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CBN NewsWatch: May 24, 2013

On Newswatch, May 24: Faith leaders mull implications of Boy Scout vote, 'Resilient' Oklahomans picking up the pieces, and more. Read Transcript


Mark: TONIGHT ON

"NEWSWATCH," OVER TURNING

THE BAN ON GAY TROOP

MEMBERS.

WHAT COMES NEXT FOR THE BOY

SCOUTS OF AMERICA.

Wendy: PLUS HOW SOME

PASTORS IN ILLINOIS ARE

TAKING A STAND AGAINST A

SENATE BILL THAT WOULD

REDEFINE MARRIAGE IN THAT

STATE.

Mark: AND WE'LL TAKE A

CLOSER LOOK AT THE UNMANNED

AIRPLANES CAPABLE OF

MONITORING PEOPLE AND PLACES

FROM HIGH IN THE SKY.

ALL OF THIS AND MORE TONIGHT

ON "NEWSWATCH."

AFTER A LONG DEBATE, THE BOY

SCOUTS OF AMERICA HAVE TAKEN

A MAJOR STEP.

GOOD EVENING, I'M MARK

MARTIN.

Wendy: AND I'M WENDY

GRIFFITH.

THE B.S. A. IS CHANGING

THEIR POLICY ON WHO CAN

JOIN.

THEY'VE DECIDED GAY BOYS CAN

BECOME SCOUTS, LEAVING MANY

TO WONDER HOW CHURCHES AND

CONSERVATIVE FAMILIES WILL

RESPOND.

DALE HURD HAS MORE IN

TONIGHT'S TOP STORY.

[APPLAUSE]

[CHEERS]

Reporter: SUPPORTERS

ARE CELEBRATING AFTER THE

BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA

DECIDED THURSDAY TO LIFT

THEIR BAN ON ALLOWING OPENLY

GAY SCOUTS.

THIS IS WHAT WE'VE BEEN

WORKING FOR.

IT'S A SMALL STEP IN THE

RIGHT DIRECTION, BUT IT'S

HUGE IN ANOTHER WAY.

WE WANT EVERY KID TO HAVE

A PLACE WHERE THEY BELONG,

TO LEARN AND GROW AND FEEL

PROTECTED.

Reporter: BUT SOME ON

THE LEFT FELT THE SCOUTS

DIDN'T GO FAR ENOUGH BECAUSE

THEY'RE KEEPING THEIR BAN ON

ADULT GAYS.

STILL, LETTING GAY BOYS BE

SCOUTS COULD TURN INTO A

MAJOR PROBLEM FOR AN

ORGANIZATION WITH A MOTTO

CALLING ON YOUNG MEN TO BE

MORALLY STRAIGHT.

SAFE GROUP SPONSORS 70%, AND

MANY LIKE THE CATHOLIC

CHURCH AND SOUTHERN BAPTISTS

SAY THEY WILL NOT GIVE UP

CORE BELIEFS TO STAY WITH

THE SCOUTS.

THIS CONSERVATIVE ACTIVIST

SAYS THE LOSS OF SUCH CHURCH

GROUPS COULD DEVASTATE THE

ORGANIZATION.

I THINK YOU'LL SEE A MASS

EXITOUS OF COMMON SENSE

PARENTS SAYING YOU KNOW

WHAT, WE CAN'T TRUST

SCOUTING ANYMORE.

THERE IS NOT THAT MORAL

CONSISTENCY THROUGHOUT THE

PROGRAM.

I'VE HEARD SEVERAL BOYS

SAY I'M DONE, AND THEY'LL BE

WITHIN A YEAR OF GETTING

THEIR EAGLE.

AND GETTING YOUR EAGLE IS A

VERY, VERY DIFFICULT THING

TO DO.

I THINK THAT SEXUAL

DISCUSSION NEEDS TO BE AT

HOME WITH THE PARENTS.

Reporter: THE CHANGE

WILL GO INTO EFFECT NEXT

YEAR.

DALE HURD, CBN NEWS.

Mark: AND JOINING US

NOW WITH MORE IS PETER

SPRIGG, IS SENIOR FELLOW FOR

FAMILY STUDIES AT THE

RESEARCH COUNCIL.

MANY GROUPS HAVE THREATENED,

BUT NOW THAT THE VOTE HAS

COME DOWN, DO YOU THINK

THERE WILL REALLY BE A MASS

EXITOUS FROM THE SCOUTS?

