Shocking Tape From ACORN San Bernardino

This is a rush transcript from "Glenn Beck," September 15, 2009. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

GLENN BECK, HOST: If you didn't think that there should have been an investigation before, what I'm going to show you tonight will boggle your mind. And if, at the end of the hour, you still don't think there should be a rigorous investigation, and you wonder why, if we want to figure out how the president wants to community organize, why he's surrounding himself with members of ACORN — well, then, I don't know what else to do.

For the remainder of the hour, we're going to take this video apart piece by piece, because this one not only involves prostitution, illegal aliens, tax corruption and fraud, but also an admission of a woman killing her husband. Remember, this is now the fourth city.

Let me show you the players again in this video so you understand who we're talking about. James is the filmmaker. This is the guy who comes in and says I'm a pimp.

This is Hannah. She is playing "Eden" here. This is a 20-year-old girl — a 20-year-old girl. Imagine her walking into your office and saying, "Hey, I'm a — I'm a hooker." Don't you reach across the table and say, "Honey, what are you doing with your life?"

You met these two before, but I'm going to introduce you to two new people. This is Tresa. She is an ACORN adviser. And then we have Jim, an ACORN housing guy.

But it's not about these people. It's about these people! These are the people that you need to look at.

This is Dale Rathke. Oh, he embezzled about $1 million from ACORN years ago and they just covered it up. And so, he went over to SEIU. Gee, where have I heard SEIU? Oh, I remember, in the Oval Office designing health care with the president.

And here's his brother — this is Wade Rathke. He's the founder of ACORN. Oh, he's the real brain behind — these two — America, how much more do you need? Look at 'em! They look like they're James Bond bad guys. Remember? I mean, remember, all the James Bond movies and you're like, that guy is clearly a bad guy? Hello!

OK. So here we have the pimp and Hannah who plays the girlfriend, OK? The prostitute. You met them before. Now we go into another city. We go into another ACORN housing office. This time, James and Hannah try the other side of the country, San Bernardino, California, where they meet Tresa:



'JAMES': Yes.


'JAMES': I do.

TRESA: Well, we say we are non-partisan.

'JAMES': No, no. This has not — well, this has to do with my girlfriend's unique line of work.

TRESA: Oh, OK. What is it? Is it striping?

'EDEN': No, it's not.

TRESA: Is it — is it exotic dancing?

'EDEN': No, it's prostitution.


'EDEN': Yes. Is that OK?

TRESA: It's OK with me. I think it should be totally legalized.


BECK: What a surprise. This helpful ACORN employee is just as inclusive as the others in Baltimore, the Washington, D.C. office and Brooklyn — open-minded, diverse, tolerant of illegal activities. Oh, it's so refreshing, isn't it?

Will this ACORN office also be OK with underage illegal aliens turning tricks that, I guess, American prostitutes that are underage just aren't willing to turn? We'll just have to wait and see now, won't we?


'EDEN': So, you understand where I'm coming from?

TRESA: Yes. You know, a long time ago, myself, although I don't think ACORN knows about it, although I don't care if they do or don't, we had escorts, you know, and I ran a service.

'EDEN': Really?

TRESA: Yes. Heidi Fleiss is my hero!



'EDEN': Who is she?

TRESA: Let's see, I can't think of anybody lately, but bunch of years — a few years ago, Heidi Fleiss was — she ran a call girl service.


TRESA: And she got into some, you know, some really prominent people, you know. But she did it and made a bundle, you know, of course.

And so, and anyway, they finally busted her like after a bunch and bunch of years. And they tried to put her in prison. You know, I think they actually gave her a little bit of time, but it was nothing. She's out and doing it again.


TRESA: Yes. Yes, she ran a service, you know, and that's what I did.


BECK: And the plot thickens. This woman is not only tolerant. She is a kindred spirit of hookeracity.

I doubt that Tresa matched her clients on the 29 dimensions of compatibility. I'm guessing there's really only one dimension here — that's cash.

But now, Teresa turned career guidance counselor and discovers then that, yes, there are a dozen or so underage El Salvadoran girls that are just going to be exploited:


TRESA: Is this what you want to do? This is the career you want?

'EDEN': Yes. I mean...

TRESA: For now?

