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Need to Know, September 10, 2010

This week on Need to Know, we discuss where we are as a people — where we’ve been, and where we’re going — as we mark another year, the ninth, since the terrorist attacks on 9/11. First, we investigate a law enforcement policy known as “preemptive prosecution,” a technique to combat so-called homegrown terrorism. Then, we meet a filmmaker who chronicles a reporter’s journey to find the roots of Islamic terror. The film is called “My Trip to Al Qaeda.”

Plus: After years of gridlock, there’s finally progress at the World Trade Center. Alison Stewart provides an update on the rebuilding of Ground Zero, and talks to a community advocate about why the process has taken so long. And Jon Meacham reflects on the tolerance Americans showed after 9/11, and implores us to fight nativism as strongly as we fight terrorism.

Watch the individual segments:
Before the fact: The Fort Dix Five

Need to Know explores the profiles of the men convicted of plotting to kill American soldiers at Fort Dix, and examines the U.S. strategy for stopping and finding homegrown terrorists.
Rick Nelson on counterterrorism after 9/11

Need to Know discusses American anti-terrorism strategies, nine years after 9/11, with Rick Nelson of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Why is Ground Zero still a construction site?
Alison Stewart provides a progress report on the redevelopment of the World Trade Center and speaks with Julie Menin, chair of Community Board 1 in Lower Manhattan, about the gridlock.
Alex Gibney on his new Al Qaeda documentary
Alison Stewart speaks with documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney about his body of work and about his latest film, “My Trip to Al Qaeda,” based on Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright’s one-man play.
In perspective: Religion in America

In this essay, Jon Meacham reflects on the remarkable tolerance of Americans after 9/11, offers lessons from his own faith and implores us to fight nativism as strongly as we fight terrorism.