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CBN NewsWatch: December 17, 2014

CBN NewsWatch: December 17, 2014: On CBN Newswatch, Dec. 17: Obama moves to normalize relations with Cuba; Alan Gross after Cuba release: 'This is the best Hannukkah'; Taliban justifies school massacre; and more. Read Transcript


Efrem: THANKS

FOR

JOINING

US FOR CBN

"NEWSWATCH."

I'M MARK MARTIN.

A HISTORY-MAKING DAY IN

CUBA.

AN AMERICAN PRISONER HELD

THERE IS COMING HOME.

IT IS A SURPRISE MOVE THAT

PAVED THE WAY FOR A NEW ERA

IN AMERICAN-CUBAN

RELATIONS.

Reporter: PRESIDENT

OBAMA TOOK THE FIRST STEPS

TO NORMALIZE U.S.-CUBAN

RELATIONS.

HE RESTORED DIPLOMATIC

RELATIONS BROKEN IN 1961.

President Obama: AND

THE MOST SIGNIFICANT CHANGES

IN OUR POLICY IN MORE THAN

50 YEARS, WE WILL END AN

OUTDATED APPROACH THAT FOR

DECADES HAS FAILED TO

ADVANCE OUR INTERESTS, AND

INSTEAD, WE WILL BEGIN TO

NORMALIZE RELATIONS BETWEEN

OUR TWO COUNTRIES.

Reporter: THE POLICY

SHIFT MARKS THE BEGINNING OF

THE END OF FIVE DECADES OF

U.S. ECONOMIC BLOCKADE OF

CUBA.

THE PRESIDENT ANNOUNCED

MEASURES TO INCREASE TRAVEL

AND COMMERCIAL SALES AND

EXPORTS TO CUBA, INCLUDING

CUBAN CIGARS.

TRAVELLERS CAN NOW BRING

$100 WORTH OF TOBACCO BACK

TO THE U.S.

PAVING THE WAY

FOR THE DEAL,

THE RELEASE OF AMERICAN ALAN

GROSS, IMPRISONED IN CUBA

FOR MORE THAN FIVE YEARS.

President Obama: TODAY

ALAN RETURNED HOME, REUNITED

WITH THIS FAMILY AT LONG

LAST.

I AM INCREDIBLY BLESSED

FINALLY TO HAVE THE FREEDOM

TO RESUME A POSITIVE AND

CONSTRUCTIVE LIFE.

Reporter: AND AN

INTELLIGENCE OPERATIVE HELD

FOR THREE YEARS WERE

EXCHANGED.

DESPITE THE GOOD NEWS, NOT

EVERYONE APPLAUDED THE NEW

DEVELOPMENTS.

REPUBLICAN SENATOR MARCO

RUBIO SAID, "THE MOVE TO

REESTABLISH DIPLOMATIC TIES

WOULD DO NOTHING TO FURTHER

THE GOAL OF DEMOCRACY AND

FREEDOM IN CUBA."

THE UNITED STATES TODAY,

UNDER THIS PRESIDENT, HAS

OPENED UP RELATIONSHIPS WITH

THE MOST BRUTAL DICTATORSHIP

THAT THIS HEMISPHERE HAS

KNOWN FOR THE BETTER PART OF

50 YEARS.

Reporter: WHILE THESE

CHANGES HAVE BEEN NEGOTIATED

FOR YEARS, THE FINAL

AGREEMENT TOOK PLACE AFTER

PRESIDENT OBAMA AND RAUL

CASTRO SPOKE ON THE PHONE ON

TUESDAY.

EFREM GRAHAM, CBN NEWS.

Mark: AND HERE WITH

MORE IS EXECUTIVE VICE

PRESIDENT AND PROFESSOR OF

GOVERNMENT AT REGENT

UNIVERSITY, DR. PAUL BON

BONICELLI.

IT'S GOOD TO BE HERE.

Mark: WE'RE TALKING

ABOUT NORMALIZING RELATIONS

BETWEEN CUBA AND THE U.S.

