Biden Admin Stops Americans' Planes Leaving Afghanistan, Hands Manifest to Taliban
Glenn Beck charity chartered flighst with at least 100 U.S citizens, 1000 Afghan allies
Democrat Joe Biden's administration blocked several chartered planes, filled with American citizens and Afghan allies, from leaving Afghanistan and handed the flight manifests over to the Taliban, according to bombshell reports.
The planes had been chartered by conservative radio host Glenn Beck's charity and were carrying at least 100 American citizens and 1,000 Afghan allies.
Beck reported on-air during his radio show Tuesday that the U.S. State Department is responsible for interfering with the departure of several planes as they attempted to depart the Mazar-i-Sharif airport.
The flights were organized by Mercury One and The Nazarene Fund, a charity founded by Beck.
The charities sought to facilitate evacuations from Afghanistan amid the U.S. military's withdrawal and the Taliban's takeover of the country.
Reports began to emerge over the weekend that the Taliban had blocked flights from leaving and were holding the planes, and their passengers, hostage.
However, according to Beck, it wasn't the Taliban that initially stopped the planes from exiting the country.
Rather, it was the State Department that refused to grant landing clearance to the planes, preventing them from departing.
The department allegedly called off the flights at the last minute, declining to approve the manifest.
He added that U.S. officials went on to hand over the manifest to the Taliban.
"They were on the plane, they were on the tarmac, they were [in] the seats ... [and] ready to go" before State Department officials intervened and deboarded the plane, Beck explained Tuesday morning on his radio show.
"They were told to go back into the airport and hand everything in to the Taliban.
"They were dismissed from the airport while the State Department works this out with the Taliban," he continued, noting that many of the passengers are now waiting things out in safe houses, "but not all."
"This was like the State Department sending up flares, saying [to the Taliban], 'Hey, look over here,'" he added later.
The radio personality insisted that his team is working tirelessly to complete its mission despite the recent setback.
"We had all of it," he said on the radio.
"We'll have to go back and get the people now for those planes.
"But as soon as we get the green light, those people will be able to go back on to those planes.
"And if there's one missing, I swear to you ...
"We have also eight to 10 other planes that are ready to fly out if the State Department will just let us be."
The Blaze reached out to the State Department with regard to the allegations.
In response, a department representative pointed to remarks made Tuesday by Secretary of State Antony Blinken at a press conference in Doha, Qatar.
"We're working around the clock with NGOs, with members of Congress and advocacy groups, providing any and all information and doing all we can to clear any roadblocks that they've identified to make sure that charter flights carrying Americans or others to whom we have a special responsibility can depart Afghanistan safely," Blinken insisted at the conference.
"We've also been engaged with the Taliban on this topic, including in recent hours," he added.
"They've said that they will let people with travel documents freely depart.
"We will hold them to that."
Beck noted that several members of Congress — including Republican Sens. Ted Cruz (Texas) and Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.) and Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal (Conn.) — were directly involved in the evacuation efforts and were furiously urging the State Department not to block the flights.
Cruz confirmed to TheBlaze on Tuesday that his office has been coordinating with The Nazarene Fund and other NGOs on evacuations and that the Biden administration has been obstructing efforts.
"I'm proud of that critically important work, but Biden-Harris officials can't even get out of their own way," the senator said.
"Now their incompetence has created the entirely predictable risk of a hostage crisis."
In response to inquiries about the situation, the State Department has effectively thrown up its hands and conceded that there's not much it can do.
"We do not have personnel on the ground, we do not have air assets in the country, we do not control the airspace — whether over Afghanistan or elsewhere in the region," a State Department spokesman claimed on Monday.
But Beck took issue with that claim, as well, arguing that with its statement, the department is "knowingly misleading the American people."
He said that while the State Department doesn't control the airspace anymore, it does have control over whether commercial planes take off and land in approved locations.