7 Days - Chapter 34

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Hands trembling, Senator Gordon Becktel laid the single sheet of paper down on the bare, polished mahogany surface of his desk. He’d read and reread the faxed White House press release in stunned disbelief until the scrim of tears clouded his vision so much that he could no longer see.

His daughter was dead.

First it was his wife Laura who, four years ago, died at their condo in Naples, after a long, harrowing battle with cancer. And now it was Ashleigh.

When Laura had died, he’d cursed God, raging against the unfairness, the capriciousness, of an Almighty who could visit such cruel suffering upon a person so good and innocent as his wife. But he couldn’t blame God for the death of his only child.

This one, he knew, was his doing.

She’d died because of him, because of what he had done.

No. She’d died because of who he was.

He was sure she’d suspected the truth about him. She’d glimpsed something on his laptop once, he knew, but he didn’t dare ask her about it. He could never tell her the truth anyway. Someday she’d learn the secret, he’d thought. Nothing stays secret forever.

But he was wrong. She’d never know.

The fax, from the White House press office, described a terrible explosion at the Palace Station Hotel in Las Vegas. Among those killed were Ashleigh and Nicholas Roberts.

Because of him. He was certain of it.

As quickly as his despair had come, it left, transmuted into something cold and hard: an immense rage. With renewed vigor, the Senator unlocked the bottom drawer of his desk and took out the CryptoPhone.

It looked like a conventional cell phone, except that it was slightly bulkier. This was a German-made GSM quad-band phone encoded with the strongest voice-encryption algorithm available. The Germans were good at this kind of technology.

The Germans and the Swiss and the Israelis. Not his native country, though—they were good at other things. But that didn’t matter; his handlers always made sure to invest in the very best, no matter where it was made.

He punched the long series of numbers and listened to the clicks and hums that told him the secure call was going through.


Becktel kept one CryptoPhone at home, locked away in his hidden safe, and another here, in his hideaway office in the Capitol, where no one could find him.

It had taken him two decades in the Senate to acquire this valuable piece of real estate: a small room close to the Senate floor yet concealed behind two unmarked, locked doors; a magnificent view of the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial; a full bathroom and working fireplace; high, vaulted ceilings, walls painted dark green; a TV and a couch for naps. Not every Senator

got a hideaway office, and only the most senior — and cleverest — were able to snag a hideaway so desirable.

He was nothing if not clever.

Look how far he’d come, after all. From such an unlikely beginning.

Finally, a voice barked from the other end of the phone: “Da?”

The man’s voice was somewhat tinny because of the way it was digitized

and run through a compression algorithm before it was encrypted. But he recognized it at once.

“Proklyatiy ublyudok!” the Senator hissed. You damned bastard. “Shto vyi sdyelali?” What the hell have you done?

Remarkable, really, how easily his native language came back to him after so many decades of not speaking a word of it.

Gordon Becktel had barely spoken Russian since leaving Moscow at age fourteen, when he was still called Sergei Vladimirovich Akimov. But that was a different life, one that he barely remembered now beyond a few fleeting moments. Like the day his parents told him, when he was twelve, that he’d been selected to attend a special camp for very privileged children.

He wondered why they were crying if this was such an honor.

For the whole summer? he’d asked excitedly.

Longer than that, his father replied. As long as you do well. It’s a great honor. Very few are chosen.

He was sad to leave Moscow, but he liked the camp. It was called The Village. It was an entire American town (well, a replica of a town, naturally) hidden in the remote woods a hundred miles from Voronezh. You weren’t allowed to speak anything but English. You learned everything about American life. The food was great: hamburgers

and hot dogs and macaroni-and-cheese and pizza. And he got to watch baseball! They showed him Super 8 movies of baseball games from beginning

to end, explaining to him how it worked. He rooted for the Chicago Cubs and his favorite player was Ernie Banks.

Within a few months, Becktel’s English was fluent. He even had a Chicago accent since his teacher was an American man born in Chicago who’d defected to Moscow in the 1950s. He memorized his “legend,” as it was called – his invented biography. It was like a story, the names of his fictional parents and friends, old family stories, details of his father’s job at the packing plant. They even showed him photographs of “his” apartment on Sheridan and Touhy and of his “grandmother’s” house on Okauchee Lake in Wisconsin. These places became real to him.

Soon he was even dreaming in English.

He learned that he’d been handpicked from thousands of dossiers to be a member of an ultra-secret, elite unit of the KGB called Department 12 of Directorate S. He was being trained to be an “illegal, a deep-cover sleeper agent. He would live an ordinary American life. Then, someday, a signal would come to activate him and then the great mission of his life would begin.

