A special, in-depth report: What went wrong? How did we get here? And what happens now?
1:54:11United States of SecretsMay. 13, 2014
30:00Al Qaeda In YemenMay. 29, 2012
53:39The Anthrax FilesOct. 11, 2011
28:24The InterrogatorSep. 13, 2011
1:47:27Top Secret AmericaSep. 6, 2011
53:37Kill/CaptureMay. 10, 2011
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56:44Behind Taliban LinesFeb. 23, 2010
55:30Obama's WarOct. 13, 2009
56:28Bad Voodoo's WarApr. 1, 2008
2:23:42Bush's WarMar. 24, 2008
56:34Rules of EngagementFeb. 19, 2008
56:24Showdown With IranOct. 23, 2007
56:17Cheney's LawOct. 16, 2007
56:33EndgameJun. 19, 2007
56:24Spying on the Home FrontMay. 15, 2007
Gangs of IraqApr. 17, 2007
56:20The InsurgencyFeb. 21, 2006
1:26:17The Soldier's HeartMar. 1, 2005
Faith and Doubt at Ground ZeroSep. 3, 2002
July 17, 2014, 11:50 am ET
A special, in-depth report: What went wrong? How did we get here? And what happens now?
July 3, 2014, 9:21 am ET · by Patrice Taddonio
It’s summer — but FRONTLINE isn’t taking the season off. From the resegregation of American schools to the unfolding chaos in Iraq, here’s a close look at FRONTLINE’s July lineup.
July 17, 2013, 3:46 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
Law enforcement agencies nationwide increasingly rely on automatic license-plate readers to track and store information on American drivers, a new report found, in the latest revelation on how the government gathers data on its citizens.
April 30, 2013, 9:50 pm ET · by Nathan Tobey
Join us for a live chat about “Top Secret America: 9/11 to the Boston Bombings” with Washington Post reporter Dana Priest, FRONTLINE producer Mike Wiser and Boston Globe columnist Kevin Cullen.
April 30, 2013, 9:40 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
The FBI and the CIA had been tipped off about one of the bombers two years ago. Could the attacks have been prevented?
April 30, 2013, 9:40 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
Despite the billions spent on counterterrorism since the Sept. 11 attacks, the Boston Marathon bombing was a reminder that intelligence officials will never be able to thwart every plot.
April 30, 2013, 9:39 pm ET · by Azmat Khan
As investigators uncover details about what motivated the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, an early report suggests the two brothers learned their violent tactics online from an English-language Al Qaeda propaganda magazine.
April 26, 2013, 12:50 pm ET · by Azmat Khan
In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, Americans are asking why the country’s intelligence agencies failed to prevent the devastating attack.
April 22, 2013, 4:23 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
Obama banned torture, but hasn’t taken steps to keep it from happening again, according to a recently released report.
April 12, 2013, 9:51 am ET · by Arun Rath
All defense counsel representing detainees facing charges before the military commissions in Guantanamo Bay have been forced to stop work as a result of an internal data breach in the Pentagon’s computer system.
March 19, 2013, 12:49 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
Ten years on, the legacy of Iraq remains far from settled. One thing that’s clear: the war will continue to influence the U.S., Iraq, and its neighbors in the Middle East for decades to come.
March 18, 2013, 1:36 pm ET · by Sarah Childress Evan Wexler and Bill Rockwood
The Iraq war cost twice as much as the war in Afghanistan, and more than 16 times as much as the Bush administration predicted. But what did we pay for?
February 15, 2013, 5:44 pm ET · by Arun Rath
An assistant to the Staff Judge Advocate at Guantanamo Bay said a range of documents was seized from defendants this week as part of Standard Operating Procedures to maintain safety at the prison facility.
February 13, 2013, 6:45 pm ET · by Arun Rath
Lawyers for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and two other defendants say confidential materials went missing while they were in court yesterday.
February 13, 2013, 8:03 am ET · by Arun Rath
The military tribunal for 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other co-defendants continued to focus yesterday on an emergency … Continue reading
February 11, 2013, 3:55 pm ET · by Arun Rath
The revelation two weeks ago that an external monitor was remotely censoring the courtroom feed at the trial of 9/11 … Continue reading
January 31, 2013, 5:25 pm ET · by Arun Rath
The judge in the military commission hearing of 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed sought to put an end Thursday to outside interference from a censor with the ability to block an audio feed of the courtroom.
