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On Newswatch, June 12: NSA whistleblower vows to fight U.S. government, Immigration uphill battle despite Senate approval, and more. Read Transcript


Mark: TONIGHT ON

"NEWSWATCH," A PATHWAY TO

CITIZENSHIP, A LOOK AT THE

IMMIGRATION REFORM MEASURE

MAKING ITS WAY THROUGH THE

SENATE.

Wendy: PLUS, HOW THE

GOVERNMENT IS CRACKING DOWN

AGAINST PROTESTORS IN

TURKEY.

Mark: AND CHRISTIANS IN

ONE RUSSIAN REGION RISK

THEIR LIVES TO SHARE THE

GOSPEL.

ALL THIS AND MORE TONIGHT ON

"NEWSWATCH."

THE SENATE IS IN THE MIDDLE

OF A MAJOR POLITICAL

DEBATE.

GOOD EVENING, I'M MARK

MARTIN.

Wendy: AND I'M WENDY

GRIFFITH.

THE DEVISIVE ISSUE,

IMMIGRATION REFORM, EVEN

THOUGH LAWMAKERS FROM BOTH

PARTIES SUPPORT THE BILL,

THERE ARE STILL SOME SERIOUS

QUESTIONS ABOUT IT.

Mark: AND THOSE

QUESTIONS COULD MAKE THE

LEGISLATION HARD TO PASS.

EPHRAIM GRAHAM HAS MORE IN

TONIGHT'S TOP STORY.

Reporter: IT'S THE

LANDMARK BILL THAT COULD PUT

MILLIONS ON THE PATH TO

CITIZENSHIP.

TIMES CHANGE, AND THE

IMMIGRATION SYSTEM HAS TO

CHANGE WITH THOSE TIMES.

Reporter: THE SENATE

VOTED 82-15 TO MOVE THE

LEGISLATION FORWARD INTO

DEBATE.

BUT THAT IS ONLY THE FIRST

OF MANY HURTLES.

MANY OF THE REPUBLICANS WHO

VOTED YES TUESDAY SAY THEY

WON'T SUPPORT THE BILL IN A

FINAL VOTE UNLESS ITS BORDER

SECURITY LANGUAGE IS

STRENGTHENED, A POSITION

BACKED UP BY THE G.O.P.

LEADERSHIP IN THE HOUSE.

ESPECIALLY IN THE AREA OF

BORDER SECURITY AND INTERNAL

ENFORCEMENT OF THIS SYSTEM.

I'M CONCERNED IT DOESN'T GO

FAR ENOUGH.

Reporter: THE BILL

WOULD OFFER A 13-YEAR PATH

TO CITIZENSHIP FOR THE

11 MILLION IMMIGRANTS WHO

HAVE OVERSTAYED THEIR VISAS,

OR ARRIVED IN THE U.S.

ILLEGALLY SINCE THE END OF

2011.

THEY WOULD BE REQUIRED TO

PAY FINES AND BACK TAXES,

AND THEY COULDN'T

PARTICIPATE IN ANY

GOVERNMENT SOCIAL PROGRAMS

DURING THE PROCESS.

THIS IS NO CAKEWALK, BUT

IT IS THE ONLY WAY WE CAN

MAKE SURE THAT EVERYONE WHO

IS HERE IS PLAYING BY THE

SAME RULES AS ORDINARY

FAMILIES.

Reporter: THE PLAN ALSO

EXPANDS VISAS FOR

LOW-SKILLED WORKERS AND

ENTREPRENEURS, AND REQUIRES

EMPLOYERS TO CHECK THE LEGAL

STATUS OF EVERY WORKER.

THE FAILURE TO HAVE A

RATIONAL AND POSITIVE

IMMIGRATION PROGRAM WILL

CHOKE THIS ECONOMY.

IT'S NOT A GOOD IDEA.