WHAT WILL THAT LOOK LIKE?

ON THE SURFACE IT WILL

LOOK SORT OF NORMAL, ALL OF

THESE YEARS TRYING TO HAVE A

GOOD RELATIONSHIP, WHERE

THERE HASN'T BEEN ONE FOR

YEARS.

BUT YOU'LL SEE IT COMPLETELY

CHARGED.

THERE IS A LOT AT STAKE FOR

SOME.

LIKE SENATOR RUBIO, FOR

EXAMPLE.

Reporter: WHO HAS MORE

TO GAIN, CUBA OR AMERICA?

CUBA, OF COURSE.

THEY'VE BEEN WAITING FOR A

PRESIDENT LIKE THIS.

SINCE CARTER LEFT OFFICE,

THEY HAD NO ONE THEY COULD

MASSAGE, AND TO GET THEM TO

BE SYMPATHETIC TO THEM.

AND THEY HAVE THAT IN

OBAMA.

THEY DIDN'T HAVE TO SHOW

THAT THEY DON'T HARM

PRISONERS -- THEY DIDN'T

HAVE TO DO ANYTHING.

Mark: SO WHY NOW AND

WHAT EVENTS HAVE LED TO THIS

MOMENT?

IT JUST SEEMS SO SUDDEN, BUT

IT IS OBVIOUSLY A PROCESS.

I THINK IT HAS BEEN GOING

ON FOR A YEAR.

POPE FRANCIS, WHO WANTED TO

SEE A RECONCILIATION, WAS

BEHIND THE SCENES.

BUT THIS IS A LEGACY FOR A

PRESIDENT WHO IS NOW A

LAME-DUCK.

THERE IS NOT A LOT HE CAN

GET DONE, BUT HE CAN DO

THINGS LIKE THIS, AND HE

WANTS IT FOR THE LEGACY

HE'LL GET OUT OF IT FOR THE

LEFT WING OF HIS PARTY.

Mark: INTERESTING.

THE PRESIDENT HAS ANNOUNCED

HE PLANS TO LOWER TRAVEL AND

ECONOMIC RESTRICTIONS TO AND

FROM CUBA.

WHAT IMPACT WILL THAT HAVE

ON OUR ECONOMY?

NOT MUCH, CUBA DOESN'T

HAVE A LOT OF WEALTH.

COMMUNIST COUNTRIES DON'T

HAVE A LOT.

YOU'LL SEE MORE PEOPLE FROM

THE UNITED STATES

TRAVELLING, BUT IT IS NOT

GOING TO MAKE THAT MUCH

DIFFERENCE FOR THE CUBAN

PEOPLE AS LONG AS THEY LIVE

UNDER A COMMUNIST

GOVERNMENT.

Mark: YOU TOUCHED ON

THIS EARLIER, BUT LET'S TALK

ABOUT THE SEVERE

RESTRICTIONS AGAINST

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IN CUBA.

HOW DO YOU THINK THIS LATEST

CHANGE IS GOING TO AFFECT

THE CHURCHES IN CUBA?

I THINK THERE WILL BE LIP

SERVICE FOR MAKING IT FOR

THE PROTESTANTS AND

CATHOLICS TO HAVE A FREER

SYSTEM, BUT IT WILL NOT BE

REAL.

BECAUSE CHRISTIANS IN CUBA,

PARTICULARLY AMONG THE

PROTESTANTS AND THE

CATHOLICS THAT ARE OPPOSED

TO THE COMMUNIST GOVERNMENT,

WANT REAL FREEDOM.

THEY DON'T WANT TO BE TOLD

WHAT THEY CAN SAY.

BUT A COMMUNIST GOVERNMENT

DOESN'T LET PEOPLE HAVE THAT

KIND OF FREEDOM.

Mark: DO YOU THINK

CUBA'S RELATION WITH THE

VATICAN AND POPE FRANCIS --

YOU TALKED ABOUT THAT.

