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CBN NewsWatch: August 7, 2013

On CBN Newswatch, Aug. 7: Ft. Hood victims sue government for role in 2009 massacre; Obama cancels meeting with Russia's Putin in diplomatic rebuke; State Dept. launches new faith-based office; and more. Read Transcript


TONIGHT ON "NEWSWATCH,"

DID POLITICAL CORRECTNESS

LEAD TO A TERROR ATTACK?

WHY VICTIMS OF THE FORT HOOD

MASSACRE ARE SUING THE U.S.

GOVERNMENT.

Wendy: PLUS, IT'S A

GO-TO GROCERY STORE FOR

HEALTHY FOODS, BUT WOULD

THIS POPULAR STORE HAVE

SUCCEEDED IF ITS OWNER TRIED

TO START IT IN TODAY'S

BUSINESS WORLD?

George: AND FROM

INMATES TO AND PRENEUR, THE

PRISON MINISTRY THAT IS

GIVING EX-CONS A SECOND

CHANCE, WHEN NO ONE ELSE

WOULD.

ALL THIS AND MORE TONIGHT ON

"NEWSWATCH."

HELLO, EVERYONE.

I'M GEORGE THOMAS.

Wendy: AND I'M WENDY

GRIFFITH.

THE TRIAL FOR THE SUSPECTED

FORT HOOD SHOOTER IS UNDER

WAY.

MAJOR NIDAL HASAN IS

D.V.D.IN DEFENDING HIS A

SAYING HE DID IT FOR AS

ISLAM.

AND SOME OF THE VICTIMS ARE

SUING THE U.S. GOVERNMENT.

THEY SAY THE POLITICAL

CORRECTNESS ALLOWED THE

MASSACRE TO HAPPEN.

Reporter: WITNESSES SAY

NIDAL HASAN OPENED FIRE AT

FORT HOOD NEARLY FOUR YEARS

AGO.

HE IS ACCUSED OF KILLING 13

PEOPLE AND WOUNDING MORE

THAN 30 OTHERS.

NOW ON TRIAL, HE DENIES NONE

OF THAT.

IN A BRIEF OPENING STATEMENT

MONDAY HE SAID, QUOTE,"THE

EVIDENCE WILL CLEARLY SHOW

THAT I AM THE SHOOTER."

HASAN CALLED HIMSELF A

MUSLIM HOLY WARRIOR.

HE FURTHER STATED HE

REALIZED DURING THE WAR HE

EVENTUALLY FOUND HIMSELF ON

THE WRONG SIDE AND SWITCHED

SIDES, CONSIDERING HIMSELF

AMUJAHADIN.

Reporter: AND HE SAID

WE ARE IMPERFECT MUSLIMS,

TRYING TO ESTABLISH A

PERFECT RELIGION.

I APOLOGIZE FOR ANY MISTAKES

I MADE IN THIS ENDEAVOR."

THIS IS JUST COLD-BLOODED

MASSACRE.

IF YOU BELIEVE IN CAPITAL

PUNISHMENT AND YOU DON'T

VOTE FOR THE DEATH PENALTY

IN THIS CASE, I DON'T KNOW

WHAT CASE YOU WOULD VOTE FOR

IT.

Reporter: HASAN PROUDLY

ADMITS TO CARRYING OUT THE

ATTACKS, THE SURVIVORS

REMAIN FURIOUS.

A GROUP OF 148 VICTIMS AND

THEIR FAMILIES ARE SUING THE

U.S. GOVERNMENT TOR

ESSENTIALLY ALLOWING THE

ATTACK TO HAPPEN.

THEIR LAWYER TOLD THE SUNDAY

TELEGRAPH, QUOTE,"BECAUSE OF

WHERE HE CAME FROM AND HOW

HE PRAYED TO HIS GOD, THEY

PROMOTED HIM AND SET HIM

LOOSE, AND IGNORED HIS VERY

OPEN AND VERY OBVIOUS

JIHADISM."

TWO-YEARS BEFORE THE ATTACK,

HASAN TOLD MEDICAL STUDENTS

THAT THE U.S. WAS WAGING WAR

ON ISLAM.

