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Faith Nation: September 11, 2018

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- Welcome to FaithNation, I'm John Jessup.

- And I'm Jenna Browder.

Well President Trump is canceling upcoming

rallies in Missouri and Mississippi.

- That comes as federaland local officials,

along with residents along the east coast

make preparations for Hurricane Florence,

the massive storm ismaking its way through

the Atlantic, with anexpected landfall along

the Carolina coast line late Thursday.

- Amber Strong takes a lookat the potential impact.

- [Amber] With winds ofup to 140 miles per hour.

- This one looks a littleuglier than other ones.

- Residents along the east coast aren't

taking any chances.

So far, officials in NorthCarolina, South Carolina,

Maryland, Virginia, and even here in DC,

declaring states of emergency.

- North Carolina is takingHurricane Florence seriously.

And you should too.

- [Amber] The federalgovernment is backing them.

Warning the damage and recoverycould be a long process.

- I want to set theexpectations now that it is

gonna be a long timeand a long term recovery

when we talk about theeffects of Florence.

- [Amber] On Tuesday morning,the storm made a slight change

heading further northward,still officials in

South Carolina are orderingemergency evacuations.

- We expecting a big hit, wind, rain, and

a high tidal surge thatmay be 10 feet above ground

level in some places, and we want people

to get out and get safe.

- [Amber] All along theCarolina's and even to Virginia,

long lines at gas stationsand grocery shelves wiped out.

- Candles, flashlights, food.

- Further inland, the threat of high winds

and prolonged rain has officials

predicting lengthy power outages.

Of course, officialswarning drivers don't drive

through flooded areas,turn around, don't drown.

And storms like this one,the largest number of deaths

come from the water, not the wind.

Amber Strong CBN News in Washington.

- And for those in the pathof the storm who haven't

been asked to evacuate,the Department of Homeland

Security recommends thefollowing preparations.

First, keep freezer andrefrigerator doors closed

and full, a full freezerwill maintain temperatures

for about 48 hours.

Maintain food supplies that do not require

refrigeration, and keep thosegenerators, camp stoves,

and charcoal grills outsideat least 20 feet away

from your home, check on your neighbors.

Especially the elderly, orthose with young children,

and if it's too hot, or toocold, seek alternative shelter.

- Well Jenna, we now goto CBN News' Mark Martin

who's in Virginia Beach,some residents there

have been asked to evacuate as

the city is bracing for the storm.

- We're about five milessouth of the resort area,

and about five miles north

of the Back Bay Wildlife Refuge.

I'm joined now by theBattalion Chief Chris Ludford

with the Virginia Beach Fire Department.

Welcome Chief, weappreciate your time today.

- Yeah, thank you for being here.

- First of all, let'stalk about evacuations.

Mandatory evacuation ordershave been issued for this area,

would you say thatpeople are heeding them?

- Yes sir, absolutely.

Matter of fact, making myvisit here at the fire station

not too long ago, I had acouple of different visitors

come over and ask about the evacuations.

We talked about what that entailed,

and why we recommend it.

And they said they'd probably be leaving,

one group tonight and one group

first thing tomorrow morning.

- And as far as grocery stores,

we've been hearing reports about shelves

being cleaned out of milkand bread and so forth.

Are you hearing that for this area?

- I think I've heard thatpeople are picking up

their groceries as I've been told.

And it's been brisk, one thing I have seen

are lines at the gasstations and we have at least

a couple, two gas stationsthat are out of gas,

and waiting on a delivery.

- Okay, lets talk aboutthe threat of this storm.

What is the greatest threat of Florence

to Sanbridge, and theBack Bay Wildlife Refuge?

- Yeah, it's two fold,we're not sure which one yet

will be the worst, butthe storm surge, obviously

the damage it can inflict.

The other one is standing waterfrom rain, excessive rain.

Excessive rain, thatstanding water will hinder

our ability to respondto people that need help.

- And is it possible, I mean, homes here

are right on the beach.

Is it possible we couldsee some property damage

some homes even destroyed, unfortunately?

- [Chief] Sure, it's happened in the past,

we hope not destroyed.

But I think we will seesome property damage,

with the indications in the wind.

And that's why we want people to evacuate.

- Okay, and with HurricaneFlorence, would you say

that there is more ofan urgency in this area

as far as among the residents

as opposed to previous storms?

- I think it might be, Ithink we're getting better

aware, I think through thenews, and reports of other

hurricanes, I think peoplehave become more informed.

And they're taking it more seriously.

So yeah, I think it is aheightened sense of awareness.

And I think people arejust better educated.

- Anything else you want tosay about Hurricane Florence?

About anything at all?

- Just yeah, we'd likepeople to know that we've

got a great plan, thecity of Virginia Beach

is working hard, we're havingmeetings around the clock

getting updates, we'vegot a lot of shelters that

are available if they wantto go to the Virginia Beach

website vbgov and look for those shelters.

