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Road to 9/11

Road to 9/11

  • Premiered: 
    September 4, 2017
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  • Network: History
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Subject Matter: Historical
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Plot Synopsis

ROAD TO 9/11 is a three-night, six-hour documentary that presents a major historical investigation of the events that led to the attack on the United States on September 11, 2001. This series, for the first time, a 360 degree overview of events that led to the attack. The comprehensive, dramatic narrative weaves together the complex global connections and webs that were developing over two decades. As the threat quietly grew, only a few people recognized it; most Americans were distracted by other issues on the home front. Featuring more than 50 interviews, the story is told by the people who were there, some speaking on US television for the first time -- the investigators and officials who understood and warned of the threat, but were unable to imagine the magnitude or foil the deadly plot conceived by Osama bin Laden and Khalid Sheik Mohammed. The three episodes include:

"Brooklyn Jihad (1990-1995)" (Monday, September 4, 2017 from 9-11pm): Night one begins in New York in November 1990 when an extremist rabbi is gunned down in a midtown Manhattan hotel. During the course of the investigation, agents discover a Brooklyn-based terrorist cell with connections to Osama bin Laden. In 1993 a group of cell members, including Ramzi Yousef, successfully set off a bomb in the World Trade Center killing six and wounding dozens. Investigators learn that financing for the attack came from Yousef's uncle; his name is Khalid Sheik Mohammad, the future mastermind of the 9/11 plot.

"The Bin Ladens (1995-2000)" (Tuesday, September 5, 2017 from 9-11pm): Night two moves from New York to Washington, DC where the CIA and Clinton Administration officials are trying to understand and react to the rise in jihadi terror. A number of classified operations are planned during this time targeting Osama bin Laden, resulting in near misses or shots not taken. An intimate profile of bin Laden emerges through rare interview footage with him and commentary from people who knew him personally.

"The Days of Terror (2000-2003)" (Wednesday, September 6, 2017 from 9-11pm): The final episode explores how the September 11th attack came to be. For the first time, using first-person accounts, a full examination of the true mastermind of the attack, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Night three also examines the lives and actions of the men recruited to carry out the attacks. In Washington, there is a disconnect among government agencies - information withheld, missed signals, and ensuing conflicts. The film also details the tragic day of 9/11, and how the United States and the world were changed forever.

Among the interview subjects are:

Senior US government officials: Leon Panetta, White House Chief of Staff during the Clinton Administration and Director of the CIA during the Obama Administration; Richard Clarke, National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism during the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations; Stephen Hadley, an advisor to President George W. Bush and Steve Simon, Senior Director at the NSC.

Journalists and authors: John Miller, currently Deputy Commissioner of the NYPD and former reporter for WNBC, former ABC News Correspondent; author and Series Adviser Steve Coll; author and journalist Peter Bergen; James Glanz, Investigative Reporter from The New York Times.

FBI agents and analysts: Lewis Schiliro, FBI Assistant Director, New York; Special Agent Mark Rossini; Special Agent Ali Soufan; Matthew Besheer, Detective, Joint Terrorism Task Force; Special Agent Frank Pellegrino; Dale Watson, FBI Asst. Director of Counter Terrorism; Special Agent Steven Gaudin; Special Agent Jack Cloonan; Special Agent John Anticev, Joint Terrorism Task Force; and NYPD Detective Louis Napoli, Joint Terrorism Task Force.

From the CIA: John McLaughlin, CIA Deputy Director; Cofer Black, CIA Counterterrorism Coordinator; Analyst Cynthia Storer; Analyst Barbara Sude,; Gary Schroen, CIA Chief of Station in Pakistan; Michael Scheuer, Chief, CIA Bin Laden Issue Station.

International Law Enforcement: Rodolfo "Boogie" Mendoza of the Philippine National Police.

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Left/Right Productions