Reporter: BUT WHILE

MANY LAWMAKERS SEEM READY TO

MOVE FORWARD AND BEGIN

DEBATING THIS BIPARTISAN

BILL, CONSERVATIVE LEADERS

AND VOTERS STILL HAVE

OBJECTIONS TO THE MEASURE,

WHICH MAKES IT POLITICALLY

DIFFICULT FOR REPUBLICANS IN

CONGRESS.

IT IS STILL UNCLEAR IF IT

WILL PASS IN THE HOUSE.

BUT THE BILL COULD BE

PRESIDENT OBAMA'S BIG SECOND

TERM ACCOMPLISHMENT, AND

MANY REPUBLICANS HOPE IT

WILL HELP THEM IMPROVE THEIR

IMAGE WITH LATINO VOTERS.

EPHRAIM GRAHAM, CBN NEWS.

MAIRMTS FOR

Mark: FORMER O FOR

MORE ON IMMIGRATION, WE TURN

TO DERRICK, WHO IS AT THE

HERITAGE FOUNDATION.

WHAT WOULD THIS REFORM COST

AMERICANS?

THIS REFORM WOULD BE VERY

COSTLY BECAUSE IT HAS

AMNESTY IN IT.

IT MEANS YOU'RE TAKING ABOUT

11.5 MILLION PEOPLE HERE

ILLEGALLY, AND PUTTING THEM

ON A PATH TO CITIZENSHIP.

WHICH PUTS THEM ON TO THE

MEANS AND ENTITLEMENT

PROGRAMS.

OVER THEIR LIFE TIMES, IT

WOULD COST THE AMERICAN

TAXPAYERS $6.3 TRILLION.

Mark: WOW.

SUPPORTERS OF THIS MEASURE

SAY THEY WANT AN EASIER

IMMIGRATION SYSTEM.

DOES THIS BILL ACTUALLY

SIMPLIFY THE PROCESS?

IT DOESN'T DO ENOUGH IN

THAT REGARD.

THERE ARE A LOT OF

IMMIGRATION REFORMS WE COULD

SUPPORT, THAT WOULD MAKE IT

EASIER FOR THOSE WHO COME

FROM AROUND THE WORLD TO

SETTLE HERE AND PERHAPS GO

TO COLLEGE HERE AND STAY AND

START THEIR FAMILIES HERE.

THE PROBLEM IS YOU'VE GOT

THIS BILL THAT INCLUDES THIS

MASSIVE AMNESTY.

AND THAT'S THE COSTLY PART

OF THE BILL WE THINK

CONGRESS SHOULD DROP.

Mark: DO YOU THINK THIS

BILL, WHEN ALL IS SAID AND

DONE, WILL ACTUALLY BECOME

LAW?

I THINK WE'RE A LONG WAY

FROM THERE.

IT DID PASS ITS FIRST STEP,

AND IT GOT TO BE DEBATED ON

THE SENATE FLOOR, AND THAT'S

THE STATUS WE'RE IN RIGHT

NOW.

THAT MEANS IT IS OPEN UP TO

AMENDMENTS.

WE'LL SEE HOW MANY

AMENDMENTS ARE ALLOWED TO BE

VOTED ON.

IF IT IS A FAIRLY OPEN

PROCESS, LIKE THEY'RE

PROMISING, MANY OF THE

AMENDMENTS WILL POINT OUT

SOME OF THE FAILURES OF THIS

BILL, AND IT MAY BECOME VERY

DIFFICULT TO PASS.

EVEN IF IT PASSES THE

SENATE, IT HAS TO GO TO A

MUCH MORE SKEPTICAL HOUSE.

Mark: CAN YOU ELABORATE

A LITTLE MORE ON THE

AMENDMENTS?

ABSOLUTELY.

I THINK YOU'LL SEE

AMENDMENTS THAT TRY TO

SHARPEN SOME OF THE PROBLEMS

WITH THIS BILL, WITH BORDER

SECURITY, FOR EXAMPLE.

THERE IS AN AMENDMENT THAT

SEEKS TO DO THAT.