'EDEN': You know, it's been profitable for me in the past.


'EDEN': And I don't see why I shouldn't be...


'EDEN': I was 14.

TRESA: And how old are you?

'EDEN': Twenty.

TRESA: OK. So that's some background. So, do you know how you want to run it? If you have a place — if you have a building or...

'EDEN': I'm thinking of — OK, first, I'll say that I want to do under the cover of a spa.


'EDEN': I know there's a lot of home salons. And stuff like that. I', kinda familiar with that. But I also — the guy that I'm supposed to be working for is here just got a shipment of El Salvadoran girls.

TRESA: Oh really?

'EDEN': They're between the age of 12 years old and 15. And if I can, which I think I would like to have some sort relationship with them in the brief time of contact, I would like to take them away from him and use them for me, for myself.


BECK: Who is that man who sat there? Are there no decent — are there no decent men anymore?

Let me appeal to Democrats — not the left-wing nutjobs who don't care what, you know, any Democrat or any partisan Democrat, you know, or Democratic political organization does. You know, as long as there's a Democrat in every elected office — don't think I'm throwing the Democrats under the bus without doing the same thing — I could say the same thing about the right.

Not the left-wing media, who doesn't — who doesn't care about potential radicals in our government. All they just want to do is attack the messenger.

I'm talking to you: The reasonable, rational Democrat. My grandparents were Democrats. My family were Democrats.

Democrats are no different. We might just disagree on a few policies but on principles we agree. You love this country just as much as I do. You love the Constitution and the Founding Fathers just as much as I do. You love your children just as much as I do.

You're horrified at the prospect of anyone's child from any country on planet Earth being exploited, abused and used for some sickening sex trade! You can't think that this is OK.

You know that if it were you, and this couple came in and walked into your office, you wouldn't sit there. You might sit there for a while, and you might say, "You know what, hang on just a second and I got to get a cup of coffee" and you would call the police. You would call the police.

You might go back and stall while the police are coming, but you would not enable. You would not encourage. You wouldn't even entertain this madness.

This is insanity!

This is not about partisan politics. This is about basic human decency. And an organization that has gained an enormous amount of clout, influence and power — and yes, even more power since Obama was elected. Again, this is an organization, ACORN, and others like it, that he said would have a place at the table to help set his agenda.


THEN-PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE BARACK OBAMA: Before I even get inaugurated, during the transition, we're going to be calling all of you in to help us shape the agenda. We're going to be having meetings all across the country with community organizations so that you have input into the agenda for the next presidency of the United States of America!


BECK: How much influence does Dale Rathke from SEIU and Wade Rathke and his associations of ACORN have with this president?

Look, Democrats, I'm not asking you to vote Republican. I'm not asking you to say, "Yes, John McCain would have been better." I'm not. I'm not asking you to take back your vote or anything like that.

I'm not asking you to support tax cuts or put an "I heart Halliburton" sticker on the back of your new Ford F-350 pickup truck with Charlie Daniels blaring from the speakers. You know, we're not asking you to do that. We're not asking you do that.

Sure, we could start with Toby Keith, you know, work our way from there. Sure, one — you know, one step at a time. There's no need to jump directly from — you know — from this to NASCAR.

I am just asking you this: Please, take a stand. Take a stand. This is clear-cut, unadulterated, taxpayer-funded corruption.

You love your children. You love your country just like I do. You must understand that what you've been seeing from ACORN on these tapes this past week isn't compassion, it's corruption!

I'm asking you: Demand a full investigation from your representatives of everybody — ACORN, all the way to the top, everybody in government, all the way to the top, in your cities, and in our nation. And until that corruption is brought under control, we must quarantine Washington, D.C. — no legislation must come out of it.

And if you're still not convinced, give me the rest of the hour, because you ain't seen nothing yet.


BECK: Now back to a special hour, more undercover tapes apparently showing ACORN workers helping a couple break the law. I want to introduce you again.

This is Tresa, she's an ACORN adviser. You're going to meet her in a few minutes. Jim, an ACORN housing adviser.

This is the guy, James, he's a documentary filmmaker. He is playing the pimp. This is Hannah. She's playing 'Eden,' the prostitute.

And these are, are of course, the people who are, at the very top, who are the people responsible.