AND THE F.B.I. SPOTTED

E-MAIL EXCHANGES BETWEEN

HASAN AND ANWAR

al-AWLAKI.

THE VICTIMS SAY IT IS TIME

FOR THE MILITARY TO MEET ITS

RESPONSIBILITIES TO THOSE

HARMED BY ITS NEGLIGENCE.

CHARLENE ISRAEL, CBN NEWS.

Wendy: A U.S. DRONE

STRIKE KILLED ANOTHER SEVEN

ALLEGED al-QAEDA

TERRORISTS IN YEMEN TODAY.

THE SUSPECTED DRONE ATTACK

IS THE FIFTH IN YEMEN IN

LESS THAN TWO WEEKS.

TUESDAY THE U.S. AND BRITAIN

EVACUATED EMBASSY STAFF DUE

TO A THREATENED TERROR

ATTACK IN THE COUNTRY.

THE U.S. HAS TEMPORARILY

SHUT DOWN 19 EMBASSIES

ACROSS THE MIDDLE EAST AND

AFRICAN.

THE SENIOR U.S. OFFICIAL

SAYS THEY'RE RESPONDING

AFTER INTERCEPTING A MESSAGE

FROM al-QAEDA LEADER AYMAN

AL-ZAWAHIRI.

THE TERROR NETWORK HAS

SPREAD INTO MORE COUNTRIES

TODAY THAN IT WAS OPERATING

BACK ON 9/11.

George: WELL, IT'S AN

HISTORIC CANCELLATION AND

ONE THAT WILL LIKELY DEEPEN

AN ALREADY FROSTY

RELATIONSHIP.

PRESIDENT OBAMA ANNOUNCED

TODAY HE WILL SKIP A PLANNED

FACE-TO-FACE MEETING WITH

RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR

PUTIN.

Reporter: IT IS THE

FIRST TIME AN AMERICAN

PRESIDENT HAS CANCELLED A

PUBLICLY ANNOUNCED VISIT IN

RUSSIA SINCE THE END OF THE

COLD WAR.

IRONICALLY, THE PRESIDENT

JUST REBUKED RUSSIA ON

NATIONAL TELEVISION FOR

OPERATING IN A COLD WAR

MANNER.

President Obama: THERE

ARE TIMES THEY FLIP BACK

INTO A COLD WAR THINKING.

AND WHAT I CONSISTENTLY SAY

TO THEM AND WHAT I SAY TO

PRESIDENT PUTIN IS, THAT'S

THE PAST.

Reporter: THE WHITE

HOUSE MAINTAINS THERE HAS

NOT BEEN ENOUGH PROGRESS ON

A BILATERAL AGENDA TO MAKE

THE MEETING WORTHWHILE.

AND THERE IS ALSO EDWARD

SNOWDEN.

IN A STATEMENT, THE WHITE

HOUSE SAID, "RUSH'RUSSIA'S

DISAPPOINTING DECISION TO

GRANT EDWARD SNOWDEN ASYLUM

WAS ALSO A FACTOR."

President Obama: IF

THERE IS AN ALLEGED TRAITOR

IN OUR COUNTRY, WE TRY TO

WORK WITH THEM.

THEY DIDN'T DO THAT WITH

US.

Reporter: THE U.S.

ACCUSES SIERRA OF HELPING

THE PRESIDENT FUND A CIVIL

WAR, AND SANCTIONED THE

COUNTRY FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

VIOLATIONS.

RUSSIA, IN TURN, BANNED ALL

U.S. ADOPTIONS.

STILL, THE U.S. CANNOT

COMPLETELY SEVER TIES.

JOHN KERRY AND CHUCK HAGEL

WILL MEET WITH THEIR RUSSIAN

COUNTERPARTS IN WASHINGTON

TOMORROW.

THE U.S. NEEDS RUSSIAN

ROUTES TO EXIT AFGHANISTAN,

AND SOMEWHAT NEEDS RUSSIA'S

COOPERATION TO OUST THE

SYRIAN PRESIDENT.