> THERE ARE OTHER

AMENDMENTS ON DIFFERENT

ASPECTS OF THE BILL.

FOR EXAMPLE, IN THE

JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, PART OF

THE PROBLEM WITH THIS

PROCESS IS IT SEEMS TO HAVE

BEEN A BILL THAT WAS

DESIGNED A AHEAD OF TIME TO

BE A COMPROMISED BILL.

AND THEY'RE REALLY NOT

LETTING A LOT OF THE

AMENDMENTS THROUGH.

THE AMENDMENTS I THINK

YOU'LL SEE ARE AMENDMENTS

THAT ACCENTUATE A LOT OF THE

PROBLEMS, LIKE THE PRICE

TAG.

THERE WILL BE AMOUNTMENTS TO

CURTAIL ENTITLEMENT

PROGRAMS.

Mark: OKAY.

DERRICK MORGAN, THE VICE

PRESIDENT OF DOMESTIC AND

ECONOMIC POLICY AT THE

HERITAGE FOUNDATION.

THANKS, DERRICK.

I APPRECIATE YOUR TIME.

Wendy: THE AGENCY'S

DIRECTOR SAYING TODAY THE

SURVEILLANCE PROGRAMS

DISRUPTED DOZENS OF

TERRORISTS' EVENTS.

THE LEAKER EDWARD SNOWDEN IS

STILL IN HIDING.

HEATHER CELLS REPORTS.

Reporter: THE U.S.

GOVERNMENT MAY BE HUNTING

EDWARD SNOWDEN, BUT THE

NATIONAL SECURITY LEAKER

KNOWS BETTER THAN MOST WHAT

METHODS ARE BEING USED TO

GET YOU.

THE SOUTH CHINA NEWSPAPER

SAYS IT WAS ABLE TO

INTERVIEW SNOWDEN TODAY IN

EXCERPTS RELEASED ON HIS

WEBSITE, IT QUOTES HIM

SAYING "I AM NOT HERE TO

HIDE FROM JUSTICE.

I AM HERE TO REVEAL

CRIMINALITY."

HE WENT ON TO SAY HE HAS HAD

SEVERAL CHANCES TO LEAVE

HONG KONG, BUT HE HAS CHOSEN

TO STAY AND FIGHT THE U.S.

BECAUSE HE HAS FAITH IN HONG

KONG'S RULE OF LAW.

PROSECUTORS PLAN TO USE

PARTS OF THE ESPIONAGE ACT.

HE HAS SAID FROM THE

START HE KNOWS ONCE HE MADE

THE CHOICE TO INFORM THE

PUBLIC ABOUT THESE PROGRAMS,

THAT ALL OF HIS OPTIONS WERE

BAD OPTIONS.

I THINK IT IS SAFE TO SAY HE

WON'T BE LIVING A FREE AND

UNRESTRAINED LIFE.

Reporter: IN

WASHINGTON, LAWMAKERS ARE

BEGINNING A SERIES OF

INVESTIGATIONS INTO THE

CLASSIFIED INFORMATION

SNOWDEN REVEALED.

THEY ARE ALSO QUESTIONING

WHETHER THEY WERE MISLED BY

N.S.A. DIRECTOR JAMES

CLAPPER IN MARCH.

DOES THE N.S.A. COLLECT

ANY TYPE OF DATA AT ALL ON

MILLIONS OR HUNDREDS OF

MILLIONS OF AMERICANS?

NO, SIR.

IT DOES NOT?

NOT WITNESSINGLY.

Reporter: THE AMERICAN

CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION IS

SUING THE OBAMA

ADMINISTRATION OVER THE

N.S.A.'s PROGRAM OF

COLLECTING PHONE AND

INTERNET RECORDS.

THE ACLU IS DEMANDING THE

ADMINISTRATION END THE

PROGRAM AND PURGE ALL

RECORDS.

ON TUESDAY, INTELLIGENCE

OFFICIALS TRIED TO SOOTHE

CONGRESS IN AN EXTENDED

BRIEFING.

