Tuesday, July 5 at 10:00 p.m.
It’s the biggest intelligence breach in U.S. history—the leaking of more than half-a-million classified documents on the Wikileaks website in the spring of 2010. Behind it all, stand two very different men: Julian Assange, the Internet activist and hacker who published the documents, and an Army intelligence analyst named Bradley E. Manning, who’s currently charged with handing them over. Private Manning allegedly leaked the secret cables—along with a controversial video—in the hope of inciting “worldwide discussio n, debates and reforms.” Assange’s stated mission has been to force the U.S. and other governments into maximum transparency through his whistle-blowing website.
Tuesday, July 12 at 10:00 p.m.
Why would four innocent men confess to a brutal crime they didn’t commit? FRONTLINE producer Ofra Bikel (Innocence Lost, An Ordinary Crime) investigates the conviction of four Navy sailors for the rape and murder of a Norfolk, Virginia, woman in 1997. In interviews with the sailors, Bikel learns of some of the high-pressure police interrogation techniques, including the threat of the death penalty, sleep deprivation, and intimidation, that led each of the “Norfolk Four” to confess, despite any evidence linking them to the crime. All four sailors are now out of prison—one served his sentence and the other three were granted conditional pardons last summer—but the men were not exonerated as felons or sex offenders.
Tuesday, July 19 at 10:00 p.m.
Behind the strike that killed Osama bin Laden last week was one of the U.S. military’s best-kept secrets, a covert campaign that officials have credited with taking out thousands of Taliban and al Qaeda fighters. A six-month investigation by FRONTLINE has gone inside the military’s “kill/capture” operations to discover new evidence of the program’s impact—and its costs. Under the command of Gen. David Petraeus, U.S. forces are carrying out an unprecedented number of targeted raids using highly classified intelligence, aerial drones and Special Operations Forces. But is the tactic working? In interviews with Gen. Petraeus, his senior commanders, and in rare footage with Taliban leaders and fighters, FRONTLINE explores the logic behind the kill/capture policy and its consequences.
Tuesday, July 26 at 10:00 p.m.
The Pot Republic
The bulk of the marijuana consumed in the United States used to come across the border from Mexico, Canada, and elsewhere. Now, more than half of it is believed to be home grown in California, where an enormous black market has emerged under the cover of the state’s medical marijuana law. With more than a third of all states now experimenting with some form of legalization and decriminalization—and several California counties attempting to openly regulate pot production—FRONTLINE and The Center for Investigative Reporting team up to investigate the country’s oldest, largest, and most wide-open marijuana market. Is the federal government now moving to shut it down?
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