ISIS 'Cyber Caliphate' attack on military spouses turns out to be Russians

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February 10, 2015… the Facebook message got straight to the point:

“Dear Angela – Bloody Valentine's Day! In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful, under the flag of the Islamic State, CyberCaliphate continues its Cyber Jihad. While your president and your husband are killing our brothers in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, we're coming for you. You think you're safe but the IS is already here, CyberCaliphate got into your PC and smartphone. We know everything about you, your husband and your children. We're much closer than you can even imagine."

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That was the message received by Army wife Angela Ricketts. She didn't know it yet, but she was part of a small group of military spouses who received death threats from the 'Cyber Caliphate' on the same day.

Also that day, the Cyber Caliphate hacked the Twitter account of a charity called Military Spouses of Strength, run by the wife of a U.S. Marine named Liz Snell. The hackers started tweeting threats to Snell, her family, other military spouses and even Michelle Obama.


It was pretty unnerving for those families at the time. And a lot of media coverage ensued about the cyber war capabilities of ISIS.

Now it turns out it wasn't ISIS at all. The Associated Press reported yesterday that the 'Cyber Caliphate' is actually a group you may recall from other similar hacking games, that goes by the name 'Fancy Bear.' That's right, it was the same Russian government-sponsored hacking group that stole emails from John Podesta and the DNC and meddled in the election.

Somewhere, in a dingy basement in Russia, some nerdy hackers are laughing their butts off.

Why did Russian hackers target American military spouses? No one knows yet for sure (or if they do, they're not talking). Angela Ricketts' theory is that perhaps it was a test run, just to see where they could create the most chaos. She said, “Not only did we play right into their hands by freaking out, but the media played right into it. We reacted in a way that was probably exactly what they were hoping for."

You could say the same thing about our reaction to the 2016 presidential election and the never-ending drama that has played out since – it was exactly what they were hoping for.

Somewhere, in a dingy basement in Russia, some nerdy hackers are laughing their butts off.

Megyn Kelly pulled her sons out of the private elementary school they attended after she learned that the boys were asked "weekly" if they were still sure they were boys. But that's not all that this "experimental transgender education program" taught.

Megyn joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to tell the story, which she thought had ended when the school apologized, and to talk about what's next for America as our leaders refuse to promote actual psychological support for our kids and instead "parade" transgenderism as the solution to their problems.

"When [my son] was in third grade, I found out they unleashed a three-week experimental transgender education program on these boys, with really inappropriate videos. The kids were confused. These are 8- and 9-year-olds, Glenn. They have no idea what the school is even talking about with the trans thing. They got really in-depth, with really in-your-face videos — and then parents complained. And the school did something it hasn't done in its 400-year history, which was they apologized. Even they realized they had done wrong," Megyn explained.

"But, then I said to my son a year later, so did they ever round back to the trans thing? Like, whatever happened with it? And he said ... they bring it up every week. ... [They ask] how many people here still feel confident that they're a boy? Do you still feel sure you're a boy?" she continued. "This is not support. This is not nonbullying. This is indoctrination. And it's deeply confusing to the children, and wrong."

Megyn went on to give examples of how she's seen trans ideology turn "support, nonbullying, kindness, friendship, allyship, on its head."

"The absolute surrender of the medical community to this insanity is a scourge on this nation. It's disgusting what is happening with our doctors," she added. "There are people who are legitimately transgender, or who have gender dysphoria. And for those people, we should be supportive and they should get the care that they need. But what we've done instead, is taken everyone who expresses any kind of gender confusion and said, you're trans. You're trans. And we have our psychiatrists doing this."

"It's crazy," Megyn asserted. "The fact that we're doing this so willy-nilly in the name of allyship and support, it's abusive. It's criminal."

Watch the video clip below to catch more of the conversation:

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"Never forget" is not only a tribute to those we've lost, it's a warning that it could happen AGAIN. On "Glenn TV" Wednesday, Glenn Beck looks back 20 years ago to the modern generation's Pearl Harbor moment. A day of infamy we're STILL feeling repercussions from.

But in remembering 9/11, we need to look toward the future because the Biden administration is setting us up for the NEXT 9/11. They bungled the Afghanistan withdrawal, and now we have video of top al Qaeda commanders — who served with Osama bin Laden — returning to the country. But could America survive another terror attack?

Glenn asks former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, the leader who brought America back from the brink. He tells Glenn about the moment he learned the Twin Towers were struck, the actions he took to prevent more terrorism, and if he thinks NYC could survive another attack under Mayor de Blasio's leadership.

Glenn is also joined by Rev. Johnnie Moore, author of "The Next Jihad." He warns that Biden's policies in the Middle East are Obama 2.0, and "if you thought ISIS was bad, you haven't seen anything yet. We must keep our eyes on Iran."

Watch the full episode of "Glenn TV" below:


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Glenn Beck and The Nazarene Fund have been working tirelessly to evacuate Americans and our allies from Afghanistan, thanks to the U.S. government's failure to do so. But it's been far from easy. A recent Newsweek article, titled "Taliban Holds Up Glenn Beck Group's Planes," addressed some of the most recent challenges. The article claimed that six planes — filled with Americans and SIVs ready for takeoff — were "grounded by the Taliban amid negotiations with the U.S. State Department." So, what's actually going on? Why is the State Department meddling in the rescue? And what are the next steps to get these Americans home?

Watch the video clip below to hear Glenn breaks down the whole story:

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