We're ready for this andwe're gonna get things

back to normal hopefullyas quickly as we can.

- All right, thank you Chief.

And once again, that wasBattalion Chief Chris Ludford

with the Virginia Beach Fire Department.

I'm here at SanbridgeBeach, you heard the Chief,

he says it seems likemost people are heeding

the mandatory evacuation orders.

And again, Sanbridge Beachis located about five miles

south of the resort area,what people traditionally

call the ocean front in thisarea with all of the hotels

and it's about five miles north

of the Back Bay Wildlife Refuge.

Once again, Mark Martin, reporting here at

Sanbridge Beach, in Virginia Beach.

Back to you.

- And we will keep a close eye on it.

Well today marks the 17th anniversary of

the September 11th terrorist attack.

CBN News White Housecorrespondent Ben Kennedy

is on the north lawn with this look at how

the President marked the day, Ben?

- Well Jenna, PresidentTrump and the First Lady

traveled to Pennsylvaniato mark the 9/11 attacks.

It is there in Shanksvillehe delivered remarks

at the site where one of the planes

hijacked by terrorists crashed,

killing all 40 people on board.

The nation paused to remember the

terror attacks on September 11.

It's been nearly twodecades since the deadliest

foreign attack on US soil,which killed nearly 3000 people.

- We grieve together forevery mother and father,

sister and brother, son anddaughter, who was stolen

from us at the Twin Towers,the Pentagon, and here

in this Pennsylvania field.

- [Ben] President Trumppaused to remember the site

where United Airlines flight 93

crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

It's believed hijackers were planning

to attack the White House,or the Capital Building

with that plane.

The passengers on Flight93 fought back against the

terrorists who had taken over the cockpit,

and the aircraft went down into a field.

- Some said the Lord's prayer.

And then they bravely charged the cockpit.

They attacked the enemy, theyfought until the very end.

And they stopped the forces of terror.

- [Ben] There was alsoa push to pay tribute

to the growing number of first responders

who've died from 9/11 related illnesses.

One retired agent evencalled the crash site

a cess pool of cancer.

18 fire fighters have diedin the last year alone.

More than $4.3 billion has been given to

the victims and theirfamilies via the 9/11

Victims Compensation Fund.

- Only now beginning to understand

and witness the long term effects.

- Now ceremonies wereheld in both New York City

and the Pentagon to honorand remember the fallen.

Calling it the momentwhen America fought back.

Ben Kennedy, CBN News, the White House.

- Bernard Kerik is theauthor of the new book

The Grave Above theGrave, he is also probably

better known to most people as the former

New York Police commissioner,he joins us now.

Commissioner, you sawfirst hand the devastation

of the 9/11 attacks, Igotta wonder for you,

what does this day meanas you think back to 9/11?

September 11, 2001?

- I think it's a couple things.

First and foremost weremember those that responded

and died, then we remember their families.

That the American publicremembers and realizes

that the first responders in New York City

on that day, the firefighters, the NYPD,

the Port Authority police, they basically

affected the greatest rescuemission in the history

of this country, theytook 20 to 25000 people

out of the towers on thatday and the surrounding area.

But they also evacuatedmore than a million people

out of southern Manhattaninto the four burrows

and then to New Jersey effortlessly.

And I think they shouldbe remembered for that.

- It's a remarkable feat,do you in all reality,

do you think the numbersof fatalities should've

been higher given the scenariothat played out that day?

- Listen, I think if the first responders,

if the men and women in theNYPD and the fire department,

if they didn't do the job they did,

we would have had many more losses.

And think about this, Tower two imploded

first, the Tower one didn'tcome down for 45 minutes.

And the cops and firemanwent back into One

after they saw Tower Two implode.

After the death and devastation,

they still went backinto the other building

to ensure that they wereevacuating as many people

as physically possible.

- Commissioner Kerik, no onewants to think about this,

but do you believeAmerica faces the threat

of another terror attacklike September 11?

Maybe even moreimportantly, is it prepared

to face another threat like that?

- Well listen, I'd be the first to say

I don't think it could happen.

Not a massive attack like that

where they take four planesand fly them into buildings.

I'm 99% sure we've got that covered.

But that's not my fear.

People ask me what am I afraid of?

What do I think about?

If tomorrow afternoon at1:00 PM, in five different

cities throughout the United States,

in somewhere in suburban America,

five teams of two shooterswent into a grammar school

and killed 50 kindergarten kids.

It could be done, it could be done easily.

These people have themindset and the ideology

to do it, and that wouldcreate in my opinion,

what Osama Bin Laden usedto call a spectacular event.

He wanted a spectacular event on 9/11,

and he got it, and this, these types of

coordinated attacks, especiallyinvolved with children

it would be just that.