I DO THINK THERE WILL BE

A MASS EXITOUS FROM THE

SCOUTS.

ALTHOUGH I THINK IT WILL

PROBABLY TAKE PLACE OVER

TIME.

SOME INDIVIDUALS, INDIVIDUAL

PARENTS, AND SOME INDIVIDUAL

CHARTERING ORGANIZATIONS,

LOCAL CHURCHES AND SO FORTH,

POSSIBLY EVEN SOME WHOLE

DENOMINATIONS WILL PROBABLY

REMOVE THEMSELVES FROM

SCOUTS IMMEDIATELY, AS A

MATTER OF PRINCIPLE, IN

PROTEST AGAINST THIS.

THERE MAY BE OTHERS WHO

DISAGREE WITH THE DECISION,

BUT WAIT A WHILE TO SEE HOW

IT IS ACTUALLY IMPLEMENTED

IN PRACTICE.

AND WILL WAIT UNTIL THEY

HAVE A BOY IN THEIR TROOP

WHO DECLARES HIMSELF OPENLY

HOMOSEXUAL AND THEY HAVE TO

CONFRONT THE ISSUE.

OR THEY WILL DEAL WITH IT AS

THEY ALWAYS HAVE AND WAIT

AND SEE WHAT THE NATIONAL

ORGANIZATION DOES TO THEM.

BUT I THINK OVER TIME THERE

WILL CERTAINLY BE A MASS

EXITOUS FROM THE SCOUTS AND

IT IS TRAGIC.

Mark: FOR THOSE WHO

DON'T LEAVE, WHAT KIND OF

MESSAGE WILL THIS MOVE SEND

TO THE KIDS WHO PARTICIPATE

IN SCOUTING?

THE PROBLEM WITH THAT --

ONE OF THE PROBLEMS WITH

THIS IS IT SENDS A VERY MUD

DLED MESSAGE ABOUT WHAT IS

AND IS NOT MORALLY

STRAIGHT.

PREVIOUSLY IT WAS CLEAR THAT

THE SCOUTS CONSIDERED THAT

HOMOSEXUAL CONDUCT WAS NOT

CONSISTENT WITH THE PLEDGE

IN THE SCOUT OUTH TO BE

MORALLY STRAIGHT.

NOW, WHILE ON THE ONE HAND

THEY'RE SAYING THAT THEY

DON'T BELIEVE EITHER

HETEROSEXUAL OR HOMOSEXUAL

SCOUTS SHOULD BE SEXUALLY

ACTIVE AT SCOUTING AGE, IF A

SCOUT COMES OUT AS AN OPEN

AND AVOWED HOMOSEXUAL, THAT

SENDS A MESSAGE THAT EITHER

(A) THEY'RE ENGAGED IN

HOMOSEXUAL CONDUCT, (B),

THEY INTEND TO ENGAGE IN A

HOMOSEXUAL AS AN ADULT, OR

(C) THEY'RE MAKING A

STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF THE

HOMOSEXUAL MOVEMENT, NONE OF

WHICH THE SCOUT ORGANIZATION

SAYS THEY'RE TRYING TO

ACCOMPLISH.

Mark: OKAY, PETER

SPRIGG AT THE FAMILY

RESEARCHER COUNCIL.

THANKS FOR YOUR TIME IN

INSIGHTS.

Wendy: A MEMORIAL

SERVICE WILL BE HELD IN

OKLAHOMA ON SUNDAY TO HONOR

THE VICTIMS OF THE DEADLY

TORNADO THAT HIT MONDAY.

PEOPLE THERE ARE STILL

PICKING UP THE PIECES AFTER

A LONG AND DIFFICULT WEEK.

OUR JOHN JESSUP HAS THE

STORY.

Reporter: IT HAS BECOME

A FAMILIAR SCENE, A HELPING

HAND FINDS SOMETHING OF

VALUE AND PUTS IT ASIDE FOR

THE OWNER.

IN THIS CASE, IT IS A FAMILY

BIBLE.

THIS IS SOUTHWEST 14th

STREET AND MOORE, AND

EVERYWHERE YOU TURN TO MY

LEFT AND TO MY RIGHT, YOU

SEE HOUSES THAT ARE

COMPLETELY LEVELLED TO THE

GROUND.

ON THE PROPERTY YOU CAN'T

HELP BUT SEE ARTIFACTS THAT

PEOPLE ONCE LIVED HERE.

