no interest in actually teaching. They believe their job is to remake your child," she asserted. "We're seeing so much evidence of that, I think it's fair to say that it may be too deeply rooted in the ideology being taught in public school. I'm not sure that the public school system is redeemable at this point."

Watch the video clip below for more or find the full podcast with Abigail Shrier here:

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