WHY DO YOU THINK IT HAS

SOMETHING TO DO WITH THESE

DECISIONS?

THE POPE IS A SINCERE

MAN, AND HE WANTED TO SEE A

RECONCILIATION.

BUT HE IS A VICKER OF THE

CHURCH, AND HE IS NOT A

POLITICIAN.

AND HE DOESN'T APPRECIATE

HOW MANIPULATIVE THE CUBAN

GOVERNMENT IS.

I DON'T SEE ANYTHING FEF

NEFARIOUS IN IT, BUT IT IS

MISGUIDED.

Mark: HE IS LOOKING FOR

THIS LEGACY.

WHY CUBA?

WHY DOWN THAT ROAD?

THE PRESIDENT'S

POPULARITY HOVERS AROUND THE

30s.

AND HE IS AWARE FOR THE REST

OF HIS LIFE HE IS NOT GOING

TO BE A VERY POPULAR PERSON,

AT LEAST NOT POLITICALLY.

BUT THERE WILL BE THAT 30%,

OR 40%, WHO WILL LOVE HIM

FOR OBAMACARE.

THE CROWD THAT HAS BEEN

WANTING TO MAKE PEACE WITH

THE CASTRO BROTHERS FOR

YEARS WILL LOVE HIM FOR IT

AND CELEBRATE HIM FOREVER.

Mark: DR. PAUL

BONICHELLIE, THEC, SIR.

THANK YOU, SIR.

THE AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW

AND JUSTICE IS REPRESENTING

27 MEMBERS OF CONGRESS IN A

FEDERAL LAWSUIT FILED BY 24

STATES CHALLENGING THE

CONSTITUTIONALITY OF

PRESIDENT OBAMA'S ACTION ON

IMMIGRATION.

JORDAN SEQUOIA I SECULO HAS

MORE.

THEY BELIEVE THEIR POWER

IS BEING TAKEN AWAY

UNCONSTITUTIONALLY.

THEY THINK THIS IS PART OF

CONGRESS' JOB, WHICH IS TO

HANDLE THE NATION'S

IMMIGRATION LAW.

AND ARTICLE ONE OF THE

CONSTITUTION ABSOLUTELY

MAKES THAT CLEAR.

AND WHILE THE PRESIDENT HAS

DISCRETION, AND IF THE

PRESIDENT SAID, WE'RE GOING

TO HANDLE VIOLENT CRIMINALS

AND WE'RE GOING TO USE OUR

RESOURCES A SPECIFIC WAY,

THAT IS ONE THING.

BUT TO TELL MILLIONS OF

PEOPLE WHO APPLY, THAT THEY

CAN STAY, AND THEY'RE NOT

GOING TO DEPORTED, AND WE'RE

GOING TO GIVE THEM RIGHTS,

LIKE THE RIGHT TO WORK AND

THE RIGHT TO BE LEGALLY

PRESENT IN THE UNITED

STATES, THAT'S SOMETHING

CONGRESS HAS TO DO.

Mark: WHAT WILL IT MEAN

FOR THE EXECUTIVE ORDER AS

IT STANDS NOW?

THIS CASE WILL SEEK AN

INJUNCTION.

SO IT COULD PUT A HALT TO

PRESIDENT OBAMA'S ACTION

GOING INTO FORCE, WHILE THE

ACTUAL ISSUES ARE

LITIGATED.

THERE IS A TWO-STEP PROCESS

HERE.

THE FIRST IS TO TRY TO STOP

WHAT PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS

DONE FROM GOING INTO FORCE,

WHICH WILL BE SOME TIME THIS

LATE WINTER/EARLY SPRING,

THE ADMINISTRATION HAS

SAID.

AND THE SECOND IS TO FULLY

LITIGATE THIS ISSUE.

DOES THE PRESIDENT HAVE THIS

KIND OF POWER TO TAKE THIS

ACTION ON HIS OWN WITHOUT

CONGRESS.