OK. So, now, here's what happens. Allegedly, the pimp and the prostitute are just trying to get help from ACORN housing. Watch:


'JAMES': One of the things I also want to do, one of my goals, you asked, do you know how you want to do this. I think one of goals is, not only can 'Eden' protect some of these 13, 14, 15-year-old girls coming from El Salvador. In addition to protecting them and getting their feet on the ground, that they can, you know, perform the tricks and, you know, learn how — the L.A. prostitution scene, is I was also wanting to use some of them — this is very lucrative and potentially, we could use a lot of the money that we're getting from the underage girls from El Salvador and use some of the money for a campaign one day.

But again, this is something...

'EDEN': That's how we want to help him.


'EDEN': If he really does have potential to run for Congress one day, then, you know, I think.

TRESA: I believe he does. Just on that — just right off the top.

'EDEN': Yes.

TRESA: I talk to congressman, senators, assembly people every day.

'EDEN': Really?


'EDEN': That's cool.

'JAMES': Maybe some people you've talked to, I know, I've worked...

TRESA: McLeod.

'JAMES': Really?

TRESA: Gloria Negretty McCloud is in Rancho Cucamonga or Ontario.


'JAMES': Yes, absolutely. Yes, I know.

TRESA: Yes. She's a senator. Let's see, Torres is a woman. I forgot...

'JAMES': I think I've heard her name. I worked with this people on the California Senate. So they know everyone.

TRESA: Yes. We — let's see, Wilmer Amina Carter, the assemblywoman, in the 62nd district. Let's see...

'EDEN': You know all these people?

'JAMES': I know some of them. I have some friends from U.C. Riverside.

TRESA: Congressman Baca, Joe Baca is right up here in San Bernardino. Barbara Boxer, and who is the other woman?

JIM: They're offices are close?

TRESA: Yeah. Yeah they're right down — right downtown on D. No, on E. Yeah right across the street from Food 4 Less, actually. Yeah.

'EDEN': So you talk? That's cool.

TRESA: Yes, because we lobby these people for legislation, you know. Right now, we're trying to get them onboard for health care, for, you know. And warehouse workers, and I don't know, and they'll probably totally legalize drugs before they will prostitution, but you know.

'EDEN': Well, I mean, that's what I was thinking. If he is running for office, I understand that I'll be a liability to him.


BECK: OK. I mean, this woman is rattling off a lot of names. You know, some of these names prominent. Whether or not, you know, she even knows these people and in what context, I'm not even going to speculate on. I have no idea.

I will say that ACORN's story keeps changing. First, they called the video false and defamatory, and then they fired the first four employees in two different cities. Then they called this gotcha journalism. Now, they're trying to say that the tapes is doctored and overly edited. It's not.

ACORN is also trying to bully the brave 20 and 25-year-olds who made the film, to deflect attention from themselves, go from villain to victim.

What does ACORN really been able to do? Well, they haven't been able to say that their employees would never engage, entertain or enable this kind of illegal activity. They can't say that. I can't say that on their behalf either.

But here is a glimmer of hope.


TRESA: Now, listen.

'JAMES': Yes.

TRESA: I am not your typical ACORN, trust me. We are very open-minded and — you know, my supervisor would shoot this down like faster than a bat out of hell, you know? And I'm not sure that she doesn't do this on the side.


BECK: OK. I had a glimmer of hope. With that, I don't even know what that means. Is the deal off? Not exactly. Did Tresa shut off the faucet and stop the flooding? Did she say that ACORN and her supervisor would shut this down fast? She did do that.

The problem is, we haven't even any indication in any of the previous three cities that we have tape on — that this is any different. I would love to believe that our tax money isn't being used for and by dirtbags.

Unfortunately, ACORN isn't answering any of the questions and nobody is really looking. They're too busy attacking James, Hannah and FOX News to address the real issue of whether there is serious corruption or not. And, gee, just based on the stats, it sure kind of looks like there might be a fire here. There's an awful lot of smoke.

This is the same thing that we see from President Barack Obama with the special advisers. OK? He surrounds himself with these radicals. Rather than answer any questions that have been raised, he just fires people in the middle of the night or asks them to resign and then attacks the questioners. Exactly — whoa — exactly the same way ACORN is behaving. Hmm.

