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CBN NewsWatch: August 1, 2013

On CBN Newswatch, Aug. 1: Snowden asylum further strains U.S.-Russian relations; Americans fed up with NSA's spy programs?; Army, Air Force stop sales of porn magazines; and more. Read Transcript


TONIGHT ON "NEWSWATCH" BIG

BROTHER IS BIGGER THAN YOU

THOUGHT.

NEW REVELATIONS ABOUT A MASSIVE

NSA DATA BASE AND WHAT THEY ARE

LEARNING FROM YOUR FACEBOOK

PAGE.

PLUS A SURPRISING REPORT ON

AMERICA'S HOSPITALS.

SEE SOME OF THE BEST AND WORST

PLACES TO HAVE AN OPERATION.

AND SEEKING SPIRITUAL

REVIVAL, WHY THESE RISING

POLITICAL STARS JOINED A GROUP

OF PASTORS IN IOWA.

ALL OF THIS AND MORE TONIGHT ON

"NEWSWATCH."

GOOD EVENING I AM MARK MARTIN.

AND I AM WENDY GRIFFITH.

RUSSIA IS HARBORING ONE OF THE

MOST WANTED MEN IN THE U.S.

FORMER NSA CONTRACTOR EDWARD

SNOWDEN.

TODAY RUSSIANS GRANTED HIM

ASYLUM FOR ONE YEAR.

HEATHER SELLS HAS TONIGHT'S TOP

STORY.

REPORTER: EDWARD SNOWDEN HAS

LEFT TRANSIT ZONE IN MOSCOW'S

AIRPORT WHERE HE HAS LIVED SINCE

JUNE 23RD AFTER BEING GRANTED

TEMPORARY ASYLUM.

HE IS ONE OF THE MOST WANTED

PEOPLE ON EARTH HE WILL MAKE

CERTAIN HIS RESIDENTS ABSOLUTELY

SAFE.

U.S. WANTS TO PROSECUTE HIM FOR

CLASSIFIED LEAKS.

THE WHITE HOUSE SAYS IT IS

EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED IN

RUSSIA'S DECISION AND CHAIR OF

THE SENATE FOREIGN RELATIONS

COMMITTEE IS BLASTING THE MOVE

CALLING IT A SET BACK TO

U.S.-RUSSIAN RELATIONS.

WHETHER THE PRESIDENT WILL

CANCEL A SCHEDULED TRIP TO

MOSCOW NEXT MONTH.

SNOWDEN'S FATHER IS PRAISING

RUSSIA.

RUSSIA HAS THE CONVICTION TO

KEEP HIM OUT OF THE REACH THAT

WOULD WISH HIM HARM.

REPORTER: PERHAPS NOW WILL

SNOWDEN HARM U.S. SECURITY WITH

FURTHER LEAKS, HEATHER SELLS,

CBN NEWS.

RUSSIA IS GIVING HIM THE

RIGHT TO SEEK RUSSIAN

CITIZENSHIP.

GOVERNMENT IS SPYING ON MORE

OF OUR ONLINE ACTIVITIES ALLOW

ALLOWING THEM TO SNOOP INTO A

WIDE RANGE OF ACTIVITY.

GROWING SIGNS PEOPLE DO NOT

APPROVE.

DALE HURD HAS THE STORY.

REPORTER: IT IS A SIGN OF THE

TIMES WHEN THE HEAD OF THE

NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY GENERAL

KEITH BUTLER WAS JUSTIFYING THE

PROGRAM AT A HACKER'S

CONVENTION, HIS SPEECH CUT SHORT

BY HECKLERS.

REPORTER: MEMBERS OF THE

SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE WERE

WONDERING THE SAME THING.

MORE ABOUT THIS PROGRAM COULD

BE TOLD TO THE PUBLIC.

ARE YOU TAKING STEPS TO MAKE

SURE A SCREW UP DOESN'T HAPPEN

AGAIN?

REPORTER: THE OBAMA

ADMINISTRATION IS -- WE DON'T

CAPTURE THROUGH THIS ANY

CONVERSATION.