YOU SEE V.H.S. TAPES,

D.V.D.s, A DISHWASHER ON

TOP OF A BATHTUB, AND OVER

HERE, KITCHEN UTENSILS, ALL

SIGNS THAT THIS WAS ONCE A

SIGN OF LIFE.

I'M BLESSED.

Reporter: HIGH SCHOOL

CLASSMATES HELP SUSANNE, NOW

A HIGH SCHOOL SPECIAL

EDUCATION TEACHER, SIFT

THROUGH HER BELONGINGS.

BUT THE FIND FOR WHICH SHE

IS MOST GRATEFUL IS HER

DAUGHTER, CLAIRE, WHO WAS IN

PLAZA TOWERS ELEMENTARY.

THE TORNADO CUT A DIRECT

PATH THROUGH HER SCHOOL,

KILLING SEVERAL STUDENTS.

A LAST-MINUTE DECISION TO

MOVE CLAIRE AND HER

CLASSMATES FROM A HALLWAY

INTO A BATHROOM SAVED THEIR

LIVES.

CLAIRE'S MOM GOT TO THANK

HER TEACHER ON HER LAST DAY

OF SCHOOL.

I GAVE HER A BIG HUG AND

SAID THANK YOU FOR NOT

KEEPING THEM IN THE HALL.

BECAUSE IT WOULD HAVE

COLLAPSED ON THEM.

Reporter: KIDS ARE

EAGER TO SAY GOOD-BYE TO THE

SCHOOL YEAR AND A ROUGH WEEK

AS THEY LOOK FORWARD TO A

SUMMER VACATION MAKING

HAPPIER MEMORIES.

I WANT TO SWIM.

WE'RE GOING TO SWIM,

LOTS.

Reporter: WHAT ARE YOUR

BIG SUMMER PLANS?

PROBABLY GOING TO THE

COUNTRY.

Reporter: WHAT ARE YOU

GOING TO DO IN THE COUNTRY?

RIDE SOME HORSES.

Reporter: THAT SOUNDS

LIKE FUN.

THE GOVERNOR TELLS CBN NEWS

COORDINATING THE RESPONSE

HAS BEEN DIFFICULT.

THE EF-5 TORNADO DAMAGED

13,000 HOMES AND AFFECTED

TENS OF THOUSANDS MORE

PEOPLE.

SHE SAYS IT IS IMPORTANT TO

LEAVE THE VICTIMS WITH THIS

REMINDER.

THINGS WILL GET BETTER.

AND THROUGH MUCH PRAYER AND

MUCH SUPPORT, WE'RE GOING TO

GET OVER THIS.

WE'RE NOT GOING TO GO

UNDER.

WE'RE GOING TO GO OVER IT.

Reporter: HELPING TO

SPREAD THAT MESSAGE ARE

VOLUNTEERS LIKE LARRY, WHO

IS DELIVERING MEALS WITH

"OPERATION BLESSING."

HE BELIEVES SINCE HE ESCAPED

UNHARMED, IT IS THE LEAST HE

CAN DO.

MAYBE THERE ARE OTHER

THINGS WE COULD BE DOING,

BUT THIS IS WHAT WE'RE

CALLED TO DO.

Reporter: JOHN JESSUP,

CBN NEWS, MOORE, OKLAHOMA.

Mark: IN OTHER NEWS,

THE HEAD OF THE I.R.S.

DIVISION THAT TARGETED

CONSERVATIVE GROUPS HAS BEEN

REPLACED.

LOIS LEARNER CAME UNDER FIRE

THIS WEEK AFTER REFUSING TO

ANSWER QUESTIONS AT A

CONGRESSIONAL HEARING.

CONGRESS AND THE JUSTICE

DEPARTMENT ARE INVESTIGATING

THE I.R.S. FOR TARGETING

CONSERVATIVE GROUPS THAT

APPLIED FOR TAX EXEMPT

STATUS BEFORE THE 2012

ELECTION.

LEARNER HAS BEEN PLACED ON

ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE.

Wendy: PRESIDENT

OBAMA'S SPEECH ON NATIONAL

SECURITY ON THURSDAY IS

BEING MET WITH MIXED

REACTION TODAY.

MR. OBAMA TOOK THE

OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A NEW

PUSH TO CLOSE THE GUANTANAMO

BAY DETENTION CENTER IN

CUBA, A MOVE MANY

REPUBLICANS DISAGREE WITH.