F.B.I., JUSTICE DEPARTMENT,

AND OTHER INTELLIGENCE

OFFICIALS TESTIFIED THAT THE

PROGRAMS ARE NECESSARY TO

PROTECT AMERICA AND DO NOT

VIOLATE PRIVACY RIGHTS.

LEGISLATORS ARE STILL

WORRIED ABOUT THE INVASION

OF PRIVACY, AND BELIEVE THE

COURTS AND CONGRESS SHOULD

HAVE GREATER OVERSIGHT, BUT

MANY AGREE THAT THE LEAKS

COMPROMISE NATIONAL

SECURITY.

ANYBODY WHO REVEALED

CLASSIFIED INFORMATION IS

DOING -- IS UNDERMINING OUR

INTELLIGENCE PROGRAMS.

Reporter: HEATHER

CELLS, CBN NEWS.

Mark: THE SUPERIOR

COURT HAS REFUSED TO HEAR A

FREE SPEECH CASE ABOUT

SHOWING GRAPHIC ABORTION

IMAGES.

THE COLORADO RULING BLOCKED

ABORTION PROTESTORS FROM

DISPLAYING IMAGES OF ABORTED

FETUSES NEAR A CHURCH WHERE

THEY MIGHT UPSET CHILDREN.

THAT RULING NOW STANDS.

THE CASE STEMS FROM A 2005

PROTEST NEAR AN OUTDOOR

PROTEST AT AN EPISCOPAL

CHURCH ACCUSED OF SUPPORTING

ABORTION.

AN APPEALS COURT UPHELD THE

ORDER, SAYING IT ONLY

APPLIED TO THE CHURCH AND

THE PROTESTORS, AND COULD

NOT BE APPLIED GENERALLY.

BUT SOME EXPERTS SAY IT EATS

AWAY AT FREEDOM OF SPEECH.

AT ITS ANNUAL MEETING TODAY,

THE SOUTHERN BAPTIST

CONVENTION FORMALLY OPPOSED

THE BOY SCOUTS DECISION

ALLOWING GAY SCOUTS.

IT DID CALL ON THE SCOUTS TO

REMOVE THE EXECUTIVES WHO

TRIED TO ALLOW GAYS AS

MEMBERS AND LEADERS WITHOUT

CONSULTING WITH THEIR CHURCH

SPONSORS.

DELEGATES ALSO PASSED A

RESOLUTION OPPOSING

PREJUDICE AGAINST PEOPLE WHO

SUFFER WITH MENTAL HEALTH

ISSUES.

Wendy: TURNING

OVERSEAS, ISRAEL'S BORDER

WITH SYRIA IS GETTING MORE

INTENSE.

AUSTRIA BEGAN WITHDRAWING

ITS NEARLY 400 U.N.

PEACEKEEPERS DAY FROM THE

SYRIAN BORDER.

THIS LEAVES JUST MORE THAN

500 PEACEKEEPERS OF THE U.N.

FORCE THAT HAVE MONITORED

THE GOLAN SINCE 1974.

LAST WEEK SYRIAN REBELS

OVERRAN A CROSSING POINT,

AND FIGHTING FOR THE SYRIAN

CIVIL WAR HAS THREATENED THE

U.S. POSITIONS.

BENJAMIN NETANYAHU SAYS THIS

WEEK THE AUSTRIAN WITHDRAWAL

SHOWS ISRAEL CAN ONLY RELY

ON ITSELF FOR ITS SECURITY.

Mark: AFTER NEARLY TWO

WEEKS OF PROTEST, TURKEY'S

GOVERNMENT CRACKED DOWN ON

DEMONSTRATORS WHO ARE ANGRY

ABOUT ISLAMIST RESTRICTIONS

IMPOSED BY THEIR LEADERS.

IT IS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE

TO PRIME MINISTER ERDOGAN'S

10-YEAR RULE.

Reporter: IN ISTANBUL,

AN ANGRY QUIET IS.