Mark: YOUR FATHER, JAY

SECULO RECENTLY APPEARED

BEFORE THE HOUSE JUDICIARY

COMMITTEE AND SAID THE

PRESIDENT HAS GONE PAST HIS

AUTHORITY.

FOR THE COMING YEAR,

ALTHOUGH YOU'RE GOING TO SEE

A REPUBLICAN TAKEOVER OF THE

U.S. SENATE, AND I DON'T

WANT TO PUT ANY DUTY THERE

MAY NOT BE SOME ACTION

THERE, BUT IT IS PRETTY

UNLIKELY THAT THEY'RE GOING

TO GET LEGISLATION THEY LIKE

THE MOST THROUGH THE U.S.

SENATE BECAUSE OF THE

FILIBUSTER.

SO THEY DON'T HAVE A

FILIBUSTER-PROOF MAJORITY,

AND THEY DON' CAN'T

OVERRIDE A VETO BY PRESIDENT

OBAMA.

TAKING THE LEGAL ACTION,

THEY'RE GOING TO DO

EVERYTHING THEY CAN.

THEY MAY WORK ON

LEGISLATION.

THEY WORKED ON DEFUNDING.

THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND

SECURITY.

SO THEIR FUNDING ONLY GOES

IN PLACE UNTIL FEBRUARY.

BUT I DON'T THINK THEY

WANTED TO WAIT.

THEY DIDN'T HAVE A LONG TIME

TO MAKE THE DECISION ON

JOINING OUR BRIEF.

Mark: BUT WHAT DO YOU

THINK NEEDS TO HAPPEN IN THE

NATIONAL DEBATE OVER

IMMIGRATION?

I THINK A LOT OF THIS,

THE PEOPLE WHO ARE ALREADY

HERE, WHO HAVE NOT DONE

ANYTHING CRIMINAL, OTHER

THAN COME HERE ILLEGALLY, SO

THEY'RE NOT VIOLENT

CRIMINALS, AND THEIR

BRAIGING OBRAIG BREAKING OF

THE LAW WAS COMING TO THE

U.S. AND BRINGING THEIR

FAMILY HERE ILLEGALLY --

THOSE PEOPLE COULD BE

HANDLED IN A LONG-TERM WAY

WHERE WE DON'T HAVE TO

WORRY.

IF WE EXCEP ACCEPT THIS

KIND OF EXECUTIVE ACTION,

MARK, THEN THIS PRESIDENT

CAN REVERSE IT OR A FUTURE

PRESIDENT CAN REVERSE IT.

SO WE'RE ASKING FOR THEM TO

COME OUT OF THE SHADOWS, NOT

A LO LAW THAT IS SIGNED BY

THE PRESIDENT AND GOES

THROUGH THE CONSTITUTIONAL

PROCESS.

I THINK ALL OF THESE PEOPLE

WOULD BE COVERED, FOR THE

MOST PART, IN A MUCH MORE

LAWFUL AND RELIABLE WAY.

BUT WE'RE NOT GOING TO GET

THERE IF DEMOCRATS AND

PRESIDENT OBAMA ALSO REFUSE

TO SECURE THE BORDER.

Mark: ALL RIGHT, JORDAN

SEKULOW WITH THE ACLJ.

THANKS FOR YOUR TIME.

IN OTHER NEWS, IT LOOKS LIKE

ANOTHER BUSH WILL SEEK THE

PRESIDENCY.

FORMER FLORIDA GOVERNOR JEB

BUSH ANNOUNCED HE IS FORMING

AN EXPLORATORY COMMITTEE ON

THE 2016 RACE FOR THE WHITE

HOUSE.

ANALYSTS SAY HE HAS BEEN

TAKING STEPS TOWARDS A

PRESIDENTIAL RUN FOR

MONTHS.

JEB BUSH WOULD BECOME THE

THIRD IN HIS FAMILY TO RUN

FOR PRESIDENT.

