Frontline

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Season 20, Episode 9 Inside the Terror Network

First Aired: January 17, 2002

Hedrick Smith explores the “motivation, psychology and evolution” of three men who engineered the Sept. 11 attacks. Smith follows Mohamed Atta, Marwin al-Shehhi and Ziad Jarrah from their middle-class childhoods in the Middle East to the cockpits of the two planes that hit the World Trade Center and the one that crashed in Pennsylvania. Smith also examines how they managed to remain undetected. “There were a half-dozen times agencies could have spotted them,” he says. “Al Qaeda was thinking bigger than American intelligence.”