Glenn Beck: Media, Common Sense Missing From TSA Screening Story

This is a rush transcript from "Glenn Beck," November 17, 2010. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

GLENN BECK, HOST: Welcome to "The Glenn Beck Program."

Last night, my wife and I were watching TV and we're flipping around. And the big story came on. Despite everything that's going on right now, the economy is on fire, out-of-control debt, corruption, what's happening at the airports, they're covering — the press is — an engagement announcement of Prince William. Or is it Harry? Or I don't know which one it is. But one of them is getting married.

The networks are going crazy over this. I mean, look at the pictures. Can they just bring one camera? It's the same picture.

All three networks are rushing specials together. NBC special promises, quote, "to explore how the couple met, and what drew them to each other and what the modern day marriage will mean for the British monarchy."

You've got to be kidding me.

They rushed all of their big reporters, their anchors actually — they went over, rushed over to cover this. So we don't have to spend a lot of time on it, let me give you my full take on this:

They are going to get married. If he's like his dad, you better check the stable girl — you know what I'm saying? If he's like mom, things will be fine. They'll have ups and downs, get over it.

I don't give a flying crap about the English royal and his love life. I don't know if you do. There's a fire going on here in America. In fact, it's happening in the whole world. It's happening in Great Britain, too.

The media is so out of touch that they are — they're literally yesterday being groped by the real story at the airport on their way to cover a non-story.

Here's an idea: What do you say we forget about the polo-playing prince? What does the devaluation of currency mean to the British monarchy? What does the new world order — what does the new world order — mean to the British monarchy?

How is it — how is it the freest country in the history of the world is now subjecting their citizens to panty pat-downs? And what does that mean to the British monarchy and the rest of the world?

Tonight, the question is: will you trade your freedom for your security?


BECK: It's a long walk from over there to here, isn't it?

Hello, America.

I don't know if you've been following what's going on with TSA, but there's something wrong with this story. Give me a few minutes here because there's a lot to cover.

Obviously, we need security in this country. Our airports are not safe. But I think what we need more of — and we're not getting any of it — is common sense.

We aren't using any common sense at our airports right now. And because of this, the tensions between people and the government are rising as a result — just what we need, more things to separate us from our government. Isn't that great? It's because of the new security procedures from the TSA, coincidentally, right here at the busiest travel time of the year.

Now, I want you to know there's a lot of misinformation going around on the Internet on this story. Some of the things that I have seen and I've actually gotten caught by it a couple of times, like the videos — there's an amazing video of this little girl being frisked, that happened two or three years ago. Some of these videos have happened a long time ago under Bush.

You have to be very, very careful. The liberal and the conservative press are getting the story wrong and they're mixing things that you just have to be careful. Do your own investigation and draw your own conclusions because there are too many sloppy people out there. Guard your honor and guard your integrity and your word on this. Don't just pass things around.

Now, here are the facts: Many airports are installing brand new, full body scanners that are supposed to detect contraband or other dangerous items that someone could be hiding. These things have been in the wings for quite some time. Bush was putting some of these things in.

They are so strong they can literally see underneath people's clothing. It's like you have Superman guarding our airports, except — not so much.

Now, a lot of people are a little uncomfortable with the full body scan — either for exposure to potentially damaging rays or whatever the hell they're shooting out of this machine at you. But more likely, a lot of people are saying this is an invasion of privacy. And so, they are deciding to opt out of the scan. But that's where the trouble starts.

Multiple reports from travelers have claimed that when you opt out of the scan, TSA agents loudly yell, "We've got an opt-out." Oh, good, now, I'm not embarrassed at all.

Then they proceed to perform a pat-down. But this is not the run-of- the-mill pat-down. No, no, no. The old school pat-downs, you know, where they do it like this. And they run on your arms and under your arms and under, you know, your legs. Yes, yes — not now.

No, the TSA has implemented a new more intrusive pat-down message because of the general tightening of air security. This new method involves the touching of the breast and genitals. Yes, I don't think you got anything in there. It's good for me, eh?

Here's the thing — there is a sliding hand motion — to use a technical term — it's a sliding hand motion on the body parts where a lighter touch was used before — sliding hand motion. Oh, isn't that nice?