THERE IS NO ABILITY, NO

POSSIBILITY OF LISTENING TO

CONVERSATIONS THROUGH WHAT WE

GET IN THIS PROGRAM.

REPORTER: A NEW REPORTER IN

THE GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER BASED ON

DOCUMENTS FROM SNOWDEN SAYS

NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY IS

OPERATING A MASSIVE DATA BASE

SYSTEM ALLOWING THEM TO SCOUR

INTERNET BROWSING HISTORIES AT

WILL.

THE WHITE HOUSE SAYS IN ORDER TO

FIND ONE TERRORISTS, THEY MUST

HAVE THE TOOLS.

A NEW POLL SHOWS MOST AMERICANS

AREN'T SURE.

A MAJORITY BELIEVE THERE ARE PT

ENOUGH LIMITS ON THE SPYING AND

GOVERNMENT USES DATA FOR MORE

THAN JUST FIGHTING TERRORISM,

DALE HURD, CBN NEWS.

JOINING US NOW WITH MANY IS

DR. PAUL BONNICHELLI, A

PROFESSOR OF GOVERNMENT.

DOCTOR, THE GOVERNMENT INSISTS

THE NSA SURVEILLANCE PROGRAMS

ARE LEGAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL.

WHAT DO YOU SAY?

PLENTY OF PEOPLE SAY THEY ARE

NOT.

AS FAR AS LEGAL, PATRIOT ACT

MAKES THEM LEGAL IT HAS BEEN

PASSED THREE TIMES AND THE HOUSE

JUST TURNED BACK IN AN ATTEMPT

TO DO IT.

CONSTITUTIONAL IS A DIFFERENT

ISSUE.

IF IT COMES BEFORE THE SUPREME

COURT, IT IS GOING TO BE A REAL

BATTLE.

YOU HAVE LEFT AND RIGHT,

DEMOCRATS, CONSERVATIVE

REPUBLICANS, THEY ARE ALL

DIVIDED.

WHAT ABOUT THIS ARGUMENT,

THIS COLLECTION OF ALL THIS DATA

IS HELPING US FIGHT TERRORISM?

PRESIDENT'S BIGGEST PROBLEM

IS HE DOESN'T BELIEVE IN WAR ON

TERROR.

HE HAS BEEN USING PROGRAMS HE

INHERITED FROM THE BUSH

ADMINISTRATION HE DOESN'T

BELIEVE IN THEM.

WE ARE IN THE FIFTH YEAR, HE IS

HAVING A HARD TIME ACCEPTING

THIS IS LEGITIMATE, HELPFUL,

U.S., JUSTICE DEPARTMENT

CONTRADICTS THE C.I.A.

IT IS A POLICY PROBLEM AS WELL

AS PRACTICAL.

NSA SAYS THEY ARE NOT

COLLECTING DATA, THERE ARE

REPORTS TO THE COB CONTRARY.

NSA IS GOING TO HAVE A HARD

TIME BEING BELIEVED.

WE NEED TO WATCH MEMBERS OF

CONGRESS.

CONGRESS CAN OVERSEE THIS, STOP

AND START THINGS.

I THINK YOU ARE FINDING MORE AND

MORE CONGRESSMAN, PARTICULARLY

DEMOCRATS REALLY HAVE A PROBLEM

WITH THE ADMINISTRATION.

THEIR OWN ADMINISTRATION ABOUT

IT.

I THINK IT IS CLEAR THEY ARE

TAKING A LOT MORE INFORMATION

THAN THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO

BECAUSE THEY ARE HAVING A HARD

TIME EXPLAINING WHAT THEY ARE

DOING.

I DON'T KNOW IF SNOWDEN IS

SAYING THIS, WE ARE HEARING

EVERYONE'S PHONE CALLS ARE

COLLECTED AND PEOPLE ARE

LISTENING TO AVERAGE AMERICAN'S

CONVERSATIONS AND THAT IS WHAT

IS MOST DISTURBING.

THAT IS THE PROBLEM.

NO ONE BELIEVES THEM WHEN THEY

SAY THEY ARE NOT.

HEAD OF THE DAI WAS AT A FEDERAL

HACKER FESTIVAL.