CALIFORNIA NEEDS

11 TRILLION GALLONS OF WATER

TO MAKE UP FOR ITS

THREE-YEAR DROUGHT,

ACCORDING TO NASA.

CALIFORNIA HAS RECENTLY BEEN

PUMMELLED WITH RAIN, BUT IT

IS JUST A DROP IN THE BUCKET

OF WHAT IS REALLY NEEDED.

THE SAN JOAQUIN RIVER BASIN

AND OTHER IS DOWS ARE

DOWN.

COMING UP, EFREM GRAHAM IS

HERE WITH MORE OF CBN

"NEWSWATCH," INCLUDING ONE

MAYOR'S REFUSAL TO BE

PRESENT FOR THE CITY

COUNCIL'S OPENING PRAYER.

Mark: CHRISTIANS AND

ATHEISTS ARE SHARING

BILLBOARD SPACE IN

ARKANSAS.

A BILLBOARD ALONG INTERSTATE

49 IS FLASHING ALTERNATING

ADS BY A CHURCH AND AN

ATHEIST GROUP.

THE AMERICAN ATHEIST AD

SHOWS A YOUNG GIRL WRITING

SANTA CLAUS THAT ALL SHE

WANTS FOR THE HOLIDAYS IS TO

MISS CHURCH BECAUSE SHE IS

TOO OLD FOR FAIRY TALES.

THAT AD INSPIRED A RESPONSE

BY GRACE CHURCH IN ALMA,

WHICH RAISED MONEY TO PAY

FOR ITS OWN AD TO APPEAR

SECONDS LATER ON THE SAME

DIGITAL BILLBOARD.

THE CHURCH'S AD READS:

QUESTIONS, DOUBTS,

CURIOSITY, ALL WELCOME AT

GRACE CHURCH, ALMA.

A GROUP OF FLORIDA CITY

LEADERS WALKED OUT OF A

MEETING IN OPPOSITION OVER A

CONTROVERSIAL PRAYER.

YOU CAN SEE SEVERAL

COMMISSIONERS WALKING OUT.

THE THE PRAYER BEGINS BY

ADDRESSING MOTHER EARTH AND

HE WENT ON TO INVOKE BUDDHA,

KRISHNA, AND JESUS.

TODAY, A FIRSTHAND

ACCOUNT OF WHAT WE'RE

REPORTING FOR YEARS, THAT

NEWS ORGANIZATIONS OFTEN

SHOW BIAS AGAINST ISRAEL.

AND IT HAPPENED DURING THIS

SUMMER'S WAR AGAINST HAMAS.

A FORMER REPORTER WITH THE

ASSOCIATED PRESS IS BLOWING

THE WHISTLE.

CHRIS MITCHELL HAS THE STORY

FROM JERUSALEM.

Reporter: DURING THE

SUMMER OF 2014, ISRAEL AND

HAMAS FOUGHT FOR 50 DAYS.

REPORTERS FROM ALL OVER THE

GLOBE COVERED THE FIGHTING,

OFTEN FILLING THEIR STORIES

WITH CONFLICTING INFORMATION

AND QUESTIONABLE REPORTING.

AFTER THE WAR, FORMER A.P.

REPORTER MONTE FRIEDMAN

WROTE AN ARTICLE CALLED "AN

INSIDE'S GUIDE TO THE MOST

IMPORTANT STORY ON EARTH."

I DECIDED AT THE END OF

THE SUMMER TO WRITE AN

ESSAY, LOOKING AT WHAT HAS

GONE WRONG THROUGH THE LENS

OF MY OWN EXPERIENCES.

Reporter: FOR SEVEN

YEARS, FRIEDMAN REPORTED FOR

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, A

GIANT NEWS ORGANIZATION THAT

PROVIDES INFORMATION TO MANY

OTHER MEDIA OUTLETS AROUND

THE WORLD.

HE SAYS THE A.P. AND THE

MAINSTREAM PRESS SUFFERS

FROM TWO MALFUNCTIONS.

