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- US Says Seized 'Treasury Bonds' Are Not The Real Thing

GLENN: First I want to give you an update on the treasury bonds seized in Italy. This story really, really bothers me. I have talked to several treasuries and bond experts. All of them will agree something's not right and I don't know what that something is and so I don't want to you know, I don't want to I'm going to give you some options, but I don't know what it is. It's just it just doesn't make sense, and you'll see why here in a second.

Two guys on a train. This happened over a week ago. Two guys on a train. They are in Italy. They are going across the border to Switzerland. They have an attache case, in the briefcase is their false bottom. In the false bottom is $134.5 billion of bonds. So you have some concept of that, that is $134 billion, that is 1% of our GDP, right? 1%. Or is it 10%? It's 1%. 1% of our GDP. 1% of our GDP. That's a huge number. Let me give it to you in another way. Everything that we have in the treasury at the U.K., the United Kingdom, everybody keeps our money as gold, right? We were the gold standard. Our dollar. They don't have necessarily dollar bills laying around. They have our treasury bonds. The United Kingdom, for their gold reserve in U.S. Treasury bonds, they have $156 billion. So this is just under what the United Kingdom has as their source of gold in their own vaults. It would make it the fourth largest sum of treasury bonds. First there's China, then there is Japan, then there's the United Kingdom, then this smuggled attempt and then Russia is $131 billion. It's a lot.

So the police get on the train. They are searching everybody and it's the financial police. We don't know yet if they had a tip off on these guys or what, but they found the bonds. They are two Japanese nationals. We know nothing about these Japanese nationals. They were questioned. There are conflicting reports on whether they were let go and then rearrested. We have no details on them, who they are. We have no names. We got nothing to go on with these Japanese nationals. We believe that they are still in jail. They should still be in jail, seeing that they were either into smuggling somebody's bonds or counterfeiting. If they were real, there is such a stiff penalty on smuggling money over $10,000 that Italy could claim 40% of this money.

Now, there were pictures, but again we don't know, we don't know anything. They were released by the Italian press and then this story just went away. These pictures that were released, people who are experts in bonds told me, and they clarified, Glenn, I can only see what I see in the picture, I can't see all the details, yada, yada, but these are $500 million bonds with the certificates attached, which means the when you buy a bond, you get like a certificate and you tear off the certificate when you sell them and then they verify the certificate and say, okay, they call the treasury: Is this a real bond? It's bond number 11007. "Yes, it is." Great. If you are going to fence bonds, you are going to fence bonds that you think you can get away with it. You know, you are going to fence them and, for instance, North Korea, when they were printing bonds we've caught them before trying to print our treasury bonds. When they printed them, they printed Kennedy bonds, when Kennedy was in office, and they got caught. They were printing I think million dollar bonds. They got caught because on the back they put a picture of the space shuttle and everybody was like, what? There's no space shuttle. I mean, that's how we caught. They were that dumb, okay?

Here's the problem. There have been $500 billion bonds before, but they couldn't be very old I'm sorry, $500 million bonds. They couldn't be very old. They could have been Kennedy bonds, which they appeared to be. They could have been Kennedy bonds, but nobody bought a $500 million bond. Nobody's walking off the street. Those were only government bonds. Some government would have had to buy a $500 million bond. If the certificates were attached I'm a little fuzzy on this one, but it's my understanding that it wouldn't have taken a long time to figure out who the bonds belonged to because there are so few of them, and you can just call up and get the serial number and you'd know exactly who they belong to. It's my understanding, though, with everything attached the way they were that these bonds, there is speculation of several things. First of all, let me tell you what the treasury has said today. The treasury came out today and said these bonds and I want to quote are clearly fakes. Two days ago they wouldn't release any information because they said it was an ongoing investigation. Today when we asked them, they said these are clearly fakes. Well, if they're clearly fakes, why did it take you ten days to discover they were clearly fakes? And why did last week people say that they were so good that it was hard to tell the difference between the two? Now, maybe clearly fakes because they were $500 million. That would make them clearly a fake. Or would it? Here's the conundrum that people that I have talked to that know this world have said. With the understanding that North Korea was so incredibly stupid that when they counterfeited, they didn't put the Apollo on there. They put the space shuttle on there. So maybe they are this stupid. But if you are trying to flood the market with fake U.S. bonds, the idea is you've got to flood the market. You've got to get all of this money out into the system. Who do you fence a $500 million bond to?