January 30, 2013, 5:58 pm ET · by Arun Rath
The pre-trial hearings in the military commission of 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four co-defendants stalled midway through the … Continue reading
January 28, 2013, 5:45 pm ET · by Arun Rath
The judge was as confused as anyone as to why an audio feed of the hearing was cut off.
December 20, 2012, 10:57 am ET · by Sarah Childress
The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have taken a toll — but most service members who take their lives have never been deployed. What’s going on?
December 19, 2012, 4:52 pm ET
For more than 12 years, FRONTLINE has revealed the wars’ defining stories in meticulous detail, and the political dramas that played out at the highest levels of power and influence.
October 17, 2012, 6:20 pm ET · by Arun Rath
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed said the government stretches the definition of “national security” to justify killing and torture.
October 17, 2012, 3:07 pm ET · by Arun Rath and Azmat Khan
An appeals court in Washington, D.C. yesterday handed down a decision that could undermine some of the charges in the Guantanamo military commission trying 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his co-defendants.
October 15, 2012, 3:36 pm ET · by Arun Rath
Motion hearings for the military commission trying 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four co-defendants begin here today, and the proceedings are beset with controversy before the court is even in session.
October 3, 2012, 6:08 pm ET · by Azmat Khan
Today a Senate committee published the searing results of a two-year investigation concluding that fusion centers have “not produced useful intelligence to support Federal counterterrorism efforts” and have “too often wasted money and stepped on Americans’ civil liberties.”
July 5, 2012, 1:24 pm ET · by Azmat Khan
It cost at least $11.36 billion to guard America’s secrets last year, according to a new report.
May 7, 2012, 4:47 pm ET · by Azmat Khan
A less well-known part of Fahd al-Quso’s saga is that he was also at the center of a debate about whether American intelligence agencies could have prevented 9/11.
May 7, 2012, 10:45 am ET · by Arun Rath
By most obvious measures, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-confessed mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, is utterly powerless; not only is … Continue reading
May 4, 2012, 5:02 pm ET · by Gretchen Gavett
Tomorrow, the self-confessed 9/11 mastermind is set to face terrorism and murder charges at a military court at Guantanamo. We asked an expert to give us some insights into what the proceedings might yield.
March 28, 2012, 5:28 pm ET · by Azmat Khan
For at least four years, federal agents used Muslim community outreach meetings at mosques in Northern California as a guise to collect intelligence and catalog the identities, personal information, religious views and travel of religious leaders and congregants, FBI documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union revealed yesterday.
Oct. 10, 2006(60 minutes) Is the real terrorist threat to America home grown plots? Investigating one case study of how the U.S. responded. (Web site »)
Jun. 21, 2005(60 minutes) The dramatic story of private contractors who are playing an increasingly critical role in the war effort. (Web site »)
Jan. 25, 2005(60 minutes) With Europe now targeted, what are the new realities in the battle against Islamic terrorism? (Web site »)
Sep. 7, 2004(60 minutes) Within days of the September 11 attacks, the questions began: What should be built on the site of Ground Zero? Who should build it? And should anything be built there at all? FRONTLINE tells the inside story of the first stormy year in the plans to rebuild on the site of the World Trade Center. With exclusive access to architect Daniel Libeskind, the one-hour documentary follows the process to build Libeskind's proposed Freedom Tower and reveals how the desire to build the world's most meaningful architectural tribute descended into a billion-dollar battle for the soul of Ground Zero. (Web site »)
Apr. 22, 2004(60 minutes) The remarkable story of a young Canadian who grew up with bin Laden's children, but ended up becoming a CIA informant. (Web site »)
Feb. 26, 2004(120 minutes) FRONTLINE marks the first anniversary of the Iraqi War with a two-hour documentary investigation that recounts the key strategies, battles, and turning points of the war from both sides of the battlefield. Through firsthand accounts from many of the war's key participants--from strategists in Washington to the soldiers who actually fought the battles--"The Invasion of Iraq" promises to be a definitive television history of America's most recent war. (Web site »)
Feb. 12, 2004(60 minutes) A five-week journey across Iraq looking at what it will take to stabilize the volatile nation and bring democracy. (Web site »)