I'VE BEEN ONE TO ADVOCATE

MAINTAINING GUANTANAMO BAY.

MY REASON IS PRETTY SIMPLE:

IF WE WERE TO CAPTURE SOME

OF THE BENGHAZI TERRORISTS,

WHO WE KNOW TODAY ARE

RUNNING FREE, WHAT ARE WE

GOING TO DO WITH THEM?

Wendy: DURING

YESTERDAY'S SPEECH, THE

PRESIDENT ALSO DEFENDED HIS

CONTROVERSIAL DRONE STRIKES

PROGRAM, BUT ANNOUNCED MORE

RESTRICTIVE RULES FOR SUCH

ATTACKS, AN ANNOUNCEMENT

THAT IS SAID TO BE

WELL-RECEIVED BY PAKISTAN

AND YEMEN, THE TWO COUNTRIES

THAT SEE MOST OF THOSE

STRIKES.

WELL, THE FUTURE OF NATIONAL

SECURITY IS JUST ONE ISSUE

FACING THE PRESIDENT.

IN RECENT WEEKS, HIS

ADMINISTRATION HAS SEEN ITS

FAIR SHARE OF SCANDALS,

BRINGING UP THE QUESTION OF

HIS LEADERSHIP.

Mark: THAT'S RIGHT.

LEE WEBB RECENTLY SPOKE WITH

REGENT LAW PROFESSOR

DR. CHARLES DUNN, IN HIS

CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP

CLASS.

HE IS THE AUTHOR OF THE BOOK

"THE SEVEN LAWS OF

PRESIDENTIAL LEADERSHIP."

WE WANTED TO KNOW HOW DUNN

THINKS THE PRESIDENT IS

DOING.

Reporter: A PRESIDENT'S

LEGACY IS LARGELY DETERMINED

BY HOW WELL HE LEADS,

PARTICULARLY IN TOUGH

TIMES.

AUTHOR AND PROFESSOR

CHARLIE'S DUNN RATES FOUR

PRESIDENTS AT THE TOP.

WASHINGTON, LINCOLN,

FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT, AND

RONALD REAGAN.

Reporter: AT THIS STAGE

OF PRESIDENT OBAMA'S TENURE

IN WHITE HOUSE, HOW WOULD

YOU ASSESS HIS LEADERSHIP?

HE GETS A FAILING GRADE

FOR PRESIDENTIAL LEADERSHIP,

ESPECIALLY AS RELATED TO THE

CONGRESS.

AND THE CONGRESS, OF COURSE,

IS THE INSTITUTION THAT

PASSES THE BILLS THAT BECOME

LAW.

AND THAT'S WHERE I HAVE TO

GRADE HIM MUCH LOWER THAN I

WOULD LIKE TO.

IN OTHER AREAS, I WOULD

GRADE HIM MUCH HIGHER.

FOR EXAMPLE, THE LAW OF

RHETORIC.

HE HANDLES RHETORIC PRETTY

WELL.

BUT IF WE LOOK AT THE LAW OF

HISTORY, HE IS ELECTED TO

REPRESENT OF WHOLE OF THE

AMERICAN PEOPLE.

HE IS THE ONLY PERSON WHO

DOES.

I HAVE GRAD TO GRADE HIM

VERY LOW ON THAT BECAUSE HE

HAS CONSTRUCTED A STRATEGY

OF DIVIDE AND CONQUER.

Reporter: A RECENT RAS

RASMUSSEN POLL FINDS THAT

49% PEOPLE VIEW THE HEALTH

CARE LAW UNFAVORABLY, AND

47% SUPPORT IT.

HE HAD ALL THE VOTES HE

NEEDED.

60 VOTES IN THE SENATE.

HE HAD OVERWHELMING MAJORITY

IN THE HOUSE, SO HE DIDN'T

NEED REPUBLICANS TO GET

ANYTHING DONE.

AS A RESULT, YOU HAVE THIS

MASSIVE PIECE OF LEGISLATION

THAT HAS OVERHAULED

ONE-SIXTH OF THE AMERICAN

ECONOMY WITHOUT ANY BUY-IN

FROM HALF OF AMERICA,

ESSENTIALLY.

Reporter: DUNN POINTS

TO A SPEECH THAT THE

PRESIDENT MAD MADE BACK IN

A SHIPYARD.

President Obama: YOU

DON'T WANT TO HAVE TO CHOOSE

BETWEEN DO I CLOSE FUNDING

FOR THE DISABLED KID OR THE

POOR KID?