It's another way of saying fondling, or I'm just caressing. Can you imagine walking into your teenager's room and her boyfriend was there and he's like, no, it's just a sliding hand motion? Oh — oh, then I'm fine with it! Yes!

That kind of sounds more like scene from a Danielle Steele novel, you know, than a security procedural. Handbook — but what do I know?

But don't worry about the sliding hand motion, the TSA has thought of everything. You see, you walk in on your daughter and her boyfriend is doing this with a sliding hand, what well then, huh? But this is totally different. TSA says it's just same sex. So, it's just — you know, you walk in with your daughter and she's got a girlfriend that's doing this — apparently with the TSA, that would be totally fine.

I don't know about you, but let's use something that actually is I could see happening in my life. My 5-year-old son getting his genitals — having a 40-year-old man, you know, in rented suit using sliding hand motion on his crotch. Oh, I'm totally fine with that.

Needless to say, that's why we're seeing just a little push-back.

Just yesterday, two pilots sued the government, claiming the new procedures violate their constitutional rights. Other pilots are quitting. Captain Sully, you know the guy who landed the plane, kind of cool under pressure, he called the new TSA measures a waste of limited resources.

They have every right to be upset, because putting pilots through advanced security searches — does that make sense to you?

Sir, I'm sorry, we're going to have to take that box cutter away from you. Why? Well, because conceivably you can use it as a weapon and storm the cockpit and hijack the plane. Oh, I'm already in the cockpit and I already have control of the plane. What do you say we use a little common sense here? No, no, no. No, no. And this is why people are upset.

I want to show you some audio and video you may have heard already. This is a passenger who objected to the new intrusive hand slide and the pat-down. He got the pat-down because the full body scan, he wasn't comfortable with that one either. But he decided to take out his cell phone and record the interaction on his cell phone and he ended up catching this:


TSA AGENT: We are going to be doing a standard pat-down on you today, using my hands going like this —


TSA AGENT: Also, we are going to do a groin check. That means I'm going to place my hand on your hip, the other hand on your inner thigh. Slowly go up, slide down.


TSA AGENT: Two times in the front, two times in the back.

TYNER: All right.

TSA AGENT: And if you would like a private screening, we can make that available for you also.

TYNER: We can do that here, but if you touch my junk, I'm going to have you arrested.

I don't understand how a sexual assault can be made a condition of my flying.

TSA OFFICER: This is not — this is not considered a sexual assault.

TYNER: It would be if you weren't the government.


BECK: That — he got — this has become famous because of "touch my junk." But that's the important part: The pat-down would be a sexual assault in any other circumstance. That's right.

Again, your daughter. Just patting her down, sir. Yes. I bet you do.

I want to tell you something really clearly here. Listen carefully:

A: We do need security at our airports. This ain't it.

B: I think the guy who works for the TSA on this tape, I think he was professional. I think he was saying the right things. I think the guy was doing his job.

I don't want to demonize TSA workers for doing their job. There are some that are clueless. But the majority of them that I have run into do their job — well, outside of New York, mainly — they do their job. They're paying attention. They're doing what they're supposed to do.

I can't imagine the stress that they are going through as well, because they're getting the brunt of it. Is that where it belongs? At them? They're not the enemy.

You know, you don't want to go through this, but I don't think — I mean, have you seen some of the people you're flying with? You're flying with people like me. You think they want to be like, OK, I'm going up the sides of your legs now. I mean, no. It's not their fault.

And we have seen what criminals who are bound and determined to get something on to an airplane, how they hide it. Let's just say — I guess they could check for the prostate, too, if we were going to find where they hide those — you know what I'm saying? You're not going to find it.

We've seen the ridiculousness also of random searches, kids and grandmas. You got a grandmother there and you're like, really? But, will there be any exceptions because everybody is going to get this pat-down?

Well, a reporter recently asked Janet Napolitano if the same scrutiny would apply to Muslims wearing the hijab. Here's her answer:


HOMELAND SECURITY SECRETARY JANET NAPOLITANO: Like I said before, we are doing what we need to do to protect the traveling public. And adjustments will be made where they need to be made. With respect to that particular issue, I think there will be more to come.


BECK: Shouldn't the answer to that question just be no? Or yes.

