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CBN NewsWatch: March 18, 2014

On CBN Newswatch March 18: Russia's deputy PM scoffs at US sanctions; Ukraine crisis raises new concerns for Iran nuke talks; GOP 'American Dream' ad targets Hispanics, women; and more. Read Transcript


Mark: TONIGHT ON

"NEWSWATCH," THE RUSSIAN

PRESIDENT PUSHES FOR

CRIMEA.

MORE ON WHAT VLADIMIR PUTIN

HAS TO SAY ABOUT AMERICAN

SANCTIONS OVER THE SITUATION

IN UKRAINE.

PLUS, DOMESTIC DRONE USE.

WHY 2014 COULD CHANGE THE

WAY THAT THE DEVICES ARE

USED HERE ATçç HOME.

AND THE THREAT OF DOMESTIC

TERRORISM THAT COULD BRING

THIS NATION TO ITS KNEES.

ALL THIS AND MORE TONIGHT ON

"NEWSWATCH."

GOOD EVENING, EVERYONE, I'M

MARK MARTIN.

UKRAINIAN LEADERS CALL IT A,

QUOTE,"ROBBERY ON AN

INTERNATIONAL SCALE."

RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR

PUTIN FORMALLY SIGNED A

TREATYç TODAY,ç INCORPORATING

CRIMEA INTO RUSSIAN

TERRITORY.

THE MOVE COMES AS THE UNITED

STATES IS CALLING TOGETHER

ITS ALLIES TO FIGURE OUT HOW

TO RESPOND TO RUSSIA.

HEATHER CELLS HAS MORE IN

TONIGHT'S TOP STORY.

Reporter: VLADIMIR

PUTIN SIGNED THE TREATY IN A

LAVISH CEREMONY.

IT ALLOWS RUSSIA TO FORMALLY

ANNEX THE STRATEGIC REGION

OF CRIMEA.

IN A SPEECH TO PARLIAMENT,

HEçç DEFIANTLY BRUSHED ASIDE

INTERNATIONAL CONDEMNATION,

AND BLASTED THE WEST FOR

ENCOURAGING ON RUSSIAN

INTERESTS.

IN HEART OF THE

CONSCIENCE OF PEOPLE, CRIMEA

HAS ALWAYS BEEN AND REMAINS

AN INAILIABLE PART OF

RUSSIA.

Reporter: JOSEPH BIDEN

IS TRAVELLING IN EASTERN

EUROPE THIS WEEK.

HE IS WORKING TO ASSURE

UKRAINE'S NEIGHBORS OF

AMERICAN SUPPORT, PrORRáR'G

NORMORE SANCTIONS.

RUSSIA HAS OFFERED A

VARIETY OF ARGUMENTS TO

JUSTIFY WHAT IS NOTHING MORE

THAN A LAND GRAB.

BUT THE WORLD HAS SEEN

THROUGH -- HAS SEEN THROUGH

RUSSIA'S ACTION AND HAS

REJECTED THE LOGIC, THE

FLAWED LOGIC, BEHIND THOSE

ACTIONS.

Reporter: BUT POLITICAL

EXPERTS LIKE MARYç MANJINKIAN

WARNSç AT THIS POINT THE U.S.

HAS LITTLE EVIDENCE IN

RUSSIA.

RIGHT NOW, I DON'T KNOW

IF WE REALLY HAVE ANY

CARROTS AND I DON'T KNOW IF

WE HAVE ANY STICKS, EITHER.

Reporter: FOR NOW,

RUSSIA HAS NEW TERRITORY,

AND NAVAL EXPERTS SAY A

STRATEGIC OPPORTUNITY WITH

NOW FOUND ACCESçç NEWFOUND

ACCESS TO THE BLACK SEA.

THE BLACK SEA IS FROM

EAST TO WEST, FROM THE

CAUCASUS TO THE CASPIAN, TO

CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE.

IT COULD SEE 300 SHIPS A

DAY.

Reporter: WHETHER THE

U.S. CAN REVERSE RUSSIA'S

HOLD ON CRIMEA, UNLIKELY.

