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  • My Brother's Bomber

    Who was really responsible for one of the worst terrorist attacks on Americans before 9/11? Broadcast as a three-part, serial investigation into the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, “My Brother’s Bomber” takes viewers on a journey to find the men who carried out the terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103—an attack that killed 270 people from some twenty countries, including the filmmaker’s older brother David Dornstein. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/my-brothers-bomber/ http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/my-brothers-bomber/#video-2 http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/my-brothers-bomber/#video-3
  • Objective Troy: A Terrorist, A President, and the Rise of the Drone

    Objective Troy tells the story of the life and death of Anwar al-Awlaki, the American imam who denounced 9/11 and called for bridge-building between Muslims and the United States, only to leave the U.S., grow steadily more militant and join Al Qaeda in Yemen. He became the most effective recruiter for Al Qaeda in English; actively plotted to kill Americans, including by coaching the underwear bomber who tried to blow up an airliner over Detroit in 2009; and finally became the first American citizen to be deliberately killed in a drone strike, on orders of President Obama in 2011. The book’s title comes from Awlaki’s code name on the government’s kill list: during a frantic 20-month manhunt that engaged all of the intelligence agencies, Awlaki was Objective Troy. Reported all over the United States and in Yemen, Objective Troy is the most detailed and best-documented account of the life of a central figure in the post-9/11 history of terrorism. Among the revelations in the book are: the first account of Awlaki’s embrace of fundamentalist Islam, while a freshman at Colorado State; the real reason that Awlaki left the United States, abandoning a promising career as a mainstream spokesman for American Muslims; an intelligence mistake in the hunt for Awlaki that led to the disastrous unintentional killing by drone of a popular Yemeni deputy governor; and Awlaki’s afterlife on the Internet, including more than 40,000 YouTube videos, now with the added authority of what his admirers see as martyrdom. The book gives the fullest account to date of President Obama’s embrace of the armed drone as a weapon against terrorism and how its performance has fallen short of the government’s claims.
  • 108 Hours: Inside the Hunt for the Boston Marathon Bombers

    As the one-year anniversary of the bombings approached, Brian Williams and a team of producers, crews and editors set out to produce an in-depth look at the attack, using a unique frame: the 108 hours that elapsed between the start of the race and the capture of the second suspect. Our program aired April 11, 2014 and was the culmination enterprise journalism. The program examined the actual hunt for the suspects through the eyes, and in some cases the gun sights, of those directly involved in the manhunt.
  • Terror in Times Square

    The CBS investigation of Times Square Bomber, Faisal Shahzad, connected the lone wolf to terrorists in Pakistan.
  • Air Scare

    This series includes the breaking news of a terrorist bomber and the advancement of the story by CBS News. The terrorist bomber failed to “fully detonate the deadly ingredients of a powerful bomb on board a flight headed to Detroit from Amsterdam”. The deadly ingredients of the bomb were undetected by security screening in Amsterdam and he had an active visa through June 2010.
  • Rules of Engagement

    The investigation examined the incident that came to be know as the Haditha Massacre, in which a number of Iraqi civilians were killed by U.S. Marines after an IED attack that killed a man in their convoy. The initial reports incorporated accounts of execution-style killings of 24 unarmed men, women and children in a rampage that media often compared to the My Lai massacre. However, the investigation found that the convoy had come under fire from the direction of the four houses, one of the houses contained weapons and forensic and ballistic evidence provided support for the Marines' accounts of what happened that day.
  • $46 Billion Gamble

    This investigation found that "21 B2 Stealth bombers are susceptible to serious damage from Mother Nature, and some military officials warn that they could be rendered obsolete if destructive weather strikes the hangers."
  • Lone Wolf: Eric Rudolph: Murder, Myth, and the Pursuit of an American Outlaw

    "Lone Wolf is an inside look at a domestic terrorism investigation and prosecution, told from multiple points of view, including those of the FBI, ATF, US Attorney's offices, local law enforcement, defense attorneys and the bomber himself."
  • Tracking Your Security

    Acting on a tip, WBBM investigates as dog teams protecting the Metra rail system are found to be "unable to detect suicide bombers." Also, the dogs were standing around instead of patrolling train stations. At the time, the story also uncovered a "lack of state and national certification standards and testing of bomb dog teams that would ensure they could actually detect explosives."
  • Reporting Series on Al Qaeda: Unmasking the Insurgents, Jihad Express, Women of Al Qaeda

    This extensive investigation by the Newsweek staff and their foreign correspondents uncovers the evolution of Al Qaeda in Iraq. The series includes a closer look at the world's most dangerous terrorist organization's new followers including Europe-born insurgents and female suicide bombers. The series also looks at the first elections in Iraq and intelligence about Zarqawi.