PROFANITIES WERE EXCHANGED.

WE CAN LOOK BUT WE DON'T.

DO YOU THINK SNOWEDEN IS

MAKING THE RIGHT DECISION

BECOMING A RUSSIAN CITIZEN?

I DON'T.

I DIDN'T THINK SNOWDEN WAS A

WHISTLE BLOWER.

INSTEAD HE IMMEDIATELY LEFT THE

COUNTRY, NEVER GONE ANYWHERE BUT

TO COUNTRIES THAT WERE HOSTILE.

HE IS IN A COUNTRY THAT HAS NO

GOOD WILL TO THE U.S. VLADIMIR

PUTIN HAS NO GOOD WILL TOWARDS

U.S. RESPONDING TO REQUEST FOR

INFORMATION FROM RAND PAUL.

FBI TOLD PAUL IT IS LIMITED TO

SPECIFIC INVESTIGATIONS.

OFFICIALS CLAIM THEY ARE I LOUED

TO SPY FROM THE SKIES WHENEVER

THEY WANT.

THEY ARE ONLY MONITORING PUBLIC

AREAS NO INVASION OF PRIVACY.

SENATOR PAUL DISAGREES AND FBI

NEEDS WARRANTS FOR DRONES ON

AMERICAN SOIL.

CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS

SAYS ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC

HOLDER TOLD CONGRESS HE HAD

NEVER BEEN INVOLVED IN

PROSECUTION OF THE NEWS MEDIA.

REPUBLICANS SAID HE APPROVED A

SEARCH WARRANT ON A FOX NEWS

REPORTER IN 2010 AND REPORTER

COULD HAVE BEEN PROSECUTED.

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ARGUES NO

CHARGES WERE BROUGHT IN THE

CASE.

A MAJOR PART OF 'OBAMACARE'

TAKES EFFECT TWO MONTHS FROM

TODAY.

LAWMAKERS ON CAPITOL HILL

CLASHED OVER PRIVACY CONCERNS.

HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGES UP

AND RUNNING OCTOBER 1ST.

APPLICATION PROCESS REQUIRES IRS

TO SHARE PRIVATE DATA WITH OTHER

AGENCIES WORKING TO ENROLL

PEOPLE IN THE PROGRAM.

THAT SPARKED CONCERNS ABOUT

PROTECTING PRIVACY ESPECIALLY

AFTER IRS TARGETED CONSERVATIVE

GROUPS BEFORE LAST YEAR'S

ELECTION.

THIS DATA HUB IS A HACKER'S

DREAM.

I DON'T KNOW WHO I MOST FEAR.

SOMEONE FROM THE OUTSIDE HACKING

INFORMATION OR THE WAY OUR

GOVERNMENT HANDLES IT.

WHY SHOULD WE TRUST THE IRS TO

PROTECT OUR TAX PAYOR

INFORMATION UNDER 'OBAMACARE?'

WE SHARE INFORMATION ROUGHLY

WITH 300 STATE AND FEDERAL

AGENCIES AS A MATTER OF ROUTINE

BUSINESS.

WE HAVE PROCEDURES IN PLACE TO

PROTECT THAT INFORMATION.

DEMOCRATS SAY THESE

'OBAMACARE' HEARINGS ARE

POLITICALLY MOTIVATED.

REPUBLICANS SAY THE IRS TEA

PARTY SCANDAL REAL AND WORRIED

ABOUT IRS OVERSEEING AFFORDABLE

CARE ACTED.

THIS HEARING IS A CULMINATION

OF MONTHS OF A CAREFUL BUILD UP.

THEY ARE CRAFTING A SCANDAL

NARRATIVE TO SUPPORT THEIR TRULY

RELENTLESS AGENDA TO REPEAL

AFFORDABLE CARE ACT.

NO MATTER WHAT OUR COLLEAGUES

TRY TO SAY, GOVERNMENT WAS

TARGETING THEM BASED ON

POLITICAL VIEWS.

THAT IS NOT PHONY, THAT IS REAL.