ONE, ISRAEL GETS TOO MUCH

COVERAGE, AND, TWO, THEY

HAVE TAKEN SIDES.

THEY HAVE DECIDED TO PLAY

A POLITICAL ROLE IN THE

CONFLICT.

THEY DECIDED TO LOBBY FOR

THE SIDE THEY THINK IS

RIGHT.

AND POLITICAL DECISIONS ARE

DISGUISED AS JOURNALISTIC

FREEDOM.

THE STRATEGY IS TO TERRORIZE

ISRAEL WITH ROCKETS, AND

PROVOKE AN ISRAELI RESPONSE,

AND PUT CIVILIANS IN GAZA

BETWEEN THEM BY STARTING

ROCKETS FROM THE BASEMENTS.

AND WE'VE SEEN ALL OF THESE

THINGS DOCUMENTED THIS

SUMMER.

AND THEN HAVING THE HUGE

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA FILM THE

CIVILIAN CASUALTIES, NOT THE

ARMED MEN, AND USE THOSE

PICTURES TO SPARK OUTRAGE

AGAINST ISRAEL ABROAD.

AND THAT WILL PREVENT ISRAEL

FROM ACTING TO THE FULL

EXTENT OF ITS STRENGTH.

THAT'S THE STRATEGY, AND I

THINK ANY INTELLIGENT PERSON

CAN SEE IT, AND YET IT IS

NOT COVERED BY THAT.

Reporter: THE

ASSOCIATED PRESS ISSUED A

STATEMENT THAT SAID IN PART,

"HIS ARTICLES HAVE BEEN

FILLED WITH INACCURACIES,

BOTH ABOUT THE RECENT GAZA

WAR AND MORE DISTANT

EVENTS.

HIS SUGGESTION OF BIAS

AGAINST ISRAEL IS FALSE."

BUT FRIEDMAN SAYS THE WORLD

IS GETTING A SKEWED VERSION

OF WHAT ACTUALLY IS

HAPPENING.

THE STORY IS, IF YOU READ

BETWEEN THE LINES, AND IF

YOU READ THE LINES

THEMSELVES, ISRAEL IS FACED

WITH A CLEAR, MORAL CHOICE

AND IS MAKING THE WRONG

CHOICE.

ISRAEL COULD HAVE PEACE, BUT

IT CHOOSES WAR.

THAT STORY IS FALSE.

Reporter: CHRIS

MITCHELL, CBN NEWS,

JERUSALEM.

Efrem: AND STILL TO

COME, TEENS ARE BEING

BRAINWASHED AND LURED AWAY

TO WAGE JIHAD AGAINST

AMERICA.

WE'LL TELL YOU WHERE IT IS

HAPPENING, COMING UP NEXT.

Efrem: WHICH CITY IS

AMERICA'S BIGGEST HOTBED FOR

TERRORISTS?

IF YOU'RE THINKING NEW YORK

CITY OR LOS ANGELES, YOU'D

BE WRONG.

THINK MIDDLE AMERICA.

DOZENS OF YOUNG MEN AND

WOMEN HAVE LEFT MINNEAPOLIS,

ST. PAUL, IN RECENT YEARS TO

JOIN ISLAMIC TERRORIST

GROUPS LIKE ISIS.

ERICK STAKELBECK HAS MORE.

Reporter: AMERICAN MEN

AND WOMEN, ALL OF THEM

SOMALI MUSLIMS HAILING FROM

MINNESOTA, AND ALL OF THEM

CARRYING U.S. PASSPORTS.

SOME HAVE BEEN SUICIDE

BOMBERS.

OTHERS STAR IMPROPE IN

PROPAGANDA VIDEOS.

IN 2007 THERE WAS A CALL TO

JIHAD IN SOMALIA.

TODAY THEIR DESTINATION IS

THE ISLAMIC STATE.

