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CBN NewsWatch: August 29, 2013

On CBN Newswatch, Aug. 29: US, allies mull legality of Syria strike; Shadow of Syria: Israelis line up for gas masks; Ft. Hood death sentence gets mixed reactions; and more. Read Transcript


TONIGHT ON "NEWSWATCH"

RESPONDING TO REGIME, HOW

LEADERS AROUND THE WORLD ARE

PREPARING FOR ACTION IN SYRIA.

PLUS THE SENTENCE HANDED

DOWN, THE COURT BATTLE IS NOT

OVER.

WHY SOME ARE SUING U.S.

GOVERNMENT OVER FORT HOOD

SHOOTING.

LEARNING ABOUT LIFE OUTSIDE

THE CLASSROOM.

THE PROGRAM THAT HAS THE HIGH

SCHOOL GRADS TAKING A YEAR OFF

BEFORE COLLEGE.

ALL OF THIS AND MORE TONIGHT ON

"NEWSWATCH."

HOW AND WHEN WILL THE WORLD

RESPOND TO THE SITUATION IN

SYRIA?

GOOD EVENING I AM HEATHER SELLS.

AND I AM MARK MARTIN.

THOSE ARE SOME OF THE QUESTIONS

BEING ASKED TONIGHT.

ANOTHER WOULD A MILITARY STRIKE

BE LEGAL UNDER UNITED NATIONS

LAW.

THEY SAY YES.

EVEN WITHOUT A GREEN LIGHT FROM

U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL.

THEY SAID THEY WILL WAIT FOR

U.N. TO FINISH THEIR

INVESTIGATION.

OBAMA ADMINISTRATION MEANWHILE

HAS NOT MADE A DECISION ON HOW

TO ACT IN SYRIA.

MANY IN CONGRESS COMPLAINED

MR. OBAMA HAS NOT DONE ENOUGH TO

KEEP THEM INFORMED.

41% ARE OPPOSED TO AIR

STRIKE.

59% SAY THEY BELIEVE SYRIA USED

CHEMICAL WEAPONS AND DIVIDED ON

WHETHER IT IS AMERICA'S JOB.

31% SAY IT IS AMERICA'S

RESPONSIBILITY.

38% SAY IT IS NOT.

MOST AMERICANS ARE AGAINST

ISRAEL FOLLOWING A POSSIBLE U.S.

ATTACK ON SYRIA.

IT COULD BRING RETALIATION ON

THE JEWISH STATE.

OUR MIDDLE EAST BUREAU CHIEF

CHRIS MITCHELL HAS THAT STORY.

THE ISRAELI ARMY DEPLOYED AIR

DEFENSES CALLING UP A LIMITED

NUMBER OF RESERVIST.

ISRAELI MEMBERS ARE FLOCKING TO

GET THEIR GAS MASK.

IT IS ABOUT A THREE OR FOUR HOUR

WAIT TO GET YOUR GAS MASK.

IF BASHAR ASSAD DOESN'T MIND

USING CHEMICAL WEAPONS AGAINST

HIS OWN PEOPLE, THEN HE WON'T

MIND KILLING ISRAELIS.

MOST ISRAELIS ARE WAITING.

I HAVE LIVED HERE 43 YEARS.

I IMAGINE I WOULD BE STUPID NOT

TO BE CONCERNED.

AFRAID, NO.

ISRAEL IS VERY SMALL.

REPORTER: PRIME MINISTER

BENJAMIN NETANYAHU URGED

ISRAELIS TO MAINTAIN DAILY

ROUTINES BUT WARNED THEM.

WE ARE READY FOR ANY THREAT

TO ARM ISRAELI CITIZENS.

MOST BELIEVE CHANCES ARE LOW

ISRAEL WILL DRAGGED INTO A WAR

WITH SYRIA.

ALL DEPENDS ON NATURE OF A

STRIKE.

IF IT GOES TOWARDS DECAPITATING

A REGIME, ANYTHING COULD HAPPEN.

SYRIANS KNOW THAT THE

ISRAELIS MEAN BUSINESS AND TRY

TO STAY AWAY FROM ISRAEL UNLESS

THEY ARE BEING SUICIDAL OR

UNLESS THEY REALIZE THEY ARE

GOING DOWN.