THE HEARINGS COME BEFORE WHAT

IS EXPECTED THE 40TH HOUSE VOTE

TO REPEAL 'OBAMACARE.' AN

UPDATE ON A STORY CBN NEWS HAS

BEEN FOLLOWING.

ARMY AND AIR FORCE EXCHANGE

SERVICE WILL REMOVE SEXUALLY

EXPLICIT MAGAZINES FROM THEIR

STORE SHELF.

THE GROUP MORALITY AND MORAL.

THEY ASKED CHUCK HAGEL TO STOP

THE SALE.

THEY ARE PULLING PORN MAG SEENS

BECAUSE OF POOR SALES.

MORALITY AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

DON HAWKENS SAYS HOPEFULLY THEY

WILL FOLLOW SUIT OR SECRETARY

HAGEL WITH ORDER REMOVAL FROM

ALL THE BASIS.

COMING UP, WHY THE BIGGEST

HOSPITALS ARE NOT THE BEST.

SURPRISING CONSUMER REPORT JUST

AHEAD.

ARIEL CASTRO, THE MAN THAT

HELD THREE WOMEN CAPTIVE IN HIS

HOME FOR 10 YEARS SENTENCED TO

LIFE IN PRISON PLUS 1,000 YEARS.

HE PLED GUILTY TO 937 ACCOUNTS

INCLUDING MURDER AND KIDNAPPING.

MICHELLE KNIGHT WAS THE ONLY

VICTIM TO MAKE AN EXPERIENCE AND

TESTIFY.

HE TOOK 11 YEARS OF MY LIFE

AWAY.

I HAVE GOT IT BACK.

I SPENT 11 YEARS IN HELL.

NOW YOUR HELL IS JUST BEGINNING.

WOW.

CASTRO SAT THROUGH THE LENGTHY

SENTENCING AFTER WITNESS AFTER

WITNESS DEPEKTED THE CRUELTY.

AMANDA BERRY DID NOT TESTIFY

BECAUSE SHE DOESN'T WANT TO

SPEAK OF THE HORRORS SHE

ENDURED.

SHE AND GINA DEJESUS HAD FAMILY

MEMBERS PRESIDENT.

DR. NICHOLAS CUMMINGS ROAD IN

USA TODAY THAT HE HELPED

HUNDREDS OVERCOME SAME-SEX

ATTRACTION.

HE SAYS THE BELIEF THAT

HOMOSEXUALITY IS ONE

CHARACTERISTIC IS NOT SUPPORTED

BY EVIDENCE.

HE SAID CHARACTERIZING IT AS

UNETHICAL GIVES AN OUTSIDE VETO

OVER PATIENT'S OWN TREATMENT.

CONSUMER REPORTS IS IN THE

BUSINESS OF RATING BEST AND

WORST PRODUCTS AND THE BEST AND

WORST PLACES TO HAVE SURGERY.

LORIE JOHNSON SAYS THE RESULTS

MAY SURPRISE YOU.

REPORTER: CONSUMER REPORTS

REVIEWED 2500 HOSPITALS PAYING

PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO THE

MEDICARE PATIENTS.

HOSPITALS WERE RANKED BASE ON

THEIR PERCENTAGE OF PATIENTS

THAT DIED OR STAYED LONGER THAN

EXPECTED AFTER BEING OPERATEDED

ON FOR THINGS LIKE KNEE

REPLACEMENT OR ANGIOMRAS --

MRASY.

OKLAHOMA HEART HOSPITAL AND

GREATER BALTIMORE MEDICAL CENTER

SCORED THE HIGHEST WHILE SOME OF

THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS CENTERS

CAME IN LOWER THAN YOU EXPECT.

BIG NAME HOSPITALS DON'T

ALWAYS PERFORM BETTER THAN NAME

HOSPITALS.

REPORTER: CRITICS SAY THE

FINDINGS ARE MISLEADING BECAUSE

THE HOSPITALS RATED POORLY TAKE

ON THE MOST CHALLENGING CASES

THAT WOULD THROUGH NO FAULT OF

THEIR OWN RESULT IN A GREATER

NUMBER OF COMPLICATIONS.

