This episode of “Frontline” tells the story of FBI agent John O’Neill – “The Man Who Knew”.
He was promoted to Counter Terrorism Chief of the FBI in 1995. He was one of the first people in the US government to identify the serious threat of Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda. O’Neill spent the next six years trying to connect the pieces of the puzzle that various government agencies – FBI, CIA, State Dept, etc – had collected. However, due to internal friction at the FBI and poor communication between agencies, his work went unfinished.
This episode of Frontline (originally aired in 2002) highlights O’Neill’s work and how he was trying to alert the US government about the danger of Al Qaeda. No one was listening.
O’Neill left the FBI to become head of security for the World Trade Center. He died there on Sept. 11, 2001 – his second day at his new job.