Glenn Beck Defies Clinton-appointed Judge’s Order to Out Confidential Source of Watch-listed Saudi

The Obama, and soon-to-be Clinton administration – with Beck’s help – will not tolerate exposing Saudi terror links.

So far, Beck’s team has not complied but this has case could have major implications. Source: Glenn Beck producer defies judge’s order to name sources – POLITICO

A producer for conservative media host Glenn Beck is declining to comply with a judge’s order to identify the sources for reports accusing a Saudi Arabian student of involvement in the deadly bombing at the Boston Marathon finish line in 2013.

U.S. District Court Judge Patti Saris, acting on a defamation suit brought by Saudi Abdulrahman Alharbi, instructed Beck, two of his producers and related companies to come forward by Wednesday with the names of the sources for the accusations Beck persisted in leveling even after senior U.S. officials publicly cleared the student.

However, a lawyer for Beck’s operation and producer Joe Weasel said Wednesday that he will not name the sources, previously identified as veteran officials of the Department of Homeland Security.

“Defendants cannot disclose the identities of Confidential Sources 1 and 2 for several compelling reasons. First and foremost, as a matter of fundamental journalistic integrity, Defendants cannot disclose the identities of the Confidential Sources without their authorization,” attorney Michael Grygiel said in a letter to Saris on Wednesday afternoon.

Grygiel said the sources were told of the judge’s demand, but “were unwilling to be identified,” despite the fact that Saris said she would keep their names out of the court record and bar those involved in the litigation from revealing who the sources are.

Beck’s lawyer also appeared to echo a public claim by Beck this month that the sources could be harmed, or possibly even killed, if they were publicly named.

“As previously represented to the Court, Defendants are justifiably concerned that substantial harm could come to the Confidential Sources if they are identified. Second, if Mr. Weasel were to disclose the identities of the Confidential Sources, it is a near certainty that no confidential sources would ever again speak to Mr. Weasel or The Blaze Inc. and its affiliates, to the detriment of an informed public,” Grygiel wrote.

The letter says Weasel worked for The Blaze “at the time” of the 2013 marathon reports, but it does not say if he still works for the firm or for Beck. A Beck spokesman did not immediately respond to a query on the point.

Weasel’s refusal to name the sources creates the possibility that he could be held in contempt of court and jailed, although Weasel is not a defendant in the case so there could be more legal hoops to jump through to go after him personally. Saris could impose fines on The Blaze Inc. or take action to limit the company’s defenses in the lawsuits, such as instructing a jury that it could infer that the sources did not exist.

It seems less likely that Beck would be held in contempt personally because Grygiel’s letter says the host had no contact with the sources “and could not identify” them.

It’s unclear whether mainstream journalists and other First Amendment advocates who have fought to protect sources in other instances will rally around Beck and Weasel as the judge mulls what action to take in the fight involving the polarizing conservative commentator.

In his letter, Grygiel asked Saris to set a conference to discuss what sanctions should be imposed due to the failure to comply with the judge’s order.

An attorney for Alharbi, Peter Haley, declined to comment on the development.


Saris joined the court in 1993 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton.

Alharbi was not your average Saudi Muslim in the U.S.

More via “Innocent” Saudi has ties to several Al-Qaeda Terrorists.

 

 

10 Responses

  1. Good not naming them, bad the idiot Beck isn’t being jailed over it. Could have been a win-win for America.

  2. “Beck’s lawyer also appeared to echo a public claim by Beck this month that the sources could be harmed, or possibly even killed, if they were publicly named.”….. “. Second, if Mr. Weasel were to disclose the identities of the Confidential Sources, it is a near certainty that no confidential sources would ever again speak to Mr. Weasel or The Blaze Inc. and its affiliates, to the detriment of an informed public.”
    Exactly what the current Dept. of ‘Justice’ are conspiring with the rest of the admin to achieve.

  3. […] Glenn Beck Defies Clinton-appointed Judge’s Order to Out Confidential Source of Watch-listed&n… […]

  4. Remember when Bush also flew Saudis out of the county following the 9/11 attacks. Bush is as guilty as Obama is in protecting Saudi interests and those connected to terrorism.

    • Oh that makes it alright then sheesh! 2 wrongs…NEVER make 1 right! Funny a Clinton judge going after Beck a back handed Killary supporter!
      NeverTrump= Vote 4Hillary. Jail him too

    • @foxmulder. Yes, Geo W Bush was too soft on the Saudi’s after 9/11, but I don’t think he was knowingly complicit with bin Laden or with the terrorists. Remember, 9/11 was the first major act of terrorism on American soil and I’m sure it caught GWB off guard, just like it did the rest of us. I’m of the opinion that GW was acting in the best interest of the country when he essentially deported the Saudi family members after 9/11. Never forget that the Saudis were playing up to Pres. Bush and he considered them loyal friends of the Bush family and of the USA. If anybody was playing the “deception card” I am convinced that it was the Saudis but I don’t think it was Pres. Bush. That said, I would never say the same for BHO, who, to my humble opinion, is not only knowingly complicit with the terrorists–HE’S ONE OF THEM!!!

    • The plaintiff was found to have NO connections to the terror attack the Tsarnaev brothers perpetrated. Beck smeared an innocent person and that’s a fact, so this “source” these amateurs relied on is most likely a discredited crackpot. To frame this issue as a noble 1st Amendment issue is ludicrous. Beck has admitted on several occasions that he’s not a journalist. He’s an entertainer who constructed a false narrative to rile up his audience and it was based on bad info. Face it.

  5. Geez its another Bill Clinton appointee. Just as Loretta Lynch was appointed to the bench by Clinton and now wiping her hands like Judas did when Christ was Crucified. The entire Obama government is corrupt from Obama on down to FBI director Comey. Its a sad day when those in the highest positions are all bought and paid for.

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