DO I CLOSE THIS NAVY

SHIPYARD OR SOME OTHER ONE?

Reporter: DUNN BELIEVES

THOSE TOUGH DECISIONS ARE

WHAT PRESIDENTS ARE ELECTED

TO MAKE.

AGAIN, LOOK AT THOSE

GREAT PRESIDENTS.

THE TOUGH DECISIONS THAT

WASHINGTON MADE IN FORMING

THIS COUNTRY, THE TOUGH

DECISIONS LINCOLN MADE, THE

TOUGH DECISIONS THAT

FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT MADE,

THE TOUGH DECISIONS THAT

RONALD REAGAN MADE -- MAKING

TOUGH DECISIONS IS ONE OF

THE KEY CRITERION IN

DETERMINING THE RANK OF

PRESIDENTIAL GREATNESS.

Reporter: AND HE

BELIEVES PRESIDENT OBAMA'S

LEADERSHIP STRATEGY DURING

HIS FIRST TIR TERM WILL

COME BACK TO HAUNT HIM.

WHEN PRESIDENT OBAMA WON

OFFICE, I SPOKE VERY HIGHLY

OF HIM AS A PERSON WITH

GREAT POTENTIAL.

BUT WE HAVE THIS BIG GAP

BETWEEN PROMISE AND

PERFORMANCE.

IT IS A CREDIBILITY GAP, AND

THAT'S WHAT'S SHOWING NOW AS

HIS POLL NUMBERS ARE

PLUMMETTING.

Reporter: LEE WEBB, CBN

NEWS.

Mark: THE PRESIDENTS

HOME STATE OF ILLINOIS COULD

REDEFINE MARRIAGE NEXT

WEEK.

ILLINOIS ALREADY RECOGNIZES

CIVIL UNIONS, BUT L.G. B.T.

ACTIVISTS ARE PUSHING A GAY

MARRIAGE BILL.

BUT THEY'RE FINDING MAJOR

PUSHBACK, HOWEVER, FROM THE

AFRICAN-AMERICAN CAUCUS IN

THE HOUSE.

THE BILL HAS BEEN HELD UP

THERE SINCE THE STATE SENATE

PASSED IT IN FEBRUARY.

CBN NEWS SPOKE WITH BISHOP

LANCE DAVIS, THE SPOKESMAN

FOR THE CHICAGO-BASED

AFRICAN-AMERICAN CLERGY

COALITION.

MANY BELIEVE THE

ORGANIZATION'S WORK HAS MADE

THE DIFFERENCE ON THE

ISSUE.

THE L.G. B.T. COMMUNITY

NEEDS TO KNOW WE HAVE DRAWN

A LINE IN THE SAND.

WE'RE SAYING ENOUGH IS

ENOUGH.

WE BELIEVE THEY HAVE THE

RIGHTS THAT THEY WERE ASKING

FOR THROUGH CIVIL UNIONS.

Mark: THE DEADLINE FOR

THE HOUSE TO TAKE ACTION ON

THE MEASURE IS MAY 31ST.

ILLINOIS GOVERNOR PAT QUINN

SAYS IF IT IS APPROVED, HE

WILL SIGN THE GAY MARRIAGE

BILL INTO LAW.

COMING UP, THE MYSTERIOUS

DISAPPEARANCE OF A

MISSIONARY PILOT.

Wendy: WHERE IS JERRY

KRAUSS?

THE AMERICAN MISSIONARY TO

AFRICA HAS BEEN MISSING FOR

MORE THAN A MONTH NOW.

Mark: THIS FAMILY AND

CHRISTIANS ARNT AROUND THE

WORLD ARE PRAYING FOR

ANSWERS.

GARE LANE HAS THE DETAILS.

Reporter: JERRY KRAUSS,

A 54-YEAR-OLD MISSIONARY

PILOT, WAS FLYING HIS TURBO

PROP AIRCRAFT WHEN HE

DISAPPEARED.

HIS WIFE, GINA, IS PRAYING

HE'LL RETURN HOME.

I WANT MY HUSBAND BACK.

Reporter: SHE AND JERRY

HAVE SERVED AS MISSIONARY TO

AFRICA FOR MORE THAN 25

YEARS.

JERRY WORKED WITH AVIATION

MISSIONARY FELLOWSHIP, AND

THEY REMAINED IN THE ACCEPT,

AND JERRY TOOK A JOB WITH A

PRIVATE AVIATION COMPANY.

