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inside the terrorist network | the stories of three al qaeda terrorists who piloted the hijacked planes on sept. 11, and how they so easily eluded u.s. intelligence

should we have spotted the conspiracy?
Hedrick Smith analyzes the U.S. failure to detect the Sept. 11 plot. Plus, interviews with Sen. Bob Graham and FBI counterterrorism experts.
tracking their personal stories
What transformed Mohamed Atta, Marwan al-Shehhi, and Ziad Jarrah into determined suicide terrorists? Biographies, a chronology, and readings.
inside al qaeda
Testimony, analyses, and source documents outlining the origins, structure, and organization of Osama bin Laden's global terrorist network.
reporter's notebook
A conversation with Hedrick Smith about some of the most revealing and surprising elements of this story
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Inside the Terror Network

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.

published jan. 2002