Glenn Beck: Never Forget



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GLENN: From Los Angeles on September 11th, 2008, it has been seven years. I want to play some audio from the convention with John McCain where they played this 9/11 thing and I want to? ?I don't want to make this into politics at all. What I want you to do is I want you to hear the words of Keith Olbermann after they played this tribute to 9/11:

OLBERMANN: I'm sorry, it's necessary to say this and I wanted to separate myself from the others on the air about this. If at this late date any television network had of its own accord showed that much videotape and that much graphic videotape of 9/11, and I speak as somebody who lost a few friends there, it? ?we? ?would be rightly eviscerated at all quarters perhaps by the Republican party itself for exploiting the memories of the dead and perhaps even for trying to evoke that pain again. If you have reacted to that videotape the way I did, I apologize. It's a subject of great pain for many of us still and was probably not appropriate to be shown.

GLENN: Okay, stop. I couldn't disagree with this man any more. On the five year anniversary, five year anniversary of September 11th, I asked CNN to play the video of the collapse of the towers. They're in a video vault now. Getting those videos on the air took almost an act of God. Nobody wants to show you these videos anymore. Nobody wants you to see these anymore. Everybody blames it on the pain. You know what? On September 11th, September 11th, 2001, we were all in shock. I remember how I felt. Do you? I remember how lost I was. I remember I didn't know what was coming our way. I had forgotten all about Osama Bin Laden. I warned against him in 1999 and forgot about him. On September 11th I knew what was going on. On September 12th I and you and millions of other Americans stood in line to give blood. They didn't need any blood. There weren't going to be any survivors. But as we stood in line on 9/12, we all promised ourselves we would never, ever forget. We all promised ourselves that we would do whatever it took to get these killers. Well, a lot of these killers are still wandering around. But more importantly, a lot of us have become that 9/10 American. We don't want to be reminded. We don't want to live through the pain anymore. We don't want those emotions brought up. Well, you know what? I think those emotions should be brought up.

Last week I told you, last week I was at WOR in New York. Their studios are one block, one block south of the World Trade Center. From their studio you can look around the corner, peer through the buildings and you can see the canyon that is still there. The weekend before, I had gone down to the World Trade Center. I went down to the site. Just three blocks to its south is the giant globe that used to be between the two buildings. The buildings collapsed on it. It's deformed. It has holes in it. It's crushed in some parts. It now sits in a park, Battery Park, just about a mile away across the water from the Statue of Liberty. As I took my friends past that, I begged them not to go to the World Trade Centers, "Please don't go. You're going to be angry. Just don't go." Not angry at the right people, angry at us. They said they really wanted to see it. I said okay. My wife, being smarter than I am, made me wear a baseball cap and sunglasses. Thank God for that because I saw something I didn't expect to see at the World Trade Center on a lazy Saturday afternoon and that is a giant crowd of 9/11 Truthers all gathered by the lip of the canyon. I'm sorry. It's too right to call it a canyon. It's too kind. It's a giant hole in the ground. And I come around the corner and I prepared myself to see again what I had seen right after September 11th. I was standing on the same ground that I stood just a few days after September 11th, as the smoke billowed down the street, as I saw Humvees and razor wire, as I saw the military with automatic weapons for the first time in my life on American streets. I had prepared myself to go stand on the same damn streets that I stood right after 9/11 and remembered the smell of that city. Try as I might, I can never fully get the smell of the rubble of 9/11 out of my nostrils. I had prepared myself for that. I had prepared myself for being upset at the scumbags that have not rebuilt the towers on Ground Zero. I prepared myself for that, but I had not prepared myself to come around the corner and see a group of Americans standing there with signs blaming us for 9/11, claiming that it is a government scandal, a government cover-up, yelling about the media. The 9/11 Truthers like to blame me and say the only way you can explain my career is because I'm the guy who orchestrated the media. I'm the guy who somehow or another, I guess I'm a CIA plant. They are right about one thing. There is no way to explain my career. I'll give them that. I certainly don't have enough talent, and I'm not smart enough to be able to figure out the things that I should know at this point in our country's history. But I am tired of those people who want to put their heads in the sand. I am tired of those who want to pretend this never happened to us. I'm tired of the people on both sides of the aisle that won't get the damn job done, and I am tired of Americans who just want to point to us. I apologize in advance to Keith Olbermann. If you happen to be listening, you should turn off the radio. I apologize to anyone who doesn't want to relive 9/11, who doesn't want to take once a year, just a few minutes out of your day to remember the things that we promised to ourselves and we promised to our brothers and sisters and our friends and neighbors that we would never, ever forget. I apologize to you in advance for keeping the promise I made to you and myself on 9/11.

(911 audio playing)

GLENN: It is Tuesday, September 11th, 2001. This is Glenn Beck. Dateline New York, in one of the most audacious attacks ever, terrorists hijacked two airliners, crashed them into the World Trade Center in a coordinated series of blows today that brought down the twin 110 story towers. Thousands may be dead. 58,000 people work at the World Trade Center. One plane, United Flight 93 crashed north of Somerset County airport, a small airport 80 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. United said that flight, Boeing 757, left Newark at 8:01.

(Audio playing)

GLENN: The voice in the middle of that package said something that stuck out to me today and that is, we're all Americans. We need to stick together.

Ezra Levant, founder of Rebel News, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to describe the shocking footage he and his team captured of Canadian police harassing and even arresting Rebel News reporters during a protest in Montreal.

Video clips show officers making remarks about the "Jew" reporters and calling Rebel News "Jew media." Reporters are pulled out of crowds, handcuffed, slammed against vehicles and arrested. Some have been fined "thousands and thousands" of dollars "because they had cameras pointed at the police," said Levant.

Another video clip shows Canadian police demanding entrance to a rented Airbnb houseboat without a warrant.

"They the claimed it was an illegal gathering. It was just a B and B," Levant explained. "I told them to get a warrant. I went out there ... and they wouldn't let me back in.... It turned into a ten-hour standoff. They couldn't find a judge willing to give them a search warrant, so to punish us, they called the whole thing a crime scene. They actually wouldn't let any of my team off the boat unless they submitted to a personal search, which is illegal. And the craziest part, is that they arrested one of my guys, took him to jail, and they said this to us: We will hold him in jail until you let us search the Airbnb without a warrant."

Levant said nearly all Canadian media have ignored the insane attacks, warrantless searches and seizures, and the jailing of journalists, and warned Americans to take note and protect our First Amendment rights.

"If you do not protect your First Amendment, if you do not hold those hard-won freedoms, you will be like what we are," he said. "This is your future if you don't protect your First Amendment."

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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?

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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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