Well, now, let's see how Tresa handles the rest of this story:


'EDEN': Thank you for being here.

TRESA: Oh, you're welcome! You're welcome. I mean, I don't know that I can help you any at all other than — if you want me, what I can do, and this is what I did, I would disguise it.


TRESA: I definitely would not — would not go — and I'd like to say that you were very forward about it, that you're very forthcoming with the information. But it would just probably make some people faint.

'JAMES': Got it.

TRESA: You know, but if you can — and the way you're dressed and if you're selling, if you're selling you, and if you're actually in business now, but you would look absolutely adorable in a three-piece suit, you know, short, you know.

'JAMES': You're talking about the business with the underage girls?

TRESA: No, I'm talking about the business when — when you go in pitch your — your business, your — your —


JIM: Entrepreneur stuff.


TRESA: You're an entrepreneur.

'EDEN': Yes.

'JAMES': Yes.

TRESA: Yes. This is fine with me.

'EDEN': Right.

TRESA: And it will — trust me — it will be fine with the bank president, especially if it's a guy!


TRESA: I mean, but, you know, they...

'EDEN': Maybe I could get an appointment with the bank's president.

TRESA: Oh, yes, I'm sure. Say you would like to speak with the — you know, I would ask for the president. That's who I would ask for.

'JAMES': Can we get in his private office or something?

'EDEN': And I could do it alone. Yes.

TRESA: I think you should take your partners with you.



JIM: They would be associated with the...


'JAMES': But not bring the underage girls with us?

TRESA: Oh, no, no, no, no. You know, I know you know the answer to these questions!

'JAMES': Well, that's important, though. It's important because if you don't disclose — you know, you said you had some experience maybe like 40 years ago. But it still might help us...

TRESA: I'm experienced in how not to get caught.


BECK: Who knew that community organizing included handy tips on seducing male bank presidents? Or did I misread that ACORN? Was that overdubbed?

Remember, a year or so ago when you had absolutely no idea, America, what a community organizer did? Now you know. They help organize and fund community brothels that employ 13-year-old illegal alien girls. But wait, it's about to get much, much worse. After 'Eden' discusses how her pimp got abusive, Tresa turns the conversation even darker — next.


BECK: America, things are moving so rapidly, I mean, I can barely keep up with the speed of it. We have a special hour tonight. More undercover tapes, apparently showing ACORN workers helping, you know, another couple break the law, allegedly.

We continue with the pimp and the prostitute trying to get help from ACORN. We just learned that, apparently, community organizing includes heavy tips on seducing male bank presidents. I don't think I misread that.

A year ago, you had no idea what a community organizer even did. But now you know they apparently organize and help fund community brothels, in this case, employing 13-year-old illegal alien girls.

But wait, it's about to get worse — much worse.

After "Eden" discusses how her old pimp got abusive, Tresa, the ACORN worker, turns the conversation even darker and shares this:


TRESA: I, in my life, have been abused also — I mean, just with an ex-husband, you know, that just beat the hell out of me, you know, a few times. And then, you know, I killed him, but —

'EDEN': Oh, my.

TRESA: I don't think that that's a nice thing.

'JAMES': You killed him emotionally?

TRESA: No, I shot him. I shot him at sundown.

'EDEN': In self defense

JIM: He beat you for a while though?


JIM: How old were you then?

TRESA: It was only actually — well, I was 35.

'EDEN': Was he abusing you when you shot him?

TRESA: No, not right that instant.

'JAMES': Yes. But then?

TRESA: But actually, he was going to. But I knew the second that I opened my mouth. You know, when I said (EXPLETIVE DELETED) you and I walked up there because I knew —

'EDEN': You knew it was coming.

TRESA: I knew it was coming.

'EDEN': Oh my God.

TRESA: Yes. But you know, sometimes, you just can't —

'EDEN': I wish I could do that.

TRESA: Yes, I know it. I know it. And he was 6'2" and weighed 300 pounds.

JIM: 300?


JIM: That fat?

TRESA: He wasn't real fat, but he was big, really big.

'EDEN': Husky type?

TRESA: Yes. And he came at me, and I let him throw me around a little bit, you know. And then I just picked up the gun and said (EXPLETIVE DELETED). And I shot him, and he died, right there.

