For nearly three months, dozens of detainees at Guantánamo have been on a hunger strike, trying to gain sympathy in their quest for freedom. Many of the men have been cleared for release for years, but are still there.
When reporters asked Pres. Obama about the hunger strike on Wednesday, he once again said it should be closed and pushed Congress to take action. "I think it is critical for us to understand that Guantanamo is not necessary to keep America safe. It is expensive. It is inefficient. It hurts us, in terms of our international standing. It lessens cooperation with our allies on counter-terrorism efforts. It is a recruitment tool for extremists. It needs to be closed," the president said.
Supporters of Guantanamo disagree and point out that dozens of men set free have returned to terrorism.
Intelligence officers and thousands of cameras are critical to monitoring potential terror threats in New York. CNN's Mary Snow spoke with NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly about the sophisticated surveillance program.
Maajid Nawaz used to be a Muslim extremist, but he's now a human rights activist. He shares his unique perspective on the Boston Marathon bombing suspects in an interview with Anderson Cooper.
Former CIA Officer Bob Baer and CNN's Jill Dougherty report where extremists took American hostages in Algeria and why.
Editor's note: Peter Bergen and Bob Baer discuss reaction to interrogation scenes in a film that portrays the hunt for Osama bin Laden.
"Zero Dark Thirty" is a likely shoo-in, deservedly, for Oscar nominations for best director (Kathryn Bigelow) and best screenplay (Mark Boal) and perhaps a slew of other categories.
Jessica Chastain, who plays Maya, a CIA analyst who in the film is the key player in finding Osama bin Laden, is reminiscent of Cate Blanchett in both looks and talent. The movie is beautifully filmed, and the propulsive score moves the action forward effectively.
Leaving aside its obvious merits as a film, how well does Zero Dark Thirty tell the complex tale of the decade-long hunt for bin Laden after 9/11? It's a valid question to ask since, after all, Bigelow told The New Yorker's Dexter Filkins, "What we were attempting is almost a journalistic approach to film," and Boal told the Los Angeles Times, "I wanted to approach the story as a screenwriter but do the homework as a reporter."
The second presidential debate led to new rhetoric from both sides on when Pres. Obama called the attack in Libya an act of terror. In question is the meaning behind his words on Sept. 12 in a statement he made in the Rose Garden; was he referring to the assault the night before on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, or was he talking about the 9/11 attacks in New York and Washington? Anderson Cooper reports.
Fran Townsend says although the crime scene is less valuable now, the U.S. should investigate the consulate attack in Benghazi, Libya.
CNN's Arwa Damon describes the scene inside the consulate in Benghazi, Libya after the deadly Sept. 11 attack.