REPORTER: STILL HE SAYS THIS

IS THE MIDDLE EAST AND ANYTHING

COULD HAPPEN.

EGYPT'S WEAKENED MOODY

INVESTORS SERVICE -- MUSLIM

BROTHERHOOD IS CALLING -- A TOP

BROTHERHOOD OFFICIAL IS URGING

PEOPLE TO RISE AGAINST A FAILED

BLOODY MILITARY REGIME AND READY

TO WORK ON ATTACKS.

LAST FRIDAY THEY CALLED ON

BROTHERHOOD WITH A DISAPPOINTING

TURNOUT.

SECRETARY OF STATE STATE IS

ASKING FOR ABEDINI TO BE

RELEASED.

KERRY POINTED OUT ABEDINI HAS

SPENT ALMOST ONE YEAR IN PRISON

IN IRAN, QUOTED SENTENCED ON

CHARGED RELATED TO HIS RELIGIOUS

BELIEFS.

HE APPEALED TO PRESIDENT ROHANI.

MAN BEHIND BRUTAL MASSACRE IN

FORT HOOD SENTENCED TO DEATH.

SOME QUESTION IF THE GOVERNMENT

COULD HAVE FACE -- AVOIDED IT.

CHARLENE ISRAEL REPORTS.

REPORTER: IT IS A SENTENCE

FOUR YEARS IN THE MAKING.

THIS IS A LONG AND EXHAUSTING

PROCESS.

WE ARE TIRED, WE ARE HURT.

BUT WE ARE RESOLVED JUSTICE HAS

BEEN SERVED.

SAME JURY CONVICTED MAJOR

NIDAL HASSAN CHOSE DEATH PENALTY

OVER LIFE IN PRISON WITHOUT A

PARO

PAROLE.

MANY WORRY IT IS EXACTLY WHAT HE

WANTED.

HIS STAND BY DEFENSE TEAM ASKED

TO BE RELIEVED.

VICTIMS SAY IT WAS A SENTENCE

THEY'LL ACCEPT.

IT WAS A CONCERN OF SOME.

I AM FINE WITH IT NOW.

IT WILL TAKE A LONG TIME FOR HIM

TO BE EXECUTED.

IT IS A MUCH STIFFER PUNISHMENT

THAN LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE.

IT IS A SENTENCE THAT FITS

THE HEINOUSNESS OF THE CRIME.

AMONG THOSE KILLED, A PREGNANT

MOTHER THAT PLEADED WITH NIDAL

HASSAN BEFORE HE KILLED HER.

MANY ARE TURNING TO A CIVIL CASE

AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT.

THEY SAY THE ATTACKS SHOULD BE

RECLASSIFIED AS COMBAT RELATED

INSTEAD OF WORK PLACE VIOLENCE

AND RECOGNIZE THOSE THAT FOUGHT

BACK WITH MILITARY DECLARATIONS.

NIDAL HASSAN SAID HE ATTACKED

THEM TO PROTECT HIS RELIGION.

SUIT SLAMS FBI THAT LEFT WING

MAGAZINE "MOTHER JONES"

REPORTED ON FBI E-MAILS SHOW

NIDAL HASSAN WAS ON THE RADAR.

THEY INTERCEPTED SEVERAL E-MAILS

FROM ANWAR AL-AWLAKI AND NIDAL

HASSAN.

HE WAS RADICALIZED.

A LOT OF THE RED FLAGS WERE

IGNORED.

IN THIS ERA OF EXTREMIST

ISLAMIST BEHAVIOR, WE HAVE TO

TAKE NOTE.

THE INTERVIEW DECIDED AGAINST

HIM BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T WANT

THEIR INVESTIGATION INTO

AL-AWLAKI TO HURT NIDAL HASSAN'S

CAREER.

IN PENNSYLVANIA, THE GOVERNOR

FILED A LAWSUIT TO BLOCK

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE LICENSES TO BE

ISSUED IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY.

A COUNTY CLERK HAS GIVEN OUT

MANY LICENSES SINCE JULY.

STATE LAW DEFINES MARRIAGE AS

BETWEEN A MAN AND WOMAN.

CLERK IS EXPECTED TO APPEAR IN

COURT NEXT WEEK.

CALIFORNIA'S NINTH CIRCUIT LAW

BANNING CHANGE THERAPY.

