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- Welcome, ladies and gentlemen,
to this edition of The 700 Club.
You know, our feature ongut flora, the microbiome,
has just been enormously successful.
We normally have, in our program,
10,000 telephone calls per day.
We've gone up to 40,000,
in terms of peopleinterested in that material.
And we'll tell you more about it,
but we've got a big show today.
Lorie will be here.
But first of all, America's-
excuse me. (coughing)
America's critical infrastructure
faces cyber attacks thatcould literally cripple
our way of life.
But now, the Departmentof Homeland Security
is taking action to protect
our banking and energy sectors.
- That's right, Pat.
It's creating a nationalrisk management center,
because security officialssay the nation's power grid
and economic systems are so vulnerable,
our very democracy could be in danger.
CBN's national securitycorrespondent Erik Rosales
brings us this story from New York.
- [Erik] With nearly 90% ofour critical infrastructure
in private hands, mostof it interconnected,
intelligence top brass saythere is a growing crisis
that requires governmentand private companies
- We are in a crisis mode,
the cat-5 hurricane has been forecast.
And now, we must prepare.
- If that weak link is a smaller business,
and that, in turn, connects
into one of our bigger supply chains,
then no matter how much work we do,
we would not have createdthe right defenses.
- The launch of the nationalrisk management center
by the Department ofHomeland Security secretary,
a dedicated hub to help private companies
to better coordinate reducing risks
and responding to cyber attacks.
- This will provide that focal point.
We will work with ourpartners in government,
who will be on stage today, and others,
to provide you whatyou need to help repel,
to help mitigate, to help root out
the adversary from your systems.
- [Erik] Last year, a globalattack blamed on North Korea
infected hundreds ofthousands of computers
in over 150 countries, damagingmultiple critical industries
from healthcare to telecommunications.
Cybersecurity experts say
the energy industry, inparticular, is not prepared
to fend off attacks.
Recently, DHS officials briefedenergy industry officials
on targeted attacks by Russia hackers
who got so deep into systems
that they could have flipped a switch
and cut off power to customers.
Vice President Mike Pence echoed the need
for the new information-sharingpartnership.
- The President and I need you to continue
to be advocates in yourindustry and among your peers
for greater cybersecurity collaboration.
- [Erik] During hisspeech, the Vice President
also called out Russia, for launching
a brazen multifaceted cyber campaign
to undermine our democratic process.
- The United States ofAmerica will not tolerate
any foreign interference in our elections
from any nation-state.
Not from Russia, China, Iran,North Korea, or anyone else.
As President Trump said,we're not gonna have it.
- Pence ended his speechsaying the Trump administration
will continue to protect our liberties,
and bring these cyber hackers to justice.
Erik Rosales, CBN News, New York.
- Thanks, Erik.
We've been raising thealarm on this for some time.
It is really critical, you know?
It just takes some little kidwith a high school degree,
sitting in a garage someplace,
to hack into our systems.
And they've hacked the Defense Department,
they've hacked the Department of Energy,
they have hacked leading banks
and department stores, and so forth.
They have stolen millions of records.
It is just a tragedy.
And we don't have to be vulnerable.
The NSA is without peer among the nations
in its ability to launch cyber attacks.
And I think we need to get active.
If somebody's coming after us,
we need to come after them harder.
And we have the ability to do it.
But it's a frightening thing
that they could actuallyshut down the power grid,
take away the electricpower of millions of people,
cause economic dislocationof our money supply,
and our stock markets.
It's just horrible to think about.
So, anyhow, it's something we need,
I'm glad they're havinghigh level discussions,
but it's time to stoptalking and get action.
We've gotta have action toharden the grid immediately.
I mean, not just way down inthe future, but right now.
'Cause there's so many things.
I mean, you can actuallyhave an EMP blast,
a thermonuclear bomb, andalso just, a solar flare
could knock it out.
So, we've got to do something.
And now, by the way, Regent University
now has this departmentof high cybersecurity.
We have a cyber rangethat is training people,
the naval intelligence has already had
one group of its executives come in
for a week-long course in training
how to ward off, it's likehaving a plane on autopilot,
where you have got pilots with simulations
of various events.
We can simulate a cyber attack,
and then teach peoplehow to respond to it.
And if you're interested, by the way,
these especially for executive teams
And that's kind of exciting,
that we're at the cutting edge on that,
and we have a sophisticated cyber range.
I'm told it may be the most sophisticated
of any university in America.
And people are being trained,
and as I say, we're being visited
by people from serious government agencies
and also businesses, so,so-called executive suite,
the C-Suite, of businesses, can come,
and all of their people,all four, five, or six,
can sit on that cyberrange all at one time
and then they can war game
and run through the scenarioof what an attack is like
and how you counter it, for your business.
So, it's very important,and that's the number,
and if you're interested, call.
Isn't that exciting?
- Yeah. I think people are just waking up
to what a potential threat this really is.
And Regent University is prepared.
- Well, you know, it was a few years ago,
we didn't have computers.
For example, people kept ledgers,
and they were all written out in hand.
Now, everything's on computer.
And then, the computers
are tied together across the country.
And a little glitch in one of them
can take down the whole network.
And that's what's so frightening.
- And disturbing to think itmight not be a rogue nation,
like North Korea, it could bea teenager in his basement.
- That's all it would take.
You're exactly right.
And they're going through a bunch of keys.
In other news, there's more evidence
that outside groups are tryingto undermine our democracy.
And they're using social media to do it.
Now, Facebook has beenhit with a big problem,
and here's our CBN News Bureauin Washington, with John.
- That's right, Pat.
