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FRONTLINE; Man Who Knew, The


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Man Who Knew, The
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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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NOTE: Rebroadcast in 2011 as a 60 minute version. Original version was 90 minutes.

"The Man Who Knew," the extraordinary tale of the life and death of FBI Special Agent John O'Neill. An expert on counterterrorism, O' Neill had long believed the United States should kill Osama bin Laden before Al Qaeda could launch a devastating attack on America. But his James Bond style and hot pursuit of Al Qaeda made him an outcast in the button-down world of the FBI. Forced out of the job he loved, O'Neill left the Bureau for a job in the private sector-as head of security at the World Trade Center. He died there on September 11th. O'Neill's story offers a rare glimpse inside the FBI and helps answer the question: What did the government know?



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