WHETHER IT CAN PREVENT THE

KREMLIN FROM FURTHER

EXPANSION IS THE QUESTION

MANY ARE HOPING WILL BE

ANSWERED, AND SOON.

H

Mark: FOR MORE

ANALYSIS, WE TURN TO CLIFF

MAE, THE PRESIDENT OF THE

FOUNDATION FOR DEFENSE OF

DEMOCRACIES.

CLIFF, WERE THERE WARNING

SIGNS IN THIS SITUATION?

I MEAN, WAS IT ALWAYS

RUSSIA'S GOAL TO GAIN BACK

CRIMEA?

THERE WERE PLENTY OF

WARNING SIGNS.

KEEP IN MIND IN 2008, PUTIN

ESSENTIALLY SLICED OFF TWO

PIECES OFçç GEORGIA.

THOSE TERRITORIES ARE NOT AS

WELL KNOWN AS THE CRIMEA,

WHICH IS PART OF THE

UKRAINE, BUT NONETHELESS IS

WHAT HAPPENED THERE IS PUTIN

SAID THEY'RE TERRITORIES I

WANT, AND I'M GOING TO TAKE

THEM, AND I'M GOING TO SEE

IF ANYTHING HAPPENS.

VERY LITTLE HAPPENED IN THAT

CASE.

THERE WAS THAT WARNING, FOR

SURE.

Mark: LOOKING AT THE

SANCTIONS THE U.S. AND E.U.

ARE IMPOSING, DO YOU THINK

THEY'RE GOING TO DO MUCH TOç

ACTUALLYç STOP RUSSIA?

NOT SO FAR.

THE SANCTIONS THAT HAVE BEEN

INTRODUCED ARE VERY WEAK.

I'M NOT SURE THERE WILL BE

STRONGER SANCTIONS, AND I'M

NOT SURE IT IS EVEN

NECESSARILY A GOOD IDEA.

I THINK PUTIN HAS TAKEN

CRIMEA AND IT IS HIS, AND HE

IS GOING TO KEEP IT.

I THINK THERE IS A QUESTION

IF HE WANTS PARTS OF EASTERN

UKRAINE.

HE MAY NOT HAVE MADE UP HIS

MIND.

HE MAY BE LOOKING TO SEE

WHETHER OR NOT HE REALLY

WILL HAVE TO PAY A PRICE.

SYMPTOM.

YOU RUN FOR THE TRAIN AND

YOU FIND YOURSELF OUT OF

BREATH, YOU KNOW YOU'RE NOT

FIT AND YOU BETTER START

EXERCISING.

THE U.S. APPEARS TO HAVE

BEEN IN RETREAT OVER A

NUMBER OF YEARS, AND THIS IS

NO TIME TO BE CUTTING DOWN

OUR MILITARY.

WE MADE A MISTAKE BY

CONSULTING DOWN OUR MISSILE

DEFENSE IN EASTERN EUROPE.

WE SHOULD RESTORE THAT.

WE SHOULD GET BACK TO

WEAKEN.

BECAUSE WHEN WE WEAKEN, IT

PRO VOCS AL PROVOKES ALL OF

OUR ADVERSARIES.

WE SEE AMERICA'S GROWING

WEAKNESS HAVING VERY ADVERSE

IMPACTS.

Mark: PRESIDENT PUTIN

CALLED FOR BETTER SUPPORT

FROM CHINA.

AND HOW THEY BENEFIT

RUSSIA.

WE ARE SAYINGç WHATç PUTIN

HAS DONE IN ILLEGAL.

BUT FOR THOSE WHO BELIEVE

THE U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL

DECIDES WHAT IS LEGAL OR

NOT, THE U.N. SECURITY

COUNCIL DIDN'T SAY THIS WAS

LEGAL BECAUSE RUSSIA IS ON

IT.

IT SAID, NOPE, WHAT WE'RE

DOING IS PERFECTLY ALLOWED

UNDER INTERNATIONAL LAW, AND

CHINA DECIDED TO ABSTAIN.

