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Videos on Terrorism

  • Al Qaeda's New Front
    A filmmaker is murdered in a culture clash between Muslims and Christians in the Netherlands. A series of bombs tear apart four trains in Madrid. Al Qaeda terrorist cells are uncovered in the U.K., Germany, Italy, and Spain. FRONTLINE investigates the new front in the war on terror: Europe. The continent is a challenge to intelligence services on both sides of the Atlantic, exacerbated by political divisions over the Iraq War. Episode 5 of the Al Qaeda Files.
  • Chasing the Sleeper Cell
    What was the real story behind a group U.S. intelligence called America's 'most dangerous terrorist cell'? FRONTLINE and The New York Times investigated the domestic battle against terrorism in CHASING THE SLEEPER CELL, an in-depth examination of a major, ongoing domestic terrorism case involving Al Qaeda operatives and U.S. citizens they trained, raising questions about FBI and CIA effectiveness. Episode 6 of the Al Qaeda Files.
  • Cyber War!
    How real is the threat of war in cyberspace, and what does the White House knows that the rest of us don't? FRONTLINE investigates a new war using embedded malicious code, probes and pings, and other weapons aimed directly at America's power grid, water supply, and transportation systems
  • In Search of Al Qaeda
    FRONTLINE investigates what has become of Al Qaeda in the months since the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan. Martin Smith and cameraman Scott Anger set out on a two-month journey that took them from London to the Gulf of Oman, into the border regions and teeming cities of Pakistan, and finally to Saudi Arabia -- bin Laden's homeland -- and to Yemen. Episode 1 of The Al Qaeda Files.
  • In Search of Bin Laden
    n August 1998, two cars exploded simultaneously at U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, killing 268 and injuring 5,000. CIA and FBI investigators soon identified suspects, including accused mastermind and Saudi exile Osama bin Laden. But was this an individual terrorist act, or a symptom of deeply rooted anti-U.S. vendettas? In collaboration with The New York Times, FRONTLINE investigates bin Laden, his followers, and the Africa bombings. Episode 2 of The Al Qaeda Files.
  • Inside Hamas
    Kate Seelye travels across the West Bank and the Gaza Strip to investigate Hamas, the militant Islamist group responsible for scores of suicide bombings and missile attacks on Israel -- and the surprise winner of January's Palestinian elections. Seelye builds a portrait of an organization teetering between a political awakening and a familiar cycle of bloody resistance. Also includes segments CHOPIN'S HEART and THE PLAY PUMP.
  • Killer at Thurston High
    In the late 1990s Americans witnessed a startling new terror: kids killing other kids in school. FRONTLINE takes a measure of this national dilemma through a detailed, intimate journey into the life of one high school shooter, Kip Kinkel. In May 1998, at the age of 15, Kip shot his father and mother to death and the next day opened fire on classmates in Springfield, Oregon, murdering two and injuring 25.
  • The Man Who Knew
    When the Twin Towers fell on Sept. 11, 2001, among the thousands killed was the one man who may have known more about Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda than any other person in America: John O'Neill. The former head of the FBI's flagship antiterrorism unit in New York City, for six years he led the fight to track down and prosecute Al Qaeda operatives throughout the world. Just two weeks before Sept. 11, O'Neill left the bureau for a job in the private sector -- as head of security at the WTC.
  • Son of Al Qaeda
    Growing up in the 1990s, Abdurahman Khadr's playmates were the children of his father's longtime friend, Osama bin Laden. Khadr was raised to be an al Qaeda terrorist, but he ultimately found himself working for the U.S. Through interviews with Khadr as well as his mother and siblings, the documentary recounts his incredible journey from terrorist upbringing to CIA informant, offering a glimpse inside the mindset of an Al Qaeda family. Episode 4 of The Al Qaeda Files.
  • Spying on the Home Front
    9/11 has indelibly altered America in ways that people are now starting to earnestly question: not only perpetual orange alerts, barricades & body frisks at the airport, but greater government scrutiny of people's records and electronic surveillance of their communications. The watershed, officials tell FRONTLINE, was the government's shift after 9/11 to a strategy of pre-emption at home -- not just prosecuting terrorists for breaking the law, but trying to find and stop them before they strike.
  • The Torture Question
    A FRONTLINE documentary crew made the journey to the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Entering the 280-acre compound in the middle of the night, escorted by helicopters and a convoy of armed Humvees, the crew was following 50 detainees fresh from the battlefield. Abu Ghraib has always been a terrifying place to Iraqis -- Saddam Hussein used it as his primary torture chamber -- but in 2004, when graphic photographs of American soldiers abusing prisoners surfaced, Abu Ghraib took on deeper meaning.

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