Gordon Becktel had arrived in Canada with a forged U.S. passport, already stamped with falsified departure stamps from the U.S. and France. At the Ottawa airport, a middle-aged man and woman met him and embraced him as if they were his real parents. A few days later they took him across the border to Rochester, New York.

He learned to call this couple Mom and Dad. He never loved them, but he was grateful to them for taking him in and caring for him.

And if it weren’t for the envelopes, he might even have begun to forget his real parents.

Every year, right around Christmas, one would arrive in his mailbox. Inside was always a recent photograph of his parents. No note, no markings, no clues as to how they were doing…nothing more than a photograph.

But it was enough to tell him that his parents were alive and well. And to remind him to cooperate in full if he wanted them to stay that way.

Yet the signal never came.

After college, he moved to Florida and built a fortune in real estate entirely on his own, without any seed money from Moscow. Enough to bankroll his first successful Senate campaign.

Yet no signal came.

When the Soviet Union collapsed and he was sure the KGB was no more, he didn’t rejoice that he was free. It saddened him. He would never know what his mission was to have been.

And then, one day, as abrupt and frightening as a clap of thunder on a sunny afternoon, an encrypted e-mail arrived in his personal account. A message from an anonymous sender, clearly routed through an anonymizer, untraceable. No text.

Just a photograph of two frail people sitting on a couch he recognized, the familiar pine wall of the dacha behind them.

His parents. They were alive.

Shortly after that the call came at last. A clandestine meeting was arranged.

His new control was a man named Fyodor Popov. Popov told him that although the KGB had been renamed the FSB, nothing else had changed. In some ways, the FSB had grown stronger, extended its reach. Popov now worked directly with a Kremlin official named Vladimir Putin, who had begun to reactivate the network of


Now Popov and Putin had an assignment for the Senator.

A sudden knock at the door to his hideaway office startled Becktel. He disconnected the call, placed the phone in the bottom drawer and locked it.

“Yes?” he called out.

Only his chief of staff knew the location of this office. Well, his chief of staff and his late daughter. He stood, opened the door.

And gasped.

He almost crumpled to his knees when he saw Ashleigh standing there. He flung his arms around her and, for the second time that day, he sobbed, this time with relief.

His eyes were closed, so he didn’t see Ashleigh’s furtive glance.

Nor did he see his son-in-law, Nick Roberts, slip quietly past them and enter his office.

“We need to talk,” Ashleigh finally said. “But not here.”


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In a shocking but underreported conversation ahead of the G7 Speakers' meeting in London last week, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi admitted that the administration knows China is committing "genocide" against the Uyghurs in the Xinjiang region, but thinks working with the regime on climate change is more important.

On the radio program, an outraged Glenn Beck dissected Pelosi's speech and broke down how — along with the Biden administration's abandonment of Americans in Afghanistan, and the Democrat decision to follow measures of medical "equity" — the far left is revealing how little they really care about human life.

Glenn played a video clip of Pelosi making the following statement:

We've always felt connected to China, but with their military aggression in the South China Sea, with their continuation of genocide with the Uyghurs in Xinjiang province there, with their violation of the cultural, linguistic, religious priority of Tibet, with their suppression of democracy in Hong Kong and other parts of China, as well – they're just getting worse in terms of suppression, and freedom of speech. So, human rights, security, economically [sic].

Having said all of that ... we have to work together on climate. Climate is an overriding issue and China is the leading emitter in the world, the U.S. too and developed world too, but we must work together.

"We have Nancy Pelosi admitting the United States of America knows that they're not only committing [genocide], they're continuing to commit it. Which means, we've known for a while," Glenn noted. "And what does she say? She goes on to say, yes, they're committing genocide against the Uyghurs, but having said that, I'm quoting, 'the overriding issue,' is working together on climate change.

"Would we have worked with Hitler on climate change? Would we have worked with Hitler on developing the bomb? Would we have worked with Hitler on developing the Autobahn? Would we have worked with Hitler on his socialized medicine? Would we have worked with Hitler on any of his national, socialist ideas?" he asked.

"The answer is no. No. When you're committing genocide, no! She said 'we have to work together on climate,' because climate is the 'overriding issue.' The overriding issue? There is no way to describe this mindset. That, yes, they are killing an entire group of people because of their ethnicity or religion. They are systematically rounding them up, using them for slave labor, and killing them, using their organs and selling them on the open market. They are nothing more than cattle. For us to recognize it and do nothing about it is bad enough. But to say, 'we recognize it, but we have bigger things to talk to them about,' is a horror show."

