Produced in collaboration with NPR, FRONTLINE presents the dramatic story of a Gitmo detainee released from the controversial U.S. prison after 14 years, and the struggle over freeing prisoners once deemed international terrorists. Also in this hour, FRONTLINE works with Retro Report to explore the untold history of the Guantanamo Bay prison.
On August 1, 1966, a mass shooting at the University of Texas left 16 dead. This film reframes the events of that day via the perspectives of those who lived through it and examines the effects of the shooting over the last 50 years.
FRONTLINE’S journalists go inside the battle for Mosul alongside civilians, soldiers and ISIS suspects. Reporter Ghaith Abdul-Ahad survives a suicide bomb while examining the fight and its toll. Also in the hour: a dramatic report on an Iraqi unit at the center of the fight.
Rev. Mitsuo “Mits” Aoki, a pioneer of Hawai‘i’s hospice movement and founder of the University of Hawaii School of Religion, passed away in August 2010. This film from 2003 highlights his own transformative near-death experience; his therapeutic work with terminally-ill cancer patients; the death of his wife Evelyn; and thoughts about his own mortality. For over 40 years, Rev. Aoki attempted to take the terror out of dying, and showed others how to experience death as not just the end of life, but as a vital part of life, as well.
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As Europe reels from a terror onslaught, top security officials describe their struggle to contain the unprecedented threat revealed by attacks in France and Belgium.
On September 11, 2001, Flight 77 slammed into the Pentagon, killing 184 people. What happened behind the walls of the Pentagon is a largely untold chapter in history. Fifteen years later, survivors and first responders shed light on that tragic day.
This program will encore Wed., Sept. 7, 10:00 pm
On the 15th anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001, FRONTLINE rebroadcasts the extraordinary saga of FBI special agent John O’Neill. As the bureau’s top counterterrorism agent, O’Neill – who investigated the bombings of the U.S. embassies in Africa and the attack on the USS Cole – joined then-national security counterterrorism co-coordinator Richard Clarke in believing that the United States should kill Osama bin Laden before Al Qaeda launched a devastating attack on America.
NOVA investigates the psychology of a terrorist and examines how radical organizations have grown to make use of modern propaganda and social media tools in order to cultivate an army of self-radicalized killers. Is it possible to understand what happens in the minds of terrorists and intercede to stop the next attack…or at least stay one step ahead to thwart their destructive plans?
FRONTLINE digs deep to tell the inside story of the creation of ISIS and learn how the U.S. missed the many warning signs. The film uncovers the terror group’s earliest plans, the Islamic radicals who became its leaders and the American failures to stop the group’s brutal rise.
ISIS’s rapid expansion across Iraq and Syria in 2014 shocked the world. Now, the self-proclaimed Islamic State is on the rise in Afghanistan. FRONTLINE reveals the degree to which ISIS is gaining a foothold in the country, and how they’re focusing their efforts on training a new generation of jihadists: children as young as three.
Also in this edition: a segment on a Pakistani police unit’s fight against the Taliban.