THEY'RE NOT GOING TO JUDGE

RUSSIA IN THIS WAY.

SO IN THAT CASE, THERE IS NO

INTERNATIONAL LAW

PREVAILING.

ON THE OTHER HAND, AGREEMENTç

AMONGç NATIONS CONSTITUTE

INTERNATIONAL LAW.

WE AND THE BRITISH AND THE

RUSSIANS DID SIGN THE

BUDAPEST ME MEMORANDUM.

IT KEPT ITS PART OF THE

BARGAIN, AND WE HAVEN'T KEPT

OUR PART.

THAT IS A DEATH BLOW FOR

NUCLEAR PR PROLIFERATION,

AND SOMETHING OBAMA SAID WAS

VERY IMPORTANT WHEN HE CAME

INTO OFFICE.

Mark: THANKSç FORç YOUR

INSIGHTS, CLIFF.

THANK YOU.

Mark: TENSION BETWEEN

WESTERN NATIONS ARE LEADING

SOME TO WORRY.

IRAN GATHERED WITH SIX WORLD

POWERS TODAY, INCLUDING

RUSSIA, THE U.S., BRITAIN,

AND GERMANY.

THE MEETING COMES ONE DAY

AFTER AMERICA AND THE

EUROPEAN UNION IMPOSED

SANCTIONS ON RUSSIA, BUT

THOSE DON'T APPEAR TO BE

HAVING AN IMPACT ON THE

IRANIAN TALKS, WHICH ARE

FOCUSED ON MAKING A DEAL TOçç

CURB IRAN'S NUCLEAR PROGRAM

AND END SANCTIONS IN IRAN.

A UNITED NATIONS' PANEL SAYS

IT HAS IDENTIFIED A LIST OF

PEOPLE RESPONSIBLE FOR WAR

CRIMES IN THE SYRIAN CIVIL

WAR.

AMONG THOSE LISTED, A NUMBER

OF LEADERS IN THE ASSAD

REGIME, INCLUDING THE HEADS

OF GOVERNMENTç INTELLIGENCEç

FORCES, MILITARY COMMANDERS,

AIRPORT OFFICIALS, AND

PRISON EMPLOYEES.

THEY ARE ACCUSED OF TORTURE,

TARGETING CIVILIANS, AND

BOMBINGS.

THE SYRIAN AMBASSADOR TO THE

U.N. IS REJECTING THE HUMAN

RIGHTS COUNCIL REPORT, BUT

THE PANEL SAYS THE INCIDENTS

ARE WELL-DOCUMENTED, SAYING,

"WE DO NOT LACK INFORMATION

ON CRIMES OR ON

PERPETRATORS.

WHAT WE LACK IS A MEANS BYç

WHICHç TO ACHIEVE JUSTICE AND

ACCOUNTABILITY."

WHEN THAT MISSING MALAYSIAN

PLANE FIRST TOOK A TURN

OFF-COURSE, IT DID SO

THROUGH A PROGRAMMED

COMPUTER SYSTEM, NOT BY A

MANUAL MOVE.

THE PROGRAMMING LIKELY CAME

FROM SOMEONE IN THE COCKPIT

WHO WAS FAMILIAR WITH THE

SYSTEM.

ALTHOUGH IT IS NOT CLEAR IF

THE COMPUTER SYSTEM WAS SET

BEFORE OR AFTER TAKEOFF.

MEANWHILE, THE SEARCH FOR

THE PLANE IS NOWç FOC

MAINLY ON AN AREA ROUGHLY

THE SIZE OF TEXAS, BUT THERE

ARE STILL NO LEADS.

MALAYSIAN AUTHORITIES HAVE

OFFERED CONTRADICTARY

INFORMATION ON THE TIMELINE

OF EVENTS.

STILL, ALL SIGNS POINT TO A

DELIBERATE ACT IN WHAT IS

NOW THE LARGEST SEARCH IN

AVIATION HISTORY.