Jan. 22, 2004(60 minutes) With the credibility of President Bush and Prime Minister Blair at stake, BBC reporter Jane Corbin takes viewers inside the high-stakes search for Saddam Hussein's alleged weapons of mass destruction. Through exclusive access to top-secret locations and key U.S. officials leading the hunt, including David Kay, FRONTLINE reveals new details about what the search has uncovered and questions whether the investigation's final results will justify the White House's call for war. (Web site »)
Oct. 16, 2003(60 minutes) They met bin Laden, trained in his camps. But were these six U.S. citizens an Al Qaeda terrorist cell ready to strike? (Web site »)
Apr. 3, 2003(60 minutes) For the past few months, British Prime Minister Tony Blair has been fighting the biggest political battle of his career. Caught in the center of a high stakes political storm, he tried to personally bridge the gap between the United States and its European allies -- particularly France and Germany -- over the impending war in Iraq. FRONTLINE examines the roots of the discord within the Western alliance, the perilous role Blair has played, and the stakes for him and the West should this old alliance fall apart. (Web site »)
Mar. 17, 2003(120 minutes) America appears to be within days of attacking Iraq. Many observers believe President Bush may soon signal to weapons inspectors, diplomats and members of the press that Iraq will come under fire and they should leave the country. Once again, the U.S finds itself about to battle Iraq, although this time it will likely not be part of a grand coalition. How did the nation come to the brink of war of another war with Saddam Hussein? In a two-hour special "The Long Road to War," FRONTLINE draws on its extensive archives of more than 12 years of reporting on Iraq to tell the history of the U.S. confrontation with Saddam. The special will examine how the West armed Iraq, the mind and methods of Saddam Hussein, the origins of the first Gulf War and its ragged end, the frustrating effort to disarm Iraq through U.N. inspections, how Saddam survived efforts to undermine his power, and the long-standing effort by Washington hawks to remove him. (Web site »)
Nov. 21, 2002(60 minutes) FRONTLINE's 10,000 mile journey that conveys just what the U.S. is up against. (Web site »)
May. 9, 2002(120 minutes) The events of Sept. 11 left many Americans questioning how such atrocities could be perpetrated in the name of religion: specifically, the religion of Islam. Few Americans know much about Islam, yet it continues to be the fastest growing religion in the US today. What is Islam? What do Muslims believe in? And how does their faith shape their lives, identities and their political ideologies? FRONTLINE explores these and other questions in "Muslims," a special two-hour report that examines the fundamental tenets of Islam and the causes behind its current worldwide resurgence.Through interviews with dozens of ordinary Muslims from such diverse countries as Iran, Malaysia, Turkey, and the U.S., FRONTLINE illuminates the perspectives, conflicts, and tensions that are shaping today's Muslim world. (Web site »)
May. 2, 2002(60 minutes) FRONTLINE investigates the terror threat from Iran and the challenges facing U.S. policymakers. President Bush has declared Iran part of an 'axis of evil.' But will U.S. actions against Iran help or hinder Iranian moderates' struggle to reform the hard-line government of Iran? (Web site »)
Jan. 17, 2002(60 minutes) The hijackers of September 11 led such outwardly ordinary lives that they moved through Europe and America virtually unnoticed. They plotted in broad daylight, weaving a web of terror from the simple routines of modern life. American flight schools taught them to fly, local banks helped them move money, libraries provided computers, and the Department of Motor Vehicles supplied essential IDs. Everywhere they went they blended in unnoticed and unsuspected. FRONTLINE traces the hijackers' movements across four continents, following clues they left behind to unearth the stories of the individuals inside Osama bin Laden's terror network. (Web site »)
Nov. 15, 2001(60 minutes) President Bush says that if the nations of the world are not with us in the war on terrorism then theyre with the terrorists. But what about the United States' supposed ally Saudi Arabia? After September 11th many Saudi citizens reportedly applauded native son Osama bin Laden as a hero. Then the monarchy hesitated to renounce the Taliban and they are still reluctant to allow U.S. warplanes to fly from their bases. Why have Saudi and other Gulf charities sent money to support Islamic fundamentalist schools that are encouraging jihad? And are the Saudis dragging their feet when it comes to assisting U.S. law enforcement agencies that are tracking down terrorists? Whose side are the Saudis on? FRONTLINE and The New York Times explore the fragile alliance with this ultra conservative fundamentalist kingdom upon which the U.S. depends for fifteen percent of the countrys oil needs. (Web site »)
