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FRONTLINE; Top Secret America: 9/11 to the Boston Bombings


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Top Secret America: 9/11 to the Boston Bombings
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2918 HD 005

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

Program Description

Update to Frontline Top Secret America originally broadcast Sept. 5, 2011. See that title for additional assets.

In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, the threat of terrorism again confronts Americans. More than a decade after 9/11 and hundreds of billions of dollars later, there are pressing questions about whether America’s investment in its “terrorism industrial complex” has made us safer. In FRONTLINE’s "Top Secret America - 9/11 to the Boston Bombings," Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Dana Priest traces the journey from 9/11 to the Marathon bombings and investigates the secret history of the 12-year battle against terrorism.

This updated program will include a new prologue that incorporates April’s terrorist bombings in Boston, and the body of the film will include reporting on three major domestic terrorist attacks since 9/11, including the Boston Marathon bombings.



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Public Affairs
Chicago: “FRONTLINE; Top Secret America: 9/11 to the Boston Bombings,” 04/26/2013, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed April 25, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_BCED52A8649A4BB1914D8ABBE132868E.
MLA: “FRONTLINE; Top Secret America: 9/11 to the Boston Bombings.” 04/26/2013. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. April 25, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_BCED52A8649A4BB1914D8ABBE132868E>.
APA: FRONTLINE; Top Secret America: 9/11 to the Boston Bombings. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_BCED52A8649A4BB1914D8ABBE132868E
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