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June 30th, 2011
07:38 AM ET

Mayor Bloomberg warns against gun show loophole allowing potential terrorists to easily buy firearms

A group of America's mayors are sending a powerful message to Congress on illegal guns. The group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, is saying that they are more than a crime problem – they're a national security danger.

This morning on American Morning, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined Ali Velshi, Christine Romans and Kiran Chetry to talk the importance of keeping guns out of the hands of potential terrorists. As co-chair of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, he explains why in particular a gun show loophole allows potential terrorists to easily obtain firearms without showing identification.

Filed under: Gun rights • Terrorism
June 9th, 2011
11:41 AM ET

Is the U.S. conducting a covert war in Yemen?

This morning, we're hearing more about the United States' ramp up of air strikes against al Qaeda targets in Yemen. According to The New York Times, the Obama administration is waging a covert war on militant targets, using fighter jets and armed drones. The goal? To stop al Qaeda from rising to power.

On AM this morning, CNN's Barbara Starr and Peter Bergen discuss why these operations are vital to defeating the AQAP – Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

Filed under: Al Qaeda • AQAP • Terrorism
May 13th, 2011
09:34 AM ET

Was too much information about the bin Laden raid made public too fast?

Richard Miniter, author of "Mastermind", talks to CNN's Ali Velshi and Christine Romans about Osama bin Laden and the intelligence gathered from the raid.

Filed under: Osama bin Laden • Security • Terrorism
May 10th, 2011
09:13 AM ET

Bin Laden's wives and the impact on U.S.-Pakistani relations

How might the increasingly tense relationship between U.S.-Pakistan impact CIA intel gathering in country? How valuable could the Bin Laden's widows in Pakistan's custody be to the U.S.? CNN's Kiran Chetry ask these questions to former CIA official and co-founder of the global security firm the Chertoff Group, Chad Sweet.

Filed under: Terrorism
May 9th, 2011
11:15 AM ET

The evidence against Bin Laden

Washington (CNN) - President Obama says that evidence taken out of Osama Bin Laden’s compound “can give us leads to other terrorists". Articles such as computer documents and computer drives were seized from the compound, along with video tapes of the terrorist watching himself on television. Video of Bin Laden practicing speeches were also obtained.

Leads to other terrorists and high value targets is what President Obama is hoping this new found intelligence will lead him to. He believes this information can also be used to disrupt or even finish off Al Qaeda.

U.S. officials, who Saturday released five videos, emphasized the recordings and other materials seized at bin Laden's Pakistan compound show the terrorist still had a firm hand at the tiller, managing strategic and tactical control of his organization, even as he stayed out of sight in Abbottabad.Read More

CNN's Kiran Chetry speaks to former CIA officer and senior fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, Reuel Marc Gerecht about the evidence that was found in Osama Bin Laden’s compound last week.

May 6th, 2011
11:01 AM ET

Fmr. Deputy Asst. Secy. of Defense: 'We're safer today, especially with Osama bin Laden silenced, but we're not safe '

What's the next front in fighting terrorism around the world? Where does our focus shift now? How can we effectively work with Pakistan after Bin Laden was discovered there and not in Pakistan? Will it sour U.S.-Pakistani ties? New information gathered from Osama bin Laden's compound show that just months ago Al Qaeda was planning "aspirational" attacks on rail lines to coincide with ten year anniversary of 9-11. Should we work in Pakistan in light of Osama bin Laden's death? CNN’s Kiran Chetry speaks to Peter Brookes, former deputy assistant secretary of Defense and senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation, about Pakistan and future Al Qaeda terror plots on the United States.

Filed under: Terrorism
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