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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 4 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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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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I hope we are doing it different now, I fear we are not
8 April 2018 | by rremmeleSee all my reviews

Aside from the excellent way it showed how the CIA and the FBI would not work together, they both had bad ideas of how to handle it. The CIA was mostly academic and the FBI was mostly just knock down doors. Both had the wrong prescription. I hope they are all doing it differently and together, but I fear that they are not. Bush didn't want to be "batting at flies" and I fear that Trump doesn't want to either.

Condaleesa Rice's comment after the Twin Towers that "no one would have thought that someone would do that" is particularly galling, because in fact a person on her staff who was the old Security Advisor would have told her just that if she ever took time to listen and take him seriously. History should really reconsider what it is now saying about her in light of these revelations.

The timing of the episodes seem perfectly timed to what was going on. It showed how we really didn't have much of a clue and the lack of sharing made each less knowledgeable and less able to get the needed incite.


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