THE PROBLEM IN PREVIOUS

YEARS FOR THE SOMALI MUSLIM

COMMUNITY IN MINNEAPOLIS WAS

YOUNG MEN LEAVING MOSQUES

LIKE THIS TO TRAVEL BACK

HOME AND JOIN THE

al-QAEDA-LINKED TERROR

GROUP AL-SHABAAB.

NOW THE PROBLEM HAS SHIFTED

AND IT IS MUCH DEEPER.

SINCE JULY OF 2012, WE

HAVEN'T HAD ANY KIDS LEAVE

TO GO JOIN al-SHABAAB,

BUT WE HAVE HAD SEVERAL

LEAVE NOW TO GO JOIN ISIS.

Reporter: BOB FLETCHER

IS THE FORMER SHERIFF OF

RAMSEY COUNTY, WHICH

INCLUDES THE CITY OF

ST. PAUL.

WHAT ISIS IS SELLING NOW

IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO BUILD

SOMETHING, TO BUILD A NEW

SOCIETY.

AND THAT'S VERY, VERY

EXCITING FOR A LOT OF KIDS.

Reporter: AT LEAST 12

TWIN CITY'S RESIDENTS HAVE

TRAVELLED TO SYRIA TO JOIN

TERRORIST GROUPS IN RECENT

YEARS.

ALL WERE SOMALIS, EXCEPT

DOUGLAS McCAIN, AN

AFRICAN-AMERICAN CONVERT

KILLED FIGHTING ALONG ISIS

LAST SUMMER.

HE EVEN WORKED AT

MINNEAPOLIS, ST. PAUL,

AIRPORT BEFORE JOINING.

THE RECRUITERS GET HOLD

OF THESE YOUNG PEOPLE.

THEY MENTOR THEM.

THEY ASSESS THEM.

THEY IDENTIFY THEM.

Reporter: BIHI IS

DIRECTOR OF THE SOMALI

ADVOCACY CENTER IN

MINNEAPOLIS.

HIS TEENAGED NEPHEW FELL

PREY TO TERRORIST RECRUITERS

AND WAS KILLED IN SOMALIA IN

2008.

SOMEBODY WOULD BELIEVE

THAT A SOMALI-AMERICAN KID

WHO GREW UP HERE HAD NOTHING

TO DO WITH SOMALIA.

NO CONTROL, NO LANGUAGE,

WOULD BE BRAINWASHED,

RADICALIZED BY THE SAME

PEOPLE, BY SOME OF THE

PEOPLE WE TRUSTED SO MUCH,

AND RETURN HIM TO FIRE IN

SOMALIA.

Reporter: BIHI HAS

RECEIVED THREATS FOR

SPEAKING OUT AGAINST THE

RADICALIZATION OF HIS SOMALI

MUSLIM COMMUNITY.

HE SAYS HE IS FIGHTING AN

UPHILL BATTLE HERE AS

UNEMPLOYED YOUNG PEOPLE

RESPOND TO THE MESSAGE OF

JIHAD.

WE'RE TRYING WITH

EVERYTHING WE CAN, BUT OUR

CHALLENGES ARE PLENTY

BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE THE

RESOURCES TO WORK WITH

THEM.

Reporter:

THE TWIN

CITIES ARE HOME

TO

THE

LARGEST SOMALI POPULATION IN

NORTH AMERICA.

MANY OF THE MORE THAN

100,000 SOMALI RESIDENTS

CAME AS PART OF A

TAXPAYER-FUNDED REFUGEE

RESETTLEMENT PROGRAM RUN BY

THE GOVERNMENT.

A LARGE NUMBER LIVE IN

NEIGHBORHOODS LIKE LITTLE

MOGADISHU.

THIS IS THE KIND OF

MARKET YOU WOULD SEE IN

SOMALIA, BUT IT IS HERE IN

THE VERY HEART OF

MINNEAPOLIS, AND IT SHOWS

THE CHANGING FACE AND THE

GROWTH OF THE SOMALI

COMMUNITY HERE IN THE TWIN

CITIES.

