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Are We Safer
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2906 HD 001

Series Description

Premiered January 1983 Since January 1983, FRONTLINE has served as American public television's - PBS - flagship public affairs series. Hailed upon its television broadcast debut as "the last best hope for broadcast documentaries," FRONTLINE's stature over 23 years is reaffirmed each week through incisive documentaries covering the scope and complexity of the human experience. Series release date: 1/1983

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Are We Safer? FRONTLINE launches its new monthly magazine program with three reports, led by "Are We Safer?" In this first story, Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter Dana Priest investigates the terrorism-industrial complex that grew up in the wake of 9/11. Against a backdrop of recent mail bomb threats from Al Qaeda in Yemen and growing concerns about homegrown terrorists, Priest explores the growing reach of homeland security, fusion centers, battlefield technologies, and data-collecting into the lives of ordinary Americans.

Are We Safer? is a FRONTLINE co-production with Kirk Documentary Group, Ltd. The writer and director is Michael Kirk. The producers are Michael Kirk and Jim Gilmore. The reporter is Dana Priest.

Flying Cheaper Also in this debut hour: Correspondent Miles O'Brien follows up on last year's eye- opening investigation of how major airlines outsource flights to regional airlines - Flying Cheap -- with a look at another disturbing trend: the outsourcing of major airline repair work to lower-cost independent maintenance operations abroad and here in the U.S. This FRONTLINE investigation focuses on a contract maintenance facility in Alabama, which now does heavy repair work for several major airlines, including United Airlines, Delta Air Lines and US Airways. Through interviews with company mechanics and an examination of both government and company records, the investigation raises serious questions about the quality and experience of the workforce; the use of foreign workers with limited English proficiency; and the alleged use of unauthorized airline parts. One veteran FAA inspector concludes, "Something's seriously wrong here, and we need to investigate this."

Flying Cheaper is a FRONTLINE co-production with the American University School of Communication's Investigative Reporting Workshop. The producers are Rick Young and Catherine Rentz. The writer is Rick Young. The correspondent is Miles O'Brien.

The Spy Who Quit And finally, a conversation with Afghanistan's former chief of intelligence Amrullah Saleh. FRONTLINE correspondent Martin Smith travels to Saleh's home in the Panjshir Valley, 60 miles north of Kabul, to ask him about his defection from the Karzai administration.

Web Exclusive: Battle for Musa Qala by Stephen Grey "The eyes of the world will be on Musa Qala," said William Wood, the former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, in 2007, after British and American forces had captured the town. Now, as President Obama and the U.S. wait to find out if a war strategy in Afghanistan based on counterinsurgency principles can restore security, FRONTLINE looks back at the lessons learned from this small town in the country's most violent province.



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Public Affairs
Chicago: “FRONTLINE; Are We Safer,” 01/18/2011, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed March 23, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_899BF099F7E041A4A4C85CB7E80BDE59.
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