THE TURNS THAT THIS

AIRPLANE MADE, EVEN IF WE

DON'T KNOW THE ALTITUDES,

SOMEONE WAS VERY DEFINITELY

IN CONTROLç OF THIS AIRP&NE

AND KNEW WHAT THEY WERE

DOING.

Mark: BACKGROUND CHECKS

OF ALL CHINESE PASSENGERS ON

BOARD REVEALED NO LINKS TO

TERRORISM, RULING OUT

SPECULATION THAT CHINESE

MUSLIM SEPARATISTS MIGHT

HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN THE

PLANE'S DISAPPEARANCE.

SOME ARE CALLING 2014 THE

YEAR OF THE DRONE.

THAT'S BECAUSE PRIVACY

ADVOCATES AND GOVERNMENT

AGENCIES WILL BE BATTLING

ACROSS THE COUNTRY OVER THE

USE OF LOCALç DRONES.

MOREç THAN 35 STATES ARE

CONSIDERING DRONE

LEGISLATION THIS YEAR.

LAW ENFORCEMENT AND LOCAL

GOVERNMENTS WANT TO USE

REMOTE-CONTROLLED AIRCRAFT

FOR EVERYTHING FROM

SURVEILLANCE TO

SEARCH-AND-RESCUE.

THE PRIVACY WATCHDOGS ARE

URGING STATE LEGISLATORS TO

STEP IN AND HEAD OFF ANY

POTENTIAL PRIVACY

VIOLATIONS.

THE MINNESOTAçç LEGISLATURE

DEBATED SOME OF THOSE

PRIVACY CONCERNS RECENTLY.

NOBODY WANTS TO PUT A

POLICE OFFICER IN JEOPARDY

OR JEOPARDIZE A CURRENT

INVESTIGATION, BUT WE DO

WANT TO PROTECT PEOPLE'S

PRIVACY.

AND FOLKS HAVE AN

EXPECTATION OF THAT, DATING

BACK A COUPLE HUNDRED

YEARS.

Mark: CALIFORNIA AND

UTAH ARE LOOKING AT MEASURES

TO REQUIRE LAW ENFORCEMENT

TO GET A WARRANT BEFORE

COLLECTING DATA FROM THE

SKIES.

WELL,ç THE U.S.

FIGURES OUTHOW TO CONTROL

DRONES, COMPANIES AROUND THE

WORLD ARE WASTING NO TIME.

FROM REAL ESTATE TO RELIEF

ORGANIZATIONS, MANY ARE

SEIZING THE MOMENT, PUTTING

NO LIMITS ON THE

POSSIBILITIES OF DRONES.

GEORGE THOMAS HAS THAT

STORY.

George: DRONE

TECHNOLOGY IS FLOURISHING,

AND WITH IT COMES AN EAGER

MARKETPLACE.

PHOTOGRAPHERS, REAL ESTATE

AGENTS, MOVIE-MAKERS ANDç

OTHERS AREç EMBRACING THE

FLYING DEVICES.

LAST WEEK, IN FACT, A DRONE

WAS USED TO CAPTURE PICTURES

OF THAT EAST HARLEM BUILDING

EXPLOSION.

AND HERE, PICTURES TAKEN BY

A DRONE ARE BEING USED TO

HELP SELL THIS LUXURY

PROPERTY OVERLOOKING THE

HUDSON RIVER.

IT HAS A UNIQUE VIEW OF

THE HOUSE AND THE

SURROUNDING AREAS.

IT REALLY IS VERY

IMPRESSIVE.ç

George:ç TEAM BLACK SHIP

SHEEP IS ONE OF THE

COMPANIES USING DRONES.

BUT THE FEDERAL AVIATION

COMMUNICATION BARS ITS USE

FOR ENTERTAINMENT.

IT IS GOING TO HAPPEN

WITH OR WITHOUT US.

George: THAT'S BECAUSE

COMMERCIAL DRONES ARE BEING

USED IN MANY COUNTRIES,

WHERE T@E AIRCRAFTç POSE

LITTLE THREAT IF THEY FOLLOW

THE RULES.

THEY ARE TOTALLY

DISCONNECTED FROM ALL

MEDICAL SERVICES.

IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO GET

VACCINES RELIABLY TO THEM.

IT IS VERY HARD TO GIVE THEM

ACCESS TO CONSUMER GOODS.

George: IN JAPAN,

HELICOPTER DRONES HAVE BEEN

SPRAYING CROPS FOR 20

YEARS.

SOUTH KOREA LAUNCHED A

SIMILAR PROGRAM FIVE YEARS

AGO.ç

AND AUSTRALIAç RECENTLY

STARTED USING THEM, TOO.

THE GERMANY DELIVERY COMPANY

IS TESTING A DRONE THAT

COULD DELIVER SMALL GOODS TO

HARD TO REACH PLACES.

IT IS EASY TO SEE MUCH OF

THE WORLD HAS JUMPED ON THE

DRONE BANDWAGON, BUT MANY

SAY THE LAC RULES ARE

LEAVING THE U.S. BEHIND.

Mark: COMING UP,

REACHING THEç MINORITIES.ç

THE NEW G.O.P. AD CAMPAIGN

AIMED AT WINNING VOTERS THIS

ELECTION YEAR.

Mark: WELCOME BACK.

THIS MONTH MARKS A

DEMOGRAPHIC MILESTONE,

SHOWING HOW THE FACE OF

AMERICA IS CHANGING.

THE PEW RESEARCH CENTER

REPORTS LATINOS WILL

OVERTAKE WHITES TO BECOME

CALIFORNIA'S LARGEST RACIAL

ETHNIC GROUP.

THEY WILL OFFICIALLY MAKE UP

39% OF THE MOST POPULOUS

STATE.

PULLING IN THE 38.8%ç WHO AREç

NON-HISPANIC AND WHITE.

THE LATINO ELECTORATE ACROSS

THE COUNTRY IS EXPECTED TO

JUMP FROM 23 MILLION TO

43 MILLION BY 2030.

BUT RIGHT NOW HISPANIC

POLITICAL POWER IS LAGGING

BECAUSE OF ECONOMIC AND

ORGANIZATIONAL WEAKNESS.

LATINO VOTERS ARE JUST ONE

FOCUS OF THE REPUBLICAN

PARTY AHEAD OF THIS YEAR'S

MID-TERM ELECTIONS.

TODAY THE G.O.P. IS

BEGINNING A NEW AD CANE TO

REACç CAMPAIGN TO REACH OUT

TO DIFFERENT MINORITIES,

ESPECIALLY HISPANICS AND

WOMEN.

I BELIEVE A STRONG

MILITARY EQUALS A STRONG

AMERICA.

I BELIEVE THERE SHOULDN'T

BE SO MUCH RED TAPE.

I VOTE FOR RELIGIOUS

FREEDOM.

EVERY HUMAN LIFE IS WORTH

PROTECTING.

I VOTE FOR AN ALL OF THE

ABOVE ENERGY POLICY.

I'M A REPUBLICAN.

I'M A REPUBLICAN.

I'M A REPUBLICAN.

I BELIEVE INç OPPORTUNITY

FOR ALL, ANDç I'M A

REPUBLICAN.

Mark: THE NEW AD

CAMPAIGN WILL AIR IN 14

STATES, AND MOSTLY RUN ON

CHANNELS TARGETING WOMEN AND

MINORITIES, LIKE BRAVO, FOOD

NETWORK, AND TELL

TELEMUNDO.

BACK IN 2012, THE OBAMA

ADMINISTRATION USED A

SIMILAR AD STRATEGY WHICH

PROVED TO BE SUCCESSFUL.

SCHOOLS INç NEW LGNEON,

CONNECTICUT, WILL RECOGNIZE

MUSLIM HOLIDAYS STARTING

NEXT SCHOOL YEAR.

THAT MEANS MUSLIM STUDENTS

CAN NOW BE ABSENT FROM

SCHOOL, AND TEACHERS MAY NOT

SCHEDULE ANY TESTS ON THOSE

DAYS.