Facebook uncovered what it calls
sophisticated efforts topolitically manipulate
American politics on the social network.
The company uncovered orremoved about 32 fake accounts
it said were involved in"inauthentic political behavior".
While Facebook did notexplicitly blame Russia,
a spokesperson said,
"It's clear that whoeverset up these accounts
went to much greater lengths to obscure
their true identitiesthan the Russian-based
Internet Research Agency has in the past."
The House Intelligence Committee will meet
with Facebook executives in September.
Well, it's day two in the trial
of former Trump campaignmanager Paul Manafort,
who faces charges of bankfraud and tax evasion.
In opening statementsTuesday, prosecutors say
Manafort directed tensof millions of dollars
into offshore accounts
to use as personal income.
It's the first trial to come from
special counsel RobertMueller's investigation
into alleged collusion
between the Trump campaign and Russia.
The President's team points out
that Manafort's trial hasnothing to do with the campaign.
- He has no informationincriminating of the President.
I know that for a fact.
They can squeeze him, Paul Manafort
does not know anything.
- Pat, in one of thedefenses for Manafort,
his attorneys are saying the businessman
left others to manage thedetails of his finances.
- Well, I think he was up to his eyeballs
in working with the Ukrainians,
and he made a huge amount of money,
I mean, millions and millions of dollars.
And perhaps he hasn't declared everything
on his taxes, but this is not the mandate
for the special counsel, he has not been
given a mandate toinvestigate IRS cheating.
That's not what he's supposed to do.
And for him to bring criminal charges
against somebody having to dowith financial improprieties
in his own personalaccount is just ridiculous.
So, he's supposed to check on
Russian meddling in our election.
And we're not sure ifPaul Manafort did that.
He sure was getting paid big bucks
to deal with the Ukrainianopposition party leaders,
and he was a big thief.
It was Black, Manafort, and Stone,
they were the, CharlieBlack, and Roger Stone,
and Paul Manafort.
But they were the bigpolitical consultants,
some years ago, and he's still big,
and they may put him to jail on tax fraud,
but it's not the providenceof the special counsel.
He's in the wrong game,
and he shouldn't be indictingpeople on this issue,
because that's not whathe was commissioned to do.
- Pat, those raging wildfires
consuming parts of Northern California
are creating their own weather systems.
High winds combined withoff the scale temperatures
are creating what arecalled fire tornadoes,
a terrifying vortex of smoke and flame.
Witnesses describe the rare phenomenon
as a towering funnel of fire
with powerful outer winds.
Seven deadly blazes have torched
more than 1,000 homes in California.
The Carr Fire in the northis the most destructive fire
in the state's history.
- Here again, we don't know exactly
what the cost is gonnabe, but the actual cost
of just fighting it is
in the hundreds of millions of dollars.
But, that's just the start of it.
Think of the human suffering.
Think of the loss of property.
Think of the devastationto tourism, to business,
all the way up and down the line.
And it's in the billionsand billions of dollars.
And, as they say, theyused to have a fire season,
now it's a fire year.
It's just, this drought just continues,
and it's devastating.
My daughter, Anne, is involvedwith the Mercy shifts.
They are in Redding, California,
where those firefightersare just being exhausted
by the amount of work they've gotta do.
It's just a terrible thing.
They're working night and day
to contain these fires,and so Mercy shifts
is out there trying toprovide hot meals for them,
so that they can have somerespite from that work.
But it's devastating, and I think
we should pray for California,
'cause this is going to,
it won't just affect California,
it'll affect the whole nation.
- And to pray for rain without lightning,
that's one of the requeststhat we're getting.
Because, this time of year, that seems
almost impossible, but withGod, all things are possible.
And, He can do it.
- Well, let's say, rainwithout lightning, okay.
John, what's next?
- Pat, a miraculous story out of Mexico.
A Mexican passenger jet withabout 100 people on board
went down in high winds,
but everyone on board survived.
As Charlene Aaron reports, some were even
able to walk away.
- On its way to MexicoCity, Aeromexico flight 2431
crashed in a field, shortly after takeoff.
Video from the crashsite looked devastating.
The aircraft ripped open, wings crumpled,
and firefighters trying to control flames.
Survivors say the plane burst into flames
after it hit the ground,but stayed mostly intact.
While 49 people are in the hospital,
no one was killed.
Some on the ground arecalling it a miracle.
This woman says she and herson jumped out of a hole
in the plane's fuselage.
"I unbuckled my son's seatbelt,and we got out that way.
Other passengers managedto escape the wreckage
as firefighters raced to the scene
to put out the fire.
A Catholic priest from Chicago
broke his arm in the crash.
He called his church totell them he survived.
- He tells us that he'strying, this morning he's okay,
that he's been checking how he's doing,
his body probably has some broken bones.
- [Charlene] The planecarrying 97 passengers
and four crew members had just taken off
in a blustery storm froman airport in Durango state
when it went down and skidded to a stop.
The state's governor says the pilots
were attempting to abortjust after takeoff,
but it was too late.
Meanwhile, the plane's pilot
is in critical but stable condition.
Joy replacing sorrow,
for what could have been a tragic ending.
- Let me tell you one thing.
Sunday, gonna be a lot of people praying,
and asking for him.
- [Charlene] Charlene Aaron, CBN News.
- Thanks, Charlene.
Pat, when you look at that footage,
miracle is the only word to describe
the fact that no one was killed.
It's just, it's a miracle of God.
So, we're delighted.
A tragedy like that, it looked like
the whole plane was taken apart,
and every single passengershould have died,
and yet none of them did.
It's a miracle.
And for that, we're grateful.