Wendy: THE JUSTICE

DEPARTMENT HAS FILED

CRIMINAL CHARGES ON THE

DEADLY U.S. ATTACK ON

BENGHAZI.

FOUR AMERICANS, INCLUDING

AMBASSADOR CHRIS STEVENS,

DIED ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2012.

THE CRIMINAL COMPLAINT LISTS

AN UNSPECIFIED NUMBER OF

SUSPECTS.

ONE OFFICIAL SAID IT

INCLUDES AHMED KHATTALAH,

THE HEAD OF A MILITANT

MALITIA GROUP, WHO ADMITS

BEING AT THE COMPOUND THAT

NIGHT.

DARRELL ISSA SAYS CRIMINAL

CHARGES ARE NOT ENOUGH, AND

THE ATTACKERS SHOULD BE

APPREHENDED IMMEDIATELY.

George: A MASSIVE FIRE

TO REPORT ON SHUT DOWN EAST

AFRICA'S LARGEST AIRPORT IN

KENYA, FORCING PLANES TO

DIVERT TO OTHER CITIES.

THE FIRE DESTROYED THE

INTERNATIONAL ARRIVALS'

HALL, WHERE PASSENGERS GET

THEIR LUGGAGE.

NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED.

THE FIRE BROKE OUT ON THE

15th ANNIVERSARY OF THE

DEADLY TERRORIST ATTACK ON

THE U.S. EMBASSIES IN KENYA

AND TANZANIA.

MORE THAN 200 PEOPLE WERE

KILLED IN THOSE ATTACKS,

INCLUDING 12 AMERICANS.

THERE WERE NO IMMEDIATE

SIGNS TODAY'S FIRE WAS

CONNECTED TO TERRORISM.

Wendy: THE STATE

DEPARTMENT IS REACHING OUT

TO FAITH COMMUNITIES ACROSS

THE GLOBE IN AN EFFORT TO

PROMOTE U.S. FOREIGN

POLICY.

JOHN KERRY ANNOUNCED THE

CREATION OF THE OFFICE OF

FAITH-BASED COMMUNITY

INITIATIVES.

ITS GOAL IS TO GET INPUT

FROM RELIGIOUS LEADERS AS

THE STATE DEPARTMENT WORKS

TO ADVANCE FREEDOM AND

REDUCE POVERTY.

THE NEW HEAD IS JOHN CASEY,

A PROFESSOR AT WASHINGTON,

D.C.'S WESLEY THEOLOGICAL

SEMINARY, AND A 2008 OBAMA

CAMPAIGN ADVISOR.

AS RELIGIOUS LEADERS IN

FAITH COMMUNITIES SHAPE

THEIR ENVIRONMENT, THEY HAVE

AN INFLUENCE AND SHAPE OUR

OWN FOREIGN POLICY CONCERNS

HERE IN THE UNITED STATES.

IT IS ESSENTIAL FOR THE

UNITED STATES TO UNDERSTAND

THEM AND TO BRING THEM INTO

OUR DIPLOMACY AND

DEVELOPMENT EFFORTS.

Wendy: CASEY IS BEST

KNOWN FOR SEVERAL

CONTROVERSIAL REMARKS MADE

WHILE RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS

ADVISOR TO THE PRESIDENT.

DURING THE 2008 CAMPAIGN HE

DESCRIBED JESUS AS AN

ILLEGAL ALIEN.

George: A KEY SECURITY

FUNCTION IN OBAMACARE IS

MONTHS BEHIND SCHEDULE, EVEN

THOUGH THE HEALTH CARE LAW

KICKS IN IN LESS THAN TWO

MONTHS FROM NOW.

THEIR IDENTITY, INCOME, AND

OTHER SENSITIVE INFORMATION

WILL BE FUNNELLED THROUGH A

FEDERAL DATA HUB.

REUTERS REPORTS THE SAFETY

OF THIS TECHNOLOGY HAS NOT

BEEN TESTED PROPERLY BECAUSE

OF MANY MISSED DEADLINES.

TESTS TO CERTIFY THE

SECURITY OF THE SYSTEM HAS

BEEN PUSHED BACK TO

SEPTEMBER 30th, JUST ONE

DAY BEFORE ENROLLMENT

BEGINS.

