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- [Announcer] This is CBN Newswatch.

- And thank you so much for joining us.

I'm Efrem Graham.

A Turkish court hassent an American pastor

accused of spying back to prison.

Andrew Brunson's family,friends, and President Trump

hoped he'd be released buttheir hopes were dashed

after a Wednesday hearing.

Our Gary Lane is on this story.

- [Gary] It was the third hearing for the

50-year-old North Carolina pastor,

and it ended in another disappointment.

That's because many peoplethought Andrew Brunson

would be freed from prison.

He has spent 20 months behind Turkish bars

on accusations that hespied on the government

and plotted with rebels to overthrow

President Recep TayyipErdoğan in July 2016.

For nearly two hours during the hearing,

former church members testifiedagainst Pastor Brunson,

making vague, unsubstantiated accusations.

When the judge asked Brunsonto reply to the witnesses,

he said, quote, "My faithteaches me to forgive,

"so I forgive those whotestified against me."

Only one witness from thedefense was allowed to testify.

The U.S. governmentexpressed concern about the

court's decision.

- I have read the indictment.

I have attended three hearings.

I don't believe thatthere is any indication

that Pastor Brunson isguilty of any sort of

criminal or terrorist activity.

- [Gary] The Trump administrationand members of Congress

have been pressuring Turkeyto release the pastor.

On Wednesday, PresidentTrump expressed displeasure,

tweeting, "A total disgracethat Turkey will not release

"a respected U.S. Pastor,Andrew Brunson, from prison.

"He has been held hostage far too long.

"Erdogan should do somethingto free this wonderful

"Christian husband and father.

"He has done nothing wrong,and his family needs him!"

Cece Heil of the AmericanCenter for Law and Justice says,

immediately after the court decision,

the Trump administrationand members of Congress

began working again diplomaticallyto help free Brunson.

- It's a devastating blow,so I would just pray for

encouragement for Pastor Brunson

and for his family becausethey suffer the same.

- [Gary] Gary Lane, CBN News.

- Headlines we're following for you today

inside the CBN News room.

The White House is doubling down

on President Donald Trump's assertion.

He is tough on Russia.

The president continues to draw criticism

for his Helsinki Summitwith Russian President

Vladimir Putin Monday, buthe's defending his actions

saying Wednesday, he told theRussian President face-to-face

to stay out of America's elections.

At the end of a cabinet meeting Wednesday,

the President also saidthere has been quote,

"No President ever as toughas I have been on Russia."

California voters willno longer be deciding

if they should splittheir state into three.

The Cal 3 initiativewould have split the state

into Northern California, California,

and Southern California.

The initiative had gainedenough signatures in June

to qualify for the ballot butthe California Supreme Court

removed the measure, citingconcerns over its validity.

Israel's Parliament hasapproved a controversial piece

of legislation that defines the country

as the nation's stateof the Jewish people.

Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu,

called the vote historic.

Netanyahu stressedIsrael would respect the

individual rights of citizensafter opponents claimed

the law marginalizes thecountry's Arab minority.

For more on these stories andothers throughout the day,


A new report shows this week,despite efforts to drain

the DC Swamp, wasteful spendingis still alive and kicking.

CBN Capitol Hill correspondent,Abigail Robertson,

shows us some of the biggest projects

charged to Americantaxpayers just this year.

- Republicans are supposedly the party of

fiscal responsibility, yet the 2018

Congressional Pig Book shows that earmarks

and pork barrel spendingare dangerously on the rise

and costing taxpayers billions.

- The cost of earmarks doubled

in fiscal year 2018 from $6.8billion to $14.7 billion.

- [Abigail] Americans thought the practice

of lawmakers using federalfunds for pet projects

back home like the infamous $398 million

Alaska bridge to nowhere ended in 2011.

Activist Tim Schatzsays that's not the case

because his organizationuncovered 232 earmarks

in this year's appropriations bill.

- They're simply lesstransparent and more secretive.

Rather than listing the namesof the members of Congress,

they just add a huge amount of money

and then divide it upprobably behind closed doors

calling the agencies.

- [Abigail] This year'ssummary exposed things like

65 million for the PacificCoastal Salmon Recovery Fund

and 13 million going tolocal museums, opera houses,

and theaters.

- It is very frustrating,we need to do better

for our taxpayers.