What the hell — does anybody speak English in Washington? Why would you leave any doubt in the mind of the American people that Muslims are going to get some sort of pass from the new process? Wouldn't it make people a little more angry?

It defies logic. It defies common sense. Something is not right. Maybe the press should investigate further. No, no. Oh, yes. They're busy. Did you see — did you see the ring? Oh, my gosh! That's Princess Diana's ring, you know?

If they cared to investigate, they can probably — they could probably do several specials on this one because if you investigate, you might have found the story with the full body scanners.

Now, here are some things maybe I haven't heard yet. Here are the body scan pictures of the TSA. This is the best level in terms of quality. This is as — this is as good as it gets. This is it! Oh!

It's only that good, so we have to blur them out on TV, on cable! Pretty invasive. Humiliating. I mean, do you really want pictures of me?

Now, here's the problem with this. They're not telling you the full truth. This is beta compared to, you know, BlueRay.

We have a well-placed source within the government — yes, one of our Refounders, in fact — who has been trying to do investigations on this one for a while. He's seen the pictures. I can't show them on TV because the pictures are classified. But I'm told by this Refounder that I couldn't show them on TV anyway because how clear and graphic they are. Not only can you clearly see — what did that guy say? "The junk" — you can actually see the sweat on to someone's back.

Oh! So, it's more like soft-core porn for gropers. It's like Cinemax. This is fantastic!

But wait, there's more. To ease concerns over what might happen to the photos, the TSA has stated that they will not store naked body scans. Oh, well, we can trust the government. Quote, "Advanced imaging technology cannot — cannot — store, print, transmit or save the image." Cannot! And the image is automatically deleted from the system after it is cleared by the remotely located security officer.

So the machines can't do what the U.S. Marshal Service just admitted in court, that it has saved tens of thousands of these images that were recorded on machines that cannot record, at a checkpoint in a single Florida courthouse. Which calls in to question if this might be happening — oh, I don't know — at the airports?

Do you remember the underpants bomber? Failed on Christmas 2009. Didn't hear from the president for a while, because terrorism doesn't really exist. Former DHS chief, Michael Chertoff, hit the media circuit right away, because he said he had a plan. We could use these nude scanners.

Only problem: He wasn't disclosing that the nude scanner people, RapidScan, the manufacturer of these scanners, was a client of the Chertoff Group, paying him. Yes. Well, it was finally disclosed in an interview with NPR:


FORMER HOMELAND SECURITY SECRETARY MICHAEL CHERTOFF: Well, a couple of years ago, we began the process of testing and to see, first of all, if they worked. And second, if they could be deployed without unduly restricting the flow of traffic. And the good news is that we were able to demonstrate that they were successful and we could use them without slowing up traffic and we could also protect privacy.

ROBERT SIEGEL, NPR: In your current role as a consultant, do you have an interest in body scanners?

CHERTOFF: You know, I, to be — we consult with all kind of firms, including firms that do manufacture body scanners.

SIEGEL: You do have some interest in —

CHERTOFF: Correct. That's correct.

SIEGEL: — in more sales of body scanners.

CHERTOFF: As well as a lot of other security measures.


BECK: But wait, there's even more. RapidScan parent company is OSI Systems Inc. Now who owns 11,000 shares of that company? Spooky dude! George Soros.

George, do you own shares of the RapidScan place? But it's crazy! No, no. Let's make sure Glenn Beck gets his facts right, because that's just — that's crazy talk! I'm sure it's just a coincidence.

Technically, I want to be completely honest with you. He does not own 11,000 shares of OSI, the body scanning thing. No. No. No. He did two days ago. But now, he sold the 11,000. It went from 11,000 to zero two days ago. Isn't that odd? It's almost like they know someone in the media is on to them.

Where's the rest of the media? Oh, that's right! I forgot. The story about dating updates of Prince Fred and whatever her name is. It's so great.

Something is not right with this story. There's no common sense being applied and there is smoke. The president knows how to give a good speech, right? I mean, isn't that the one thing he's good at. I can give a good speech.

He knows how to use propaganda every time something goes wrong. Why didn't the American people do it? Because he didn't give a good enough speech, right?



PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: What I haven't always been successful at doing is breaking through the noise and speaking directly to the American people. It's a matter of persuading people and giving them confidence and bringing them together and setting a tone and making an argument that people can understand. And I think we haven't always been successful at that.


BECK: So, sometimes, he can't make the argument clear enough. He can't break through the noise. So, I just want to play the highlights of the speeches here that he has given to convince you where he hasn't been able to say — find the right set of words — some of the highlights here on the speeches where it's important for you to be groped or your children to be groped at the airport for security reasons.

Here they are:

Oh, I forgot. He hasn't given one.

Isn't that weird? He hasn't given a speech.

Now, why would this administration be pushing policies that make no common sense, enrich his friends, disenfranchise the people with the government and not once explain or give a speech? Create tension, fear, anger, division between the people and the government and not give a speech.

What do you suppose the — what do you suppose the end of that is? Let me show you the last line from my book "Broke." Here it is: "Our government has found out how much injustice Americans are willing to quietly accept, but it has yet to see what happens when we've had enough."

Hmm. Is somebody hoping that maybe — no, that's too cynical. You know what they're doing in Europe? They're using dogs for security. Yes. Yes. In Israel, they're using psychological profiling and it works. Reports suggest that dogs are more effective than scanners.

We're spending stimulus dollars on scanners, though, and our former DHS chief is making money on it, Soros is making money on the scanners. Who would get rich if we bought a bunch of dogs? Nobody. I guess we shouldn't buy dogs.

Is that what this is about? The money? Or is it something else? Leave it to Glenn Beck. Of course, he thinks it's about something else.

Yes, I do. And I'll show you the reason — next.


BECK: You've been pushed a lot in the last two years. Stimulus — anybody really want that, $787,000? After TARP? Got jammed through anyway.

Health care bill, most people oppose. Most people in Congress opposed it. But they had bribed their way through. You got to see what's in it after we pass it! Really?

Most people in America support Arizona's immigration law. This administration condemns Arizona. Why are they doing all of this?

Well, we've shown you who this administration is in bed with over the last two years — radicals who are hostile to the republic. Also, in bed with people who want to fundamentally transform America.

The head of the AFL-CIO, Richard Trumka, came out this week and how he talked about how he is, quote, "working diligently with lawmakers and the White House." So, they're buds. They're buds. We got it.

Now, I want you to listen to this man, Scott Marshall.


SCOTT MARSHALL, COMMUNIST PARTY USA LABOR COMMISSION CHAIRMAN: Not only did the campaigning take place from union hall, et cetera, et cetera, but this time, as Trumka told us when he was in Chicago, they began the nuts and bolts of building independent labor campaign organizations in five key cities around the country.


BECK: This is great, isn't it? This is wonderful. Scott Marshall, labor commission chairperson for the Communist Party. Got it? I'm working with Richard Trumka when he was in town, he was telling me that we were — really?

During the late 1990s, the AFL-CIO suspended their statute that communists weren't allowed in the union. I've asked several times, never heard an answer: Why would you want to do that? I mean, unless you want to have more communists in the union.

So, you have the communists in bed — their words — in bed with the AFL-CIO. The AFL-CIO in bed with the White House. Are you surprised Van Jones was there?

Communists are coming out of the woodwork, the revolutionaries, and nobody in the media seems alarmed. Earlier this month, The New York Times wrote a glowing article about the fun-loving communists who meet here in New York. The name of the story: "We're Marxists, Make Merry."

They treat these people as if this is a third grade class on field trip to crayon factory. Have they forgotten who communists really are and how many millions of people communists have killed?

While the rest of the media is off trying to get their millionth picture of Prince Jake and his fiancee Princess Leah or whatever, they ignore the smoke in our backyard.

The National Socialist Convention — national socialist, national socialist — that's right: The Nazis were the national socialists. The National Socialist Convention strategy session happened here in New York over the weekend.

Here's a little clip that media is not going to play for you — you will find it at — of the Marxists, as The New York times would say, making merry.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We're a militant organization when it comes to the fight against the bigotry, the fight against racism and sexism. The labor movement has this old saying, and I don't know if you want to take it — is if you can't open their minds, open their heads.


Now, I don't know if we want to take it quite that far in all the issues.