THE LAW WAS SUPPOSED TO TAKE

EFFECT AT THE BEGINNING OF THE

YEAR BUT ON HOLD PENDING AN

UPPER COURT RULING.

THE BAN DOES NOT VIOLATE FREE

SPEECH RIGHTS.

CITY COUNCIL MAY FILE A PETITION

WITH THE NEW JERSEY SUPREME

COURT.

CHRIS CHRISTIE SIGNED A SIMILAR

BILL LAST WEEK.

OFFICIALS CREDIT COOLER

TEMPERATURES WILL HELPING CREWS

FIGHT THIS BLAZE.

IT IS CALLED A "BACKFIRE."

THE GOAL IS TO REMOVE FUELS

AHEAD OF THE FIRE AS IT COMES.

IT IS THE SIXTH LARGEST WILD

FIRE IN CALIFORNIA HISTORY.

OFFICIALS HOPE TO HAVE IT FULLY

CONTAINED WITHIN THE NEXT TWO

WEEKS.

COMING UP, RISE OF HEROIN

ADDICTION IN AMERICA'S SUBURBS.

THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL

NOT STAND IN THE WAY OF

RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA USE IN

COLORADO AND WASHINGTON.

TWO STATES HAVE LEGALIZED IT AND

OBAMA ADMINISTRATION WILL NOT

SUE TO STOP IT.

OBAMA SAID IT DOES NOT MAKE

SENSE FOR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO

GO AFTER RECREATIONAL DRUG USERS

IN A STATE THAT LEGALIZED SMALL

AMOUNTS OF POT.

HEROIN IS POPPING UP AT

PARTIES IN THE SUBURBS.

MILLIONS OF AMERICAN ADULTS

AND AGERS ARE ADDICTED TO THE

PRESCRIPTION PAINKILLERS VICODIN

AND OXYCOTTON.

THEY'LL DO ANYTHING TO GET THEM,

EVEN KILL.

FINDING THE DRUGS AND PAYING FOR

THEM IS HARDER AND HARDER.

SOMETIMES JUST ONE PILL SELLS

FOR $80.

SO ADDICTS LIKE THIS WOMAN

SWITCH TO THE KILLER'S COUSIN

HEROIN BECAUSE IT IS EASIER, AND

CHEAPER THAN PAINKILLERS.

IF YOU HEAR ABOUT SOMETHING

LIKE THAT ONLY 100 TIMES

STRONGER, I CAN DEFINITELY SEE

THE APPEAL.

APPEAL FADES QUICKLY.

SOON IT TAKES MORE OF THE DRUG

TO GET THE SAME HIGH AND BECOMES

THE ONLY THING IN LIFE THAT

MATTERS.

IT IS HORRIBLE.

YOU DON'T WANT TO DO ANYMORE.

YOU DON'T HAVE A CHOICE.

WE HAVE A RISE IN HER HEROIN

ABUSERS BECAUSE IT IS MORE

AVAILABLE IN PLACERS YOU WOULD

NEVER EXPECTED

IT IS CHEAPER.

WHY DID YOU START WITH HEAVIER

DRUGS THAN ALCOHOL?

MOST SAY IT IS EASIER.

THERAPIST LINDA MINTLE.

THIS ISN'T ABOUT WILL POWER.

YOU CAN'T WILL YOURSELF OFF THE

BIOLOGICAL HOLD.

YOU HAVE TO HAVE SOMETHING

BIGGER THAN YOURSELF AND

TRANSCENDENT POWER OF GOD,

RELATIONSHIP WITH CHRIST WHO IS

IN YOU WHO CAN HELP YOU AND

STRENGTHEN YOU TO ALL THINGS AND

ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY IN ANY

ADDICTION TREATMENT.

MINT L SAYS PEOPLE CAN DIE

FROM A HEROIN OVERDOSE AND

PARENTS NEED TO TALK ABOUT THE

DANGERS AND INTERVENE IF THEY

SEE CHANGES IN PERSONALITY,

WEIGHT, FRIENDS OR SCHOOL WORK.

LORIE JOHNSON, CBN NEWS.

NEARLY NINE MILLION U.S.

ADULTS USE SLEEP MEDICINE TO GET

REST.

8.6% OF AMERICAN ADULTS TURN TO

AMBIEN.