AND AN UNSAFE SYSTEM COULD

OPEN MANY TO FRAUD AND

IDENTITY THEFT.

Wendy: YOU HEARD THE

PHRASE "BIG BROTHER IS

WATCHING YOU," AND WHEN

GEORGE ORWELL WROTE THAT, IT

WAS FICTION.

AND TODAY IT IS A FACT.

TODAY BIG BROTHER CAN TRACK

YOU ALMOST ANYWHERE ANY

TIME.

JENNIFER WISHON HAS THAT

STORY.

Reporter: IF YOU GO TO

THE MALL TO BUY A NEW

OUTFIT, GO HOME AND LOG INTO

A WEBSITE, AND THEN HOP INTO

YOUR CAR WITH YOUR

SMARTPHONE TO TAKE A ROAD

TRIP, YOU WOULDN'T EXPECT

THOSE THINGS TO BE LOGGED

ABOUT YOU IN CYBERSPACE, BUT

THEY PROBABLY ARE.

IT IS HARD FOR YOU TO

KNOW ALL OF THE PLACES WHERE

THE INFORMATION IS BEING

GENERATED ABOUT YOU.

Reporter: DATA BROKERS

ARE CONSTANTLY COLLECTING

INFORMATION ABOUT YOU, AND

IT COMES FROM SOURCES YOU

MAY NOT EXPECT.

EVEN THIS MOBILE GAMING

DEVICE TRACKS ITS G.P.S.

LOCATION WHEN IT IS OFF

LINE.

OTHER GAMING SYSTEMS

LITERALLY WATCH YOU,

DETECTING WHERE YOU ARE IN A

ROOM AND MONITORING WHAT TV

SHOWS YOU'RE WATCHING.

AND THEY ARE COLLECTING

SPECIFIC INFORMATION ABOUT

WHAT YOU BUY, TO LESS

SPECIFIC MEDA DATA, WHICH IS

BASICALLY DATA ABOUT DATA,

OR PUT ANOTHER WAY,

INFORMATION ABOUT YOU, LIKE

HOW MANY PHONE CALLS YOU

MAKE, HOW LONG YOU TALK, AND

EVEN THE SUBJECT OF YOUR

E-MAILS.

IT ALLOWS THE GOVERNMENT AND

ANY OTHER READERS TO

CATEGORIZE YOU, DETERMINE

WITH WHOM YOU ASSOCIATE, AND

HOW YOU THINK.

JUSTIN BROOKMAN IS A

CONSUMER PRIVACY ADVOCATE AT

THE CENTER FOR DEMOCRACY AND

TECHNOLOGY.

MY CONCERN IS YOU GO TO

THE STORE WITH YOUR CREDIT

CARD AND BUY A LOAF OF BREAD

OR A DOUGHNUT, DOES THAT

INFORMATION GET COLLECTED

ABOUT ME AND SOLD TO MY

DOCTOR, DOES IT GET SOLD TO

MY INSURANCE COMPANY?

THAT'S THE SORT OF THING WE

DON'T HAVE CONTROL OVER

RIGHT NOW.

AND I THINK PEOPLE SHOULD

AGITATE FOR BETTER CONTROLS,

BETTER LAWS ABOUT THIS.

Reporter: AND

SURVEILLANCE ISN'T GOING

AWAY.

IT COULD EASILY BECOME EVEN

MORE PERVASIVE IN THE

FUTURE.

BECAUSE TECHNOLOGY IS ONLY

GETTING, WELL, SMARTER.

RIGHT NOW IF YOU TAKE A

PICTURE OF SOMEONE WALKING

DOWN THE SIDEWALK, CHANCES

ARE YOU WON'T BE ABLE TO

IDENTIFY THEM USING FACIAL

RECOGNITION SOFTWARE.

BUT THAT TECHNOLOGY IS

COMING, AND THAT HAS SOME

PEOPLE WONDERING IF PRIVACY

IS DEAD OR AT LEAST ON LIFE

SUPPORT.