LORIE JOHNSON, CBN NEWS.

THANKS, LORIE, A MAJOR SOLAR

FLARE NEARLY HIT EARTH TWO WEEKS

AGO AND COULD HAVE GENERATED A

MAGNET ELECTRO PULSE AND COULD

HAVE KNOCK OUT POWER ACROSS THE

U.S. AND SMART PHONES.

FORMER GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS ARE

TRYING TO GET WASHINGTON

STRENGTHEN THE U.S. POWER GRID.

NOT MUCH PROGRESS MADE.

UP NEXT, PASTORS AND

POLITICIANS TEAM UP TO TAKE BACK

AMERICA.

WE HAVE THE EXCLUSIVE REPORT.

A FEDERAL JUDGE IS BLOCKING

THE DISPLAY OF ABOUT 30 CROSSES

ON PUBLIC LAND ALONG THE OHIO

RIVER IN EVANSVILLE, INDIANA

CHILDREN FROM THE CHURCHES BIBLE

SCHOOL CREATED THE DISPLAY.

JUDGE SAID SIZE AND DURATION

WOULD CONVEY ENDORSEMENT BY THE

CITY.

CITY'S ATTORNEY SAYS IT HAS

NEVER TURNED DOWN THE REQUEST TO

USE THE AREA FOR FREE SPEECH

PURPOSES.

OBAMA ADMINISTRATION IS

OPPOSING -- PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT

ASKED NATION TO JOIN HIM IN

PRAYER ASKING GOD FOR COURAGE

AND FAITH WITH THY BLESSING WE

SHOULD PREVAIL OVER THE UNHOLY

FORCES OF OUR ENEMY.

OHIO REPUBLICAN ROB PORTMAN SAID

IT WOULD REMIND AMERICANS WHAT

THEY HAVE IN COMMON.

ADMINISTRATION OBJECTED SAYING

OFFICIALS OPPOSE ADDITIONS TO A

COMPLETED MEMORIAL AND INCLUDING

A PRAYER WOULD ATTRACT A

LAWSUIT.

MANY CHRISTIANS ARE PRAYING

FOR A SPIRITUAL REVIAL.

TOO MANY CHRISTIANS SITTING

ON THE SIDELINES.

DAVID BRODY HAS A REPORT FROM

IOWA.

REPORTER: WHAT COMBINES

GOSPEL PREACHING, FIERY

POLITICAL SPEECHES AND PRAYER

FOR POSSIBLE PRESIDENTIAL

CANDIDATE?

LORD, WE ARE ASKING FOR

WISDOM YOU'LL BE WITH THE

SENATOR.

REPORTER: ANSWER IS IOWA'S

PASTORS PEACEFUL EVENT TO HEAR

THE IMPORTANCE OF SPEAKING

BOLDLY FROM THE PULPIT.

PREACH THE RECORD AND RALLY

THE REMNANT AND LEAVE THE

OUTCOME TO GOD.

REPORTER: THIS EVENT REACHED

MORE THAN 10,000 PASTORS SINCE

IT BEGAN A DECADE AGO.

IT WILL SPREAD TO MORE THAN A

DOZEN OTHER STATES AROUND THE

COUNTRY.

MAIN ORGANIZER IS DAVID LANE.

IF THE LORD DOES IT WE ARE

GOING TO RE-ESTABLISH A

CHRISTIAN CULTURE.

REPORTER: LOOK AT THAT

STARTLING FIGURES OF THE ROUGHLY

65-80 MILLION EVANGELICALS IN

THE UNITED STATES, ONLY 50%

REGISTERED TO VOTE.

ONLY HALF OF THOSE REGISTERED

SHOW UP ON ELECTION DAY.

IF THEY DO NOT VOTE, THEY ARE

BETRAYING THE LORD, JESUS

CHRIST.

REPORTER: THE WILKES BROTHERS

WORRY IT WILL HURT THE YOUNGER

GENERATIONS.

WE HAVE TO MAKE PEOPLE AWARE

AND BRING THE BIBLE BACK INTO

THE SCHOOL AND TEACH OUR KIDS AT

A YOUNGER AGE.

