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Welcome to CNN Radio News Day. Here are some of the stories we're covering in today's show:
Good news in the kidnapping story out of Cleveland, Ohio: Michele Knight was released from the hospital today. She and two other women were held captive for nearly a decade. The three were found on Monday and every day since then has brought fresh details of the horror they faced. The story has raised anew concerns about missing children across the United States. Often cited figures show hundreds of thousands of missing children every year. But CNN's Steve Kastenbaum reports there's nuance behind the numbers.
"The definition of a missing child can vary from state to state. Sometimes, it's as simple as a kid not telling mom or dad where they are."
The hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay continues as does the debate over it's very existence. President Barack Obama recently reaffirmed his desire to see the facility closed. Obama's desire lines up with human rights defenders who have long argued that Guantanamo tarnishes America's reputation and violates the rights of those held there without trial. Still, the debate rages on in large part because the alternatives, like moving prisoners to American prisons, are highly controversial. Add to that, the argument that Guantanamo is the right thing for American security. The Center for Security Policy certainly thinks so. Frank Gaffney heads up that group.
He calls the hunger strike "information warfare" and says of the facility
"this is a practice that is generally regarded as precisely what one does with enemy combatants in a time of war."
Big questions were raised this week about the readiness of those members of the military who have their fingers on the nuclear button. After poor performance during an inspection, 17 Air Force officers were stripped of their authority to command nuclear missiles. CNN's Nova Safo tracked down a man who used to have that job. Mark Sundlov worked as a missileer a decade ago. He said the job means long lonely hours:
"You're at a remote site in North Dakota, you're pretty far off the map. You're not a pilot in a pilot's Air Force. You know, there's no Top Gun movie for missile crew members."
Sundlov also touched on a bigger question: how important are these underground missile bunkers to American security?