MY HUSBAND IS

SELF-MOTIVATED, VERY

INTELLIGENT.

Reporter: JESSICA IS

ONE OF JERRY'S DAUGHTERS.

HE IS A CENTRAL FIGURE TO

OUR FAMILY AND, LIKE, A MAN

OF GOD.

HE IS AWESOME.

I LOVE HIM TO DEATH.

HE IS SO SOLID.

HE JUST KEEPS OUR FAMILY

TOGETHER.

Reporter: NOW JERRY'S

FAMILY IS HAVING TO RELY

MORE ON GOD.

GINA SAYS HER HUSBAND PHONED

HER BEFORE DEPARTING SOUTH

AFRICA AND SAID HE HAD SOME

ENGINE PROBLEMS WITH THE

PLANE.

SHE SAID SHE KNEW JERRY

COULD FIX THE ENGINES AND

THEN BE ON HIS WAY.

HE IS A LITTLE BIT OF A

MACGYVER, AND HE LIKES

FIDDLING WITH THINGS AND IS

ABLE TO GET THINGS WORK.

HE WAS GOING TO DO THAT AND

HE WAS PRETTY OPTMISTIC

ABOUT LEAVING.

Reporter: AND THEN

JERRY WAS ON HIS WAY BACK TO

MALI.

HIS WIFE AND CHILDREN

EXPECTED HIM TO REFUEL IN

SAWTOME IN THE GULF OF

GUINEA.

BUT NO ONE COULD TELL THE

FAMILY IF HE WAS SEEN

REFUELING THERE.

NOW THE QUESTION THEY'RE

FACING: DID JERRY EXPERIENCE

ENGINE TROUBLE AND LAND THE

PLANE SAFELY IN A REMOTE

REGION OF AFRICA, OR DID

SOMETHING WORSE HAPPEN?

ALTHOUGH WE DIDN'T HAVE

ANY CONCRETE EVIDENCE, I

THINK RATIONALLY THERE IS

DEFINITELY A LOT OF

DIFFERENT LITTLE INDICATIONS

LEANING TOWARDS A PLANE

CRASH.

Reporter: NO PLANE

WRECKAGE TURNED UP AF AFTER

RESCUERS SEARCHED THE GULF

OF NE GUINEA.

ALL RIGHT, GOD, THIS IS

ALL YOURS.

WHENEVER YOU'RE READY TO

TELL US WHERE MY DAD IS,

THAT'S AWESOME.

BUT WE'LL WAIT FOR YOUR

TIMING BECAUSE YOUR TIMEING

IS PERFECT.

Reporter: JERRY'S SON

NATHAN SAYS THE BOOK OF JOB

REMINDS HIM NOT TO BLAME GOD

FOR THE ORDEAL.

I'M GIVING PRAISE TO GOD

AND ASKING GOD WHY DID HE DO

THIS, NOT IN A DEMEANING

WAY, BUT JUST QUESTIONING

AND WAITING FOR GOD TO

ANSWER.

Reporter: AND NEARLY

TWO MONTHS LATER, GINA AND

THE CHILDREN STILL WAIT FOR

A RESOLUTION TO JERRY

MYSTERIOUS DISAPPEARANCE.

TO THIS DAY, WE STILL

DON'T KNOW WHERE JERRY IS,

BUT GOD DOES.

Reporter: GARY LANE,

CBN NEWS.

Wendy: THAT'S RIGHT,

GOD DOES KNOW.

OUR THANKS TO YOU AND THE

OTHERS FOR PROVIDING THE

VIDEO FOR OUR REPORT.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, YOU

CAN GO TO OUR WEBSITE,

cbnnews.com, AND THERE

YOU'LL FIND A LINK TO THE

KRAUSS FAMILY WEBSITE.

Mark: UP NEXT, WE'LL

LOOK AT THE DISAGREEMENT

OVER THE USE OF DRONES.

Mark: WELCOME BACK.

THE PRESIDENT DEFENDED THE

ADMINISTRATION'S USE OF

DRONES YESTERDAY.

THOSE ARE THE UNMANNED

AIRCRAFT THAT CAN PATROL THE

SKIES AND TARGET

TERRORISTS.

Wendy: DRONES COULD

OPEN DOORS FOR NEW AND MORE

EFFICIENT WAYS OF DOING

BUSINESS, BUT THEY ALSO

RAISE SERIOUS CONCERNS ABOUT

PRIVACY.

