September 2001. As the clock ticks down to zero hour, seemingly random and isolated events begin to coalesce and form a tapestry of what will become known as 9/11. The 1993 World Trade Center bombing. The African Embassy bombings. Black Hawk Down. The USS Cole. All orchestrated by an obscure Saudi millionaire that few Americans have even heard of – a man who has declared war on the western world from a remote base in Afghanistan. And while these attacks occur around the globe, four men gradually insinuate themselves into the western world, learning to fly aircraft, living amongst us, blending into a culture they have sworn to destroy. American intelligence knows that something is coming; they’ve monitored communications, successfully prevented some attacks, failed to identify others, and even tracked some of the men who are planning the most deadly terror assault in history – but it is too little, too late. As dawn breaks on a beautiful early September morning, the world is about to change horribly in ways only a few have dreamed possible.
Episode Length: 00:50:00
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