THE SITE WHERE PROTESTORS

WERE ATTACKED BY POLICE WITH

WATER CANNONS TUESDAY

NIGHT.

SEVERAL ARE DEAD, AND

THOUSANDS HAVE BEEN WOUNDED

IN DEMONSTRATIONS THAT

STARTED IN ISTANBUL LATE

LAST MONTH, AND SPREAD TO

THE ANKARA, THE CAPITAL.

IT BEGAN WITH THE PROTEST OF

A DEVELOPMENT OF A PARK, BUT

IT HAS BECOME A SECULAR

DEMONSTRATION OF ANGER OVER

THE RESTRICTIONS OF THE

RULING ISLAMIC PARTY, HEADED

BY ERDOGAN.

TURKEY IS A NATIVE ALLY, AND

TURKEY HAS A CLOSE

RELATIONSHIP WITH PRESIDENT

OBAMA.

THIS MAN SHOUTS, ERDOGAN IS

A WALKING DICTATOR AND WE

ARE AGAINST DICTATORSHIP.

PROTESTORS SAY IT IS PARTLY

A SPONTANEOUS GROUND SWELL.

WE ARE NOT ANY MOVEMENT.

WE JUST FEEL SO STRONGLY

ABOUT THIS.

Reporter: DESPITE THE

ANGER IN THE STREETS, THE

GOVERNMENT REMAINS DEFIANT,

SAYING IT WILL LISTEN TO

COMPLAINTS, BUT KNOWING IT

MAINTAINS POPULAR SUPPORT

AMONG MILLIONS OF TURKEY'S

ISLAMISTS.

THE NEWSPAPER HEADLINE IN

THE TURKISH KIOSK READS

"SHAME."

AS A SUNNI MUSLIM, ERDOGAN

HAS BEEN AMONG THE MOST

VOCAL LEADERS IN OPPOSING

NUCLEAR WEAPONS.

AND HE HAS BACKED BASHAR

al-ASSAD.

AND TURKEY HOUSES THOUSANDS

OF AMERICAN MILITARY PEOPLE

ON ITS SOIL.

ALL GOOD REASONS FOR KEEPING

AN EYE ON WHAT HAPPENS NEXT

IN THE FORMER CAPITAL OF THE

OTTOMAN EMPIRE.

JOHN WAGGI, CBN NEWS.

Wendy: COMING UP, WHY

HANDS-FREE PHONE DEVICES MAY

BE JUST AS DANGEROUS FOR

DRIVERS.

Mark: WELCOME BACK.

AS FOLKS START HITTING THE

ROAD FOR SUMMER VACATION,

GAS PRICES ARE ON THE MINDS

OF MANY.

THE ENERGY DEPARTMENT SAYS

DRIVERS CAN EXPECT TO PAY

ABOUT 3.53 A GALLON THIS

SUMMER.

THAT'S ACTUALLY DOWN 10

CENTS FROM LAST YEAR.

CURRENTLY A.A.A. REPORTS AN

AVERAGE PRICE OF 3.63.

ILLINOIS AND MICHIGAN ARE

SEEING A SPIKE IN PRICES,

BOTH WITH AN AVERAGE OF MORE

THAN $4.15.

THAT'S BRUTAL.

Wendy: I MATE I HATE

IT WHEN IT IS OVER $4.

Mark: A WARNING FOR

THOSE DRIVERS WHO USE THOSE

HANDS-FREE DEVICES.

Wendy: A NEW A.A.A.

STUDY FINDS THEY'RE

EXTREMELY DISTRACTING,

ACTUALLY WORSE THAN HOLDING

YOUR PHONE AND DRIVING.

A NEW STUDY FINDS THAT JUST

BECAUSE YOUR HANDS ARE FREE

DOESN'T MEAN YOUR BRAIN IS

FREE.

IT TURNS OUT ALL OF THE

VOICE-ACTIVATED GADGETS IN

CARS ARE NOT MAKING DRIVING

ANY SAFER.