- [Abigail] Congressman MarkWalker says this practice

leads to shady favors,a corrupt government,

and wasteful spending.

- I find it, and I believea lot of the people that I

talked to in NorthCarolina, one of the most

frustrating things isusing the taxpayers dollars

to arrange deals or get thingsto vote one way or the other.

That's what we've gottacontinue to improve on

here in DC.

- [Abigail] Some lawmakerswanna lift the earmark ban

to ease the gridlock of spending bills,

but Senator Jeff Flakecalls that a terrible idea.

- This notion that if youhave a bunch of earmarks,

you can speed the appropriationsprocess just doesn't wash.

All it does is leverage more spending

and is the gateway drugto spending addiction.

- These lawmakers argueearmarks are the antithesis

of draining the swamp andthey're fighting to see them

banned once and for all.

Reporting from Washington,Abigail Robertson, CBN News.

- Near the end of his ministry on earth,

Jesus prayed for unity in his church.

It remains a challenge,especially in the Middle East.

But people are working toward the goal.

Chris Mitchell shows ushow they are striving

to put the prayer of Jesus into action.

- [Chris] Author and MiddleEast expert, Joel Rosenberg,

organized this conferencewith a major theme in mind.

- We're trying to focus on prayer

and on unity between Israeli,Jewish, and Arab believers

and between the Messianic body of Israel

and the Palestinian believers.

- [Chris] Rosenberg wants toconnect believers in the west

to the Holy Land bybringing middle America

to the Middle East.

- What we could do uniquelywas focus people on

how do you put out, whatdoes it mean to pray for

the peace of Jerusalem?

We say that but what does that mean?

How can we pray scriptureand how can we pray with

the faces of Jewish and Arab,

Israeli and Palestinian believers

right in front of us?

Stories we never knew beforethat would give us a chance

to say, "Now when I go backto Wichita or San Diego,

"wherever, now I have a senseof who I'm praying for."

- [Chris] Two U.S. evangelicalleaders saw those faces

and experienced that unity.

- As the body of Christ, you know?

We're not divided, so there'sneither Jew nor Greek.

There's neither slave nor free.

There's neither male nor female.

So, we're one in Christand so, to come together,

which they're doing here at this summit,

is just ya know, it's a revelation of what

the body of Christ is.

As it was pointed out this morning,

that's a testimony to who Jesus is

and it's a testimony to the world

that we can be one.

- That is really enlighteningto be able to come

and to see the two broughtto one through Jesus Christ.

I think that's the real testimonyof being here this week.

- [Chris] Ronnie Floyd,the Director of the

National Day of Prayer, talkedabout the power of prayer.

- So I talked about the undeniablereality and connectivity

between prayer and theHoly Spirit and boldness.

And the same thing thatis needed here in courage

in the Middle East forbelievers is the very same thing

that's needed in America.

- [Chris] Rosenberg hopesthe summit can shine a

wider light on the body ofChrist in the Holy land.

- We forget to ever thinkabout the fact that there are

Palestinians who do know the lord

and there are Palestinianswho need to know the lord.

So, when we get excited about one side

to the exclusion of the other,

this is not really God's heart.

He does love Israel, hedoes love the Jewish people

and he's got a plan for them.

But he also loves the Arabs.

In Christ and Christ alone,

God is bringing thevery peace that all the

rest of the world wants for this region.

It's tough to find outside of Christ.

- [Chris] Chris Mitchell,CBN News, Jerusalem.

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- Coming up, why America is vulnerable

to a deadly cyber attackfrom foreign countries,

an attack that couldkill millions of people.

This story is coming up next.

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Hackers in other countriesare planning to take out

America's power grids and other important

industrial works.

It could bring chaosand destruction and kill

millions of Americans.

CBN's national security correspondent,

Erik Rosales, investigates.

- In just the past eight months,

federal authorities haveissued several public warnings

about foreign hackerspenetrating the United States

power grid and othercritical infrastructure.

Cyber security expertssay the intent is to plant

digital grenades in thesesystems until they decide to

pull the pin.

- Right now, we're trackingaround eight different teams

that specifically targetindustrial networks.

- [Erik] Robert Lee spentfive years working at

the National Security Agencyand Pentagon's Cyber Command

before forming his owncompany called Dragos.

Lee and his crew protectindustrial control systems

by acting like detectivesinvestigating a crime scene.

