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.
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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