And — but before that I had laid some groundwork, you know, went to domestic violence shelters. And I pleaded my case with them. And so everybody in town was knowing that this was happening.

'EDEN': Yes.

TRESA: You know, because I've seen too many movies. "The Burning Bed" — I love Farrah Fawcett in that movie. You know, that guy got
— oh, my God.

'EDEN': Well, you have been through a lot of suffering.

TRESA: Oh, yes. Yes, right. So I don't agree with — I never — I don't believe in corporal punishment for children. When you're raising them. I never spanked my kids for anything.


BECK: OK. Let's see if I have this right. She never spanked her kids but she did shoot her husband dead. She doesn't spank her kids but you can bring in 13-year-old illegal aliens and have them be hookers are.

I mean, where do you even begin, America? This is twisted, bizarre macabre, mean — is this theater? I'm not a lawyer. I'm not a jury. But gosh, even to me, it seems like this is a potential admission of murder.

And the way she was describing doing some groundwork beforehand, you know, so everybody in town knew exactly what was going on, a case might be made for premeditated murder.

In fairness, I don't understand people who stay in abusive relationships. I don't. I get it. I get it. And maybe a jury might conclude that it was justifiable homicide.

I don't know, but we haven't been even able to confirm from the state of California whether Tresa's husband from 10 years ago was killed, or if he's dead or if she even had a husband. Did she make the story up? I don't know. Nobody is asking questions.

See if the mainstream media will follow this one. This is shocking. It raises serious questions about what is going on inside of ACORN.

ACORN will say, you watch — "Oh, just another rogue employee. We had nothing to do with her."

Really? How many employees do you have like that? Because the Red Cross doesn't seem to have this problem. How many employees do you have to have charged with crimes and go to jail before —

America, ask yourself this question: Either ACORN has the most corrupt hiring practices, lowest standards or you just can't find anyone in the inner city that's a decent human being.

Now, I don't believe that one. I don't think ACORN wants to make that case. Really? Well, that's the case you'd better make, ACORN. Otherwise, before another tax dime is spent, there needs to be an investigation, an independent investigation, into ACORN. And every single politician that has stood by with their hands in their pockets going, "It didn't bother me."

Let me go a step further. You know what? I hate to go all Howard Beale on you, but get the hell off couch, America. Right now, get off the couch.

While I'm talking to you, you pick up the phone. You call the newspaper. If the newspaper — your local newspaper — hasn't run this story on the front page. It doesn't reflect the same outrage in the paper.

If the newspapers aren't doing their job and looking into your independent ACORN right there in your own town, then, you know what? Then what the hell are they good for? You tell them, "You don't reflect common American values of decency."

Call ABC here in New York. Call CBS. Hey, Katie Couric, where are you? Where are you? Then you call your congressman. You call your senator. Just one more time, try it with these people, and say these words: "Protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. You took an oath. Get your ass in gear."

When I see the Senate voted 83-7 to cut off ACORN's funding, an organization — can you put the people up? Put the faces up here. There they are. Look at this. Oh, Roland Burris, what a surprise. I didn't — oh, Kirsten Gillibrand. Boy, it didn't take you long to fall.

Here is an organization that has 270 other related organizations, including SEIU, that surrounds the president of the United States. This is truly a meaningless vote and you see seven willing to stand for these people?

I really wonder if we can find 56 congressmen and senators willing to be able to pledge their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor — their sacred honor. Does sacred honor even exist in Washington anymore?

Because I ratted out a self-avowed communist in the administration in Van Jones, the same organizations, the same politicians, the same progressive media that are ignoring or standing for ACORN now, have called me Joseph McCarthy.

They have such little regard for your intelligence that they don't think you're going to figure out that Joseph McCarthy was a powerful senator surrounded by the trappings of power of the United States government with the power of subpoena and the power of Congress. The guy who stood against that was alone, while everybody else wet their pants and cowered in fear.

You'd think that members of the media might remember his name. It was Edward R. Murrow.

And while I am nowhere near an Edward R. Murrow — never claimed to be — let me use the words of finally somebody else that stood up to the power and these senators and said, "Senator, have you no shame?" Have you no shame?

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