AND DON'T FORGET THE GROWING

CAPABILITY OF DRONES,

UNMANNED TINY EYES IN THE

SKY THAT CAN FOLLOW YOU

WITHOUT YOU KNOWING IT.

EVEN IF YOU AREN'T USING A

CELL PHONE OR ANY OTHER

ELECTRONIC DEVICE THAT CAN

TRACK YOU.

THE NUMBER OF DRONES IS

GROWING ALL OF THE TIME.

AND WITH THE GROWING

CAPABILITY TO TRACK PEOPLE

ELECTRONICALLY VIRTUALLY ALL

OF THE TIME, THERE IS A MOVE

FOR CONGRESS TO PASS A NEW

PRIVACY LAW.

BUT IT IS A FINE LINE TO

LEGISLATE.

THE KEY IS TO HAVE THESE

SMART DEVICES WORKING FOR

US, AND NOT AGAINST US.

RIGHT NOW I DON'T HAVE THE

CONFIDENCE THAT IS GOING TO

BE THE CASE BECAUSE PEOPLE

DON'T KNOW WHAT INFORMATION

THESE DEVICES MIGHT BE

SENDING OFF ABOUT THEM.

Reporter: JENNIFER

WISHON, CBN NEWS,

WASHINGTON.

George: COMING UP, NO

PESTICIDES, TRANS-FATS OR

HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP IN

THE ENTIRE GROCERY STORE.

MEET THE MAN BEHIND THIS

BOOMING BUSINESS.

George: BETWEEN

ARTIFICIAL FATS, SWEETENERS,

AND ADDED COLORS, MUCH OF

AMERICA'S FOOD SUPPLY IS

FAKE.

Wendy: AND IT CAN BE

VERY HARD TO WEED OUT ALL OF

THOSE UNHEALTHY FOODS.

LORI JOHNSON SAYS SOME

STORES ARE TRYING TO HELP.

IN THIS REPORT SHE TAKES US

SHOPPING AT ONE OF THEM.

Reporter: AMERICANS ARE

BECOMING SICK AND TIRED OF

EATING FOOD THAT MAKES US

SICK AND TIRED.

THAT'S WHY BUSINESS IS

BOOMING AT WHOLE FOODS

MARKET.

ONE NATIONWIDE GROCER TRYING

TO SET ITSELF APART FROM THE

REST.

AS YOU CAN SEE, THE

SELECTION HERE IS HUGE, BUT

THE REASON SO MANY PEOPLE

SHOP AT WHOLE FOODS IS

BECAUSE OF WHAT IS NOT

HERE.

FIRST, NO PESTICIDES ON THE

PRODUCE.

IT'S ORGANIC.

NO TRANS-FATS.

NOT EVEN IN THE PACKAGED

FOODS OR IN THE BAKERY.

NO M.S.G. IN THE SOUP OR

ANYTHING ELSE, FOR THAT

MATTER.

AND HERE IS A BIGGIE: NOT A

TRACE OF HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN

SYRUP ANYWHERE IN THE

STORE.

SO WHY THE BOLD DEPARTURE

FROM TYPICAL GROCERY STORE

FAIR?

ACCORDING TO FOUNDER JOHN

MACKIE, IT IS SIMPLE.

WE WANT TO HELP HEAL

AMERICA.

Reporter: AND AMERICA

WANTS TO BE HEALED.

WE'RE OVERFED AND

UNDERNOURISHED.

AND PROCESSED FOOD IS JUST

NOT GOOD FOR US.

ALMOST EVERYTHING IN HERE

HAS UNDER 10 DIFFERENT

INGREDIENTS IN IT, AS

OPPOSED TO A REGULAR STORE

THAT HAS 20 OR 30.

I NOTICE WHEN I'M EATING

HEALTHIER FOODS, I FEEL MUCH

BETTER.

ESPECIALLY WITH THE FLU

SYSTEM, KEEPING UP YOUR

IMMUNE SYSTEM.

Reporter: MACKIE

STARTED WHOLE FOODS BACK IN

1980 IN HIS HOME TOWN OF

AUSTIN, TEXAS.

THEN GREW HUNDREDS ALL

ACROSS AMERICA, RAKING IN

ANNUAL SALES OF

$12 BILLION.

