It is September 11, 2001 and no one can get a hold of O'Neill. Soufan's evacuation from Yemen stops short as the CIA station chief gives him all the answers he has been asking from the CIA for months...
The CIA becomes aware that Al-Hazmi and Al-Mihdhar are gone and must relay that to the FBI. O'Neill accepts a job as head of security at the World Trade Center. Soufan is sent back to Yemen. Al-Hazmi...
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
It boggles my mind to see people talking about authenticity and fact-checking when even in the beginning of the episodes it clearly states that some of it is fictionalized! I am enjoying it so far, because that I understand that this is not a factually correct and historic documentary, its a TV show made for entertainment purposes, and I surely found this entertaining. The characters are all unique and create an entertaining story, one that is still relevant today, how our government offices have failed us. To be fair, when one hears Alex Gibney's name, they think of documentaries of similar subject matters, but this is a dramatization, so some is inaccurate, but in my knowledge from reading the book this is based on, it is around 70% accurate.
The story is compelling, a bitter rivalry between the FBI and CIA starting in 1998 and leading up to 9/11, an event that could have been prevented if only they had shared certain information with each other. Not only do we get a story of the hunt for al-Qaidah cells and Bin Laden, we also get the story of the personal lives of the agents involved. Right off the bat, the series had my attention with a strong opening scene and kept my attention. All the actors are well respected (for the most part) and do a great job portraying their characters. I am fully interested in watching this series to the very end, I find it very interesting so far.
I would recommend it.
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