Now, let's just say you get, you know, you get a tenth of it. Who's going to spend that much money? Who's going to spend $10 million, $100 million on one bond without checking it, without at least saying what are the serial numbers here?" If you are trying to fence, you are going to do something like a million dollar bond because you could get somebody to roll the dice for 100 grand. But a $500 million bond? And how does that person you are dealing with the underworld. You are going to sell somebody a $500 million bond. You don't think they are going to come after you and kill you? The stakes are just overwhelming. They are just enormous. Now, maybe North Korea is this stupid where they are printing a $500 million bond, but you've got to be one of the dumbest groups of people of all time. Again, the information that we have, and it is very sketchy. They say that these are really well done bonds. The story up until this morning was they were so good that they had to have been done by a government with a government style printer. This is not something that you or I could just put into the Xerox machine. We couldn't just make these bonds. This was a big effort to make these bonds look real. Well, now they are saying that these are clearly fakes, today, the story changes. Who are these people? Who are the two Japanese men? Where did this originate? Show the bonds. Why wouldn't the government come out and show the bonds? Why wouldn't they want to be very, very clear and show everybody, show the world that, A, somebody is printing bonds and they are making them obviously fake, so here's what you look for. If they were good fakes, you might hold back just a bit because, you know, you want to have a good story so you can tell people and you know exactly what it is, or you want to catch the people first. If they're bad fakes, you would show them and say these are out there and these are people trying to do this but this is so clearly a joke, yada, yada, yada, yada. Because this hurts the confidence in the bond market which, again, is the only thing that is our lifeline, gang. Our lifeline. Once, the minute the world starts to liquidate our treasury bonds or the minute that somebody has made our treasury bonds worthless, you know, besides us, the Fed and the treasury, it's over. Game over. The dollar is worthless. So it doesn't make sense that they are playing their cards so close to the vest. It doesn't make sense that we don't know anything. It made a little more sense when they said the investigation is still continuing and we don't want to say anything. When they said that these bonds, they didn't know if they were real or fake and they were being examined. That took them ten days. Now to say they were clearly fake and no more information doesn't make sense to me.

Now here are the options. One, these are fake, and I hope to God they are, but I hope also if they are that there is an announcement very, very soon that we caught the country or the people that have a printing press capable of duplicating our bonds because if these bonds were in million dollar denominations, assuming that everything else that we supposedly know is true, if they were in million dollar denominations, they could have gotten out there and then we're in trouble. Because they were $500 million bonds which did exist, there is also the possibility that we're now being lied to for two reasons. One, there is a country that is trying to liquidate their bonds, but they don't want to they just want to do it quietly and they were going to Switzerland to be able to have some meeting and just, here, let's buy the bonds, let's just do this thing and nobody knows. There's the possibility that that happened. There's also the possibility that bonds have been issued by because this is what the story said, that these bonds had been issued by the Fed, okay? That would be another tip that maybe they are fake. Or that is a tip that the Fed has been issuing remember, we can't open their books and when congress, when the Republicans asked for transparency from the Fed, they wouldn't open their books. They declared bankers privilege. They wanted the privilege they are not opening their books. There's zero transparency. We don't know how much money they have, we don't know anything about the Fed. We do know this, that they have on their books $2 trillion, they have issued $2 trillion of debt and spending on the books that they have told us about, but the transactions for the Fed are $9 trillion. Where's the difference? What happened to the $9 trillion or the $7 trillion? What is that? Where is that coming from? The Fed has never issued treasury bonds. They are not allowed to issue treasury bonds. I hope to God they haven't. I don't think they have. But with a lack of transparency, with a government on both sides of the aisle that have been telling us one thing and doing another, not just through the Obama administration but through the Bush administration as well and then a two things: One, the Fed hires a lobbyist and it's the former lobbyist of Enron. Last week the Fed sent a former Enron lobbyist to Capitol Hill. They are afraid, as I told you last week, they are afraid. They need somebody up on the hill campaigning for them and with Obama coming out yesterday giving extraordinary power to the Fed, extraordinary, the opportunity for the treasury secretary in cahoots with the Fed to close down private business, just close it down, "You're a threat," is too much going on. The brakes what is the bill that is on the Fed now that has Senator DeMint as a sponsor in the Senate has 225 sponsors in the house? For the first time in American history since the Fed came about in 1913, there is a chance that the Fed is stopped dead in its tracks but not if this bill is passed that Obama wants, not if they give the Fed and the treasury more power. There is something going on. I don't know what it is. But we must stand together. Please, America, please use your gut. Use your gut. When in doubt leave it out. I am in doubt in many, many things, many things in Washington I doubt. Leave it out. Stand up and get involved.