THE A.A.A. RESEARCH FINDS

DRIVERS WHO USE HANDS-FREE

CELL PHONES ARE AT LEAST TWO

TIMES MORE DISTRACTED THAN

THOSE WHO DON'T.

AND THE SPEECH TO TEXT

FUNCTION IN CAR SYSTEMS THAT

LET'S YOU KEEP YOUR HANDS ON

THE WHEEL IS EVEN WORSE.

THE DRIVERS ARE THREE TIMES

MORE DISTRACTED.

YOUR BRAIN IS SO OVER

LOADED WITH THESE SPEECH TO

TEXT CASTS, OR TALKING ON

THE CELL PHONE, YOU HAVE

VERY LITTLE RESIDUAL

CAPACITY TO THINK ABOUT THE

ROADWAY.

Wendy: YOUNGER DRIVERS

ARE ESPECIALLY ATTRACTED TO

THE FACT THEY CAN CONTROL

THEIR MUSIC, ANSWER E-MAILS,

AND EVEN CHECK THEIR

Facebook PAGE USING THEIR

VOICE.

BUT A.A.A. IS CONCERNED

ABOUT THE SAFETY AND WANTS

SOME RESTRICTIONS.

THE SPEECH TO TEXT

TECHNOLOGY SHOULD ONLY BE

ABLE TO BE USED, OR LIMITED

TO USE FOR DRIVERS WHEN THE

VEHICLE IS STOPPED.

Wendy: A.A.A. IS URGING

THE CAR AND ELECTRONICS

INDUSTRY TO COME UP WITH

TECHNOLOGY THAT LIMITS USE

OF VOICE-ACTIVATED DEVICES

TO BASIC DRIVING ACTIVITIES,

SUCH AS THE WINDSHIELD WIPER

OR CLIMATE CONTROL.

I THINK IT MAKES SENSE,

MARK, BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, I

HAVE HANDS-FREE IN MY CAR,

AND I LOVE IT, YOU KNOW, BUT

AT THE SAME TIME, I CAN BE

DRIVING SOMEWHERE AND HAVING

A CONVERSATION, AND I MISS

MY EXIT.

Mark: SURE.

YOU GET SO INVOLVED IN IT.

Wendy: SO THEY'RE

PROBABLY RIGHT.

THEY NEED SOME WARNINGS ON

THIS.

Mark: I WOULD SAY SO.

MOST DEFINITELY.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

Mark: RUSSIA HAS

APPROVED A BILL BANNING GAY

PROPAGANDA.

IT ALSO PREVENTS KIDS FROM

GETTING INFORMATION ON

HOMOSEXUALITY.

IT IS AN EFFORT TO PROMOTE

TRADITIONAL RUSSIAN VALUES

INSTEAD SO-CALLED WESTERN

LIBERALISM.

SOMETHING THE RUSSIAN

ORTHODOX CHURCH AND KREMLIN

SAY IS CORRUPTING THE

COUNTRY'S YOUTH.

THE BILL PASSED BY A VOTE

OF -- GET THIS -- 436 TO

ZERO.

RUSSIA IS ALSO CONSIDERING

BANNING FOREIGN GAY COUPLES

FROM ADOPTING RUSSIAN

ORPHANS.

CHECHNYA, DAGESTAN, AND

NORTH CAUCUSES, THEY'RE SOME

OF THE MOST VIOLENT PLACES

IN RUSSIA.

Wendy: RADICAL MUSLIMS

ARE STILL FIGHTING FOR

CONTROL OF THE REGION.

AS GEORGE THOMAS REPORTS.

George: IN A SMALL,

THREE-BEDROOM HOUSE ON THE

OUTSKIRTS OF TOWN, RAMSA AND

HIS WIFE SPEND A FEW QUIET

MOMENTS READING THE BIBLE

AND PRAYING.

I'M NOT A POLITICAL

PERSON, NEVER HAVE BEEN,

NEVER WANT TO BE.

MY FOCUS IS ON LOVING

PEOPLE.

