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VINE VOICEon September 11, 2011
What if the failure of the FBI to learn about the attack on 9/11 was due to jealousy and politics rather than investigative failure?

This Frontline episode focuses on a brilliant special agent, John O'Neill who was the foremost expert on terrorism and al-Qaeda in the bureau, and perhaps the country. Wanting to make agents "tech savvy" and counter-terrorism the top priority, he made enemies of the entrenched criminal division, the locus of the bureau since its inception. Add O'Neill's reputation as a maverick and habit of speaking his mind, you have the ingredients for political in-fighting that placed turf above performance. A misplaced briefcase with classified documents and a leak of the same to the New York Times was the death knell to his career.

By the summer of the 2001, most intelligence agencies knew that an attack on the U.S. by al-Qaeda was imminent as they informed an indifferent White House. The FBI memos from Phoenix and Minneapolis pleading for an investigation into aliens taking flight lessons fell on deaf ears. O'Neill and his counter-terrorism organization in the bureau were out of the loop. After the New York Times article, O'Neill retired.

Friends at the FBI helped him find a job as head of security at the World Trade Center in August of 2001. It was to be his death sentence. The night before, he told a friend from his favorite table at Elaine's Restaurant, that an attack was due soon and it would be very big. The next morning, the man would pay the price of politics.

Frontline makes the viewer ask a lot of questions that begin with what if. It also makes it a program not to be missed. There is almost nothing more entertaining and informative on television than PBS's Frontline.

September 11, 2011. Ten Years Later
Lest we forget.

Also recommended:

The 5 Unanswered Questions About 9/11: What the 9/11 Commission Report Failed to Tell Us
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on October 26, 2014
The facts portrayed in this video should be widely disseminated for an understanding of the dysfunctional bureaucray that plagued the FBI at the time. John O'Neill was an under-appreciated patriot who, if allowed to do his work, may have helped avert the tragedy of 9/11.
Stan Terra
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on December 26, 2012
I saw this documentary on OPB and wanted to have my own copy. It is shocking how dangerous cronyism and gamesmanship can be. Sadly, this has probably been going on forever but when so much is at stake, agencies should work together and learn from those who have been on the job in specialty areas - lives can be saved. I also recommend the book The Looming Tower as a followup to watching this excellent documentary.
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on May 2, 2013
I could rent netflicks but for some reason I like owning dvd myself for my library and to lend out.
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on October 9, 2014
good
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