Carter Page, a former advisor to Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, found himself at the center of the Russia probe and had his reputation and career destroyed by what we now know were lies from our own intelligence system and the media.

On the TV show Thursday, Page joined Glenn Beck to speak out about how he became the subject of illegal electronic surveillance by the FBI for more than two years, and revealed the extent of the corruption that has infiltrated our legal systems and our country as a whole.

"To me, the bigger issue is how much damage this has done to our country," Page told Glenn. "I've been very patient in trying to ... find help with finding solutions and correcting this terrible thing which has happened to our country, our judicial system, DOJ, FBI -- these once-great institutions. And my bigger concern is the fact that, although we keep taking these steps forward in terms of these important findings, it really remains the tip of the iceberg."

Page was referencing the report by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, which revealed that the FBI made "at least 17 significant errors or omissions" in its Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) applications for warrants to spy on Page, a U.S. citizen.

"I think this needs to be attacked from all angles," Glenn said. "The one angle I'm interested in from you is, please tell me you have the biggest badass attorneys that are hungry, starving, maybe are a little low to pay their Mercedes payments right now, and are just gearing up to come after the government and the media. Are they?"

I can confirm that that is the case," Page replied.

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On Wednesday's TV show, Glenn Beck sat down with radio show host, author, political commentator, and film critic, Michael Medved.

Michael had an interesting prediction for the 2020 election outcome: a brokered convention by the DNC will usher in former First Lady Michelle Obama to run against President Donald Trump.

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On Thursday's "Glenn Beck Radio Program," BlazeTV's White House correspondent Jon Miller described the current situation in Virginia after Gov. Ralph Northam (D) declared a state of emergency and banned people carrying guns at Capitol Square just days before a pro-Second-Amendment rally scheduled on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Jon told Glenn that Gov. Northam and the Virginia Legislature are "trying to deprive the people of their Second Amendment rights" but the citizens of Virginia are "rising up" to defend their constitutional rights.

"I do think this is the flashpoint," Jon said. "They [Virginia lawmakers] are saying, 'You cannot exercise your rights ... and instead of trying to de-escalate the situation, we are putting pressure. We're trying to escalate it and we're trying to enrage the citizenry even more'."

Glenn noted how Gov. Northam initially blamed the threat of violence from Antifa for his decision to ban weapons but quickly changed his narrative to blame "white supremacists" to vilify the people who are standing up for the Second Amendment and the Constitution.

"What he's doing is, he's making all all the law-abiding citizens of Virginia into white supremacists," Glenn said.

"Sadly, that's exactly right," Jon replied. "And I think he knows exactly what he's doing."

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Ryan: Trump Louisiana Finale

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Part One. Part Two. Part Three.

At the end of Trump rallies, I would throw on my Carhartt jacket, sneak out of the press area, then blend in with everyone as they left, filing out through swinging doors.

Often, someone held the door open for me. Just 30 minutes earlier, the same person had most likely had most likely hissed at me for being a journalist. And now they were Sunday smiles and "Oh, yes, thank you, sir" like some redneck concierge.

People flooded out of the arena with the stupidity of a fire drill mishap, desperate to survive.

The air smacked you as soon as you crossed the threshold, back into Louisiana. And the lawn was a wasteland of camping chairs and coolers and shopping bags and to-go containers and soda cans and articles of clothing and even a few tents.

In Monroe, in the dark, the Trump supporters bobbled over mounds of waste like elephants trying to tiptoe. And the trash was as neutral to them as concrete or grass. They plodded over it because it, an object, had somehow gotten in their way.

It did not matter that they were responsible for this wreckage.Out in the sharp-edged moonlight, rally-goers hooted and yapped and boogied and danced, and the bbq food truck was all smoke and paper plates.

They were even more pumped than they had been before the rally, like 6,000 eight year olds who'd been chugging Mountain Dew for hours. Which made Donald Trump the father, the trooper, God of the Underworld, Mr. Elite, Sheriff on high horse, the AR-15 sticker of the family.

Ritualistic mayhem, all at once. And, there in Louisiana, Trump's supporters had gotten a taste of it. They were all so happy. It bordered on rage.

