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Saturday, June 30, 2012
The Hunt for Bin Laden *New Good Links 30-July*
ITV’s documentary The Hunt for Bin Laden exposes the inside story of the most intensive manhunt in US history. This two-hour special marks the first anniversary of the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden and chronicles the chase for America’s most-wanted man – which spanned decades, sparked wars, and defined presidencies. It highlights a string of grave mistakes and missed opportunities, characterising successive US administrations’ attitudes towards tackling the threat of Bin Laden and al Qaeda. Packed with exclusive interviews with military leaders, CIA chiefs, FBI agents and White House insiders from three presidential terms, this Brook Lapping production vividly tells the story of a 20-year cat and mouse game to bring the world’s most notorious terrorist to justice. Their accounts highlight how the new type of enemy Bin Laden represented provoked confusion within the US leadership about how he could be dealt with - as a criminal to be brought to justice, or a mortal foe to be destroyed by any means including military action - and expose critical structural and legal barriers prior to 9/11 that prevented the country’s intelligence agencies from working together effectively to capture their target.