THE COUNCIL ON AMERICAN

ISLAMIC RELATIONSHIPS

APPLAUDS THE MOVE, SAYING IT

WILL IMPROVE THE LEARNING

ENVIRONMENT FOR MUSLIM

STUDENTS.

THE GROUP'S SPOKESMAN SAYS

MORE AND MORE SCHOOL

DISTRICTS NATIONWIDE AREç

RECOGNIZING MUSLIMç

HOLIDAYS.

UP NEXT, THE NEW ATTACK YOU

NEVER SAW COMING, SHUTTING

DOWN AMERICA'S POWER GRID.

Mark: WHAT IF SUDDENLY

YOUR ELECTRICITY SIMPLY

VANISHED AND YOU HAD NO

LIGHTS AND NO CELL PHONE OR

INTERNET?

IF TERRORISTS TOOK DOWN THE

POWER GRID, IT COULD LEAD TOç

CHAOS ACROSS THEç COUNTRY.

HERE IS TONIGHT'S FOCUS

REPORT.

WITH ITS MAZE OF ELECTRIC

EQUIPMENT, THIS SUBSTATION

QUIETLY TOOK UP SPACE IN

CALIFORNIAMENT ON

CALIFORNIA.

ON APRIL 16th LAST YEAR,

THAT ALL CHANGED.

YOU CAN SEE THE MUZZLE FLASH

FROM BULLETS, STRIKING THE

CHAIN-LINKED FENCE AROUND

THE STATION

FOR NEARLY 20 MINUTES,

SNIPERS UNLOADED AND THAN

VANISHED BEFORE POLICE

ARRIVED.

EVEN THE SHELL CASINGS LEFT

BEHIND CARRY NO

FINGERPRINTS.

THE AUTHORITIES LATER

DISCOVERED THE

MILITARY-STYLE ATTACK

BLASTED 17 GIANT

TRANSFORMERS AND SIX

CIRCUITBREAKERS, RESULTING

IN MORE THAN $16 MILLION IN

DAMAGE.

THOSE TRAN FORÑiç TRANSFORMERS

SEND POWER TO SILICON

VALLEY.

RICK SMITH, PART OF THE

ANTI-TERRORISM UNIT, SAYS

THE MESSAGE IS CLEAR.

OBVIOUSLY, IT WASN'T JUST

A COUPLE OF GUYS OUT HAVING

A BEER.

IT WAS AN ORCHESTRATED

ATTACK THAT WAS PLANNED.

IT LOOKED SOMEWHAT

PROFESSIONAL.

IF YOU DON'T HAVE ANY

POWER, YOU HAVE DISRUPTION.

AND THE MESSAGE IS OUR

FACILITIES WEREç VULNERABLE.ç

FORTUNATELY IN THAT CASE,

THEY REROUTED POWER TO

PREVENT A BLACKOUT.

BUT THAT DID NOT STOP JOHN

WELLINGHOFF FROM TELLING THE

"WALL STREET JOURNAL" "THAT

IT WAS THE MOST SIGNIFICANT

INCIDENT INVOLVING THE GRID

THAT HAS EVER OCCURRED IN

THE U.S.."ç

THATç HAS SECURITY EXPERTS

WONDERING ABOUT THE

VULNERABILITY OF THE

AMERICAN POWER GRID, IN THE

ATTEMPTS OF AN ATTACK.

YOU WOULD BASICALLY WIPE

OUT OUR ELECTRIC GRID AND

ANY INSTRUMENTS THAT USE

COMPUTER CHIPS.

Mark: JIM PATTERSON,

VICE CHAIR OF THE UTILITIES

AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE,

AGREES WITH HIM.

ç WHAT KEEPSç ME AWAKE AT

NIGHT AND A LOT OF PEOPLE

WHO PRODUCE AND DISTRIBUTE

POWER IN CALIFORNIA IS THIS

WHOLE QUESTION ABOUT WHETHER

THIS WAS ISOLATED OR WHETHER

WE NEED TO SEE THIS AS THE

BEGINNING OF A NEW SECURITY

RISK.