WAR-TORN SOMALIA HAS HAD NO

FUNCTIONING CENTRAL

GOVERNMENT FOR MORE THAN 25

YEARS AND HAS BECOME A

HOTBED FOR RADICAL ISLAM.

OMAR JAMAL LEFT BEHIND THAT

CHAOS ONLY TO CONFRONT A

SIMILAR SITUATION IN THE

TWIN CITIES.

HE SAYS TERRORISTS ARE

HAVING SUCCESS BEYOND JUST

THE HIGH SCHOOL TARGETS.

THE al-SHABAAB AND

ISIS TARGET THOSE KIDS, BUT

EVEN AN "A" STUDENT, A

UNIVERSITY STUDENT, A

COLLEGE STUDENT -- THEY ARE

ALSO VULNERABLE.

Reporter: ACCORDING TO

JAMAL, RADICAL ISLAMIC

IDEOLOGY IS A POWERFUL TOOL

FOR ISIS.

ISIS HAS THUS FAR

SUCCEEDED INPUTING UP

SUCCEEDED IN PUTTING UP AN

IMAGE, WHERE THEY ARE

RIGHTING THE WRONGS OF THE

MUSLIM WORK.@@@@

Reporter: ERICK

STAKELBECK, CBN NEWS,

MINNEAPOLIS.

Efrem: "SUPERBOOK" IS

TOUCHING THE LIVES OF PEOPLE

LIVING IN COSTA RICA.

IT TOOK PLACE IN DOWNTOWN

SAN JOSE, WITH THE FIRST

EVER "SUPERBOOK" FLASH-MOB

DANCE AND PHOTO WITH GIZMO.

CBN'S "SUPERBOOK" TEAM ALSO

HANDED OUT MORE THAN 1500

SMALL GIFTS WITH CANDY AND

CARDS AND A MESSAGE OF

HOPE.

THE EVENT ALSO PROVIDED MANY

OPPORTUNITIES TO PRAY WITH

PEOPLE.

"SUPERBOOK" SEASON ONE AIRED

ON THE MOST POPULAR TV

CHANNEL IN COSTA RICA.

SO FAR "SUPERBOOK" HAS BEEN

BROADCAST IN NINE COUNTRIES

IN LATIN-AMERICA.

AND FINALLY THIS HOUR, A

COUPLE OF SACRAMENTO POLICE

OFFICERS ARE BEING APPLAUDED

FOR HELPING A FAMILY IN

NEED.

SATURDAY NIGHT THEY SAW A

FAMILY OF FIVE STANDING

OUTSIDE IN THE COLD AND

RAIN.

WHEN THEY GOT OUT TO

INVESTIGATE THE SITUATION,

THEY LEARNED THE FAMILY HAD

FALLEN ON HARD TIMES AND HAD

NO PLACE TO SLEEP.

WE SAID, HEY, WOULD YOU

GUYS BE OKAY IF WE PUT YOU

IN A HOTEL ROOM FOR THE

NIGHT?

THESE OFFICERS ARE

AMAZING.

Efrem: THE OFFICERS

PAID FOR THE FAMILY TO STAY

IN THE HOTEL, USING THEIR

OWN MONEY.

THEY WERE THEN REIMBURSED

THROUGH AN INITIATIVE CALLED

"SARA'S PROGRAM."

BUT THE OFFICERS SAY

REIMBURSEMENT OR NOT, THEY

WANTED TO LEND A HELPING

HAND.

THIS IS GOING TO DO IT FOR

THIS HOUR ON CBN NEWS

TODAY.

TAKE THE TIME TO TELL US

WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT THE

STORIES YOU'VE SEEN HERE.

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OR AT CBN NEWS AT TWITTER.

HOPE YOU'LL JOIN US AGAIN

RIGHT HERE NEXT TIME.

MAKE IT A WONDERFUL

WEDNESDAY, EVERYBODY.

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