Mark: JENNIFER WISHON

HAS TONIGHT'S FOCUS REPORT.

Reporter: THE WARS IN

IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN

INTRODUCED AMERICANS TO

DRONES, UNMANNED AIRCRAFT

CAPABLE OF MONITORING PEOPLE

AND PLACES FROM HIGH IN THE

SKY.

TODAY SOME 50 GOVERNMENT

AGENCIES USE DRONES IN THE

U.S.

AND IN 2015, COMMERCIAL USE

WILL BE AUTHORIZED.

SOME EXPERTS PREDICT 30,000

WILL FLY IN AMERICAN AIR

SPACE BY THE END OF THE

DECADE.

I MEAN, THIS DOES FEEL

LIKE SOMETHING OUT OF A

SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL.

IT IS.

Reporter: MICHAEL

TUSCANO IS PRESIDENT OF THE

ASSOCIATION FOR UNMANNED

VEHICLE SYSTEMS

INTERNATIONAL, WHICH

REPRESENTS MORE THAN 7500

DRONE ENTHUSIASTS IN THE

U.S. AND MORE THAN 50

COUNTRIES.

DRONES CAN BE AS SMALLS A

HUMMINGBIRD, AND LARGER THEN

A JETLINER, OUTFITTED WITH

EVERYTHING FROM CAMERAS TO

INFRARED TECHNOLOGY TO

WEAPONS.

THIS TECHNOLOGY IS

LITERALLY THE EXTENSION OF

THE EYES, THE EARS AND THE

HANDS OF A HUMAN BEING.

IF YOU CAN THINK OF ANY

DIRTY, DANGEROUS, OR

DIFFICULT MISSION THAT

EXISTS, ON EVEN DULL ONES,

THEE SYSTEMS DO IT VERY,

VERY WELL.

Reporter: JOBS FOR

DRONES SEEM ENDLESS, FROM

CAPTURING 360-DEGREE IMAGES

OF REAL ESTATE, TO

MONITORING AND SPRAYING

CROPS.

SOME POLICE DEPARTMENTS

ALREADY USE THEM, AND

ADVOCATES POINT TO THE

BOSTON MARATHON BOMBINGS AND

SUBSEQUENT MANHUNT AS AN

EXAMPLE OF HOW DRONES CAN

IMPROVE PUBLIC SAFETY.

WHEN YOU'RE TRYING TO

COVER A SPORTS VENUE THAT IS

MORE THAN 26 MILES LONG, YOU

DON'T HAVE THAT MANY

POLICEMEN, EVEN IN A BIG

CITY LIKE BOSTON.

HAVING DRONES, RATHER THAN

BIG, GIANT, MANNED AIRCRAFT

TO TRY AND COVER THAT AREA

TO WATCH, TO MAKE SURE THAT

NO ONE IS DOING ANYTHING

ILLEGAL OR DANGEROUS, WOULD

HAVE BEEN VERY HELPFUL.

Reporter: BUT USE BY

LAW ENFORCEMENT IS

CONTROVERSIAL.

THE ACLU AND OTHER PRIVACY

ADVOCATES WARN THAT DRONES

WILL ALLOW FOR PERVASIVE

SURVEILLANCE IN A WAY THAT

WOULD ELIMINATE THE PRIVACY

AMERICANS ENJOY IN THEIR

MOVEMENTS AND ACTIVITIES.

AND THEY WARN OF

DISCRIMINATORY TARGETING OF

AMERICANS WHO CHALLENGE THE

STATIC QUO.

POINTING TO OTHER TIMES OF

POLITICAL CONFLICT AND

SOCIAL TURMOIL.

AND IT IS NOT JUST LAW

ENFORCEMENT DRONES THAT HAVE

SOME PEOPLE FEELING

CONCERNED.

FOR LESS THAN $300, ANYONE

CAN BUY ONE OUTFITTED WITH A

CAMERA CONTROLLABLE BY A

SMARTPHONE.

AND IT IS EASY TO MAKE

YOU'RE OWN, USING A HOBBY

KIT.

THIS COULD HOVER OUTSIDE

YOUR WINDOW, OPERATING AS A

VIRTUAL PEEPING TOM WITHOUT

YOU EVER REALIZING YOU'RE

BOG WATCHED.

THE WHAT IFs OF THE

TELLING ARE PROMPTING STATE

GOVERNMENTS TO TAKE ACTION.