- They're leaving breadcrumbsthe entire way through,

so they're giving uspieces to go and find them,

find those behaviors untilthey get to that impact.

- [Erik] Working from awarehouse in Hanover, Maryland,

Dragos track foreignhacking groups in real time,

then hunt them down toprevent damage to facilities

that produce oil, gas, and other energy.

- We've seen that these arenot theoretical attacks.

My team was actuallyinvolved in two different

Ukraine attacks that happened.

So Ukraine 2015 and Ukraine 2016,

a national level adversarycompromised portions

of their power grid and did exactly that.

Were able to turn off thelights in those regions.

- [Erik] Now, Lee says these cyber enemies

are going way beyondcontrolling just light switches.

- But now we're startingto see really aggressive

behavior on, "Well I'm going to design

"a K-Bill to kill people."

Outside of conflict, outside of war,

to target civilian lives.

- [Erik] An attack on theUnited States would create

casualties on a massive scale.

Research shows a cyberattack on the power grid

killing electricitywould potentially leave

millions of Americanswithout food, clean water,

access to money, health care, and more.

- Frankly, the UnitedStates is under attack,

under attack by entitiesthat are using cyber

to penetrate virtually ever major action

that takes place in the United States.

- [Erik] The Directorof National Intelligence

recently told Congressthat cyber weapons exist

in the hands of not only countries

but also terrorists and other activists.

- While Russia, China,Iran, and North Korea

pose the greatest cyber threats,

other nation states,terrorists organizations,

transnational criminal organizations

and every more technicallycapable groups and individuals

use cyber operations to achieve strategic

and malign objectives.

- This isn't a side show.

This is the way, a primaryway our enemies would

come after us in a future war.

Cyber, physical sabotage,and nuclear EMP attack.

- [Erik] Dr. Peter Pryworking on the U.S. Commission

assessing the threat of anelectromagnetic EMP attack

which would wipe out electrical systems.

As an example, he says acountry like North Korea

could target the UnitedStates by transporting

a nuclear weapon overthe south polar region,

then detonating it tocreate a high altitude EMP.

A congressional reportshows such an attack

could wipe out thepower grid indefinitely.

That could lead to the deaths of up to 90%

of all Americans within a year.

So, how much would it costto secure our power grid?

In 2008, an EMP commissionestimated it would cost

around two billion dollars,but former CIA Director,

James Woolsey says today'samount to strengthen the grid

would likely be in the tens of billions.

But Dr. Pry says the DCbureaucracy and political influence

prevent that from happening.

- The electric powerindustry doesn't wanna do it.

They have vast lobbyingresources on K Street.

They own, basically,the U.S. Federal Energy

Regulatory Commission,which recently defied

Secretary of Energy Perryand his effort to come up

with a more secure grid.

They actually defiedthe Secretary of Energy.

- [Erik] Another majorissue, while larger utilities

have beefed up cyber defense,smaller regional companies

often overlook the need for such security.

- Anywhere between 80 and 90 percent

of the criticalinfrastructure in this country

is held in private hands.

So, other than the regulators,there's no real control over

doing the things that you need to do,

the basic blocking and tackling

of cyber hygiene and so forth.

- [Erik] Since ourcritical infrastructures

depend on each other, HomelandSecurity holds exercises

like Cyber Storm VI.

It simulates various cyberattacks simultaneously

on a variety of facilities,forcing federal, state,

and local agencies to workwith private companies

to quickly find solutions.

- The ability to exercisehow we coordinate,

how we collaborate, howwe share information,

because that is just asimportant as we've seen

in every real life incident,as the actual technical means

of identifying who's doing it

and getting them off the computers.

- Bottom line, enemiesbig and small wanna plant

cyber sleeper weaponswithin our infrastructure

so they can eventuallyuse them to destroy our

way of life.

The challenge will beensuring a full team effort

between both the U.S. governmentand private enterprise

to fully protect us.

Erik Rosales, CBN News, Washington.

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- Still ahead, CBN isworking on a new project

that showcases the powerof faith around the world.

Stay with us, we're gonnatell you all about it.

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Where is God when yourworld is falling apart?

Do you feel like he's notlistening or doesn't care

about your situation or circumstance?

In CBN's newest book, Rise Up, stories of

remarkable faith and relentless courage.