THE BIG PICTURE IS, THOUGH,

THAT THIS IS AN INDICATION

OF THE THE SOFT TARGETS AND

THE VARIETY OF TARGETS IN

THIS NEW ATTACK ON AMERICA.çç

Mark: RICH LORDEN OF

THE ELECTRIC POWER RESEARCH

INSTITUTE CALLS THE ATTACK

AND ITS EXECUTION

UNPRECEDENTED.

THE FEELING IS THIS MAY

HAVE BEEN PREPARATION FOR AN

ACT OF WAR.

Mark: HIS COLLEAGUE

STRONGLY DISAGREES.

I THINK HE WAS OFF-BASE

FOR MAKING THAT KIND OF

SENSATIONAL KIND OF REMARK.

I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY HE

WOULD EVEN SAY THAT.

WE'VE HAD QUITE Aç

CONVERSATION SINCE THENç

ABOUT THIS.

Mark: HIS THOUGHTS ON

THE MOTIVATION BEHIND THE

ATTACK HOWEVER DON'T CHANGE

HIS CONCERN FOR THE SECURITY

OF THE GRID.

IT IS AN ONGOING BATTLE

TO STAY ONE STEP AHEAD OF

THE FOLKS WHO MIGHT WANT TO

DO US SOME HARM.

NOT JUST PHYSICAL HARM TO

THE POWER SYSTEM, BUT ALL

THE CYBER SIDE.

Mark: THE U.S. POWER

GRID IS EXTENSIVE, AN OROM

THE EASTç COAST TO THE WEST

COAST, MANY SUB STATIONS ARE

LOCATED IN REMOTE AREAS WITH

MINIMUM SECURITY.

THIS SUBSTATION OF RURAL

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA HAS A

HIGH CHAIN-LINKED FENCE WITH

BARBED WIRE, BUT I'M

STANDING RIGHT NEXT TO THE

FACILITY, AND THERE ARE NO

SECURITY CAMERAS OR SECURITY

PERSONNEL NEAR.

CBN NEWS DISCOVERED THE SAME

SITUATION IN THE LARGEST

CITYç IN THEç COUNTRY.

THIS IS THE FARGET SWITCH

YARD.

THE ELECTRICITY THAT COMES

THROUGH HERE POWERS THE

FINANCIAL DISTRICT AND ALSO

MUCH OF THE NEW YORK CITY

SUBWAY SYSTEM.

IT IS ONLY PROTECTED BY A

FLIMSY FENCE AND MINIMUM

SECURITY.

IF IT IS ACCESSIBLE TO US,

EXPERTS SAY IT IS ALSO

ACCESSIBLE TO TERRORISTS.

AS HORRIBLE AS 9/11 WAS

TO THIS NATION AND THIS

CITY, HADçç THE TERRORISTS

FLOWN TWO PLANES INTO THIS

FACILITY, THE CONSEQUENCES

TO NEW YORK CITY AND TO THE

NATION WOULD HAVE BEEN

ORDERS OF MAGNITUDE MORE

DAMAGING THAN WHAT ACTUALLY

HAPPENED.

I HOPE WE NEVER GET TO

THE POINT WHERE WE HAVE TO

MONITOR THIS ENTIRE

INFRASTRUCTURE, WHICH IS

LITERALLY MILLIONS OF MILES

OF WIRE, 150,000 POLES, AND

ROUGHLY THE SAME NUMBER OF

SUBSTATIONS.

IMZSIBLE.

Mark:ç HOWEVER GELLINGS

AND OTHER LEADERS ARE BY NO

MEANS THROWING IN THE

TOWEL.

THE OWNER OF THE METCAP

SUBSTATION HAS WORKED WITH

FEDERAL AND LOCAL AGENCIES

AND CONSULTANTS TO INCREASE

SECURITY.

COMPANY LEADERS PLAN TO PUT

UP OPAQUE LIGHTING AND

CAMERAS.

ç WE NEED TOç EVALUATE THE

GAPS WE HAVE AND IMPLEMENT

STRATEGIES TO FILL THOSE

GAPS.