39 STATES HAVE INTRODUCED

LEGISLATION DEALING WITH

DRONES.

SIX LEGISLATURES HAVE PASSED

THEM, FROM MORATORIUMS ON

THEIR USE TO REGULATEING

THEIR INDUSTRY.

Reporter: YOU DON'T USE

THE WORD DRONE.

WHY IS THAT?

MOST PEOPLE WHEN THEY

HEAR "DRONE," THEY THINK

ONE, MILITARY, HOSTILE, AND

WEAPONIZE.

AND THAT IS A

MISCONCEPTION.

Reporter: THE F.A.A.

FORBIDS DEEMPLOYING A DRONE

FROM ANY AIRCRAFT.

MANNED OR UNMANNED.

BUT WHAT IF SOMEONE TRIES TO

TAKE ONE OVER.

IT HAS TO BE TESTED TO

MAKE SURE SOMEONE CAN'T

EITHER HACK INTO IT, OR AN

UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCE THAT

HAVING MULTIPLE SIGNALS

BEING PASSED IT CAUSES

DISRUPTION.

Reporter: THEN THERE

ARE DISAGREEMENTS OVER

WHETHER THE FOURTH AMENDMENT

PROTECTS AMERICANS FROM

UNREASONABLE SEARCHES THAT

COULD COME FROM AN

UNSUSPECTING EYE IN THE

SKY.

I HAVE A CONFIDENCE THAT

OUR JUDICIAL REVIEW PROCESS

WOULD WORK AND WILL SETTLE

THAT GREY AREA THAT IS LEFT

IN THE MIDDLE AND WILL

SETTLE IT WITH A CORRECT

BALANCE OF SECURITY AND

CIVIL LIBERTIES.

Reporter: TIME WILL

JUDGE THE BENEFITS AND

RISKS, BUT THE TECHNOLOGY

ISN'T GOING BACK INTO ITS

BOX.

BY 2017, THE DRONE INDUSTRY

IS EXPECTED TO EMPLOY AT

LEAST 70 THA 70,000 PEOPLE,

WITH AN ECONOMIC IMPACT OF

NEARLY $14 BILLION.

THE SKY IS THE LIMIT OF

WHAT YOU'LL BE ABLE TO SEE.

Reporter: JENNIFER

WISHON, CBN NEWS.

Wendy: THE SKY IS THE

LIMIT, NO PUN INTENDED,

JENNIFER.

UP NEXT, NEVER FORGET.

HONORING THE MAN 40 YEARS

AFTER BEING HELD CAPTIVE IN

ENEMY TERRITORY.

Wendy: ALL RIGHT.

IT IS THE PERFECT EVENT FOR

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND.

Mark: THIS WEEKEND THE

NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY

IN CALIFORNIA IS HOSTING A

REUNION OF VIETNAM P.O.W.

EVENTS.

IT IS THE LARGEST REUNION

SINCE NIXON HELD A

HOMECOMING DIN NEN FOR

DINNER FOR THEM AT THE WHITE

HOUSE.

ORGANIZERS ARE TAKING GREAT

CARE TO RECREATE THE

BLACK-TIE AFFAIR.

THE DINNER AT THE WHITE

HOUSE STILL HOLDS THE RECORD

AS THE BIGGEST STATE DINNER

HELD AT THE WHITE HOUSE.

IT BRINGS IT ALL BACK

HOME.

IT HAS BEEN SO LONG.

IT IS A HAPPY FEELING TO

HAVE THAT ALL BEHIND YOU.

IT REMINDS ME OF THE

WONDERFUL DAY HE CAME HOME.

IT IS AMAZING.

THIS IS IS JUST AN AMAZING

DAY.

Mark: THAT'S GREAT.

MANY OF THE VETS ARE NOW IN

THEIR 60s, AND THEY SAY IT

IS AN HONOR TO STILL BE

RECOGNIZED AFTER ALL THESE

YEARS.

AND THAT IS SO TRUE,

ESPECIALLY HOW WHEN THEY

FIRST CAME HOME, A LOT OF

THE VIETNAM VETS, THE

COUNTRY TURNED ITS BACK ON

THEM.

SO GREAT TO SEE THEM

RECOGNIZED.

THAT IS IT FOR THIS EDITION

OF "NEWSWATCH."

Wendy: HAVE A GREAT

WEEKEND.

GOD BLESS YOU.

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