BECK: Oh, "in all the issues." Oh, they're just having fun.

The media went in full paranoia mode when stroller-wielding moms and lawn chair-toting grandparents joined Tea Parties rallies, but militant radicals who literally say, let's open up their heads — nothing. Nothing.

But there is an update coming on how many karats the ring was that Prince Humperdinck gave to Princess Buttercup.

Here's my hypothesis and this is where — this is where we take the facts of the day and then I put in my opinion. I want you to consider this. It's not just random.

I showed you the full meaning of the top-down, bottom up and inside out last week on the Soros show. Bottom — top-down, bottom-up and inside out method. This is what happened in Czechoslovakia post-World War II. You get all of the people in the top — the government people in top — you get the radicals, just like the radicals down here, you get them up in here in the government, and then you stir the people at the bottom.

And these people rise up. This is you, by the way. These people rise up and you say, oh, my gosh, protect us. And these people come down and they crush you.

Little do you know they're working together.

It happened in post-World War II. It also has happened now — I believe Van Jones is calling for it.

Earlier this year, in the summer, he talked about this very thing. Here he is:


VAN JONES, FORMER GREEN JOBS "CZAR": The top-down, but it's also bottom-up and inside-out. Top-down, bottom-up —


BECK: Top-down, bottom-up, inside out.

I mean, these are the people at the bottom. And they are just going to start rising up.

The Center for American Progress, you know these guys, they are putting everybody in power. Soros, by the way, everybody in power. You've got all the radicals and revolutionaries up at the top.

Do your own homework. Investigate why these things are happening.

Now, do I think this is just crazy things happening at the airport? Of course not. It's "The Glenn Beck Program."

Four possibilities and here they are:

This is the best way to protect America. It's the best thing for America. Really? Do you think that? Do you think the scanner — this is the best way to make sure we're OK?

Second thing: It's OK, you know, I don't really care about the little guy. My friends make money. My friends get rich. OK, Soros is getting rich off of this one. Chertoff is getting rich. People in government are getting rich.

Three: It's the radical top-down, bottom-up, inside-out theory. They want you to rise up. They want you to be pissed off. It works to their advantage.

And the fourth one is: They become heroes and they create villains at the same time. What does that mean? Well, they want people to cause a ruckus. Hey, wait a minute, isn't George Soros doing the Ruckus Society? Anyway, cause a ruckus, to demand that the scanners are out — you and I both know it's only a matter of time before something happens at an airport or on a plane.

Why? Because we're unprotected, that's why. We're not using common sense. But if they put the scanners in and then people like me or you or tea party or whatever, demand these scanners be removed in time, not because the scanners are there or not there. There will be another incident. And then the president can give that speech on the scanners, "Oh, I was trying to protect you. But those people over there stood in the way of security."

Which one is it, America? I think it's a combination of these three. It's OK. The friends are getting rich. It's the top down bottom up, the revolution and we can make heroes and create villains if anything goes wrong. That's what it is.

America has changed. We always thought that we knew who the good guys and the bad guys were. You know what? We don't anymore. We don't. The good guys are the ones who are probably doing the pat-downs. They're not the bad guys, even though they're the guys on the front lines that you're going to yell at most likely.

Please don't yell at them. They're doing their job. Don't confuse with what they're doing. They're Americans, too. They're being told by somebody else that is picking one of these four.

It's a set up. Do not play into their hands. By not playing into their hands, I can't just come out here and tell you that the scanners are ridiculous and one of these three things are going on. No, no. I have to have a solution. Sorry to say, I do.

The best viable solution I've seen, next.


BECK: We're talking tonight just a little bit about this nonsense that is happening in our airports with these body scanners. Let me tell you something: In 2001, 2002, I flew to Israel and I flew an airline I have never flown before. It was El Al.

I was going for the press. I went on a trip. I didn't really even know where I was going. Somebody else had arranged it. A ticket was purchased right away. I mean, it was — I sent off every warning signal I could. They kept me and questioned me for three hours.

They made me plug in all of my broadcast equipment and everything else. I didn't know if we were going to make the plane. My wife and I — they actually walked us to our seats and we sat down and then they handed me a steak knife when they served dinner.