Mark: ONE STRATEGY IS

INCREASING PATROLS AROUND

SUBSTATIONS.

AS CBN NEWS WALKED AROUND

AND SHOT VIDEO OF THE MET

CAP SUBSTATION, IT TOOK

ABOUT A HALF HOUR BEFORE WE

ENCOUNTERED INQUISITIVE

DEPUTIES WITH THE SHERIFFS

DEPARTMENT.

THERE IS A LOT MORE

PATROLLINGç AND PUB&C SAFETY

EYES.

THERE IS A LOT MORE TRACKING

AND IDENTIFYING OF POTENTIAL

DOMESTIC THREATS WITH

RESPECT TO THAT KIND OF

CHATTER.

Mark: AS FAR AS THE

HARDENING OF THE GRID

ITSELF, GELLINGS SAYS THE

ELECTRIC POWER RESEARCH

INSTITUTE IS LITERALLY

DEVELOPING A KEVLAR VEST TO

PUT AROUND TRANSFORMERS TO

PROTECT THEM.

AND THEY'RE WORKING ON

DEVICES THAT WOULD [EOSE THEç

VIBRATIONS OF PEOPLE AND

RECORD THAT MOVEMENT TO

PROVIDE MORE AWARENESS OF

THE SITUATION ON LOCATION.

THEN WE WANT TO GET

OVERALL SITUATION AWARENESS,

AND USE UNMANNED VEHICLES TO

LOOK AT A WHOLE AREA OF THE

POWER SYSTEM.

Mark: THE DRONE IDEA

HAS BEEN MET WITH RELUCTANCE

FROM THE F.A.A.

THAT IS NOT STOPPING OTHERS

FROM EXPLORING OPTIONS TO

FORçFORTIFY Aç GRID THAT HAS

SHOWN ITSELF TO BE QUITE

VULNERABLE.

LOOK AT THE GUNFIRE IN THAT

SURVEILLANCE VIDEO.

THE "WALL STREET JOURNAL"

REPORTS THAT THE FEDERAL

REGULATORY COMMISSION HAS

GIVEN THE POWER INDUSTRY AN

EARLY JUNE DEADLINE TO

SUBMIT NEW STRATEGIES FOR

PARTS OF THE GRID LIKE

SUBSTATIONS.

UP NEXT, MEETç A MAN WHOç IS

EMBRACING THE MID-SEASON

SNOW TO MAKE SOMETHING

COLORFUL.

Mark: WHEN LIFE GIVES

YOU LEMONS, YOU'RE SUPPOSED

TO

WHAT ARE YOU SUPPOSED TO DO

WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU MORE

SNOW INSTEAD OF SPRING.

A NEW YORK MAN IS USING ALL

OF THAT EXTRA SNOW TO

BRIGHTEN PEOPLE'S LIVES,

MAKING COLORFUL SCULPTURES

FOR THE DELIGHT OF THOSE

DRIVING BY.

SOMEBODY SENT ME $20 IN

THE MAIL WITH NO RETURN

ADDRESS.

I GET THANK YOU LETTERS.

PEOPLE STOP ALL OF THE

TIME.

SOME PEOPLE STOP THAT WORK

ATTHE ATHLETICç CLUB, ORç

WHEREVER THEY WORK AT, AND

THEY SAY, I DRIVE BY EVERY

SINGLE MORNING TO SEE WHAT

YOU'VE DONE DIFFERENT.

Mark: SMITH, WHO IS A

CHEF IN THE ROCHESTER AREA,

USES FOOD COLORING TO ADD

LIFE TO HIS CREATIONS.

HE HAS NO PLANS TO STOP ANY

TIME SOON.

HE IS STILL SURPRISED BY THE

RESPONSES HE GETS FROM

PEOPLEç ADMIRING HISç

SCULPTURES.

THAT'S ALL FOR THIS EDITION

OF "NEWSWATCH."

REMEMBER YOU CAN E-MAIL US

YOUR COMMENTS AND QUESTIONS

AT NEWSWATCH@CBN.COM.

HOPE YOU'LL JOIN US NEXT

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