Season 20, Episode 4 Trail of a Terrorist

First Aired: October 25, 2001

In “Trail of a Terrorist,” CBC journalist Terence McKenna profiles Algerian Ahmed Rossam, who was arrested in December 1999 with explosives in his car trunk as he tried to enter the U.S. from Canada. His plan: a New Year's Day attack on Los Angeles Airport. The hour traces Ressam's activities in Montreal and Afghanistan in the five years prior to his arrest and includes dramatizations of Ressam's testimony in the 2001 trial of an accomplice. Ressam didn't testify at his own trial, which resulted in a conviction in April 2001.