Schedule Change: "The Interrogator"
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In a rare interview with Ali Soufan, the FBI agent at the center of the 9/11 investigations, Frontline correspondent Martin Smith uncovers an insider’s view of the "war on terror." Tune in as "The Interrogator" bumps previously scheduled "The Man Behind the Mosque" as Frontline's key report Tuesday night at 8pm.
Frontline - September Line up
Tuesday nights at 8pm on PBS North
One of only eight Arabic-speaking FBI agents, Ali Soufan explains why he believes the attacks on the World Trade Center could have been prevented and how the use of torture failed to produce actionable intelligence. Also in this hour: Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter Dana Priest investigates the terrorism-industrial complex that grew up in the wake of 9/11. In “Are We Safer?” Priest explores the growing reach of homeland security, fusion centers, battlefield technologies, and data-collecting into the lives of ordinary Americans.
The Wounded Platoon
In the first five years since the Iraq War began, soldier arrests in the city of Colorado Springs tripled. At least 36 servicemen based at the nearby Army post of Fort Carson committed suicide. And 15 Fort Carson soldiers were charged or convicted in at least 11 killings. Many of the most violent crimes involved men who had served in the same battalion in Iraq. Three of them came from a single platoon of infantrymen. Frontline tells the dark tale of the men of Third Platoon, Charlie Company, 1st battalion of the 506th infantry and how the war followed them home. It is a story of heroism, grief, vicious combat, depression, drugs, alcohol and brutal murder; an investigation into the Army's mental health services; and a powerful portrait of what multiple tours and post-traumatic stress are doing to a generation of young American soldiers.
The Man Behind the Mosque
It became the most controversial building in America, a mostly derelict property in lower Manhattan made infamous overnight as the Ground Zero Mosque. Going beyond frenzied media portraits at the time, Frontline tells the inside stories of Sharif El-Gamal, a real estate developer, and of the victims’ relatives and anti-Islam activists who helped turn his project into a continuing battle over faith, values, and the meaning of being American. Also in this hour: Adam Davidson of NPR’s “Planet Money” returns to Haiti to meet a man with an unlikely plan to help turn around his country’s economy through tourism.