And I looked at my wife and I said these people get it. They do it right. They make sure the bad guys don't get on the plane and they don't treat everybody like a criminal.

Isaac Yeffet — he is the former director of security for El Al Airlines. He is a former member of the Israeli Secret Service.

And you, sir, ran I think what we should be doing in America here. Running — looking people in the eye and having a conversation with them. Why are you flying? What is going on? Right?



BECK: Real quick, tell people what El Al does.

YEFFET: We have to remember that 99.9 of the passengers are bona fide and honest people.

BECK: Right.

YEFFET: Now, we have to make sure that we will have qualified and well-trained people that know how to approach the passengers. Now, no one likes to be under interrogation. But when we tell the passengers that we are here to make sure your flight will be safe and secure and you arrive at your destination safe.

BECK: I don't think there is any problem. Your airline questioned me for three hours. Not once did I think it was unreasonable, not once, because I have didn't have the right answers.

And when I got on if plane I felt good. I knew nothing was going to happen to the plane. Nobody was going to take this plane over.

YEFFET: Yes. In your case, you were exceptional because, normally, we don't do it for three hours unless there is need to make sure that the passenger is clean 100 percent. There is no chance that he will blow up the aircraft or he will hijack the aircraft.

BECK: Right.

YEFFET: Now, how we do it? Once we come to the passenger and we explain to him, we ask him to help us to help him.

BECK: Yes. Well that's what you did —

YEFFET: For his security.

BECK: The reason why it took three hours is because I had to make contact — they said, well, tell us who lined this all up. And I couldn't get a hold of him so that's why it took so long.

YEFFET: That's right.

BECK: Could people — A, could we afford the security that El Al provides?

YEFFET: Why not? Sure. You know, I wrote to the TSA —

BECK: Yes.

YEFFET: And to the Congress. I had honor to testify three times in the Congress. Once, after Pan Am over Lockerbie and twice after September 11. And they know exactly how our system works.

BECK: Right. Nobody gets rich off that. You know, I just lined this out on why these scanners are being purchased, these four things. Best way to protect.

I think it's a combination of It's OK, but my friends get rich; it's top-down bottom-up revolution and it will give people a chance to make villains and heroes. Do you think these are accurate?

YEFFET: I tell you, I'm not looking to have something extraordinary. All what we do is very simple work. We deal with life. And all what we want to do is simple — to make sure that when we release you from the ticket counter with your luggage, we are convinced that you are clean.

BECK: Here is the thing. When I — because I've gone through TSA. In several cities, TSA is good. They look at you. They listen to you. You can tell that they are thinking. Some cities — Seattle, I've noticed this —

YEFFET: I have been there.

BECK: Yes. I thought it was pretty good for America. It's not El Al, but it's America. I've been in New York. I almost said to somebody — in fact, my wife said, "Don't. We want to get on the plane." I almost said could you look out the window, because that's where the two buildings used to stand.

They didn't even look — they looked at my driver's license but never looked up at me.

Can we hire — I mean, how many veterans do we have that are good people who are trained, you know, at least to be alert? That's who El Al hires, right? I mean, everybody is —

YEFFET: Correct. Correct.

BECK: Military — ex-military.

YEFFET: Correct.

Don't forget that in this country, we have over 300 million people.

BECK: Yes.

YEFFET: Who can convince me that we don't have qualified and well- trained people?

BECK: Of course we do.

YEFFET: So we do. If we do, why we don't hire them?

Number two, once we hire them, why we don't train them well? Not few hours or two, three days and then to let them run the show at the security checkpoint.

We have already enough experience with bad security. Look what happened September 11 — 19 terrorists.

BECK: Yes.

YEFFET: For God's sake, five at each security checkpoint. No one stopped them when they carrying with them forbidden items to the aircraft? And you know the results.

BECK: OK. America, here is the thing: This can be done. El Al is the example of what we should be doing, not spending all this money on — forget about the technology. Let's use people, shall we?

You tell me, which would you feel better: Would you feel more secure having more technology or having some of our returning troops have everybody who is wearing the uniforms know that those are returning troops who have been trained to do it? Let them retire from the service and go work for the TSA.

Which do you feel better: More technology or U.S. military that's been trained?

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