IN THAT AREA, MACKIE ALSO

TOOK AN UNUSUAL STEP.

HE STOPPED TAKING A SALARY

AND STOCK OPTIONS YEARS AGO.

I'VE MADE ENOUGH MONEY,

AND I JUST REALLY WANTED TO

WORK FOR SERVICE.

I DIDN'T WANT THERE TO BE

THE ACCUSATION THAT IT WAS

ABOUT SOME TYPE OF PERSONAL

GAIN.

Reporter: WHOLE FOODS

MARKET HAS MADE THE LIST OF

FORTUNE'S BEST COMPANIES TO

WORK FOR FOR 16 CONSECUTIVE

YEARS.

AMONG OTHER THINGS,

EMPLOYEES GET A 20%

DISCOUNT, 30% IF THEY'RE

HEALTHY.

BUT CONSIDER THIS, WHAT IF

INSTEAD OF 30 YEARS AGO,

JOHN MACKIE STARTED WHOLE

FOODS TODAY?

WOULD IT STILL BE THE SAME

SUCCESS STORY?

NO, ACCORDING TO MACKIE,

BECAUSE THE NEW ATTITUDE IN

WASHINGTON DEMONIZES

BUSINESS, MAKING IT NEARLY

IMPOSSIBLE FOR START-UP

COMPANIES TO GET ON THEIR

FEET.

THERE IS JUST SO MUCH

MORE RED TAPE.

TAXES ARE SO HIGH.

CORPORATE INCOME TAX IN THE

UNITED STATES IS THE HIGHEST

IN THE ENTIRE WORLD.

Reporter: IN HIS NEW

BOOK, "CONSCIOUS

CAPITALISM," MACKIE CALLS

THE FREE MARKET ECONOMY THE

KEY TO PROSPERITY, BUT THE

OBAMA ADMINISTRATION IS

IMPOSING THE EXACT

OPPOSITE.

I'M VERY CONCERNED ABOUT

IT.

AS LITTLE AS 13 YEARS AGO,

IN THE YEAR 2000, WE STILL

RANKED NUMBER THREE ON THE

ECONOMIC FREEDOM INDEX.

IN 2012, WE FELL TO NUMBER

18.

YOU WANT TO KNOW WHY

UNEMPLOYMENT IS AT 7.9%, IF

YOU WANT TO KNOW WHY PER

CAPITA INCOME HAS DECLINED

OVER THE NEXT DECADE, YOU

DON'T NEED TO LOOK ANY

FURTHER THAN STATISTIC.

Reporter: AND MACKIE

SAYS FREE MARKET CAPITALISM

WILL ALSO HELP HEALTH, BUT

OBAMACARE MAKES A BAD

SITUATION WORSE.

NOBODY KNOWS WHAT

ANYTHING COSTS WHEN YOU GO

TO THE DOCTOR.

THAT IS NOT COMPETITION.

YOU DON'T HAVE ANY PRICE

TRANSPARENCY.

I OFTEN JOKE I WISH I COULD

RUN WHOLE FOODS THAT WAY.

DON'T PUT ANY PRICES ON IT.

PEOPLE GET TO THE REGISTERS

AND THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT IT

COSTS, AND WE GO, DON'T

WORRY ABOUT IT.

WE'LL JUST BILL YOUR

INSURANCE COMPANY.

WE CAN CHARGE PRETTY MUCH

WHAT WE WANT.

Reporter: WHILE JOHN

MACKIE WORKS TO PROVIDE GOOD

JOBS FOR THOUSANDS, AND GOOD

PRODUCTS FOR MILLIONS, HE IS

CONCERNED HE MAY BE A DYING

BREED.

GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION AND

THE DEMONIZATION OF BUSINESS

ARE STIFLING THE

ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT,

WHICH HURTS EVERYONE.

LORI JOHNSON, CBN NEWS.

George: UP NEXT, A

FORMER FELON FACES THE HARSH

REALITY OF LIFE ON THE

OUTSIDE.

SEE HOW THIS EX-OFFENDER

GETS A FRESH START.