THEY ARE BEING TAUGHT OTHER

IDEAS, GAY AGENDA.

REPORTER: MANY BELIEVE

SECULARISM HAS CREPT INTO THE

CRACKS.

MANY FEAR IRS WILL COME AFTER

THEIR TAX EXEMPT STATUS IF THEY

BRING POLITICS TO THE PULPITS.

WE ARE BEING COWARD BECAUSE

WE WANT MONEY.

REPORTER: MANY BELIEVE

BOLDNESS IS NEEDED.

BOOK AFTER ISAIAH, MY PEOPLE

PERISH FOR LACK OF KNOWLEDGE.

EDMOND BURKE PUT IT DIFFERENTLY,

ONLY NECESSARY FOR EVIL TO

PREVAIL IS FOR GOOD MEN TO DO

NOTHING.

WE MUST SEEK GOD FOR OUR

REDEMPTION AND SALVATION AND OUR

COUNTRY'S REVIVAL.

REPORTER: THEY PRAY FOR

SPIRITUAL REVIVAL.

FATHER, WE ARE IN NEED OF

ANOTHER GREAT AWAKENING.

REPORTER: FIRST AWAKENING

BEGAN IN 1700S BY GEORGE

WHITFIELD.

A SECOND REVIVAL SAW LARGE CAMP

MEETINGS SPREAD BY WILD FIRE, IS

THERE A THIRD GREAT AWAKENING

AROUND THE CORNER?

I DON'T KNOW IF PEOPLE ARE

COMMITTED ENOUGH YET TO SEE IT.

REPORTER: SOME OF THE DOUBT

COULD BE DUE TO EVENTS OVER THE

LAST 50 YEARS THAT HAVE TAKEN

AIM AT CHRISTIAN PRINCIPLES,

1963, PUBLIC SCHOOL PRAYER GONE,

LEGALIZATION OF ABORTION A

DECADE LATER AND CULTURAL

ACCEPTANCE OF HOMOSEXUAL

MARRIAGE.

THAT IS NOT ACCORDING TO THESE

PASTORS GOING TO BE SOV SOLVED

BY POLITICIANS.

THESE AREN'T GOOD AT MUCH,

BUT THEY ARE GOOD AT THIS,

SEEING WHICH WAY THE WIND IS

BLOWING.

WE NEED TO CHANGE THE DIRECTION

OF THE WIND.

REPORTER: THAT WIND CAN ONLY

COME FROM ABOVE.

SOME OF THESE ARE GOING TO

RING SUPREME.

MY GUESS IS SPIRITUALLY

SPEAKING, WE NEED MERCY.

THE MERCY OF GOD.

REPORTER: DAVID BRODY, CBN

NEWS, IN THE NATION'S HEART

LAND, DES MOINES, IOWA.

IF YOU HAVEN'T HIT THE GYM

LATELY, WE HAVE SOMETHING THAT

MIGHT HELP YOU.

A 90-YEAR-OLD MAN BROKE THE

WORLD RECORD FOR HIS AGE

CATEGORY, SI PEARLIS IS A WORLD

WAR II VETERAN AND STARTED

LIFTING WEIGHTS AT 60.

HE DIDN'T START COMPETING UNTIL

FIVE YEARS AGO AND WON A STIET

TITLE.

THIS YEAR HE BEAT THE PREVIOUS

WORLD RECORD BY OVER 50 POUNDS.

HE GETS STRONGER EVERY YEAR.

TO BE 91 YEARS OLD AND CONTINUE

TO MAKE GAIN, IT IS INCREDIBLE.

YOU HAVE TO REMEMBER THERE

AREN'T TOO MANY 91-YEAR-OLD

PEOPLE DOING THIS.

IF THEY DID, THEY MIGHT BE ABLE

TO LIFT IT.

[LAUGHTER] I HAVE BEEN INVOLVED

IN THE GYM.

I FEEL GOOD.

THAT IS THE IMPORTANT THING.

HE LOOKS GREAT.

WORKS OUT FIVE DAYS A WEEK AND

PLAN TO BREAK HIS OWN RECORD

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