You'll read about ordinarypeople whose circumstances

caused them to fall intoGod's hands and who were given

the faith and courage torise above their trials.

Joining me now to talk about this

and the lives of these ordinary people

is one of the book's editors,our own George Thomas.

So, George, let's begin.

The goal behind this book is what?

- Look, you and I have the privilege of

traveling to the fourcorners of the world,

not just the two of us,but people here at CBN.

- Absolutely.

- And we scour the earthlooking for stories,

ways to illuminate andchronicle how God touches lives

around the world.

We have thousands, we havedone thousands upon thousands

of stories and the ideabehind this book Efrem,

is to showcase, highlightstories of remarkable courage

in the midst of challenges,trials and tribulations,

how ordinary men andwomen were able to turn

their lives aroundthrough the help of God.

- And people we canidentify with and we know

there are at least 16remarkable testimonies here.

Do you have a favorite?

- Yeah, I do.

Like I said, we could write volumes

and this could be just volume number one.

We could do hundreds ofvolumes just on these stories,

but the story of, for example, Cody Huff,

this young man who grewup on the streets of

northern California, camefrom an abusive family.

Years later, finds himselfon the streets of Las Vegas.

He is eating out of garbage cans.

He's strung out on drugs,addicted to cocaine

and crack and all these other things.

His life is falling apart.

But somebody in the process,invites him to church

and this lady by the nameof Michelle comes over,

he's dirty, he's hungry,and she comes to Cody

and she says to Cody, "Ineed to give you hug."

And he says to her, "Hold up a second.

"I'm dirty, I haven'ttaken a shower for months."

Michelle says, "No, I'm going to hug you."

That hug changes his lifeand changes the trajectory

of his life.

Now keep in mind Efrem, these are not,

these stories in this bookare not extraordinary people.

They are ordinary men and women

who had these encounters with God

and in the process,their lives are changed.

- Beautiful.

Tell me about how important prayer is

behind this transformationin these people's lives.

- You know, in many ofthese cases, men and women

didn't seek God.

I mean, God was the farthestthing from their lives

and from their reality but in the process,

there were people, men and women,

who were praying for themwhether it was relatives,

loved ones, friends and family,

who were asking God, "God,would you intervene in the

"lives of these individuals?"

They prayed, constantlypraying for these people

and eventually, prayer did.

It was the catalyst thatallowed their lives to take

a different trajectory.

- You know, in many of these stories,

God took what was atrial, an unexpected trial

in their lives, and somehow,worked a miracle through it.

So these are, I guess, storiesof redemption, you could say.

- Absolutely and I tell your viewers,

if you are facing a challenge today,

I encourage you to pick up this book,

to look at those stories andyou may find in these pages

your own story of hardship, of heartbreak

and facing just difficult challenges

and I say to you, listen, there is hope.

In the midst of these challenges,

in the midst of the trials,

don't give up on God 'causeGod has not given up on you.

So yes, these are remarkablestories of redemption

and also transformation,lives that were completely,

it looked like they weregoing in one direction

that was horrible, but in the process,

God turns around.

The story of Cody Huff,here he was on the streets

of Las Vegas.

Today, he is married, he has children,

and now he is back onthe streets of Las Vegas

reaching the very own becausehe understands those streets

and he's reaching, he has a ministry

to reach out to them, tolisten, to say to them,

"Listen, don't give up.

"I was here just like you were years ago.

"Don't give up, God loves you

"and he has a message for you."

- Indeed, indeed.

Once again, the book is called Rise Up.

Thank you so much George.

Congratulations on the book.

- Thank you.

- Now remember, thestories we're reading there

could be you as well.

Stay with us, we'll be right back.

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And welcome back to CBN Newswatch.

Right now, it is time foryour Thursday Thankful.

I pray you will join me inthis prayer of gratitude

because every day iscertainly a day to give thanks

and today, Father, thank you for power.

You promised me the samepower that raised Jesus

from the dead dwells in me.

Now, that is an awesome power to consider.

Consider that, thatresurrection power of God

that raised Jesus from the dead

dwells in you this day.

So, no matter what problem you're facing,

no matter what issue isgoing on in your life,

resurrection power abidesin you and of course,

that means he can breathelife into any situation,

even a situation that youmay consider a dead one.

That is certainly good news today

and make that yourprayer of gratitude today

and live today gratefulthat God has blessed you

with that power.

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