It would be a spectacular event,

and mass casualties, mass losses.

And it would have a reallynegative impact on this country.

And that's my fear, that'swhat I always think about.

- Not to get too personal,but I have to ask,

I think many peopleprobably wondered given

your role and what you saw,and having lost members

of New York's finest in the NYPD,

that day, what, is there a personal thing

a personal tribute,commemorative thing that you do

every year when it comes to 9/11?

- Most important I reach out to members

of my staff that was with me.

When the second plane blew through

the north side of thetower, it was on top of me.

I got trapped inside 75Barkley street for about

20 to 25 minutes, whenthat building imploded,

almost on top of us, I was with the mayor,

we actually got trapped in the building.

I reach out, I constantlyreach out to the people

at work with me, andwere with me on that day.

And tonight, actually,Mayor Giuliani and I will

be with our staff thatwas with us on that day

that helped us get through the day itself.

But more importantly, helped us in

the aftermath of the attack to get

the city back on it's feet.

- Well when you all gettogether, please send

them our best wishes and our thanks

for everything that they did.

Final question for you,commissioner Kerik,

I gotta wonder, with this new book,

how did your role and yourexperience as commissioner

shape your new book, theGrave Above the Grave?

- Well, a piece of the new book

is a reflection of September 11th.

There's a fiction police commissioner who

was precinct commander back then,

where the Twin Towers was,where the two towers were.

And I brought it presentday, but the good thing

about the book I think foryour listeners and readers,

will be that it takes youthrough specific events

that I personally, inmy mind, after having

went through it, after having worked for

King of Jordan for fiveyears, worked for the royal

family of Saudi Arabiafor four years, having

been in that arena for many many years,

I created scenarios toeducate the American public

on how these people think,where they get their weapons,

how they plan it, what they're intent is,

what the ideology is.

And also how we would respond to it.

- Well I look forward to getting my copy

and going through it voraciously.

Thank you Commissioner Kerik,

we really appreciate your time today.

- [Kerik] Thank you.

- Why many experts saythe biggest terror threat

facing America has todo with cyber security.

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17 years after the 9/11 terror attacks,

law makers are stepping up their warnings

about next assault and how it could

be on, it could be a cyber attack.

CBN News National Security Correspondent,

Eric Rosales joins menow with more on that.

Eric, this is the new frontier.

- It certainly is the new frontier.

As we know both airportsand airlines operate

on cyber security networks, but yet,

there are no federalregulations specifically outline

what needs to be done.

And that is definitely a lot of trouble.

Lawmakers do say thatthey're currently drafting

legislation that would impose

new standards for cyber security.

Experts say that US airlinesare vulnerable to attacks,

while the industry hasits own cyber security

standards, lawmakers arguethat it's not enough.

And that the roles of the federal agencies

have to be more clear whenit comes to addressing

cyber threats to aviation.

Right now a bill is in theworks that would require

the Transportation Security Administration

to adopt rules that wouldrequire both airlines

and airports to adopt baselinecyber security standards.

You know Jenna, when you think about it,

it's kind of a no brainer out there.

But there's nothing writtenas safety standards,

and we need to get thosesafety standards in place.

- Yeah, it's just the worldthat we live in today.

You would think that there would be.

Eric, in the days after9/11, there were of course

physical safe guards put in place.

We can all remember thesecurity being stepped up,

a number of different things,but as you were mentioning

none of this really, you justsort of take it for granted

that cyber security would of course

be a part of this, but it's not.

- It's the new frontier, I mean,

it's kind of the old new frontier.

We've known about it for such a long time,

but nothing has beendone for such a long time

and that is definitely bad news.

Even the Homeland SecuritySecretary Keirsten Neilson

said that we end up, wehave to have cyber security

standards in placebecause this is what these

terrorists are going after now.

That cyber security is now a bigger threat

than any physical threat thatwe have in the United States.

And that's coming from theDirector of Homeland Security

the agency's already shifting their focus.

So we need to continue to shift our focus

in protecting our planes, andspecifically our airports.

Because right now, theyare open to attacks.

- Eric, there's this surveyI want to talk about.

It found that a 32 out of 41airports that were involved

had cyber security programs in place, but,

49% of these airports actually felt like

these cyber securityprovisions weren't enough.

- Yeah that was a federalsurvey that actually took place.

And it's just astonishing,and when you think about

even last year, the Departmentof Homeland Security

they were able to break in to the cockpit

of a plane that was sitting on the tarmac.

And they were able to take the controls

of that and tell thepilot something different

than what he's actually seeing.

So it's something that wehave to have more security

on these planes, we haveto have more security at

these airports, and we're only

as strong as our weakest link.

As we've seen, it's the smaller airports,

the mom and pop airports that are

the most vulnerable right now.

Just the same way with ourcritical infrastructure.