Glenn went on to urge Americans to "stand up together in love, peace, and harmony," or risk watching our nation become the worst plague on human life yet.

Watch the video clip below to hear more from Glenn:

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The fall of Lehman Brothers in 2008 marked the largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history and economic collapse was felt throughout the world. But now China's own version of Lehman Brothers, Evergrande, is teetering closer and closer to that edge, too. On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck gave the latest update and predicted how it will affect Asian markets and what it could mean for America's economy.

Glenn explained why he believes a major collapse that is happening now in China will have a cascading effect into a "controlled collapse," a managed decline that will dramatically change America's economy and the way we all live.

"You will not recognize your lifestyle. Hear me," Glenn warned. "And that's not a right-left thing. That's a right-wrong thing. We're on the wrong track. I'm telling you now, there's new information and you are not going to recognize the American lifestyle. ... It could happen tomorrow. It could happen in five years from now, but it will happen. We are headed for a very different country. One where you don't have the rights that you have. And you certainly don't have the economic privileges that Americans are used to."

"The same thing that happened in 2008 is now happening in China," Glenn continued. "This time, it's going to take everything down. When it collapses, it will take everything down."

Watch the video below to hear Glenn break down the details:

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Justin Haskins, editorial director of the Heartland Institute, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to expose a shocking conversation between two Great Reset proponents — Klaus Schwab, chairman of the World Economic Forum, and Christine Lagarde, president of the European Central Bank (Europe's equivalent to the Fed).

The way Schwab and Lagarde discuss the role central banks should play in establishing societal norms, determining your way of life, and defending against potential crisis is proof that the Great Reset is upon us, Justin explained. And the scariest part is that they're not even trying to hide it. The entire, unbelievable conversation has been published on the WEF website, which you can read here.

Glenn read an excerpt from the conversation:

Christine Lagarde: At the ECB, we have now wrapped up and concluded our strategy review, which was the first one in 17 years. And I was blessed to have an entire Governing Council unanimously agree that the fight against climate change should be one of the considerations that we take when we determine monetary policy. So at least the European Central Bank is of the view that climate change is an important component in order to decide on monetary policy. ...

Can we arrive at that trade-off between fighting climate change, preserving biodiversity and yet securing enough growth to respond to legitimate demands of the population? And my first answer, Klaus, to be firm, is that to have a way of life, we need life. And in the medium term, we do have major threats on the horizon that could cause the death of hundreds of thousands of people. So we have to think life, first. We have to think way of life, second. ...

So we have to think life, first. We have to think way of life, second. How can we come together to make sure that we secure the first priority, which is life, and also protect the way of life that people have? And make sure that the cost of it is not so high for some people, that they just cannot tolerate it. I think that the trade-off that we reach will probably require some redistribution, because it is clear that the most exposed people, the less privileged people are those that are going to need some help.

"Do you understand, America, what that means?" Glenn exclaimed. "You have elites, that you never elected, that are having these meetings ... deciding what is a legitimate need for you. And telling you that your needs are going to go away in your lifetime. You may not see a time where you get wants again. Just your needs are going to be addressed. Am I reading this wrong?"

"This is absolutely what is being said here," Justin agreed. "She's very clear that we need to make sure that way of life is second to life. We have to save all these people, hundreds of thousands of people are going to die from this supposedly existential threat of climate change. And their wants, and their desires, and their quality of living, all of that has to come second."

"This is a central bank saying this. This is not an elected official, who is accountable directly to the people. This is a central bank saying, we're going to print money. We're going to use monetary policy, to impose these ideas, to rework society in order to accomplish our goals," Justin added, addressing Lagarde's call for "some redistribution."

Will Great Reset elites — not elected by the U.S. — soon be dictating to the rest of the world? Watch the video clip below to hear Glenn and Justin break it down:

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First comes the "crisis," then comes the expansion. The federal government is seizing on the January 6 Capitol riot to take carte blanche to do whatever it wants and weaponize the event to further empower the new overlords of our country — the intelligence community.

On Glenn TV Wednesday, Glenn Beck reveals what's happening with the U.S. Capitol Police and argues they've morphed into a new arm of the intelligence apparatus, boosted by a massive increase in funding and surveillance equipment and new offices OUTSIDE the Capitol building. The Biden administration has also hidden basic details regarding January 6. Why did officials refuse to release the name of the officer who killed Ashli Babbitt? Where are the 14,000-plus hours of CCTV footage? As any intelligence organization knows, it's best to operate outside the realms of oversight.

Glenn exposes the hidden hand of government that could be used to punish and destroy innocent Americans who are only guilty of holding the "wrong" political view.

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