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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
- 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,
- 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.
- 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.
Hackers in other countriesare planning to take out
America's power grids and other important
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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
Thank you so much forjoining us for this edition
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