George: SPEAKING ON THE

CONDITION WE HIDE HIS

IDENTITY, RAMSA IS AMONG A

HANDFUL OF CHRISTIANS

SECRETLY SHARING THE GOSPEL

IN ONE OF RUSSIA'S MOST

DANGEROUS PLACES.

I'VE BEEN ARRESTED MANY

TIMES.

I'M CONSTANTLY WATCHED BY

THE RUSSIAN POLICE, BUT I

WILL NEVER STOP PREACHING.

THIS IS MY HOME.

George: HOME IS THE

NORTH CAUCUS' REGION.

FOR NEARLY TWO DECADES,

RADICAL MUSLIMS HAVE FOUGHT

RUSSIAN FORCES ALMOST DAILY

TO TAKE OVER THE REGION FOR

ISLAM.

THEIR GOAL, TO TURN FIVE

REPUBLICS, INCLUDING

CHECHNYA AND DAGESTAN, TO

ONE EMIRATE.

IT HAS CHANGED AS MORE

PEOPLE EMBRACE A RADICAL

FORM OF ISLAM.

George: THE TWO

BROTHERS SUSPECTED IN THE

BOSTON MARATHON ATTACKS WERE

BORN AND LIVED IN THE NORTH

CAUCUSES BEFORE MOVING TO

THE U.S.

OLD BROTHER, TAMERLAN

TSARNAEV SPENT FIVE MONTHS

HERE.

CBN NEWS TRIED TO GET AN ON

CAMERA INTERVIEW WITH THE

IMAM, AND HE REFUSED.

INVESTIGATORS HAVE YET TO

ESTABLISH IF HE RECEIVED ANY

TRAINING OR HAD ANY LINKS TO

KNOWN JIHADIST NETWORKS

OPERATING IN THE REGION.

CHECHNYA WAS ONCE THE

EPICENTER OF THE EAST LAMIST

BATTLE.

RUSSIA FOUGHT TWO BRUTAL

WARS IN THE 1990s, TRYING

TO STOP THEM FROM ISLAMIZING

THE PROVINCE.

THIS MAN WAS ONLY A YEAR OLD

WHEN HE HEARD ABOUT THE

VIOLENCE.

TENS OF THOUSANDS KILLED,

AND HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF

CHECHYNANS MISPLACED.

I REMEMBER MY PARENTS AND

I CROSSING THE BORDER TO A

NEIGHBORING PROVINCE, ONCE

THE BOMBS STARTED FALLING.

George: IT LEFT THE

CITY IN RUINS.

AND THE CAPITAL WAS

DECIMATED.

SEVERAL YEARS AGO, IT WAS

DESCRIBED AS ONE OF THE MOST

DESTROYED CITIES IN THE

WORLD.

NOT ANYMORE.

THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT HAS

BEEN POURING IN BILLIONS OF

DOLLARS.

AND IN FACT, TODAY CHECHNYA

RECEIVES THE MOST MONEY OUT

OF ALL 85 PROVINCES.

THE EVIDENCE IS EVERYWHERE,

REBUILT STREETS, AND WALLS

ONCE RIDDLED WITH BULLET

HOLES ARE GONE.

SKYSCRAPERS ARE RISING TO

THE SKIES.

I DON'T THINK ANYONE

COULD HAVE IMAGINED THE

CHANGES HAPPENING THIS

FAST.

George: AND THE KREMLIN

IMPOSED A LEADER OF

CHECHNYA, HAS RULED WITH AN

IRON FIST, CRACKING DOWN

SEVERELY ON RADICAL

ISLAMISTS IN THE PROVINCE.

HE HAS MANAGED TO KEEP

THEM UNDER CONTROL FOR NOW.

George: BUT BENEATH THE

SURFACE, CHECHNYANS TOO

SCARED TO SPEAK ON CAMERA,

SPEAK OF AN ANGER.

JIHADISTS WHO ONCE FOUGHT ON

THESE STREETS HAVE NOW TAKEN

THE FIGHT TO THE

NEIGHBOURING PROVINCE OF

DAGESTAN.