IT IS HIGHEST AMONG OLDER PEOPLE

ESPECIALLY WOMEN.

FIRST GOVERNMENT STUDY TO LOOK

AT SLEEP AIDS.

IT COMES AS THE FOOD AND DRUG

ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN TAKEN

MEASURES TO REDUCE DOSES OF SOME

MEDICATIONS BECAUSE OF LINGERING

AFFECTS.

UP NEXT PUTTING OFF SCHOOL TO

POUR INTO PEOPLE.

A LOOK AT WHY SOME TEENS ARE

TAKING A GAP YEAR.

MANY HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES

HEAD STRAIGHT TO COLLEGE, A

GROWING NUMBER ARE DOING

SOMETHING DIFFERENT.

THEY ARE TAKING A YEAR OFF.

YEAH, IT IS CALLED A GAP

YEAR.

SOME OF THE THE TOP UNIVERSITIES

ARE SUPPORTING IT.

REPORTER: THIS IS THE STORY

OF THREE NINETEEN YEAR OLDS WHO

DECIDED TO LIVE FOR ALMOST A

YEAR OUTSIDE THEIR COMFORT

ZONES.

LADY DOUGLAS FROM AMARILLO,

TEXAS.

GOD TOTALLY BROKE DOWN EVERY

PART OF ME.

DEAR JESUS, THANK YOU FOR

THIS DAY AND THE WAY YOU

PROVIDED FOR US THROUGHOUT THIS

TRIP.

REPORTER: KRISTEN HENDRIX

FROM NORMAN, OKLAHOMA.

I GREW UP IN A CHRISTIAN HOME

AND CHRISTIAN SCHOOL.

I WASN'T ABLE TO MAKE MY FAITH

MY OWN.

REPORTER: CARA KRINSHAW FROM

JACKSON, TENNESSEE.

I HAVE HIGH SCHOOL, I WAS

TIRED OF THE CLASSROOM.

I WANTED TO SEE THE WORLD.

*

REPORTER: TEENAGERS SIGNED UP

WITH CAMP KIGLE THAT ENCOURAGED

STUDENTS TO TAKE A YEAR OFF

BETWEEN HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE.

IT IS GROWING, HARVARD, YALE AND

PRINCETON ARE AMONG THE

CHAMPIONS OF THESE EXPERIENCES.

WE TELL STUDENTS YOU ARE

MAKING AN INVESTMENT FOR A YEAR

THAT WILL LAST A LIFETIME OF

REWARDS.

SIX ADVENTURES, SIX

COUNTRIES, THREE CONTINENTS.

IT STARTS WITH ORIENTATION WEEK.

SITTING BETWEEN THIS VALLEY

WITH A RIVER RUNNING THROUGH IT.

TAKEN TO ALL TO BACKPACK,

MOUNTAIN CLIMB AND IN THE

MORNINGS, WE TAKE THEM THROUGH A

WORLD VIEW CURRICULUM.

WE ARE TRYING TO CHANGE ENTIRE

YOUTH CULTURE BY OFFERING THEM A

CHANCE TO SEE A WORLD IN A

DIFFERENT WAY.

WE ARE TEACHING THEM TO LOVE GOD

AND LOVE OTHERS.

FOR NEARLY THREE MONTHS THEY

PARTNERED WITH A CHRISTIAN

MINISTRY TEACHING AT-RISK

STUDENTS ALL THREE FACED

RESISTANCE AT HOME ABOUT TAKING

THE YEAR OFF.

I WAS ROLLING THROUGH

EMOTIONS OF LIFE.

I WANTED OUT OF THAT.

I WANTED TO BE CHALLENGED.

THAT CHALLENGE CAME NEXT IN

HAITI FEEDING MORE THAN 8,000

SCHOOL CHILDREN.

IN BETWEEN FOOD DISTRIBUTION,

MEDICATION AND OUTREACHERS, THE

THREE HAD PLENTY OF OTHER

PROJECTS THAT KEPT THEM BUSY.

I THINK LIVING IN AMERICA, WE

LIVE IN A BUBBLE, IT IS SO HARD

TO SEE WHAT THE REAL WORLD IS

EVEN LIKE.

COMING AND DISCOVERING THE WORLD

FOR MYSELF HAS SHOWN ME HOW BIG

OF A GOD WE SERVE.

