NGC presents week of bin Laden and 9/11 documentaries

In the wake of last night’s historic announcement by President Obama that Osama bin Laden had been killed in Pakistan by U.S. forces, National Geographic Channel, beginning tonight, will be scheduling a week of documentary programming related to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks plotted by bin Laden, and the near-decade-long hunt for the al-Qaeda leader.

Programming includes:

Monday, May 2
7pm ET/PT – Osama Bin Laden: Dead or Alive. A penetrating look at how bin Laden eluded would-be captors during the battle at Tora Bora in late 2001.
8pm ET/PT – CIA Confidential: Hunt for Bin Laden. Veteran intelligence officials reveal details about Operation Jawbreaker, a covert mission to find Osama bin Laden and kill him days after the horrific attacks of 9/11.

Tuesday, May 3
7–11pm ET/PT – Inside 9/11. The Emmy-nominated four-hour miniseries traces the timeline that led up to the deadly attacks, spanning decades and circling the globe to lay bare the roots of al-Qaeda and the transformation of bin Laden from fundraiser to terrorist mastermind.

Wednesday, May 4
8pm ET/PT – Witness: DC 9/11. NGC reconstructs the attack on the nation’s capital moment by moment entirely through home video; fire, rescue and police footage, and news coverage.

Thursday, May 5
8pm ET/PT – Giuliani’s 9/11. The former New York City mayor describes his urgent efforts to establish a safe command post for the city’s leadership team; protect sites like the Statue of Liberty, bridges and subways; marshal doctors and nurses; and reassure citizens that city leadership was intact and working to protect them.

Friday, May 6
8pm ET/PT – Inside the Green Berets. For this film, the Pentagon waived their 48-hour limitation on embedded media and allowed NGC cameras to chronicle the lives of these war-hardened Americans for 10 days. But their window will be tragically cut short by the costliest improvised explosive device detonation so far in the war in Afghanistan — killing two soldiers, wounding five others and injuring the NGC crew.

Saturday, May 7
2pm: Inside the Green Berets
3pm: Osama Bin Laden: Dead or Alive
4pm: CIA Confidential: Hunt for Bin Laden
5pm: Giuliani’s 9/11
6pm: Witness: DC 9/11
7pm: Inside 9/11: War on America
9pm: Inside 9/11: Zero Hour


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