IN MAY, A FEMALE SUICIDE

ATTACKED, INJURING DOZENS.

MORE THAN A DOZEN BLACK

WIDOWS HAVE CARRIED OUT

SUICIDE MISSIONS SINCE

2000.

BACK IN 1999, A GROUP OF

RADICAL MUSLIMS ATTEMPTED TO

TURN DAGESTAN INTO AN

EMIRATE, RULED BY ISLAMIC

SHARI'A LAW.

SINCE THEN, THIS HOME TO

ABOUT 2.5 MILLION PEOPLE,

HAS TODAY SOME 3,000 MOSQUES

AND GROWING.

SASSASHA LIVED NEXT DOOR TO

TWO ISLAMIC INSURGENTS

KILLED DURING A POLICE

RAID.

WE'VE TAKEN SIMILAR

PRECAUTIONS TO PROTECT HIS

IDENTITY.

SASHA SAYS HE ACTIVELY

ACTIVE SHARES THE GOSPEL

WITH MUSLIMS IN THE NORTH

CAUCUSES.

BUT IT WASN'T EASY.

HE WAS TWICE BEATEN.

I ALWAYS THOUGHT GOD

WOULD PROTECT ME AS HIS

SON.

BUT IF WE HAVE THE HONOR TO

BELIEVE IN OUR SAVIOR, WE

HAVE THE HONOR TO EXPERIENCE

WHAT HE HAVE FIELD.

WE CAN UNDERSTAND AND FEEL

HOW CLOSE GOD IS TO US.

George: THE PROVINCES

OF THE NORTH CAUCUSES ARE

ONE OF THE LEAST EVANGELIZED

PLACES ON EARTH.

THE RISING FERVOR HAS

PREVENTED MANY RUSSIANS FROM

VISITING THE REGION.

BUT FOR RAMSA, SASHA, AND

OTHERS BELIEVERS WHO WORK

QUIETLY IN THE SHADOWS, IT

IS A RISK WORTH TAKING TO

MAKE THE NAME OF CHRIST

KNOWN.

ONLY JESUS CAN CHANGE

LIVES AND BRING THE HOPE

PEOPLE ARE LOOKING FOR.

George: GEORGE THOMAS,

CBN NEWS, DAGESTAN.

Mark: ONE YEAR AGO

TODAY WE REPORTED ON THE

CRASH THAT LEFT MISSIONARY

STEVE SAINT PARTLY

PARALYZED.

Wendy: THE SON OF

MARTYRED MISSIONARY NATE

SAINT WAS INJURED DURING A

TEST FLIGHT OF HIS NEWLY

INVENTED FLYING CAR.

HERE IS HIS UPDATE.

EVERY MORNING WHEN I WAKE

UP, WHEN I SEE THE LIGHT

OUTSIDE, I KNOW THE FIRST

MOVE I MAKE I'M JUST -- MY

WHOLE BODY CAN GO INTO

SPASMS.

NONE OF US KNOWS WHAT OUR

LIFE IS GOING TO BE LIB.

LIKE.

I WOULDN'T MIND DYING, BUT I

WANT TO STAY HERE LONGER.

I WANT MY GRANDCHILDREN TO

SEE THAT LIFE ISN'T GOOD

WHEN EVERYTHING IS FITTING

TOGETHER RIGHT.

LIFE IS GOOD BECAUSE WE KNOW

WE HAVE A HOPE.

Wendy: WOW.

STEVE'S MINISTRY'S THEME FOR

THE LAST DECADE HAS BEEN

"LET GOD RIGHT YOUR STORY

"ISSUES STORY."

HE SAYS AN AMAZING MAN.

HE WALKS THE WALK.

Mark: THAT'S ALL FOR

THIS EDITION OF

"NEWSWATCH."

Wendy: REMEMBER YOU CAN

E-MAIL US YOUR COMMENTS AND

QUESTIONS AT

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