Wendy: WELL, EVERY YEAR

MORE THAN 700,000 PEOPLE ARE

RELEASED FROM STATE AND

FEDERAL PRISONS.

LIFE ON THE OUTSIDE IS TOUGH

FOR MANY OF THEM.

GOVERNOR MITT ROMNE THEM.

George: AND ONE REASON

IT IS SO DIFFICULT, BECAUSE

EMPLOYERS ARE RELUCTANT TO

HIGHER EX-CONS.

Reporter: SEAN COLLINS

HARRIS ONCE DREAMED OF

TRAVELLING THE WORLD AS A

MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER.

IN COLLEGE THAT ALL CHANGED

WHEN HE GOT CAUGHT UP WITH

THE WRONG CROWD AND STARTED

SELLING DRUGS.

I WANTED TO MAKE MONEY.

AT THE SAME TIME, I WANTED

TO MAKE QUICK MONEY.

Reporter: THAT DESIRE

EVENTUALLY LANDED HIM BEHIND

BARS.

I WAS SENTENCED TO FIVE

YEARS IN THE STATE

PENITENTIAR WITH INTENT TO

SELL MORE THAN FIVE POUNDS

OF MARIJUANA WHILE IN THE

POSSESSION OF A FIREARM.

Reporter: AFTER SERVING

HIS TIME, HE RAN INTO A

FAMILIAR PROBLEM: HIS

RECORD.

YOU HAVE TO PUT FOOD ON

THE TABLE.

HOW ARE YOU GOING TO HANDLE

THESE RESPONSIBILITIES WHEN

PEOPLE ARE AFRAID OF YOU

BECAUSE YOU'RE A CONVICTED

FELON.

Reporter: THIS DOCTOR

SEES IT ALL TOO OFTEN.

DR. ITO NOTICED A TREND

AMONG PRISONERS RE-ENTERING

SOCIETY.

AS IT GOT CLOSE TO THE

TIME OF THE MEN'S RELEASE, A

LOT BECAME APPREHENSIVE.

THEY DIDN'T WANT TO GO BACK

TO THE SAME OLD

NEIGHBORHOODS AND BACK TO

THE SAME GUYS THEY HUNG OUT

WITH.

WHEN YOU GET SO MANY

DOORS CLOSED IN YOUR FACE,

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

I HAVE A CHILD.

I HAVE A WIFE.

IT WAS EITHER ONE OF TWO

THINGS: GO BACK TO WHAT IT

IS I KNEW HOW TO DO,

BECAUSE, TRUST ME, THAT SAME

OLD GANG WAS THERE --

Reporter: FOR THAT

REASON DR. ITO CREATED

LEESE LEADERSHIP CALL.

UNFORTUNATELY, MOST OF

THESE MEN HAVE BEEN GIVEN A

BAD RAP.

THEY HAVE ALREADY PAID THEIR

DUES BY GOING TO PRISON.

THEY DON'T HAVE TO KEEP ON

PAYING WHEN THEY GET OUT.

Reporter: LEADERSHIP

CALL HELPS PARTICIPANTS TEAR

DOWN NEGATIVE MINDSETS WHILE

DISCOVERING THEIR STRENGTHS

AND ABILITIES.

WE WANT TO FIND OUT WHAT

IT IS GOD HAS DEPOSITED IN

EACH INDIVIDUAL AND HELP

THEM TAP INTO THAT.

Reporter: ONE METHOD IS

BY HELPING EX-OFFENDERS

START THEIR OWN BUSINESSES.

DR. ITO USES HIS EXPERIENCE

AS A CONSULTANT AND DEFENSE

CONTRACTOR TO GET THE BALL

ROLLING.

I'M A FREE MARKET CAPTAIN

LIST. CAP LIST.

CAPITALIST, IF THERE IS ONE

THING THAT WORKS WELL, IT IS

A FREE MARKET.

WE HAVE ABOUT AN 85% RATE OF

SUCCESS.

Reporter: SEAN BECAME A

CHRISTIAN WHILE IN PRISON.

THEN WENT ON TO BE ONE OF

THE PROGRAM'S SUCCESS

STORIES.

