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The Looming Tower 

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A look at how the rivalry between the CIA and FBI inadvertently set the stage for the tragedy of 9/11 and the war in Afghanistan.
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Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Jeff Daniels ...  John O'Neill 10 episodes, 2018
Tahar Rahim ...  Ali Soufan 10 episodes, 2018
Wrenn Schmidt ...  Diane Marsh 10 episodes, 2018
Bill Camp ...  Robert Chesney 10 episodes, 2018
Louis Cancelmi ...  Vince Stuart 10 episodes, 2018
Virginia Kull ...  Kathy Shaughnessy 10 episodes, 2018
Ella Rae Peck ...  Heather 10 episodes, 2018
Sullivan Jones ...  Floyd Bennet 10 episodes, 2018
Michael Stuhlbarg ...  Richard Clarke 10 episodes, 2018
Peter Sarsgaard ...  Martin Schmidt 10 episodes, 2018
Annie Parisse ...  Liz 8 episodes, 2018
Jamie Neumann ...  Toni-Ann Marino 7 episodes, 2018
Jenny Paul ...  Maureen 7 episodes, 2018
Sharon Washington ...  Judith 7 episodes, 2018
Erica Cho ...  Leigh 7 episodes, 2018
Alec Baldwin ...  George Tenet 6 episodes, 2018
Katie Flahive ...  Amy 6 episodes, 2018
Tawfeek Barhom ...  Khalid al-Mihdhar 6 episodes, 2018
Jordan Lage ...  Commissioner 1 6 episodes, 2018
Kimberly S. Fairbanks Kimberly S. Fairbanks ...  Commissioner 2 6 episodes, 2018
Yul Vazquez ...  Jason Sanchez 5 episodes, 2018
Nasser Faris ...  Ayman al-Zawahiri 5 episodes, 2018
Nebras Jamali ...  Nawaf al-Hazmi 5 episodes, 2018
Samer Bisharat ...  Khallad 5 episodes, 2018
July Namir ...  Hoda Hada 5 episodes, 2018
Craig Wroe ...  Leonard Bliss 5 episodes, 2018
Michael Quinlan Michael Quinlan ...  General O'Keefe 5 episodes, 2018
Ken Arnold ...  General Stetson 5 episodes, 2018
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The Looming Tower traces the rising threat of Osama Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda in the late 1990s and how the rivalry between the FBI and CIA during that time may have inadvertently set the path for the tragedy of 9/11. The series follows members of the I-49 Squad in New York and Alec Station in Washington, D.C., the counter-terrorism divisions of the FBI and CIA, respectively, as they travel the world fighting for ownership of information while seemingly working toward the same goal - trying to prevent an imminent attack on U.S. soil. Written by ahmetkozan

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USA

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English

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28 February 2018 (USA) See more »

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Johannesburg, South Africa See more »

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Legendary Television See more »
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At the Berlinale film festival showrunner Dan Futterman explains the rivalry between CIA and FBI in the late 90's. "The FBI was just starting to work as an international agency, and that was part of their problem with the CIA, who felt that was their turf, and the FBI's turf was America. They totally underestimated al-Qaida." See more »

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Featured in Conan: Jeff Daniels/Lauren Ash (2018) See more »

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A chance to feel
21 April 2018 | by jshoafSee all my reviews

The last episode, which begins when the first plane hits (not a spoiler), brought me up against my own memories of 9/11. My son was in the city, and on that day I worried about him and listened to him on the phone. Aside from that, I was numb. It seemed utterly incomprehensible that this should have happened. Who? Why? How? Equally incomprehensible was the speed with which these questions were in fact answered, for reasons the Hulu series makes clear: the answers were already at the fingertips of various players who didn't know what to do with them (though the finale implies that various parties were prepared to exploit the bombing instantly). The series begins at the (or a) beginning, including the Kenyan embassy bombing, the USS Cole bombing, and interactions among the players on both sides. The questions have been answered, the lines drawn in such a way as to meet at this point, with the bombings. As I watched the last episode, I was able to feel for the people I love who were breathing that dust that day. I could finally weep for them, as well as for John O'Neill and Ali Soufan, whom I had not known about until now.


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