FOR THE NEXT FEW MONTHS THEY

STOPPED IN AFRICAN COUNTRIES OF

RWANDA AND TANZANIA.

WE BELIEVE WHEN YOU TAKE

STUDENTS TO THE MARGINS OF THE

WORLD, YOU'LL SEE GOD PRESENT

THE MOST.

OUR STUDENTS ARE LEARNERS,

CLASSROOM IS THE CULTURE AND

MARGINALIZED COMMUNITY.

THEIR PROFESSORS ARE THESE

PEOPLE THEY HAVE COME TO SERVE.

THEY HAVE A CHANCE TO CLIMB

KILIMANJARO.

THIS IS THE NIGHT WE SUMMIT.

HOW IS EVERYBODY FEELING?

SLIGHTLY TERRIFIED.

FREAKING OUT.

REACHING 19,340 FOOT SUMMIT

PROVED TO BE SPIRITUAL

EXPERIENCE FOR CARA.

WHILE YOU ARE CLIMBING IT,

YOU THINK OF HOW SMALL YOU ARE

AND THE BIG GOD THAT CREATED IT

AND HOW AMAZING WE GET TO SERVE

A GOD THAT IS LIMITLESS.

NEXT DESTINATION, INDIA,

EXTREME LEVELS OF INDEPENDENCE

Y, THEY MINISTERED AMONG THE

POOR.

ESPECIALLY MOVED BY INDIAN

CHRISTIANS.

I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN IN A

SHELTER IN AMERICA, FREEDOM OF

RELIGION EXISTED.

GOD GRASPED ME AND HUMBLED ME

AND SHED -- SHOWED ME NEVER TO

TAKE IT FOR GRANTED.

IT BEGUN ON STREETS OF

COLORADO TO THE VILLAGES OF

PHILIPPINES.

FOLKS USE A HALF BASKETBALL TO

FETCH WATER IN THE WELL.

FOR A GIRLS IT HAS BEEN A LIFE

CHANGING EXPERIENCE, OPPORTUNITY

TO UNDERSTAND THE DEPTHS OF

GOD'S LOVE AND THE PEOPLE THAT

HAVE NEVER HEARD THE NAME OF

JESUS CHRIST.

LAST EIGHT MONTHS ON GAP

BROUGHT ME CLOSER TO GOD.

I HAVE SEEN THEM WORK IN OTHER'S

LIVES SO CLEARLY.

NEVER ONCE DOES IT TALK ABOUT AN

ORDINARY LIFE.

BEING A LIVING SACRIFICE IS

MESSY, HARD, DIRTY.

I WANT PEOPLE TO EXPERIENCE

THE SAME JOY AND COMPASSION

THROUGHOUT THIS GAP YEAR.

I WANT THEM TO EXPERIENCE THIS

SAME THING.

THEIR GAP YEAR ENDED WITH

GRADUATION CEREMONY BACK IN

COLORADO.

ALL THREE START COLLEGE IN A FEW

WEEKS.

GEORGE THOMAS, CBN NEWS,

PHILIPPINES.

WISH THEM GOD'S BEST, UP

NEXT, HOW A SCAVENGER HUNT LED

TO AN UNEXPECTED UNION AND HAPPY

KIDS.

A MILITARY MOM OF FOUR

RECENTLY HELPED HER CHILDREN

FOLLOW A VERY SPECIAL TREASURE

MAP.

A SURPRISE, THEIR DAD HIDING

WHERE X MARKS THE SPOT.

JOHN FOSTER SCHEDULED TO COME

HOME FROM AFGHANISTAN THIS FALL.

A CHANGE OF PLANS OPENED THE

DOOR FOR A SURPRISE.

JOHN'S WIFE, AMBER PLANNED A BIG

SCAVENGER HUNT FOR THEIR KIDS.

THIS IS A TREASURE BOX.

DADDY'S -- HOME!

IT IS BREATHTAKING.

WHILE DEPLOYED, JOB WAS ABLE

TO SKYPE IN FOR THE YOUNGE ESEST

SON, NOELEN.

HE SAID IT WAS

OF "NEWSWATCH."

YOU CAN E-MAIL YOUR COMMENTS AND

QUESTIONS AT "NEWSWATCH" AT

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LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU, HOPE

YOU'LL JOIN US NEXT TIME.

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