When we look at our energygrid, and things like that

it's a small mom and pop operations,

that are most vulnerablebecause even a small

airport out of Atlanta,it was just last year

they actually had totake their computer off

the grid and go back to theold talking to each other

type of thing because theyare vulnerable to attacks.

And we've seen it happen before that these

cyber security terroristscan end up going in

and taking control of our operations,

and we need to change that.

- How times have changed.

- Yes they certainly have.

- Eric Rosales, thank you very much.

- Thank you so much.

- [John] How overregulation could be causing

you to commit crimeswithout even realizing it.

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- Did you know, unelectedbureaucrats are at work

crafting rules that putunsuspecting citizens behind bars.

Hundreds of thousands ofthose rules exist in America.

- And they're often sooutlandish that millions

of people break themwithout ever even knowing

they're committing a crime

Jennifer Wishon reports.

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- If you get out of bed today,

there's a good chanceyou will commit a crime.

"There is no one in the United States

"over the age of 18 who cannot be indicted

"for some federal crime.

"That is not an exaggeration."

says John Baker, a retiredlaw professor from LSU.

Here in the library of congress, this is

the federal criminal code.

It's pages hold some 5000 criminal laws

passed by congress andsigned by president's.

That's a lot but it'sonly a drop in the bucket

when you consider thereare hundreds of thousands

of federal regulations thatcarry criminal penalties.

- I've seen the estimateof at least 300,000,

it's probably more like400 or 500,000 regulations

that carry criminal penalties.

For instance it'sliterally a crime to misuse

Smokey the Bear logo,or Woodsy the Owl logo.

It's a crime to write acheck for under a dollar.

It's a crime to label maltliquor pre-war strength.

- Federal agencies are often given

tremendous power by Congressto create regulations

that carry criminal penalties.

And can drastically effect people's lives.

Power that's been upheldby the Supreme Court.

Unelected bureaucratsare making regulations

that can land you in jail?

- Sure and it's a huge number.

We all have one thingin common, me included,

which is at one time or another,

we have probably violatedsome criminal regulation,

we just don't now itand we were lucky enough

not to get caught and prosecuted.

- So how does this happen?

Political gridlock andlack of political will,

and Washington is actuallyempowering bureaucrats.

In order for members of Congressto get legislation passed

to reach compromises whileavoiding political pitfalls,

they're often vague, leavingthe details up to the agencies

in charge of the subject matter.

- There are so many of these regulations.

No one knows how manythere are, where they are,

and of course, these caninclude traps for the unwary

people who are going about their business,

engaging in conductthat they would have had

no idea of violated any law,much less a criminal law.

And they can tripped upand possibly prosecuted

for violating those laws.

- And when the government has a hammer,

Malcolm says it tends to use it.

This Twitter account tweetsa federal crime each day.

The project started in 2014and will not be completed

until the year 2848, that's aspan of more than 800 years.

And it's not just the federal government,

state agencies writecriminal regulations too.

- Feeding the homeless isa crime in many places.

Where people are doing it for a ministry.

- [Jennifer] John Whitehead,author of Battlefield America,

has spent decadesrepresenting people in trouble

with the law for simply

exercising their constitutional rights.

- We had a case in Arizona where a pastor

wanted to have a Bible study in his home,

the regulation, if I remember,was for like 10 people,

he had 12 or 13.

Some neighbors called,several policeman entered

his home, he was finally arrested.

He ended up serving 60 days in jail.

This is for a bible study.

And he was put on house arrest after that,

with an ankle, electronic ankle bracelet.

- [Jennifer] Critics of federal agencies

crafting criminal penaltiessay most of the time,

these violations could simply be handled

with a fine, they'realso skeptical many of

the crimes aren't actions most

people consider morally wrong.

Instead, their crimes becausethe government says they are.

Which is why so many peopleunwittingly break them.

- If we end up criminalizing conduct

that no average personwould ever have recognized

was wrong, then people willall of a sudden lose respect

for the rule of the law.

- [Jennifer] By the way,did you know it's illegal

to walk your dog onfederal land on a leash

that exceeds six feet?

- How does the Constitution start?

We the people, whoa, thinkabout that for a second.

We the people, that meanswe're the government.

The reason this is happened is

because we're not taking action.

- You say big change isgonna have to trickle up

from local governments.

- I'm telling people, get downto that local city council.

Get these things changed,arresting a pastor,

60 days in jail for havinga bible study with a

few extra people in his home?

Is that a danger to society,well I don't think so.

- It's all a contributingfactor to the United States

having the largestprison rate in the world.

Jennifer Wishon, CBN News, Washington.

- Jenna have you ever writtena check under a dollar?

- I did not know that, I didn't know that.

- I won't report you.- Okay thank you.

- Well, that's gonna do it.

- That's gonna do itfor us for Faith Nation.

- We'll see you again tomorrow.


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