Still, I could not imagine their view of America. Worse, after a day of strange hostilities, I did not care.

My highest priority, my job as a reporter, was to care. To understand them and the world that they inhabit. But I did not give a damn and I never wanted to come back.

Worst of all, I would be back. In less than a week.

Was this how dogs felt on the 4th of July? Hunched in a corner while everyone else gets drunk and launches wailing light into the sky? configurations of blue and red and white.

It was 10:00 p.m. and we'd been traveling since 11:00 a.m., and we still had 5 hours to go and all I wanted was a home, my home, any home, just not here, in the cold sweat of this nowhere. Grey-mangled sky. No evidence of planes or satellites or any proof of modern-day. Just century-old bridges that trains shuffled over one clack at a time.

And casinos, all spangles and neon like the 1960s in Las Vegas. Kitchy and dumb, too tacky for lighthearted gambling. And only in the nicer cities, like Shreveport, which is not nice at all.

And swamp. Black water that rarely shimmered. Inhabited by gadflies and leeches and not one single fish that was pretty.

Full of alligators, and other killing types. The storks gnawing on frogs, the vultures never hungry. The coyotes with nobody to stop them and so much land to themselves. The roaches in the wild, like tiny wildebeests.

Then, the occasional deer carcass on the side of the road, eyes splayed as if distracted, tongue out, relaxed but empty. The diseased willows like skeletons in hairnets. The owls that never quit staring. A million facets of wilderness that would outlive us all.

Because Nature has poise. It thrives and is original.

Because silence is impossible. Even in an anechoic chamber, perfectly soundproofed, you can hear your own heartbeat, steady as a drum. A never-ending war.

I put "Headache" by Grouper on repeat as we glided west. We were deadlocked to asphalt, rubber over tarface.

And I thought about lines from a Rita Dove poem titled "I have been a stranger in a strange land"

He was off cataloging the universe, probably,
pretending he could organize
what was clearly someone else's chaos.

Wasn't that exactly what I was doing? Looking for an impossible answer, examining every single accident, eager for meaning? telling myself, "If it happens and matters the next year, in America, I want to be there, or to know what it means. I owe it to whoever cares to listen."

Humans are collectors and I had gone overboard.

Because maybe this wasn't even my home. These landmarks, what did they mean? Was I obvious here? When I smiled, did I trick them into believing that I felt some vague sense of approval? Or did my expressions betray me?

Out in all that garbage-streaked emptiness — despite the occasional burst of passing halogen — I couldn't tell if everything we encountered was haunted or just old, derelict, broken, useless. One never-ending landfill.

Around those parts, they'd made everything into junk. Homes. Roads. Glass. Nature. Life itself, they made into junk.

I cringed as we passed yet another deer carcass mounded on the side of the road.

As written in Job 35:11,

Who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth and makes us wiser than the birds in the sky?

Nobody. Look at nature and you feel something powerful. Look at an animal, in all of its untamable majesty, and you capture a deep love, all swept up in the power of creation. But, here, all I saw were poor creatures who people had slammed into and kept driving. Driving to where? For what reason? What exactly was so important that they left a trail of dead animals behind them?

So I crossed myself dolorously and said an "Our Father" and recited a stanza from Charles Bukowski's "The Laughing Heart"

you can't beat death but
you can beat death in life, sometimes.
and the more often you learn to do it,
the more light there will be.

Out here, nothing but darkness. Needing some light, by God. Give me something better than a Moon that hides like an underfed coward.

Jade told me about some of the more traumatic things she'd seen while working at the State Fair.

"Bro, they pull roaches out of the iced lemonade jugs and act like nothing happened."

"All right but what about the corn dogs?"

"You do not want to know, little bro."

She looked around in the quiet. "Back in the day, the Louisiana Congress refused to raise the drinking age from 18 to 21," she said. "They didn't want to lose all that drunk gambler money. So the federal government cut off funding to highways."

We glided through moon-pale landscape for an hour before I realized what she had meant. That there weren't any light poles or billboards along the road. Nothing to guide us or distract us. Just us, alone. And it felt like outer space had collapsed, swallowed us like jellybeans.

Like two teenagers playing a prank on the universe.

In the cozy Subaru Crosstrek, in the old wild night, brimming with the uncertainty of life and the nonchalance of failure, we paraded ourselves back to Dallas. Alive in the river silence that follows us everywhere.

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