Nov. 8, 2001(60 minutes) As Americans are confronted by acts of bioterrorism, powerful forces in the nations capitol believe Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is to blame, for this and many other terrorist acts during the last decade. Many are lobbying to mobilize a military operation to oust Hussein when the next phase of the war on terrorism kicks in. Proponents of the plan, including former Clinton administration CIA director James Woolsey, contend Saddam Hussein was involved in the first World Trade Center bombing, the attempted assassination of President George H.W. Bush in 1993, and the ongoing state sponsorship of terrorist activities. Foes of this plan argue that attacking Saddam will destabilize other nations in the region, most prominently Saudi Arabia, and no doubt destroy the carefully crafted coalition presently hunting for Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan. FRONTLINE investigates Americas other enemy, Saddam Hussein. (Web site »)
Oct. 9, 2001(60 minutes) The attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon was not only the most devastating terrorist attack in history, it was also the biggest failure of U.S. intelligence since Pearl Harbor. FRONTLINE correspondent Lowell Bergman and The New York Times investigate why the CIA and FBI failed to uncover the hijackers dramatic plot to strike at the heart of the U.S. government and its economy. The film also examines the U.S. failure to understand fully the hatred for America among Muslim fundamentalists, and its roots in the U.S. government's support for Israel and for authoritarian regimes in the oil-rich Middle East. A FRONTLINE co-production with The New York Times, this special episode is anchored by Bill Moyers. (Web site »)
Oct. 4, 2001(60 minutes) Last month, the nation's top leaders gathered to decide the U.S response to the September 11 terrorist attack. Some of the same individuals were in Washington, DC, twenty-two years ago when the United States suffered its first humiliation at the hands of Islamic militants. U.S. embassy employees were taken hostage and held captive before the world. Over the decades, incident followed incident - the bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, the killing of American soldiers in a Berlin nightclub, the downing of Pan Am 103, and the first attack on the World Trade Center. In "Target America," FRONTLINE uncovers a long-standing division within the nation's security apparatus about how to deal with an enemy that has been targeting America and Americans for decades. (Web site »)
Sep. 13, 2001(60 minutes) Osama bin Laden is charged with masterminding the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in East Africa, believed to have had a role in the October 2000 attack on the USS Cole in the Yemeni port of Aden, and now is a prime suspect in the Sept. 11, 2001 destruction of the World Trade Center and the bombing of the Pentagon. This report features reporting by a Pulitzer-Prize nominated team of New York Times reporters and FRONTLINE correspondent Lowell Bergman.<br><br>Tracing the trail of evidence linking bin Laden to terrorist attacks, this updated report includes interviews with Times reporters Judith Miller and James Risen and former CIA official Larry Johnson. They discuss the terrorist attacks which are linked, or are likely linked, to bin Laden's complex network of terrorists, outline the elements of his international organization and details of its alliances and tactics, and address the challenges confronting U.S. intelligence in trying to crack it. (Web site »)
Jan. 25, 2000(60 minutes) When the Gulf War ended, the United States government believed the Iraqis would quickly overthrow Saddam Hussein. But nine years later, he still rules Iraq. FRONTLINE investigates Saddam's ruthless rise to power and how he has maintained his grip despite pressure from economic sanctions, no-fly zones, UN weapons inspectors, and military attacks from the Iraqi opposition. (Web site »)
Apr. 27, 1999(60 minutes) In the wake of Desert Fox, the U.S. assault on Iraq last December,UNSCOM--the special UN commission created to find and destroy Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction--has disintegrated amid charges it was really a spy agency. Scott Ritter, former U.S. Marine and UNSCOM inspector, claims U.S. Intelligence destroyed UNSCOM's credibility when American spies penetrated and compromised the UN arms inspection teams. FRONTLINE investigates Ritter's charges and asks, who really killed UNSCOM? (Web site »)
Apr. 13, 1999(60 minutes) Investigating Osama bin Laden, his network, and his role in terrorist attacks on America. (Web site »)
Jan. 9, 1996(120 minutes) Marking the fifth anniversary of the war with Iraq, FRONTLINE investigates what really happened during the invasion of Kuwait, the months of diplomatic maneuvering, the air war and ground assault, and the post-war rebellion inside Iraq. The two-hour episodes are built around dozens of interviews with key political and military leaders in the U.S., its allies, and Iraq, as well as soldiers on both sides of the front line. Interviews include General Norman Schwarzkopf, General Colin Powell, former Secretary of State James Baker, former Secretary of Defense Richard Cheney, Britain's Margaret Thatcher, Mikhail Gorbachev, Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, Jordan's King Hussein, and Israeli Premier Yitzahk Shamir. (Web site »)
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