I BORROWED A LAWN MOWER

FROM MY GRANDFATHER, AND

BORROWED A PRESSURE WASHER

FROM MY WIFE'S AUNT, AND NOW

I OWN A SET OF LAWN MOWERS

AND TRAILERS AND EQUIPMENT

AND RUN MY OWN LAWN CARE

BUSINESS.

I HAVE SUBCONTRACTORS UNDER

ME THAT DO ROOFING AND ALL

TYPES OF HANDYMAN SERVICES.

Reporter: 29-YEAR-OLD

GANG MEMBER MIKE TAYLOR

FACED AN EIGHT-YEAR PRISON

SENTENCE.

HE THOUGHT HE HAD A DEATH

WISH, AFTER SEEING SO MANY

MEN KILLED IN THE STREETS.

IF I HAD GOT SHOT RIGHT

THEN AND DIED, I WOULDN'T

CARE.

IF I WOKE UP TOMORROW, I

WOULDN'T CARE.

Reporter: NOW HE CARES

ABOUT THE PLANS FOR HIS NEW

T-SHIRT BUSINESS AND

NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION.

THANKS TO THE PROGRAM'S

DISCIPLESHIP.

I'M NOT WORRIED ABOUT THE

MONEY.

I'M JUST WORRIED ABOUT

MAKING A DIFFERENCE WHEN I

LEAVE HERE.

I JUST WANT TO LEAVE A GREAT

LEGACY, THAT IS GOING TO

LAST FUTURE GENERATIONS.

Reporter: DR. ITO SAYS

WHEN INMATES COMPLETE THEIR

12-MONTH PARTICIPATION IN

LEADERSHIP CALL, THE OUTCOME

IS RENEWED HOPE AND

TRANSFORMED LIVES.

IT IS SAD BECAUSE WE

RECYCLE EVERYTHING, AND THE

ONLY THING WE DON'T RECYCLE

IS HUMAN CAPITAL.

THINK ABOUT IT, WE'RE

CREATED IN GOD'S IMAGE, BUT

WE DUMP IN TRASH IT AND LET

IT GO.

SO IN A WAY I'M IN THE

RECYCLING BUSINESS, BUT IT

IS AWESOME TO SEE WHEN THEY

GET IT AND RUN WITH THE

VISION.

I'M GIVING GOD THE GLORY

FOR EVERYTHING HE IS DOING.

I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE WHAT HE

IS GOING TO DO NEXT.

Reporter: CHARLENE

ISRAEL, CBN NEWS.

George: SO THERE ARE

SOME UNIVERSAL RULES THAT

TRANSCEND LANG WAIVE AND

CULTURE.

ONE OF THEM IS ALWAYS IN

EFFECT AT MUSEUMS.

Wendy: YOU CAN LOOK,

BUT DON'T YOU DARE TOUCH.

THAT RULE WAS APPARENTLY

LOST IN TRANSLATION FOR AN

AMERICAN TOURIST VISITING

ITALY.

HE WAS TRYING TO COMPARE THE

SIZE OF HIS HAND WITH THAT

OF A 600-YEAR-OLD STATUE.

HE ACCIDENTALLY KNOCKED OFF

THE STATUE'S PINKY FINGER.

THE PUNCH LINE, THE MAN IS

REPORTEDLY A SURGEON.

CLEARLY NOT OPERATING WITH A

SURGEON'S HANDS AT THE TIME,

GEORGE.

George: YOU DON'T HAVE

TO BE A SURGEON.

I COULD DO THAT.

I COULD SO EASILY END UP

DOING THAT.

I'M ALWAYS TOUCHING.

[LAUGHTER]

George: FOLKS, THAT'S

ALL FOR THIS EDITION OF

"NEWSWATCH."

Wendy: YOU CAN E-MAIL

US YOUR COMMENTS AND

QUESTIONS AT

NEWSWATCH@CBN.COM.

CHECK OUT OUR Facebook

BOOK, ESPECIALLY MINE.

NOT GEORGE'S.

George: GOOD-BYE.

Wendy: GOOD-BYE.

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