September 6 at 10:00 p.m.
Top Secret America
On the tenth anniversary of September 11, the FRONTLINE team that produced “Bush’s War,” “The Torture Question” and “Cheney’s Law” teams up with Pultizer Prize-winning journalist Dana Priest to investigate the dramatic changes that have reshaped America in the last decade. Over one hour, the film examines the history of the dark side of America’s “war on terror.” From the creation of black site prisons abroad and super-secret facilities here in America, to targeted killings and covert wars waged by special forces, to a multibillion-dollar terrorism industrial complex, FRONTLINE and Dana Priest ask how a decade of fighting terrorism has reshaped the country and whether it has made us any safer.
Tuesday, September 7 at 10:00 p.m.
Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero
FRONTLINE examines the spiritual aftershocks of September 11th through the reflections of a cross-section of Americans affected by the attacks. The documentary begins with the day itself, as both survivors and relatives of World Trade Center victims recount the shock and the horror of realizing that their friends and loved ones had perished. Almost immediately, it seems, some people began questioning the existence of God. Some, even those who lost loved ones, say the tragedy only affirms their belief in a higher power. Others are neither so certain nor forgiving. In "Faith and Doubt, "FRONTLINE speaks with several individuals whose faith and spiritual beliefs have been sorely tested since September 11.
Tuesday, September 13 at 10:00 p.m.
In a rare interview with Ali Soufan, the FBI agent who was at the center of the 9/11 investigations, FRONTLINE correspondent Martin Smith uncovers an insider’s view on the “war on terror.” One of only eight Arabic-speaking FBI agents, Soufan explains why he believes the attacks on the World Trade Center could have been prevented and how the use of torture failed to produce actionable intelligence. Also in this hour: Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter Dana Priest investigates the terrorism-industrial complex that grew up in the wake of 9/11. In “Are We Safer?” Priest explores the growing reach of homeland security, fusion centers, battlefield technologies, and data-collecting into the lives of ordinary Americans.
Tuesday, September 20 at 10:00 p.m.
The Wounded Platoon
Since the Iraq War began, soldier arrests in the city of Colorado Springs have tripled. At least 36 servicemen based at the nearby Army post of Fort Carson have committed suicide. And 15 Fort Carson soldiers have been charged or convicted in at least 11 killings. Many of the most violent crimes involved men who had served in the same battalion in Iraq. Three of them came from as ingle platoon of infantrymen. FRONTLINE tells the dark tale of the men of Third Platoon, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion of the 506th Infantry and how the war followed them home.
Tuesday, September 27 at 10:00 p.m.
The Man Behind the Mosque
It became the most controversial building in America, a mostly derelict property in lower Manhattan made infamous overnight as the Ground Zero Mosque. Going beyond frenzied media portraits at the time, FRONTLINE tells the inside stories of Sharif El-Gamal, a real estate developer, and of the victims’ relatives and anti-Islam activists who helped turn his project into a continuing battle over faith, values and the meaning of being American. Also in this hour: A rare interview with former FBI special agent Ali Soufan, who has been at the epicenter of virtually every important moment in the “war on terror.” One of only eight Arabic speaking FBI agents, Soufan investigated the U.S. Embassy bombings in East Africa, the USS Cole in Yemen, and the interrogations of many of Al Qaeda’s captured leaders.
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