- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.